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Atlanta Arts Festival returns to Piedmont Park Sept. 14-15

Would-be artists will have an opportunity to create their own masterpieces in Canvas by U! classes at the Atlanta Arts Festival Sept. 14-15. (Special: Allison Suzanne)

Would-be artists will have an opportunity to create their own masterpieces in Canvas by U! classes at the Atlanta Arts Festival Sept. 14-15. (Special: Allison Suzanne)

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Artwork in more than a dozen media will be on display and for sale at the seventh annual Atlanta Arts Festival at Piedmont Park Sept. 14-15. (Special: Allison Suzanne)

ATLANTA — Art lovers can view, purchase and even create their own masterpieces the weekend of Sept. 14-15 at the nationally acclaimed Atlanta Arts Festival, celebrating its seventh year at Piedmont Park.

Offered free to the public, the Atlanta Arts Festival is a professionally juried event featuring more than 200 skilled artists from across the country in media that include jewelry, painting, photography, ceramics, sculpture, leather and metal works, glass-blowing and more.

Last year’s festival was ranked among the Top 100 fine arts and design shows in the country by Sunshine Artist Magazine.

“We have chosen an array of artists from across the country who share our passion for art,” Atlanta Arts Festival co-founder Julie Tepp said. “We want the artwork to enhance the cultural experience for (festival) attendees.”

Members of the South’s art-buying community will find an array of unique pieces at the festival to add to their collections, complete a home-decor project or discover a one-of-a-kind jewelry piece that accentuates their individual style. Works will be available for purchase to fit any taste and budget.

More casual festivalgoers and others out to enjoy a beautiful early-autumn weekend in historic Piedmont Park will have an opportunity to relax with a glass of wine and listen to the music of some of the area’s best talent at the festival’s Acoustic Cafe tent. With favorite food vendors on hand, art demonstrations, Canvas by U! classes and crafts for the kids in Lil’ Artist Alley, the Atlanta Arts Festival offers plenty to keep the entire family busy.

Many attendees will no doubt want to take part in the Canvas by U! classes that allow would-be artists with little or even no experience to create their own masterpieces. Instructor Stacy Abston uses a step-by-step method that allows all participants to create a painting during separate hour-and-a-half sessions.

“Classes, demonstrations and workshops are such an integral part of Atlanta Arts Festival,” Tepp said. “We not only want festivalgoers to view and purchase art from extremely skilled craftsmen, we also want to allow them the opportunity to create art. That’s why we incorporated Canvas by U! classes into the festival.”

Separate classes, whose $20 fee includes all supplies needed, are scheduled Saturday from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Birch Trees), 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m. (Three Scoops) and 3:30 p.m.-5 p.m. (Funky Flowers). Sunday classes include Wildflower Abstract (1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.) and Funky Pumpkins (3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.).

Keep up with plans for the Atlanta Arts Festival by following on Twitter @AtlantaArtsFest, becoming a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/atlantaartsfestival, visiting the website www.AtlantaArtsFestival.com or by calling (770) 941-9660.