Artober Gwinnett is a month-long celebration aimed at increasing participation in arts and culture events throughout the county and expanding the exposure of our amazing organizations, venues and artists who are shaping our vibrant and creative community. I am solely responsible for selecting events to partner with in the area or creating our own special events to bring to the area. Below you will find a list of successful 2019 events that I had the pleasure of producing.
Spirits & Spirits featuring The Wicked Library
Visitors were encouraged to grab a cocktail and settle in for a bevy of terrifying tales as Spirits & Spirits returned with this special Halloween treat for adults only. The event at the Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville welcomed the award-winning horror podcast The Wicked Library.
This rare live performance featured dramatic tellings of horror fiction stories from new, upcoming, independent and bestselling authors. These tales of terror were performed by The Wicked Library’s talented voice actors and feature custom music to bring the stories to life.
Books & Brews
Guests enjoyed an evening of Books, Beer and Bluegrass at Suwanee’s new StillFire Brewing. In partnership with the Gwinnett County Public Library and Explore Gwinnett, they learn about Prohibition in Atlanta from local experts and Authors Ron Smith and Mary O. Boyle while listening to Bluegrass melodies from Lost Horizon.
Words & Wine
In partnership with the Gwinnett County Public Library, this event featured nationally renowned journalist, wine expert, and author Kevin Begos as he discussed his travels along the original wine routes—from the Caucasus Mountains, where wine grapes were first domesticated eight thousand years ago, crossing the Mediterranean to Europe, and then America—and unearth a whole world of forgotten grapes, each with distinctive tastes and aromas.
The event took place at the R. Alexander Fine Art Gallery which houses one of the largest collections of artwork in the southeast from a versatile range of contemporary emerging to established international and American artists.
Suwanee Fine Arts Festival
The Suwanee Fine Arts Festival was a two-day outdoor celebration of the arts in the award winning Suwanee Town Center Park. Art is a major part of Suwanee’s culture providing an ideal location for a Fine Arts Festival. Organized by the North Gwinnett Arts Association, with a 10-year history of running the successful springtime Arts in the Park, and Explore Gwinnett, this festival is a two day fall festival with a focus on high quality, fine art.
Visitors will found themselves surrounded by all types of artists of diverse fine art and original disciplines, including painting, drawing, clay, photography, fine jewelry, sculpture, metal, leather and more.
Hogwarts at the Hudgens
A night of family fun was had by all as the Hudgens Center for Art & Learning transformed into Hogwarts for the night with activities for the whole family to enjoy.
An award-winning night at Duluth Town Green showcasing local students Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math project-based learning projects.