Executive director and Brookhaven resident Gretchen Roberts said when she moved to the city there was not a selection of places to go and see. She also helped start the festival with the idea to help raise money for gallery and teaching space in the city.
“I moved to Brookhaven about 13 or 14 years ago and Brookhaven was not really developed and I thought that this would be a way to pull the community to together,” Roberts said. “It is a nonprofit and we have a mission to have our own space for a gallery where we can have events and teach classes.”
The festival features local and regional artists who go through an extensive application process to have their work displayed.
Brookhaven resident Kim Landers reached out to Roberts to suggest the event look into possibly having high school students enter and having a student booth. Landers began working with the festival after she took a hiatus from teaching.
“I would like this to become a juried event for metro Atlanta high school students to learn how to present their art,” Landers said. “I want to set precedence that there are a lot of students with great talent.”
Wood Adamson, a senior at North Atlanta High School, is the only student to be featured in this year’s show. Adamson said he is very excited about the privilege of being in the festival and the possibility of meeting and learning from other artists.
For the event, Adamson will prepare several different pieces of photography. He said he became interested in photography after he realized the finished product is a work of art and he chose film instead of digital because he feels it is more personal.
He takes the images he captures on a film camera and transfers them to various sized wood boards.
“About two years ago I was on Stumble Upon when I found the process,” Adamson said. “I print the image and then tattoo it to a board. After I have sanded the board, I glue the image and then soak it in water to peel off the paper.”
The festival will also feature music, food, drinks and will have different activities for children.
If you go:
When: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: behind the Brookhaven MARTA Station