By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen

Norcross Art Splash Returns to Historic Downtown on October 1 and 2
Festival to include artist market, children’s activities, entertainment and food

Norcross - Norcross Art Splash, now in its 13th year, will return to historic downtown on October 1 and 2, 2016. The festivities will run from October 1 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and October 2 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The exciting festival of the arts draws crowds of 40,000 festivalgoers each year, and the charming downtown streets of historic Norcross create the perfect backdrop for the colorful artists' displays. The charismatic area is known for its enchanting shops and eateries - and of course, the train, which rambles along the tracks saying “hello” to visitors and neighbors.

“The City of Norcross and art go hand-in-hand, and as such we are thrilled to welcome back Norcross Art Splash,” said City of Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson. “As an important element of our quality of life and the local economy, we look forward to celebrating the arts in Norcross.”

Described as whimsical and the “show with personality,” Norcross Art Splash is more than just an artist market, it is a way to give back to the community and support an important quality of life factor.  “With a significant portion of the proceeds from Norcross Art Splash made available for purposes of supporting art and education within the City of Norcross, the artist market is a great way to celebrate local artists as well as the community and volunteers,” said Cindy Flynn, Art Splash producer.NorcArtSplash 2015 2737190

Attending Norcross Art Splash is the ideal way to welcome in the fall season, especially with artisans from across the country showing off their talents. The show is filled with folk art, ceramics, paintings, photography mixed media, fiber art, metalwork, and of course, jewelry...lots of sparkly bling! In addition to the artist market, the lively Kidz Zone awaits children of all ages with face painting, sand art, inflatables and energetic rides. Continuous entertainment on Thrasher Park’s intimate stage wows listeners each year with oldies, blues, jazz and musical surprises. The fantastic food row always draws hungry shoppers with its large variety of tasty treats.

The true superstars of Art Splash are the volunteers who treat all of the visitors as welcomed guests—these generous people are the reason Norcross Art Splash will continue to be a part of the City of Norcross – ‘A Place to Imagine. Parking and shuttle buses are free at the event. For more information on volunteering or attending, visit http://norcrossartsplash.splashfestivals.com. Please note that numerous roads will be closed in downtown Norcross to accommodate Norcross Art Splash on Oct. 1 and 2.; please visit www.norcrossga.net for full details on road closures. 

About the City of Norcross
Incorporated in 1870, the city of Norcross has been very busy securing a solid standing as both an eco-conscious community and world-class art district in the nearly century and a half since. Voted Gwinnett County’s “Best Arts & Cultural Scene” by Gwinnett Magazine, Norcross has become well known for its unconventional public arts projects. In addition to earning both Gold and Silver Level awards as a “Green Community” from the Atlanta Regional Commission, Norcross has been recognized as a “Best Green Government” by Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful and “Tree City USA” by The Arbor Day Foundation. The Sustainable Norcross Commission has earned regional applause for its efforts to spearhead the City’s local pro-environment practices. The city’s famed tree canopy, 11 parks and more than 31 acres of beautifully maintained public green space serve as popular gathering spaces for residents and visitors alike. A jam-packed calendar of events and eclectic collection of shops and restaurants serve to keep the historic downtown area bustling year-round. Creative souls from all walks of life are encouraged to “come unwind” and enjoy the positive energy that earns Norcross its reputation as “a place to imagine.”