FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University will play host to the 29th-annual Art’s Alive Festival on Saturday, March 25.
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 Caribbean Soul and The Catalinas, who will perform on the main outdoor stage from 1 to 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 to 5 p.m., respectively. Caribbean Soul performs Jimmy Buffett music, beach music, and more. The popular Catalinas play Carolina beach music.
A variety of other musical groups will be performing throughout the day, including S&E Pee Dee Gospel Worship Choir, the Renaissance Vocal Group from the University of South Carolina, the Florence Symphony Youth Orchestra Chamber Strings, the Festival Brass of Myrtle Beach (British-style band), the South Florence High School “Bruin Blues” Jazz Band, and The Plaids of Lake City.
For the second year, more than 35 different artists will be showing and selling their work at the festival. There will be watercolors, oils, acrylics, photography, pottery, woodwork, hand-painted glassware, sweetgrass baskets, stained glass, jewelry, fabric, portraits, metal work, and more. Proceeds from the art show will benefit the Art’s Alive Scholarship Fund. Art exhibits will also be on display in the Hyman Fine Arts Center.
A number of dance groups will perform, including the Sardis Boot Scooters, Showbiz Studio and Dance Company, Dance for Joy Dance Studio, Coker Repertory Dance Company, South Carolina Dance Theatre, and Phat Pheet from Williams Middle School, as well as dancers from Kelley’s Fine Arts and the School of Dance Arts.
Performances for children will include the Pied Piper of Percussion, Carolina Puppet Theatre, and Flow Circus, which features juggling, comedy and magic. The Florence Little Theatre Schoolhouse Players will present “Three Little Pigs.”
A multitude of hands-on activities for children will be available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., including face painting, clay magic, kite kraze, handmade necklaces, percussion petting zoo, Mardi Gras masks, balloon sculptures, and sidewalk chalk art.
Strolling the grounds will be Accordion Bob and Flow Circus. 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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