Jewelry designer Amy Gresens is excited to participate in the Chastain Park Fall Arts Festival, scheduled for Nov. 2 and 3 at the Buckhead greenspace, for the eighth straight year.
“I really like the flow of this one,” said Gresens, a Tucker resident. “The booths are only on one side of the street, and that’s nice because attendees walking through the festival are giving each artist his or her own individual attention. Plus this show has a great variety of art.”
The 11th annual festival will take place Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Nov. 3 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will include 200 painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metal craft persons, glass blowers, jewelers and more from both metro Atlanta and around the nation, up from 175 last year.
“This is our only fine arts festival, and the thing about this particular event is it’s bigger than it’s ever been,” said Randall Fox, vice president/development for the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces, which is hosting the festival and about a dozen others each year. “... We’ll have a larger food court area than we’ve ever had before.”
The event was chosen as one of the Top 100 (No. 67) Arts Festivals Nationwide by Sunshine Artist magazine. Fox said its growth is a testament to the community’s and the city’s love for the festival.
“We’ve really got some A-class artists,” he said of this year’s event.
In addition to the artists and food court area with gourmet food trucks, it will also have live acoustic music and a children’s area. Admission is free.
Gresens, who has been a professional jewelry designer for about 20 years, has displayed and sold her pieces in several of the foundation’s art festivals since 2012.
“I work primarily in sterling silver and I fabricate my work either from sheet metal or wire. Most of my work for probably the past 10 years has been sterling silver and resin,” she said. “Resin is a unique material that comes in a liquid form and you have to mix in a hardener for it to set up. It takes three days to completely cure and harden.
“In the past year I’ve gone back to working with stones in addition to my resin collection. My work is very colorful, the stones and resin. When you stop by my booth or see my work on my website, it’s very vibrant with color.”
The park is located at 4469 Stella Drive in Atlanta. For more information, visit www.chastainparkartsfestival.com.