More than 12 hours of ArtsFest activities fill the calendar Saturday, the final day of the Conway festival to celebrate local arts.
In its sixth year, the festival has come of age, according to Gayle Semour, committee member and associate dean of the University of Central Arkansas’s College of Fine Arts and Communication.
Exhibits like the Mirazozo Luminarium, an interactive, building-sized inflatable environment of light and color displays, have "kicked it up a notch," she said.
This year’s festival with the theme "Such Great Heights," with general ties to architecture, began a little over one week ago with a couple of free concerts downtown and continued through the week with exhibits, art installations and performances by locals.
The Mirazozo Luminarium, brought to the lawn at McAlister Hall off of Donaghey Avenue at UCA, is open to the public from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are required, but this experience along with almost every other activity associated with the festival is free.
Saturday’s ArtsFest kicks off at 9:30 a.m. with the Kid’s Art Parade beginning at the parking lot of Blackbird Academy, 1058 Front St., and ending at Simon Park.
A wealth of the day’s events center around downtown and Simon Park.
From 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., fine art vendors will display the work of local artists under a tent at Simon Park. Best in show awards in the juried show will be announced at 2 p.m. All artwork is for sale.
An exhibit of local children’s artwork will be on display at Conway City Hall form 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The pieces’ focus is Art in Architecture: Historic Homes of Conway.
Another youth exhibit is located at American Management Corporation on Front Street. This is the Conway Public Schools artists showcase. The exhibit is open from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Independent Living Services will have its consumers’ art pieces on display at Bob’s Grill on Oak Street between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
A walking tour of historic downtown Conway architecture presented by Arkansas Historic Preservation departs from just in front of the mural at Simon Park at 10 a.m.
Another tour, on bicycles, departs from Simon Park at 11 a.m. for a view of historic Conway homes. This event is presented by Conway Advocates for Bicycles. Participants should bring their own wheels.
The Conway Film Festival continues Saturday at the District Court Building on Parkway Street from noon until 2 p.m.
A popular event, the Conway Civic Clubs Chili Cook-off is slated for 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Simon Park.
Window shopping downtown Saturday will have a little extra color, as many businesses have pledged to display their favorite pieces in windows and inside their stores or restaurants.
Meet local authors 1-5 p.m. at the Faulkner County Library, 1900 Tyler St., for readings and book signings.
Bethlehem House holds its annual Hope Concert at Ford Theatre, 1020 Front St., from 6 until 10:30 p.m.
Head over to Baum Gallery of Fine Art in McAstlain Hall at UCA for three exhibits: "So Tiny: Small Works in 3-D," "Juried Bodies of Work: The Baum MFA Biennial 2012," and "Small Talk: Works on Paper by Heather Gordon."
At UCA’s Schichtl Studio Art Building, participate in the "Black Box City" interactive art installation. This interactive project features a small cityscape of boxes the public can build and contribute to. Seymour said the display has been growing day by day.
The CORE Performance contemporary dance company will inhabit the Mirazozo Luminarium between 1 and 2 p.m. for an environment-specific dance before spectators.
Seymour said the piece has been specially choreographed for the domes and tunnels of the Luminarium.
Saturday activities deemed especially family friendly are designated part of ArtsFest’s "Art in the Park."
Art in the Park activities at Simon Park Saturday are as follows:
• 10 a.m.-2p.m., hands-on art activities for kids of all ages
• All day, sidewalk chalk art event, Front Street sidewalk
• All day, Shakespeare craft tent
• 10 a.m., dance and theater performance presented by Blackbird Academy
• 10:30 a.m., dance performances presented by Soul Speak Dance Studio
• 11 a.m., theatrical performance presented by Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre
• 11:30 a.m. modern dance presented by Hendrix Dance Ensemble
• Noon, Extol Contemporary Gospel
• 12:30 p.m., Conway Institute Music Performance
• 1 p.m., Choral Music presented by the Hendrix Gospel Choir and Psalmist Jessica Garret
• 1:30 p.m., Hendrix SBC Dancetime
• 2 p.m., community clogging performance, presented by the Arkansas Cloggers
Visit www.artsinconway.org for more information about ArtsFest.
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