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FMU to host 32nd annual Art's Alive Festival, April 4


FLORENCE – Francis Marion University is proud to host the 32nd annual Art’s Alive Festival on Saturday, celebrating the Pee Dee’s rich history of art, music and culture (

The festival will be held on a perfectly sunny day and offers free activities from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Event-goers will find a wide array of live dance and musical entertainment, art exhibits, a movie matinee and other activities in a family-friendly environment.

“The campus of Francis Marion is such a beautiful place to see original works of art and hear beautiful music.” said Libby Cooper, vice president for public and community affairs and Art’s Alive committee chair. “Experiencing the arts adds beauty and enriches the quality of life.”

Musical performances are scheduled at stages indoors and outdoors. The Kassab Recital Hall in the Hyman Fine Arts Center will feature the Charleston Renaissance Ensemble, a trombone collective from USC, soloist Eric Figueras, gospel music by We Be Brethren, and local trio Joey Webster, Chrissy Fennel and Courtney Deas.

Featured on the outdoor stage are The Craig Woolard Band, The BackBeat: Beatles Cover Band, Lance and Chad Shirley, the Pee Dee Gospel Workshop Choir, and FMU’s Jazz Express. 

In addition, artists from SC, NC, and GA will be showing and selling their work at the festival. There will be oils, acrylics, pottery, woodwork, stained glass, jewelry, metalwork, photography, basketry and more. 

A number of dance groups will perform in Chapman Auditorium and the Smith University Center, including the South Carolina Dance Theatre, Coker Repertory Dance Company, The Wanda Project, and Phat Pheet from Williams Middle School. Other local dance groups include the Performing Arts Academy, Kelley’s Fine Arts, Showbiz Studio & Dance Company, School of Dance Arts and Dance for Joy Dance Studio. 

Children’s entertainment includes performances by Jitters the Clown and Blue Moon Puppets. The Magic of Ricker M will also engage and delight children of all ages. 

The festival will host a movie matinee of cartoon and comedy classics. At the youth art center, attendees can make mobiles and pinwheels and enjoy spin art, stamp art, face painting and balloon sculptures. 

There will be a sidewalk chalk art competition and a recycled reading book sale. Visitors to the festival may bring a picnic lunch, or purchase food from a variety of food vendors sure to suit all tastes. 

“One of the great things about this festival is that there is truly something for everyone, and it’s a lot of fun,” Cooper said.

For more information, contact the FMU Office of Public and Community Affairs at (843) 661-1225. 


Last Published: February 23, 2011 2:20 PM
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