Chastain Park Fall Arts Festival expands in 12th year

The Chastain Park Fall Arts Festival is back and bigger than ever.

“This one’s our largest fine arts festival of the season. We have 175 artists, local and regional artists. I was going through the list last night, and I’m excited about it because we’ve got some really amazing artists this year,” said Randall Fox, vice president/development of the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces, the Midtown-based nonprofit that hosts this event and others annually.

Taking place Nov. 3 and 4 at the Buckhead park, the festival is now in its 12th year. In 2017 it had 35 less artists than normal because part of the park was closed off while the State Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park was undergoing renovations that were completed in June. This year, it has even more artists than normal.

“We’ve actually expanded a little bit,” Fox said. “We’ve gone a little bit further up Park Drive.”

The festival will be held Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Nov. 4 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free, and in addition to the art on display and for sale, it will offer a children’s area, performances by local acoustic musicians and local food and beverage concessions including gourmet food trucks. The event has won several awards, including being named one of the top 50 best fine arts and design shows in the nation by Sunshine Artists magazine.

Metal smith Josephine Fryar, a Cumming resident, will display her jewelry at the festival for the seventh year. She makes men’s and women’s jewelry including rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings.

“I work with sterling silver, fine silver and gold filled,” she said. “Most of the time, when I create a piece, I’m capturing semiprecious stone. I draw the stone on a piece of paper and then I create what I want to do with the metal around the stone that would enhance the stone.”

Fox said in addition to the amphitheater’s renovations, the park has had other recent upgrades that make it shine.

“Now that the park’s amphitheater renovation is complete, it’s great,” he said. “In the last few years the park got new bathrooms and a new playground. The park is in the best condition it’s ever been in. The city (of Atlanta) and the (Chastain Park) Conservancy have really showcased this park. They’ve done a good job with it.”

Fryar, who has been a professional artist for 12 years, said this festival stands out for two reasons.

“In my opinion,” she said, “it’s one of my favorite festivals because Chastain Park is located in an area where you get both locals and people from out of town, whether it’s tourists or people visiting families. So you get to make a lot of connections. We get a lot of artists from out of town, also. We have a person who comes all the way from California for this show. We’ve made a lot of artists friends through the years.”

The park is located at 4469 Stella Drive in Atlanta. For more information, visit www.chastainparkartsfestival.com.