Plans are underway for Francis Marion University's Arts International, the annual celebration of the arts, to be held Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 pm. The event is free and open to the public.
This celebration of the visual and performing arts is for the whole family, with simultaneous performances at several different venues on campus. The event, a union of FMU’s Arts Alive and the Pee Dee International Festival, will take place on the FMU campus. Musical performances are scheduled at stages indoors and outdoors.
For the first time, this year’s festivities will include Florence-Darlington Technical College’s Welding Sculpture Competition. Located behind the Smith University Center, the sculpture competition will feature teams of experienced craftsmen who will have eight hours to create a breathtaking piece of art, using only a pile of scrap material.
Featured on the international stage are the Walhalla Oktoberfest Bavarian Dancers; the Jabali African Acrobats; Shrimp City Slim; Wanda Johnson; and Swamp Pop Shelley.
Robert Sims, a lyric baritone who specializes in African American folk songs and spirituals, is among those who will perform in Kassab Recital Hall in the Fine Arts Center.
In addition, artists from all over the southeast region of the United States 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.
Food vendors representing countries all over the world will be on hand and cultural booths will have displays featuring global history, businesses and organizations. Also participate in a sidewalk chalk art competition and a recycled reading book sale.
The annual Art Show and Sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the festival as well. This one-day exhibition and sales event is designed to promote the quality of diverse artisans residing in the region. In addition to booths displaying items for sale, several sites will have artisans demonstrating their skills. The art show will be juried; with cash awards of $600, $300 and $150 awarded to first, second and third place, respectively.
For more information about the art show or Arts International, go to www.fmarion.edu/news/artsinternational or contact Kathy Johnson at the FMU Office of Public and Community Affairs at (843) 661-1225, or firstname.lastname@example.org.