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FMU to host 24th annual Art's Alive festival, April 28

FLORENCE, S.C. – Art’s Alive, an annual community celebration of the arts, will be held at Francis Marion University, Saturday, April 28.

 The one-day festival will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., rain or shine. The festival is free and open to the public and will feature visual and performing arts to entertain all ages.

 There will be a variety of musical performances including barbershop, bluegrass, gospel, jazz, Broadway and choir music, as well as a piano duo and a classical guitar trio. A number of dance groups will also perform.

 Children’s entertainment includes a clown, a ventriloquist and a magician. There will also be a number of hands-on activities for children, such as masks, bracelets, bookmarks and sidewalk chalk art. Face painting and balloon sculptures will be available as well.

 The event also boasts artists and craftsmen showcasing their skills, including painting, basket making, chair caning, origami and stained glass.

 Festivalgoers may bring a picnic or purchase food from a variety of vendors who will be on hand.

 For more information, call the FMU Office of Community Relations at 843-661-1225 or check out the university’s website at


Hyman Fine Arts Center, Adele Kassab Recital Hall
11 a.m. Note-Ability community choir
Noon   Lenti Piano Duo
2 p.m.   Lenti Piano Duo
3 p.m.   Peggy Baroody, soprano
4 p.m.  Charlotte Contemporary Ensemble
Hyman Fine Arts Center Theatre
11 a.m. Florence Little Theatre Singers
Noon  Young Singers of Darlington
2 p.m.  Asheville Guitar Trio
3 p.m.  MacArthur Ave. Players
4 p.m.  Asheville Guitar Trio
Main Outdoor Stage
10 a.m. Florence School District One All-City Elementary Chorus
10:30 a.m.  South Florence Choraliers
11 a.m. OrisiRisi African Folklore
Noon   Impromptu! – high-energy vocal, jazz and big band sounds
2 p.m.  Pee Dee Gospel Workshop Choir
3 p.m.  SawGrass – a combination of traditional bluegrass and newgrass music
4 p.m.  Southland Boys – traditional bluegrass music
5 p.m.  SawGrass – a combination of traditional bluegrass and newgrass music
Outdoor Dance Stage
Noon  Karl Singletary’s Children’s Dance Theatre
1 p.m.  Justine Roberts Performing Arts Academy – modern and African dance
2 p.m.  School of Dance Arts – ballet, tap, jazz
3 p.m.  School of Dance Arts – ballet, tap, jazz
McNair Auditorium
11 a.m. South Carolina Dance Theatre – classical ballet to jazz
Noon  South Carolina Dance Theatre – classical ballet to jazz
1 p.m.  Karl Singletary’s Children’s Dance Theatre
2 p.m.   Phat Feet from Williams Middle School
3 p.m.   Coker College
4 p.m.   Cowboy Corner Dancers
Children’s Tent
11 a.m. Prof. Effluvium’s Poppycock Revue
Noon  Ventriloquist Steve Brogan
2 p.m.  Prof. Effluvium’s Poppycock Revue
3 p.m.  Ventriloquist Steve Brogan
4 p.m.  Roman the Magician
Hyman Fine Arts Center Plaza
Chair caning, sweetgrass baskets, hand-carved figurines, Native American oils, portraits in oils and watercolors, portrait sculpture, antique picture frame restoration, stained glass
Hyman Fine Arts Center Lobby
Origami, painted ostrich eggs, and art exhibits
Roaming throughout the day
Roman the Magician, ventriloquist Steve Brogan, Professor Effluvium – Steve Harris, Bucket the Clown – Bill Bessinger
On the Central Campus Grounds
The Silver Notes barbershop quartet, the Patriot Poet-Tree, sidewalk chalk art, face painting, Earth Day celebration
Media Center-Founders Hall Plaza
Panda bear masks and other masks, beaded bracelets, creative bookmarks, clay creations, bean mosaics, balloon sculptures

#178 / 4-11-01

Last Published: February 14, 2006 6:32 AM
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