Happy Monday, fellow creatives!
Did you have a good weekend? I sure did, and I want to share our Saturday adventure with you!
Y'all know that I live in Duluth-- Norcross is the city south of us. Throughout high school I enjoyed what was then known as the Norcross Arts Festival, now called the Norcross Art Splash. I was anxious on our way over because I have such fond memories of the celebration. But y'all, it's even better now! Norcross has grown, adding a gorgeous park and townhouses, more shops and restaurants, and an even more lovely and eclectic atmosphere than before. By my best guess, Norcross was the first little historical downtown around here to start reviving itself in earnest, so I think this weekend was a glimpse of the growth and thriving we'll see in Duluth over the next five to ten years. How exciting!
We walked through the booths first, admiring the artists' work (Norcross always has the best selection of creative vendors of all the festivals right around here, at least if you ask me) and making a couple of purchases. I was particularly delighted to meet Janae Easton of Platypusfile. From what I saw, Janae does mostly screen printing (of a couple different types) along with some sewing, painting, knitting, and probably more. Her taste and sense of color are impeccable. I bought both a tshirt and a collaged print of her "Horses of a Different Color" design, but, honestly, I wish I could have made off with the whole booth! ha!
Next we wandered up to Lillian Webb Park which, to be totally honest, I'd never even heard of before Saturday. But, wow it's gorgeous. There's a huge double fountain terrace with a splash pad at the bottom, lots of grassy space for running, and new, beautiful town homes running down one side.
The Norcross Art Splash was the perfect Saturday outing for our little family. I enjoyed the variety of artists and seeing the ways Norcross is continuing to grow. It makes me even more excited to see how Duluth continues to grow and develop as our present phase of construction winds down, new businesses move in, and the construction of apartments and townhouses begins!
Speaking of, I'm installing Murmuration 1.0 in Duluth City Hall today. It will be there for several months-- be sure to go visit it! (And then take a picture and tag @stringandstory on Instagram and/or Facebook!) Also, you can read more about my vision and hope for a Maker Spot in the City of Duluth in this earlier blog article.