Aiken Arts Alive showcases art from summer camps

August 26, 2018

Arts were abundant, with a little something for everyone, Saturday afternoon at the Aiken Center for the Arts.

Singing, instrumental music, galleries, face painting, demos and crafts were all on show at the 2018 Aiken Arts Alive.

The event showcased art from the Center’s summer art camps, which includes a special needs camp, a 4K through first grade camp, a first grade through fourth grade camp and a more focused camp for middle schoolers.

“It’s an open house, so we want to expose the community to what we’re doing and it’s a chance for the summer campers to have their art on exhibit, because they are artists and that’s important for them to be able to display that. So they’re showing it off to their family and friends and then they get to take it home today,” said program director Tracy Seconi.

She said it was difficult for some kids to part with their art and wait until the showcase.

“It was really hard for them to leave some of their pieces, because, you know, they’re attached to it. I had to explain to them that this is an opportunity to inspire our community and maybe other kids would want to go home and try these projects, but now they get to take it home, so I think they’ll be excited about taking it home and showing their parents finally,” she said.

Along with displaying the campers’ art, Aiken Arts Alive featured a few vendors, as well as musical talent by the Aiken Kinderchoir, Aiken Youth Orchestra, Belles Canto vocal ensemble and South Boundary singers and the Aiken Community Playhouse’s “Addams Family” cast.

“It’s just a good collaboration where we can all work together and I think that’s really important for our community, because I just think that makes all of us stronger if we’re working together. That’s one of the more important parts of this,” she said.

On the second floor of the Center, visitors could try their hand at a few crafts of their own, and see demonstrations of paper mache, linocuts and balloon animals.

Howard Wayt and his son Declan dropped in on the event to see the art (and get a balloon giraffe.)

Howard said he enjoys events like Aiken Arts Alive because there’s always something to do in Aiken, plus Declan enjoys arts and crafts.

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