This year's Sandy Springs Artsapalooza is adopting an Easter theme.

With the eighth annual arts festival falling on Easter weekend this year, it will include an Easter egg hunt with 5,000 eggs.

"It will be the largest Easter egg hunt in Sandy Springs this year," Randall Fox, vice president/development of the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces, the Midtown-based nonprofit hosting this festival and 12 others in 2019. ... We call it BYOB: Bring your own baskets."

But that's just one component of Artsapalooza, the largest arts festival in Sandy Springs, with about 150 artists displaying and selling their work. It is set for April 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and April 21 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will include a children’s play area, gourmet food trucks, local musicians and interactive art stations.

"We are increasing our food court size as well as our stage presence," Fox said. "There's plenty of (free) parking at Century Springs East and West (office park).

“Artsapalooza is really geared toward the community of Sandy Springs. ... It continues to be named one of the top 100 festivals nationwide by Sunshine Artists magazine.”

Cumming resident John Lundy, an art teacher at Robinson Elementary in Dawsonville, is one of the artists selling their work at Artsapalooza this year. Lundy, who will have a booth at the event for the third year, specializes in mixed-media sculptures using paper, clay, metal, wood and found objects.

"I’m inspired by folk art. … I put a lot of emphasis on the (creative) process because the process is what I enjoy," he said. "The subject matter I focus on is more whimsical and borderline odd. It's getting a little weirder the more I do it. … When people see my (art), a lot of people at every show I do will stop and smile. It's great to see a smile to their face based on the whimsical things I do.

"I teach art at an elementary school and started (creating my own art pieces) by working with the kids. I'm inspired by the nuances in the children's work. That is mirrored in some of my work as well. I could never be an architect, but this gives me an outlet to be messy and make mistakes. I enjoy having the outcome of making those mistakes be something I'm happy with. As an art teacher I tell the kids that mistakes create opportunities, and I find that is also the case with the pieces I display at these shows.”

Lundy said Artsapalooza stands out for at least three reasons.

"I think the area is ever-changing but it's also a little higher end than others, which brings people who have an eye for art," he said. "That time of year, it's great. It's just starting to warm up. It's a lot of fun to see a lot of people to come out."

The festival will be located at 6100 Lake Forrest Drive in Sandy Springs. Admission is free with art, food and drinks available to purchase.

For more information, visit www.sandyspringsartsapalooza.com.

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