Folk Art is a classification used to define artists who have no formal art education and tend to use materials they encounter in their everyday life such as wood, metal, house paint, etc. This weekend at the North Atlanta Trade Center in Norcross is Folk Fest 2009, where you will find 100 folk artists exhibiting their work. The opening is Friday, August 14, from 5-10PM, and the admission cost is $15, which includes a free t-shirt and weekend readmission. Otherwise, the cost is $7 on Saturday and Sunday. This is Folk Fest’s 16th year; it was started by Steve Slotin in 1994. Slotin’s love for folk art began with Lanier Meader’s ugly jars, and he hoped to share this type of art with the rest of the world. Slotin’s festival has made Atlanta an undisputed “hub of folk art.” Check out Folk Fest 2009 this weekend and acquaint (or reacquaint) yourself with folk art.