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FMU Hosts 22nd Annual Art's Alive!

FLORENCE – Art’s Alive!, a community celebration of the visual and performing arts, will be held at Francis Marion University Saturday, April 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. 

Admission is free and the celebration is open to the public.

 Art’s Alive! annually provides a celebration of the arts that entertains all ages.  There is something for everyone in the family to enjoy, from music, dance, visual arts, and food, to children’s events.

 The FMU campus, seven miles east of Florence on U.S. Hwy. 76, comes alive each spring with thousands of visitors sampling treasures from the various events.  Major corporate sponsors are WBTW, Shoney’s and Adams Outdoor Advertising. 

 Contributors supporting the day-long festival are the Florence Area Arts Council, Florence County National Bank, FMU, Golden K Kiwanis Club, La-Z-Boy and National Bank of South Carolina.  The project is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

 Feel free to bring a picnic lunch or plan to purchase food from a variety of vendors.  There is sure to be something for all tastes.

 Friday, April 23 at 8 p.m. the second annual art auction to benefit FMU art students will kickoff this year’s Art’s Alive.  The auction features works from prominent artists from across the state, as well as FMU students and faculty.

 From 1-6 p.m. student works will be on sale in the hallways of the Stokes Administration Building and artwork to be auctioned may be previewed.  At 6:30 p.m. there will be a $25 per person pre-auction party buffet in the courtyard area of the Stokes Administration Building. 

 The art auction will begin at 8 p.m.  For auction reservations, call the FMU Office of Advancement, 843-661-1225.  For more information regarding the art auction, or the day’s events, visit the FMU website at  For an Art’s Alive! brochure, call the University Relations office at 843-661-1220.

The schedule of activities includes:

McNair Science Building auditorium:
 10 a.m. Karl Singletary’s Children’s Dance Theatre, young dancers from the Lake City area.
 11 a.m. South Carolina Dance Theatre, a dance program, directed by Cecilia Sprawls
        & Noon 
 1 p.m.  Phat Pheet, dancers from Williams Middle School, directed by Dolores Johnson
 2 p.m.  Florence Ballet Company, directed by Elsie Jenkins
 3 p.m.  Coker College Dance Department performance
Outdoor Dance Stage:
 11 a.m. Crystal McInnis Performing Group, a Laurinburg, N.C., troupe performing jazz and tap.
 Noon  Midnight Riders, a competition line dancing group.
 1 p.m.  Cowboy Corner Dancers, demonstrations of country-western line dancing.
 2 p.m.  School of Dance Arts, directed by Cecilia Sprawls
       & 3 p.m.
Cauthen Educational Media Center Lecture Hall:
 Noon  Alpha Psi Omega (FMU Theatre Honor Fraternity) presents “Reese and Babe,”
       & 2 p.m.  a one-act play
Hyman Fine Arts Center, Adele Kassab Recital Hall:
 11 a.m.  Hank Jones, accompanied by Kevin Carter, tenor, & Robin Thompson, pianist
 Noon & 2 p.m.  Tony & Mary Ann Lenti, pianists
 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.  Gwinnett Festival Singers
Under the Big Top Tent (events especially for children):
 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.  Family entertainment, featuring Mark Lippard, comedy/juggling
 Noon & 3 p.m.  The Comedy Magic of Matt Fore
Founders Hall Plaza:
   Hands-on Family Fun:  Programs for children include clay creations, creative bookmarks, balloon sculptures, face painting, decorative sunglasses, and newspaper crafts.

   Visual Arts Demonstrations/Exhibits/Activities: Antique Trunk Restoration; Stained Glass; Pee Dee Basket Makers Guild; Windchimes and Keyrings; Miniature Metal Soldiers; Chair Caning; and Sweetgrass Baskets.

Hyman Fine Arts Center Plaza:
  Visual Arts Demonstrations/Exhibits/Activities: Chalk art; Portrait Sculpture; Native Americans in Oils; Larkspur (an energetic, old-time stringband playing dance music and songs from the 19th & early 20th centuries).
Hyman Fine Arts Center Lobby:
  Visual Arts Demonstrations/Exhibits/Activities: Origami; Portraits in Oils & Watercolors.
On the Central Campus Grounds:
 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Society for Creative Anachronism recreates the Middle Ages with displays of period dress, armor, leatherwork, calligraphy, dancing and fighting demonstrations.
 10 a.m.  Florence School District 1 Elementary School All City Chorus, coordinated by Laura Davidson

Hyman Fine Arts Theatre:

 11 a.m.  Tiger Tones, Williams Middle School, directed by Dolores Johnson
 Noon   Florence Area Big Band performance
 1 p.m.   Pee Dee Gospel Workshop Choir, performing the South’s finest gospel music
 2 p.m.   Hank Jones, accompanied by Kevin Carter, tenor, & Robin Thompson, pianist
 3 p.m.   Larkspur


Last Published: June 24, 2004 1:13 PM
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