Francis Marion University will play host to the 28th-annual Art’s Alive Festival on Saturday, April 16.
The festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., rain or shine, and is free and open to the public. The event is a celebration of the visual and performing arts for the whole family, with simultaneous performances at five different venues on campus.
This year’s featured attractions are the Band of Oz and The Tams, who will perform beach music on the main outdoor stage from 1 to 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 to 5 p.m., respectively.
The Celebration Congo Choir will also be featured, with vibrant singing, drumming and dance from the Congo. The group will perform at 1 p.m. in the Hyman Fine Arts Center’s Kassab Recital Hall.
A variety of other musical groups will be performing throughout the day, including the Florence District One All-City Elementary School Chorus, Vocal Edition, the Charleston Children’s Chorus, the Assembly Saxophone Quartet from the University of South Carolina, the Puddin’ Swamp Singers, the Silver Notes Barbershop Quartet, and the Pee Dee Gospel Workshop Choir.
More than 25 different artists will be showing and selling their work this year at the festival. There will be jewelry artists, local potters and potters from Sea Grove, N.C., pastel artists, oil and acrylic painters, watercolorists, wood engravers, stained-glass artists, garden décor from wood and metal, and more. Senior shows by graduating FMU visual arts majors will also be on display in the fine arts center.
A number of dance groups will perform, including the Sardis Boot Scooters, Showbiz Studio, Dancing on Main, Coker Repertory Dance Company, South Carolina Dance Theatre, Phat Pheet from Williams Middle School, and the Latta Dancers, as well as dancers from Kelley’s Fine Arts and the School of Dance Arts.
Performances for children will include the popular RAGGS Kids Club Band, the comedy and magic of Hubba Bubba the Clown, and the Mountain Marionettes.
A multitude of hands-on activities for children will be available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., including gum eraser stamp prints, origami, copper foil art, medallions, tag board horse sculpture, clay creations, face painting, balloon sculptures, and sidewalk chalk art.
Strolling the grounds will be Mr. Mime and Mini-Mime, bagpiper Todd Matthews, and the interactive theatre of Jef Lambdin. A Recycled Reading book sale will also be held.
Visitors to the festival may bring a picnic lunch, or purchase food from a variety of food vendors sure to suit all tastes.
For more information, contact the FMU Office of Community Relations at 843-661-1225.
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