An annual arts festival will offer an experience beyond the walls of a gallery for its fourth year this spring.
The Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces will host Sandy Springs Artsapalooza, a free two-day arts festival on Lake Forrest Drive between Mount Vernon Highway and Hammond Drive, Saturday and Sunday.
“The event increases awareness of art and gets people outdoors,” Patrick Dennis, the organization’s co-founder and president, said last week. “It’s an art experience with no barriers. It’s like a museum coming to you.”
The event includes 150 artists including painters, photographers, sculptors, glassblowers, jewelers and more with artwork, food and beverages for sale. It will feature local musicians and children’s activities. The organization coordinates arts events for the Georgia Foundation for Public Spaces, a nonprofit, which supports artists and community-based arts programs.
At least 10,000 people are expected to attend the event, which will be held rain or shine, Dennis said.
“People can meet the artists who made the work and go deeper than any other experience,” he said. “That personal connection is very important.”
Making his festival debut, Brett Reinhardt, an artist from Roswell, will show work that represents how he has evolved as an artist. Reinhardt, who said he has been drawing since childhood, graduated with honors from The Art Institute of Atlanta where he studied illustration and design.
“I gravitated toward art,” Reinhardt said. “In a sense it was unavoidable. Art wasn’t something I did because I had extra time or because I needed a hobby; I did it so frequently to the point that I realized it was something I’d do no matter what.”
Reinhardt began working in oil painting in 2011 and fine arts in 2014. He said his “Suspended Subconsciousness” series explores expressing memories, dream and feelings through color.