The Roswell Arts Festival is a revered tradition in a city that has one of the most dynamic art communities in the state, which the annual September event helped to establish.
The festival draws artists and craftsmen from across the Southeast as well as locally, showcasing their creations and offering them for sale.
Twenty-year Roswell resident Greg Daney chose the festival to exhibit his first new works after a three-year hiatus from painting.
“It was time,” he said of his decision to go back to his brushes. “I need to get creative again.”
He began his career in sports art, depicting everything from thoroughbred race horses to the Pan American Games, the Chrysler Triple Crown and major league baseball, including a painting and limited edition print of Sod Bream sliding over home plate to send the Braves to the ’92 World Series.
But he also worked full time in graphics and printing, so painting in his spare time, particularly since each of the sports-related artworks took three months, burned him out. The portraits are evocative of their subjects, capturing their essences on canvas. “It’s a way of looking at someone that you haven’t seen before, but in 20 years, you will still know exactly who that person is,” Daney said. Daney will be among the many quality vendors on hand, but the festival has even more planned for the weekend.
On Saturday, there will be performances by Tolbert/Yilmaz School of Dance; Roswell City Dance; North Fulton School of Music; Atlanta Dance Central; Dance FX and Cirque Freaks. Sunday’s entertainment will be by Chloe Sanguine; Twin Spirit; North Fulton School of Music; Peachy Pyron; guitarist Lee Fowler; and 38th Parallel.
A large canvas will be set up for festival attendees ages 16 and older paint a section of it and encourage their artistic talents. The final artwork will be on display in Roswell throughout the year, adding a new section with each arts festival.
The Roswell Arts Festival is presented by the Roswell Recreation Association, a group dedicated to benefitting the Roswell Recreation and Parks Department needs. To date, total funds the association has raised amount to more than $858,000.