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Georgia Southern University to Hold ArtsFest 2011

03-24 arts festGeorgia Southern University’s Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art will host ArtsFest 2011 on Saturday, April 2 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. on the campus’ Sweetheart Circle. The day of art, music and dance draws hundreds of visitors to the University every year.

“ArtsFest unites the community and University to celebrate the importance of the Arts. Especially in this economic climate, we’re delighted to be able to offer a day of creative activities and performances that are fun and free for all ages,” said ArtsFest 2011 Director Stephanie Neal.

Children can explore a variety of art activities at more than 20 different “Studio Stops” where they will create giant bubbles, print Gyotaku fish, make paper, sculpt with clay, paint a masterpiece, craft jewelry or pose in a photo booth.

Artists from around the region will have art on display and available for purchase in the artist’s market. Watch artists, including members of the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art’s Jewelry Guild and the Statesboro Regional Art Association, demonstrate their talents in jewelry, folk art, painting, ceramics, sculpture and photography.

Live entertainment will take place on two stages throughout the day. Magician Magic Marc will perform from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on the main stage, where he will entertain the crowd with humor, education and breathtaking illusions. Accompanied by his pets, Goose, Bingo, Showbiz, Wizard, Bubba and Fluffy, he focuses on “magication,” Magic Marc’s own word for combining magic and education for kids. Magic Marc’s performance will be followed by demonstrations of magic tricks for all to learn, and a chance to interact with his menagerie of unique pets.

Magic Marc will be followed by The Chucks and Sonic Boom of Pladd Dot Music’s School of Rock, who will perform from 1:30 until 3:30 p.m. A variety of local performers will showcase their talents throughout the day on the community stage, and an assortment of food will be available for purchase.

“For the past 29 years, the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art has hosted the spring arts festival, providing ‘a day for the arts’ to Bulloch County and the surrounding region. Generations of families hold fond memories of this event that was once a part of their childhood, and is now part of their own children’s experience,” said Patricia Carter, chair, Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art. “Our goal is to provide such a quality and quantity of arts events that attendees end their day at the festival with pure exhaustion and unlimited inspiration from the exhilarating fun they had.”

For more information about the day’s events and activities, please visit http://class.georgiasouthern.edu/art/arts_fest.html.

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