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Festival rings in spring
Art, flowers fill annual gathering
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Cheri and Russell Burchard take a stroll through the Art in the Garden festival Sunday at the Bowen Center for the Arts in Dawsonville. - photo by Michele Hester Dawson Community News

Spring-like conditions last weekend were ideal for the Dawson County Arts Center's annual Art in the Garden Festival.

Featuring more than 30 vendors from across the region offering an array of garden-inspired art, collectibles and flowers just in time for spring, the two-day event was held Saturday and Sunday at the Bowen Center for the Arts.

"We've really had a good turnout," said Ginny Greenwood, executive director of the arts center. "Everyone's having a good time, and the vendors are selling."

Organizers said several hundred people attended the event, which raises money for the Dawson County Arts Council and its community initiatives.

Local painter Cheri Burchard enjoyed the festival Sunday with husband Russell. The couple found a personalized parasol they bought for granddaughter Elizabeth.

"The weather's just perfect. It's been nice to walk around and see the art and artists," she said.

Tim and Melissa Herrell, with sons Kai and Kobi, browsed the selection of spring flowers after the kids rode around the garden festival on a train.

"We always have a good time. The kids are really liking the ice cream," she said.

New attractions at the festival were added in an effort to increase the arts center's visibility.

"Having the roving musicians here on Saturday was really a hit," Greenwood said. "Plus it allowed us to showcase our upcoming Full Moon Fridays, where we'll have live music and you can bring your blanket and basket and enjoy the music outside."