By John Schaffner
johnschaffner@reporternewspapers.net

The seventh-anniversary Brookhaven Arts Festival will bring more than 125 juried artists and their artworks to Apple Valley Road between North Druid Hills and Dresden Drive behind the Brookhaven MARTA station on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 16-17.

Free to the public, the festival offers a little something for everyone – artwork, crafts, music, a kids area and food and beverage vendors. The festivities will run from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday.

The arts festival is organized and run by the Brookhaven Arts Alliance, and the principal sponsor for the 2010 event is Brookhaven Bank.

Festival parking is available in the Brookhaven MARTA station parking lot behind the station. And the festival is convenient to all Atlanta by using MARTA rail to the Brookhaven station for fast and easy access.

This year’s featured artist, and poster design winner, is Manami Lingerfelt. Originally from Japan, Lingerfelt came to the United States in 2002. Posters and T-shirts featuring Lingerfelt’s artwork will be available at the festival.

Lingerfelt says she wants to “express happiness, positiveness and love to the world.” She wants to “create art that will encourage people to open their heart, so we can all be strong and happy together.”

Throughout the weekend the festival presents a variety of live music performances.

Saturday’s lineup begins with a festival favorite, Kristen Tinsley from Marietta, who has been performing in the Atlanta area for close to five years. Her music covers a variety of genres. Mostly known as a solo performer, Tinsley formed the Kristin Tinsley Band earlier this year. The band is made up of three of her longtime friends, Mark Whitmore (drums), Chris Jackson (bass guitar) and Mike Kuykendall (lead guitar).

On Saturday afternoon Boxx will be performing rock music. The young band members – ages 10 to 14 – are veterans of Chicago Joe’s Rock and Blues Camp.

Rounding out Saturday’s performances is rock group Modern Logic (www.mondernlogic.com), a four-piece band from Atlanta that plays songs from the 1980s through today.

After the festival booths close Saturday evening, Modern Logic will be providing more fun and rock at the block party from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

On Sunday, the day’s music begins with Roxie Watson (www.roxiewatson.com), a five-piece string band that is birthing a new music genre – “alterna-grass,” a blend of bluegrass, country, western and blues, with splashes of soul, zydeco and hee-haw. Roxie Watson draws from the varied talents and musical histories of each of the band’s members.

Sunday will end with Atlanta talent Buckyhawg and Buckofive. “Some may term them singer-songwriter, and some may call them country-rock,” festival organizers said. “The boys know how to craft a song.” Find information about the band at www.myspace.com/buckyhawg or www.myspace.com/buckofiverocks.

The Brookhaven Arts Alliance is a nonprofit group with a mission to provide art education and promote cultural awareness to the Brookhaven community and for its visitors. The arts festival is one of the BAA’s annual events and is supported by all-volunteer staffing. The BAA is still seeking additional volunteers for the days of the festival.

For more information about the Brookhaven Arts Festival, volunteer opportunities, corporate matching program, or membership, visit www.brookhavenartsalliance.com, connect with the Brookhaven Arts Alliance on Facebook or contact executive director Gretchen Roberts at 404-266-3426.

John Schaffner

John Schaffner was founding editor of Reporter Newspapers.