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Johns Creek Arts Festival to feature more than 100 artists
by Nicole Dow
October 09, 2013 01:04 PM | 2609 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Johns Creek resident Jill Wood will be one of the artists participating in this year's Johns Creek Arts Festival showcasing her unique handmade soaps.
Johns Creek resident Jill Wood will be one of the artists participating in this year's Johns Creek Arts Festival showcasing her unique handmade soaps.
All forms of creativity — from visual art and fashion to music and dance — will ignite audiences as the Johns Creek Arts Festival returns for its second year Oct. 19 and 20.

This free two-day festival will feature more than 100 artists of all mediums.

One artist to be showcased is Jill Wood, of Johns Creek, who creates homemade artisan soap. She uses natural ingredients that are gentle on skin and creates the bars using unique molds and a brilliant mix of colors and scents.

“My family and I have lived in Johns Creek for 12 years and we really do love it here,” Wood said. “I’m looking forward to a wonderful, fun-filled day in the community. It’s really just an honor to be part of the event.”

Headlining local acts von Grey and Banks & Shane will take the stage Oct. 19 with a fireworks show to follow. Crowds who come out Oct. 20 will hear New Orleans jazz from Blair Crimmins, gospel music from Anitra Jay and rock jams from Aaxiss.

The festival also includes food, children’s games and a pet parade where pooches dress up in costumes. The Johns Creek Arts Center is teaming up with Northview High School’s origami club to offer children an opportunity to create their own folded paper art. Executive director Gail Hisle said the booth will bring a new, exciting element to the festival beyond the typical face painting and sand art.

“Plus because Johns Creek has really such a diverse culture with a strong Asian influence, we thought that would be a wonderful project,” she said. Patty Hansen, Johns Creek’s chief of staff, said last year the Johns Creek Convention and Visitors Bureau commissioned a survey which estimated about 25,000 visitors attended. She said the city expects even more this year as last year’s affair was dampered a bit with rain and a severe drop in temperature.

“Our survey told us that over 95 percent of respondents felt they would return in 2013,” Hansen said. “Over 97 percent rated the festival from good to excellent.”

Hansen said the mayor and city council has charged city staff with supporting the arts in ways that build a sense of community.

“This arts festival supports the arts overall and has a positive economic impact,” she said. “Most people don’t think of the arts as a driving economic force, however, the survey reported the 2012 festival carried an impact of well over $600,000 for the city.”

If you go:
What: Johns Creek Arts Festival
Where: Atlanta Athletic Club fields, 1390 Bobby Jones Drive, Johns Creek
When: Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with concerts to begin at 7 p.m., and Oct. 20 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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