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Carolina Beach Street Arts Festival had Plenty of Interactive Fine Arts and Crafts

The Carolina Beach Street Arts Festival is a celebration of the arts and a collaborative event with the Carolina Beach Arts and Activities, (a town committee), Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County, Wilmington Art Association and Cameron Art Museum.  The festival was held this past Saturday, May 18th, from 10 am to 6 pm on Cape Fear Blvd. on Carolina Beach.
Festival goers not only found unique fine arts and crafts at the festival, but also participated in the artists’ creative processes.  Vendors from around the region had their works of art on display and demonstrated how they go about creating the pieces.
Paul Whitty of Creekside Forge showed his iron pouring and blacksmith techniques.  Sally Anger was on hand painting her beautiful “faces”.  Denise Bramley was getting down and dirty throwing her pottery.  NC Aquarium at Ft. Fisher’s booth had plenty of fun Fishy Art for the kids.   Also represented was the “art” of medicine with Atlantic Dermatology providing free skin cancer screenings.
The main event was the community batik silk banner dying with Kristin Gibson and September Krueguer.  Kristin is renown painter and batik artist who lives on Carolina Beach.  Her work is shown around the country.  September teaches fabric art at Southeaster Community College and has created a line of women’s silk screened clothing.
The Festival had three interactive areas – visual arts, performing arts, and culinary arts.
Visual Arts – Artist vendors from around the region had their fine arts and crafts available for sale and many will demonstrate their creative processes. 
A Demonstration Tent included hands-on projects and master craftspeople creating their artwork for the public to enjoy with a hands-on projects.
Culinary Arts – The Demonstration Tent has scheduled programs that include cooking demonstrations and educational programs conducted by local chefs, restaurants, and shops.  Taste the Olive will hold a workshop on using extra virgin olive oil and infused balsamic vinegars to spice up recipes. Uncle Vinny’s will show the proper way to throw a pizza pie.
Performing Arts – Performances included comedic Dueling Pianos, Murray Middle School Jazz Band, Salsa dancers with salsa dancing lessons and many more interactive activities.
The mission of the Carolina Beach Street Arts Festival was to provide the highest quality arts in many forms, free to the public.  The Festival’s objectives were to: Attract visitors from around the region and around the country to Carolina Beach and the Central Business District; Increase awareness of Carolina Beach’s artist community and family friendly accommodations; Increase appreciation for the arts by involving the public in the creative process through demonstrations, hands-on-programs, and access to art in different mediums.