Julie Tepp, The Atlanta Art Festival

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Atlanta is a city that loves art, festivals and Piedmont Park, so it was only a matter of time before an art festival was born in the city’s signature green space.  The Atlanta Art Festival is slated to take place this weekend (September 18-19), and it’s shaping up to be quite an event.  A professionally juried artist market with over 200 artists from across the country, demonstrations and classes, live entertainment and (of course), lots of food are all on the agenda.   A few minutes with the festival’s founder and director, Julie Tepp…

Q. What is it that people love so much about festivals?

A. Festivals, all across the world, bring a diverse population together that would not normally be in the same place at the same time.  It’s a unique break from ones norm; you get to see and experience things/people you wouldn’t often be exposed to.

 

Q. Why do the arts matter?  Think just how boring our lives would be without art, of all forms.

A. Art evokes feeling, which in my opinion, in this day and age, is something people give little time to; rarely do people take the feelings of another into consideration.  Art is not just important to artists.  A few days ago, my 3.5 yr. old and I were looking at some family photographs, which I enjoyed her description of who was who, what they were doing, etc.  Then, I asked her about some of the artwork we have in our home, one piece in particular.  She told me that it had “bright colors in it.”  I asked her how the image made her feel, to which she replied “thrilled.”  I asked her why and she explained that “It looks like something happened to the bird that was wonderful and made him happy.”  An opportunity about feelings and outdoor situations presented itself; such as the mama bird was able to feed her family.  As a mother, I feel compelled to explain things truthfully.  Art opened an opportunity of honest explanation between my child and myself; that matters.

 

Q. What do you love about living in Atlanta?

A. The opportunity it gives to young people, the connectedness to vibrant city life, the cultural opportunities and experiences it offers.

 

Q. 24 hours to show off Atlanta to a delegation of artists, curators and patrons from out of town.  Where are you taking them, and what are you doing?

A. I would try to pack in as many experiences that Atlanta culturally has to offer as possible!  I’d probably start with a show like  “Pageant: The Musical”, a new show, which is a spoof on the pageant industry where all the contestants are men; hilarious!  The Rialto Center for the Arts is a place where a visit is something I consider a privilege.  I’d make sure our guests also got to visit the famous Museums/Centers with rich history to them, such as the King Center, the Jimmy Carter Center all the way down to the small organizations that work hard just for their causes, such as the Teaching Museum, the Wren’s Nest (Atlanta’s oldest House Museum).  Not to leave out performance art, I’d hate for any visitor to miss the belle herself, the Fox Theatre!  Organizations such as the High Museum of Art, Woodruff Arts Center, the Alliance Theatre are a must as well.  I’m starving by now and I’d be a liar if I didn’t mention that we would certainly make a stop at Nuevo Laredo…if you’ve been; further explanation is not necessary.  Lastly, we would probably head on over to Piedmont Park for a discussion on everything we had seen and lament on Atlanta’s greatness!

 

Q. What is the Atlanta Arts Festival, and why is it awesome?

A. The Atlanta Arts Festival is a fall time fine art festival, set in historic Piedmont Park.  This festival presents a great opportunity for patrons to experience a snapshot of so many arts entities from throughout the city.  On Saturday, Sept. 18th, enjoy segments from a new musical, “Pageant: The Musical” to multi discipline art forms, provided by the Woodruff Arts Center, including Atlanta Symphony musicians, performances from the Alliance Theatre’s upcoming musicals, Young Audience musicians, to a Dali impersonator from the High Museum of Art.   On Sunday, Sept. 18, enjoy a variety of acoustic music from local musicians, compliments of 944 Magazine

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