JOHNS CREEK – It’s Johns Creek’s biggest – and only – art festival, and it’s scheduled for this weekend, Sept. 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sept. 5, 1 to 5 p.m.
More than 100 artists will descend upon the grounds of Perimeter Church at the corner of Old Alabama and Medlock Bridge roads this weekend for the Arts on the Creek festival.
One local artist, Sue Shefts Traub, is looking forward to the weekend.
Shefts, a Johns Creek resident for nearly 10 years, is a jewelry designer and will be one of the featured artists at this weekend’s festival.
Shefts began designing jewelry as a side job while enrolled at Tufts University in Boston. After graduating, she went into management training at Macy’s in the jewelry department. And, she continued making jewelry on the side.
After getting married, her husband wanted to take a trip across the country in an RV.
“I thought about it and I made him a deal – that after we returned from the trip and he got a job, then I could work on my jewelry full-time,” said Shefts, who added that along the trip, she sold jewelry in little shops across the country. Post-trip, Shefts began working on her jewelry line full-time and began selling to stores and at art shows.
“My business has been great…I can definitely can keep up with demand and I have a great balance of having a home studio and flexibility with our family,” she said.
Shefts, a mother of three, has collected beads for her jewelry for more than 30 years. There are a few pieces which hold sentimental value and a few that are very valuable, she said. A mix of vintage, crystal and glass, Shefts said some of her beads are pre-World War II era and can no longer be produced.
Shefts makes necklaces, earrings and bracelets, incorporating various colors.
“I’m inspired by colors and I like to incorporate color into the pieces,” said Shefts.
It’s her first time being a part of the Arts on the Creek festival but Shefts appears at numerous art shows in the local area throughout the year.
Shefts’s jewelry can be purchased during the Arts on the Creek festival and is also available at the Gifted Artist Market in Roswell and the Red Hound on Jones Bridge Road in Johns Creek.
Arts on the Creek’s juried art exhibition will start Friday, Sept. 3 and run through Oct. 7 at the Johns Creek Arts Center.
For more information about Arts on the Creek, visit artsonthecreek.org. For more information about Sue Shefts Traub, visit www.sueshefts.com.