The 13th annual Brookhaven Arts Festival has returned this year with a number of new artists and attractions that could bring more than the 5,000 who attended in 2016.

Scheduled Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Oct. 22 from noon to 5 p.m. at 4047 Peachtree Road, the festival is free and open to the public. The event will have 140 artists on hand to sell their creations of glass, paintings, photos, sculptures, mixed media and more.

Jennifer Sessions, who is helping coordinate the event with others from Keller Williams Realty, which is in its third year of organizing the festival, said with the new artists on hand as well as new features, the expected crowd should easily eclipse the 2016 attendance.

“We have doubled our marketing efforts and advertising of this event from last year and, with new artists, music and these other new attractions, we are expecting larger crowds,” she said.

However, according to Sessions, the element that sets this event apart from other arts festivals is it focuses on higher-quality artwork in many different artistic regimens featured.

“The artists who will display their creations this year were selected by a panel of judges last year,” she said.

Among the new attractions is a booth manned by members of the North Springs High School National Honor Arts Society.

“These high school students will be working with youngsters to do bubble and stamp art, as well as other artistic creations,” Sessions said.

In addition, the festival will also include experts in building treehouses. They will have a booth and a treehouse that had been constructed and will provide information on how to build a treehouse, Sessions said.

Buckhead resident Sandra Delaney, who attended the festival last year, said she is happy the event is back and has already made plans to attend.

“My mother(-in-law) and father-in-law are visiting from Cumming and have never seen this event, and they are looking forward to it, from what I have told them,” she said. “I have told them a lot about it and I think they will be pleased.”

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