Shoes might be optional, but fun is guaranteed at the 11th Annual Barefoot in the Park. This celebratory first spring event occurs May 9 – 10 on the beautiful and spacious Duluth Town Green. Offering an eclectic mix of artistry, food, music, hands-on learning, performances by talented locals, Barefoot in the Park has become a memorable Mother’s Day Weekend tradition for many families, adults, or anyone else enjoying the much anticipated arrival of spring. After a long melancholy winter of hibernation, Barefoot in the Park offers the perfect venue for escaping outdoors!
An expected 60 exhibits by acclaimed artists will welcome first-day visitors May 9th. Friendly leashed canines can tour the booths with their owners, starting at 10:00a.m., to enjoy the festive atmosphere. Rain or shine, this event is one of the best and was granted the “Community Impact Award for A Visual Arts Organization” in 2014 by Artworks Gwinnett. Parking is abundant and admission is free, so no more excuses! Come enjoy the festivities with friends, neighbors or new acquaintances in scenic Downtown Duluth.
Participatory artists expected at 2015 Barefoot in the Park, include those talented in acrylics, folk artistry, glassblowing, jewelry, photography, and pottery, both metal and wood sculpting, watercolor, and woodworking. The Student Art Exhibit area will spotlight Duluth youth, and a Silent Auction will offer adults the opportunity to bid on a gamut of unique items.
After viewing and potentially purchasing some of the Barefoot in the Park art, how about creating your own? The Jay Shapiro Adult Learning Village is a hands-on artistic experience for interested students of all ages. Kudos to Binders Art Supply and Frames, one of our 2015 sponsors, for a busy two-day schedule of lecturers who will share their talents with aspiring amateurs. Attendees can enjoy learning techniques specific to acrylics and oils, calligraphy, pastels, pottery, converting recycled objects into art, stained glass, and watercolors. View the list of lecturing artists.
Delectable gourmet food is another reason why many visitors frequent Barefoot in the Park, and this year is no exception! Proof of the Pudding will offer their catering talents with an assortment of delicious items for all discerning palates. Beverages to accompany the chef-inspired cuisine include “adult” options from the Beer Garden, with both wine and beer available. All drinks and food items can be consumed while visiting the booths or other performance areas.
Along with the artistry, hands-on learning, and the gourmet cuisine, included in this two-day celebration is also a montage of beautiful music, and a multitude of spirited dance performances. Featured first on the Main Stage, Saturday at 11:00 a.m., the Gwinnett Community Band is a talented group of area citizens, and always a crowd pleaser with their diverse repertoire of patriotic and fan favorites. The early afternoon performers include the Atlanta Harmony Celebration at 12:20 p.m., Compa Flamenco at 1:05 p.m., and the Lawrenceville Community Orchestra, scheduled for 1:50 p.m.
The Second Stage venue doubles the entertainment options for this year’s Barefoot in the Park guests. The Mexican Ballet Azteca opens the Saturday line-up with a 12:30 p.m. performance. The Green Flag Band is scheduled at 1:00 p.m., with an encore by Compa Flamenco occurring at 2:15 p.m. View the complete listing of scheduled Saturday and Sunday stage events.
Come join the fun this year and enjoy one or both Barefoot in the Park days with your mother, another special someone, or just solo. An estimated crowd of 12,000 visited our successful 2014 event. If you missed us last year, it is time to experience one of the best artist forums in the Southeast, while also finding a unique gift for a memorable Mother’s Day.
Our thanks to the sponsors who help make Barefoot in the Park possible. Including Binders, we appreciate the generosity and support of Costco, the Duluth Fine Arts League, Forrestall CPAs, the Georgia Trail at Sugarloaf, Graphic Communications, Gwinnett Medical Center, Gwinnett Magazine, Jacqueline Casey Hudgens Center for the Arts, The McGarity Group, Mobile Communications, Primerica, and our advertising partner, Rock, Paper, Scissors.
We hope to see you Mother’s Day Weekend and “Come Capture the Spirit of Good Living” with a future visit to Duluth for Barefoot in the Park or one of our many upcoming scheduled summer activities!