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Peachtree Hills Festival of the Arts this weekend
by Everett Catts
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Staff / Samantha M. Shal / Artist Janet McGregor Dunn shows a selection of her sculpted ceramic work in aqua.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / Artist Janet McGregor Dunn shows a selection of her sculpted ceramic work in aqua.
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Staff / Samantha M. Shal / From left, Patrick Dennis, executive director of the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces, talks with artist Janet McGregor Dunn about her sculpted ceramic pieces, which can be both functional and non-functional.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / From left, Patrick Dennis, executive director of the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces, talks with artist Janet McGregor Dunn about her sculpted ceramic pieces, which can be both functional and non-functional.
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Staff / Samantha M. Shal / Artist Janet McGregor Dunn shows ‘Kiss By A Mermaid,’ one of her abstract sculpted ceramic pieces.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / Artist Janet McGregor Dunn shows ‘Kiss By A Mermaid,’ one of her abstract sculpted ceramic pieces.
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Staff / Samantha M. Shal / Artist Janet McGregor Dunn shows a selection of her sculpted ceramic work in aqua, including ‘Into the Mystic,’ which she is holding.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal / Artist Janet McGregor Dunn shows a selection of her sculpted ceramic work in aqua, including ‘Into the Mystic,’ which she is holding.
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Janet McGregor Dunn remembers well the rains that dampened the 2013 Peachtree Hills Festival of the Arts in Buckhead.

But the Fayette County resident said the overwhelming positives of the third annual event, set for Saturday and Sunday, have drawn her to display her artwork there for the second straight year.

“I fell in love with this show last year,” said Dunn, who specializes in sculpted pottery. “The [attendees] were fabulous. … The artists there are stellar. It’s a nice atmosphere and an easy walk-through. It’s a nice location. They had some peripheral events [music and children’s activities]. That brought out the crowds. Last year I made some repeat customers who now follow me. They’ll come see me at other shows.”

Patrick Dennis, executive director of the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces, the nonprofit hosting this festival and 10 others this year, said this event is smaller than most of the foundation’s events. It will have about 120 artists and is expected to draw at least 10,000 people, about half the size of the foundation’s larger festivals.

“What’s different about this festival is it’s intimate,” he said. “The Peachtree Hills neighborhood is quiet, full of very happy young families. They anticipate this festival. They were saying, as we did the site preview earlier this week, ‘Oh goody, we can’t wait.’ … A person can see everything easily from walking from end to end. It’s easy to navigate. … It’s bookended by the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center and the Peachtree Hills and Virginia avenues.

“People who have never been to this will discover a neighborhood that is charming. One thing that sets this apart from other events is it is becoming primarily a fine arts festival. So I looked on the list of booths and we have some world-class participating artists who you would not normally get to see up close and personal.”

Dennis said sculptor Paul Freundt, who recently was featured on HGTV, and Michael Zavison, a two-dimensional mixed media artist who uses chemicals instead of paint, are among the top artists who will have their work displayed this weekend.

The festival also will have a stage with acoustic musicians performing, a children’s area and gourmet food trucks. Parking is available at the center and the festival is also accessible via the Lindbergh MARTA station, Dennis said.

Dunn, an artist for the last 15 to 20 years who also has dabbled in acrylic and oil painting, has one wish for this weekend.

“I’m looking forward to having great weather,” she said.

If you go:

o What: Peachtree Hills Festival of the Arts

o When: Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

o Where: Peachtree Hills Recreation Center, 308 Peachtree Hills Ave., Buckhead

o Cost: free to attend with free parking; art work, food and drink for sale

o Information: (404) 873-1222 or www.peachtreehillsfestival.com
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