Norcross Art Fest 2011The 8th annual Norcross Art Fest is this Saturday – Sunday, October 1 & 2 in downtown Norcross, Georgia. If you’ve never been, I highly recommend it. There’s beautiful artwork, food vendors and a fun family atmosphere for everyone. I’m not an art critic, nor do I have a specially trained eye for masterpieces. But I do love ambling through art festivals like this to see what’s begging to be taken home.

If you’ve never visited historic downtown Norcross, you’re in for a treat. It retains all the charm of small town America from years-gone-by. Small, boutique shops, great restaurants and the childhood excitement and wonder that comes with watching freight trains zoom by on the city’s train tracks all make downtown Norcross, Georgia a special place to visit.

Robert Rodenberger Painting 2It’s been a couple of years since I’ve been to the Norcross Art Fest, so I’m eager to go back. The last time I went, my wife and I fell in love with the paintings of Robert Griffis Rodenberger, who owns Jazzy Artz in Kennesaw, GA. His landscape paintings became a centerpiece in our living room that year. Like I said, I’m not an art critic, but they just make me feel warm and at home. Incidentally, our friends Kim and Alessandro also have some of his artwork hanging right when you walk in their front door. They have a better eye for art than I do, so I felt like my choice of artists was confirmed! My mission this year is to seek out Robert and see what new works of his are calling me.

Robert Rodenberger Painting 1Downtown historic Norcross is a great place for walking around (and people watching) and enjoying cooler October weather. If you have kids, Thrasher park is one of the best playgrounds in the area, great for when your little ones can’t take any more art window shopping. The Forum at Peachtree Parkway (the headquarters of our GA insurance agency) is a major sponsor this year, so come on down and join us this weekend to support our local economy and the arts!