The green bows adorn mailboxes, doors and lamp posts throughout the city. They signify support of the arts, the joys of spring, and also act as a reminder that ArtSSpring gets under way April 18. All proceeds from the bow sales go directly to bringing arts activities to Sandy Springs.

Mark the calendar: Sandy Springs’ annual arts celebration begins soon.

ArtSSpring 2013 starts April 18 and lasts through May 17. The month-long celebration features a variety of events highlighting local artists, great literature and tempting food. Many of the events are free to attend.

The event’s organizers will place green bows throughout the city as a reminder for residents.

Peggy Allen, a spokeswoman for ArtSSpring, said this year’s list of events is condensed, compared with prior years. While there were near-daily events in 2012, organizers decided to schedule most of the activities around the weekend for the 2013 festival.

Allen said there will also be new events this year.

“Foodie Fridays is our new endeavor, and we’re excited about that because it includes music and the food trucks,” Allen said.

Foodie Fridays will be held at Kudzu & Company. Allen said 13 local restaurants will also display artwork during ArtSSpring.

Allen said organizers are taking advantage of the city’s resources.

On May 16 there will be a “Painting to Music” event at Big Trees Forest Preserve from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. “We’re using a lot of the natural parks and the organizations in the community,” Allen said.

Sandy Springs Reads this year chose “To Kill a Mockingbird” as the featured book. The celebration will hold several events honoring the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Harper Lee.

The first weekend event will be Sandy Springs Artsapalooza, held April 20 and 21 at 6100 Lake Forrest Dr., NE, 30328. The event hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m on April 20, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 21.

“This two-day outdoor art and handcraft festival is hosted by the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces,” the ArtSSpring announcement says.

“Approximately 150 artists and artisans will set up under tents. The event will include local food and beverages, an interactive children’s area and ARTSS booth.”

The celebration will conclude with a “Foodie Fridays” event on May 17 held at Kudzu & Company, 6450 Roswell Rd., 30328, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The announcement describes the final event as “a street-side party for food and music lovers, with gourmet food trucks from the Atlanta Street Food Coalition, music by Steve’s Live Music, and a showing of original art by local artists presented by Kudzu & Company.”

Allen said the events bring attention to local artists and businesses.

“It’s all a gift from us to them from the city,” Allen said. “It creates enthusiasm and activity for the city.”

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Dan Whisenhunt

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