Sunday, April 22, 2012

Around Town @ The Atlanta Dogwood Festival

My few seconds of Fame at the Dogwood Festival

Article by Rob Levins for the Midtown Patch


LIGHTS, CAMERA AND ACTION...... it’s the 76th Annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival in Piedmont Park. So far I rank it the most exciting Dogwood Festival in years... it's EXPLOSIVELY fun!
Well it's finally the weekend and your wondering what to do. Well for starters, hop on your bike, cruise down in your car, or if your like myself take a leisurely stroll down to Piedmont Park for the arts and entertainment event of the season. Because I was blown away yesterday by the impact this years Festival has to offer, I plan to return again today to be able to take in the many things I just couldn't get to because there was so much to see and do.
To make things easy for you, here is a snapshot of the hundreds of things you will encounter on your stroll through the park. So put on your comfortable walking shoes and let's have some FUN!
Festival Dates and Times:
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 

Art Market- a total of 260 artists who are both local and from throughout the country have converged to Midtown to bring you an exciting variety of jewelry, sculpture, mixed media, paintings, photography and fiber art. What's exciting this year is that there are many NEW and creative works of art that will catch your attention and hopefully catch you to buy before somebody else does. Here are several "key" artists I caught up with to give us a little background on their incredible talent.

Booth 116- OBAMETALSMITH / goldsmith-silversmith- Artist, Obayana B Ajanaku
  • Obayana (Oh-bey-yana) was born in Texas and transplanted to Decatur, Ga. A skilled gold and silversmith for 37 years, Obayana has trained with talented instructors from Mexico, Russia and Japan. His most popular jewelry style is his U hoop stirrup earrings that are reflective of the metal designs incorporated onto horse stirrups he saw in Texas while visiting rodeos with his grandfather. His creations are a must see if your looking for great jewelry.

Booth 120- DAWNART / expressionist oil painter-Dawn Kinney Martin
  • Dawn is a 13-year resident of Atlanta and creates bold and colorful artwork in her Midtown studio home. The impact of COLOR is her trademark. Her passion to explore the depth and drama of color brings excitement to those viewing her art. She is also available for creating custom works of art for your home. So, if COLOR is your passion, Dawn is the person to see. 

Here is a link to read the full article by Rob Levins 
http://midtown.patch.com/blog_posts/around-town-the-atlanta-dogwood-festival
Hope to see you out there.

Cheers!
Dawn
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