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Weather Beautiful for Barefoot in the Park

Visitors gather on the Duluth Town Green to admire art and celebrate Mother's Day.

Art lovers and families celebrating Mother’s Day flocked to Duluth for the Barefoot in the Park Fine Arts Festival this past weekend. The art admirers and shoppers included many mother-daughter-grandchildren groupings.

The weather was beautiful for the two-day festival May 11 and 12 featuring performances on two stages and artists displaying their creations under tents on the Duluth Town Green. Their artwork included jewelry, paintings, photography, wood art, sculpture, fiber art, and more. Fifty-plus juried artists participated in the festival.

Children explored their artistic inclinations with colored sand and other media in the Art Park tent. Artists demonstated their talents under the Learning Village tent. For adults, there were wine tastings and a beer garden. Food trucks parked on Main Street served tacos, chicken, and frozen custard.

Heads of famous persons made from book pages were displayed in another tent. Models showed the heads in gilded picture frames for the audience to guess who they were on Saturday. The Gwinnett County Public Library sponsored the “Pulp Fashion” exhibit.

Young musicians of “38th Parallel” entertained Barefoot Gala attendees Saturday night as they sipped wine, sampled restaurant food specialties, and bid on auction items.

This year’s festival was the ninth annual event. It traditionally occurs on Mother’s Day weekend every year.

Jean H May 13, 2013 at 02:47 PM
Truly a fun weekend for artists and those of us who "appreciate the arts"! Performances of music to dance throughout the weeked really added to the festival's atmosphere.

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