I attended the Alpharetta Arts Streetfest this year (April 21-22, 2007) and I must admit that the local photographers -- and those from across the US -- were a personal highlight of the event. As a photobug myself, I really enjoyed seeing the work of others showcased.
My favorite photographer at the event was a local artist, Howard Williams. (Howard Williams Photography in Alpharetta Georgia)
One of my favorites in his display used a black an white approach and added a colorized portion (a barn). It was a huge print with great impact.
My second favorite display -- a close second -- was the work of local artist Robert Jones (Robert Jones Photography in Alpharetta Georgia
). Jones specialized in black and white photography and had several examples of infrared pieces that were impressive.
I was impressed that the best of show, in my humble opinion, were local artists. There was one artist, specializing in nature photography, who offered impressive samples of his work. Unfortunately, he was not local.
Ironically, I noticed that marketing matters in art as much as it does in real estate! One photographer trumped the sales of another talented photographer by offering something "different" -- black and white photography -- which resulted in a great deal of public interest.
In addition to the great photographers, the Alpharetta Arts Streetfest this year offered lots of fun for kids including: art project booths, face painting, a talent show and sweet treats. Several of the children also enjoyed playing in the fountain in the square.
Adult attendees enjoyed other art exhibits: Pottery, woodworking, metal work, eclectic multi media, painting, and (of course) music.
And the food? Smokey Bones
offered great barbeque options and there were funnel cakes and a Starbucks booth (offering free samples).
It was a great day. If you would like to see more photos, visit my Alpharetta Photo Blog on the Alpharetta Arts Streetfest
. If you didn't attend this year, be sure to go next year!