Those new to Forsyth County may not know about a wonderful organization that does so much to promote the arts in the community.
The Sawnee Association of the Arts has been around since 1974. A few months ago, it found a new and permanent home on Canton Highway near Bethelview Road.
The charming house is definitely a place I encourage everyone to visit. There is a gift shop where visitors can find one-of-a-kind artwork created by local artists.
The gallery displays art in all sorts of mediums, from painting and pottery to computer-generated artwork. There is an amazing diversity from nearly 100 artists.
I love that local artists have this venue to display their art and that we can all have a piece of it in our homes. This is also the perfect place to go for unusual gifts for friends and family.
The association has events throughout the year. It is holding Childrens’ Arts Activities Day, Young at Art, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Cumming First United Methodist Church.
There will be many arts-related activities, including spin art, puppet and magic shows, theater improvisation, painting, jewelry making and cookie decorating.
What a terrific way to introduce children or grandchildren to art activities. It’s also a great way to meet some of the talented artists in the community and support the arts while having fun. Perhaps best of all, it’s free.
Mary Negron, one of the chairs for the event, said they are expecting a big turnout.
“We are so excited to highlight many different types of art to children in our community,” she said. “We have gotten so much support from other organizations as well. It’s really going to be a fun-filled day for families.”
The Forsyth County Library is going to teach a music class, and the Forsyth Academy of Performing Arts is planning on having a comedic improvisation group, as well as a choir.
Activities will be indoors and outdoors and there will also be food vendors on site.
The arts are near and dear to my heart. I have always been artistic — my mother was as well and encouraged me to write, paint, draw and learn calligraphy at a young age.
I always danced and did theater and even played the piano, albeit poorly. I used to spend hours in my room with whatever current medium I was working with.
The solace and joy from art is something all artists understand. Most of us would argue art is therapy and something we cannot imagine not doing.
Please consider joining the association to support the arts in the community and spread the news about the event Saturday.
This is an opportunity to find out if those children and grandchildren may be budding artists and not know it.
Adlen Robinson is author of “Home Matters: The Guide to Organizing Your Life and Home.” E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.