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My name is Gerrie Wydeven doing-business-as Wydeven Designs. I have been conducting this small GREEN business since 2004. Wydeven Designs, based in the Atlanta, Georgia area, sells CHAIRS, LOVESEATS, CHAISES, SETTEES and other fine, well-constructed refurbished upholstered pieces. I love to travel, cook, take photographs and generally follow style and decor topics as well!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Norcross Art Festival - Home Sweet Home

Norcross Arts Festival in historic downtown area 
My mailing address is Norcross, Georgia, although our particular area has recently become its own city - Peachtree Corners (how unique is that) - but Norcross remains the mailing address.  So this blog is about my home town.  It is a suburb of Atlanta - about 22 miles from city center which is considered close-in given the huge area that the Atlanta metropolitan area occupies.  Here is a tell-all website for the city of Norcross including its history - link to website - an excerpt:
Georgia's first rail tracks were laid in the mid-1830's, and during the years of post-Civil War Reconstruction, rail expansion led to town expansion.  In 1869, Atlanta entrepreneur J.J. Thrasher purchased 250 acres around the first stop north along the proposed Richmond Danville lines, and a year later, the area was incorporated. Thrasher named the new town for his good friend and fellow entrepreneur, Jonathan Norcross, who was also the fourth mayor of Atlanta.
Over the weekend,  the annual Norcross Arts Festival in the historic downtown area was scheduled.  We had only once been to this event briefly before and thought we'd meander over on Sunday afternoon.  The weather had turned chilly for this area (mid 60's) so it definitely felt like fall.  We were VERY impressed with the scope and variety of the event and it was very well attended.

The Norcross Arts Festival's website includes much information about the event - link to website.
The Norcross Art Fest, the first sparkling member of our Splash Festivals family, will celebrate its ninth season on October 6 and 7, 2012. The popular Art Fest, with crowds of 60,000 festival goers in 2011, makes its home on the charming streets of historic downtown Norcross. Whimsical and wildly colorful artisans from across the country exhibit their imaginative artwork amidst the enchanting shops, eateries and boutiques in the City of Norcross. 
Heading towards art displays.

I bought several Christmas gifts and picked up vendor cards for future discussions.  Several vendors have Estsy shops (as I do) so that may be a way to stay connected.  Here are some images of the event - we will definitely put this on our calendars for future visits.

I also discovered a shop selling Annie Sloan Chalk Paints (Yaaah) and promised to come back to do a "blog exclusive" on her shop.

Here is the ASCP Shop - I will be visiting soon to make some purchases and hear more about her shop. 
Love this idea and wish I had known - I would have donated one of my chairs.
 This was a wonderful stop for us and an impressive venue for our hometown!

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