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FMU to host 25th-annual Art's Alive festival, April 13

FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University will host the 25th-annual Art’s Alive festival on Saturday, April 13. The festival, a celebration of the arts for the whole family, will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., rain or shine, and is free and open to the public.

 The festival, celebrating its silver anniversary, is a tradition in the Pee Dee and is now attracting its second generation of attendees.

 Musical groups representing a wide variety of styles – including classical, jazz, show tunes, gospel, bluegrass, beach, classic rock, barbershop quartet, choral and instrumental – are scheduled to perform.

 Theatre and dance performances from ballet to line dancing are also scheduled, as well as a magician, unicyclist and juggler.

 A number of area visual artists will have exhibits on display, and craft demonstrations including chair caning, sweetgrass baskets, stained glass and antique picture frame restoration will be offered.

 There will be numerous hands-on activities for children, such as face painting and sidewalk chalk art. Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic lunch or purchase food to suit all tastes from a variety of vendors.

 This project is funded in part by the Florence Regional Arts Alliance and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

 For more information, contact the FMU Office of Community Relations at 843-661-1225.


Hyman Fine Arts Center, Adele Kassab Recital Hall
11 a.m. Dr. Benjamin Woods – pianist
Noon  The Masterworks Choir
2 p.m.  The Masterworks Choir
3 p.m.  The Suzuki Strings – violinists
4 p.m.  Shaw and Rebecca Thompson – tenor and soprano
Hyman Fine Arts Center Theatre
11 a.m. FMU Theatre presents Story Theatre
2 p.m.  FMU Theatre presents Story Theatre
Main Outdoor Stage
10:30 a.m. Florence School District One All-City Elementary Chorus
11 a.m. Palmetto Steel Band – from Mullins High School
Noon  The Washingtons – patriotic numbers, show tunes, African-American spirituals
1 p.m.  Billy Scott and the Prophets – beach music
2 p.m.  Borrowed Time – bluegrass and acoustic music
3 p.m.   Pee Dee Gospel Workshop Choir
4 p.m.  The Insiders – classic rock, Motown and more
5 p.m.  282d Army Victory Band from Fort Jackson
Outdoor Dance Stage
10:30 a.m. Patsy Hathcock Dance Studio – jazz, tap and ballet
11 a.m. Prime Time Dancers
11:30 a.m. Carolina Belles
Noon   Karl Singletary’s Children’s Dance Theatre – from Lake City
1 p.m.  Kelly’s School of Fine Arts
2 p.m.  School of Dance Arts – jazz, tap and more
3 p.m.  School of Dance Arts – jazz, tap and more
4 p.m.  Justine Roberts’ Performing Arts Academy – from Mullins
McNair Auditorium
10:30 a.m. Coker College Repertoire Dance Company
11 a.m. South Carolina Dance Theatre – classical to jazz
Noon  South Carolina Dance Theatre – classical to jazz
1 p.m.  Columbia City Jazz Dance Company
2 p.m.  Karl Singletary’s Children’s Dance Theatre – from Lake City
3 p.m.  Phat Pheet – from Williams Middle School
4 p.m.  Cowboy Corner Dancers – country/western line dancing
Under the Big Top! Events for Children
11 a.m.  Prof. Effluvium’s Poppycock Revue
Noon  Mark Lippard – comedy, juggling
2 p.m.  Prof. Effluvium’s Poppycock Revue
3 p.m.  Mark Lippard – comedy, juggling
4 p.m.  John Tudor – magic
Hyman Fine Arts Center – Visual Arts Demonstrations and Exhibitions
Under the Tents
Chair caning, sweetgrass baskets, hand-carved figurines, stained glass, wood sculpture, Trompe L’oeil, fabric art, oil paintings, colored pencil monotype, glass beads
On the Patio
Portraits in oils and watercolors, portrait sculpture, pottery, antique picture frame restoration
In the Lobby
Origami, collage, hand-painted ostrich eggs; photography and ceramics exhibits
In the Baker Wing
“The Art of the Hall” – student art show and sale
Roaming the Grounds
The Silver Notes – barbershop quartet
Bagpiper – Peter McArthur
Magician – John Tudor
Professor Effluvium – Steve Harris
Unicyclist and Juggler – Mark Lippard
Also on the Grounds
Sidewalk chalk art, face painting
Media Center – Founders Hall Plaza – Hands-on Activities for Children
Masks, beaded bracelets, creative bookmarks and CDs, clay creations, pictures with pizzazz, balloon sculptures

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Last Published: February 14, 2006 4:43 AM
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