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ArtsFest 2010 set for Saturday at Sweetheart Circle
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Margaret Kochetta of Statesboro creates her own work of art during the 2009 ArtsFest at Sweetheart Circle. The 2010 ArtsFest is set for Saturday. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/Herald File

  Georgia Southern University’s Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art will host ArtsFest 2010 on April 10 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sweetheart Circle. 
      ArtsFest, which brings more than 6,000 visitors to the Statesboro area each year, is free and open to the public. The event celebrates the arts and arts education through performances, exhibiting and demonstrating artists, and hands-on activities and games.
      “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 Stephanie Neal, director of ArtsFest 2010.
      ArtsFest attendees can choose from BBQ and other festival food, a variety of performances on the main stage, and watch artists demonstrating their talents in jewelry, folk art, painting, ceramics, sculpture and photography. Georgia Folk artists Peter Loose and Chris Hubbard will display artworks and a one-of-a-kind art cCar.
      Magic Marc from WTOC-TV in Savannah will bring humor, education and illusions to the main stage from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. followed by demonstrations of magic tricks for all to learn, and a chance to interact with Magic Marc’s menagerie of unique pets. Brien Engel makes glass sing while performing with his glass harp consisting of 50 glasses of different sizes. Engel's extensive repertoire includes popular songs, Jazz standards and classical music.
      Local performers from Statesboro will have the chance to showcase their talent for acting, dancing, singing and more on the Community Stage sponsored by the Averitt Center for the Arts. Feature performers include Pladd Dot Music’s School of Rock and the Gail Hursey School of Dance.
      “For the past 27 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 for the 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 unlimited inspiration from the exhilarating fun they had.  We want people to go home and mark their calendars for ArtsFest 2011 as a day they don’t want to miss!”
      For more information on how you can participate, volunteer, or sponsor an activity, contact Stephanie Neal, at (912) GSU-ARTS, or email smaneal@georgiasouthern.edu.  Bookmark the ArtsFest Web site for information updates at www.class.georgiasouthern.edu/art.

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