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The arts will come alive Saturday at Arts Center in downtown Aiken

August 20, 2018 GMT

The Aiken Center for the Arts, or ACA, will open its doors to the community for its annual open house , Aiken Arts Alive 2018, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25.

The event, a free day of fun and all things art, is a celebration with live entertainment, crafts, activities for children, student art exhibitions and more, according to a news release from the center.

Highlights of the day will include a craft area for children, inspired by the center’s Summer Art Camp theme, “Take a Stroll on the Wild Side,” along with face painting and balloon animals by Aiken Balloon Creations.

ACA teaching artists will hold live paper mache and block printing demonstrations, while community partners such as the City of Aiken Department of Public Safety K-9 unit and SPCA Albrecht Center will be participating with their furry friends.

Aiken Public Safety also will be on hand for a “touch-a-truck” experience with a fire truck in front of the Arts Center from 11 a.m. to noon.

Children will have the opportunity to complete a “Stroll on the Wild Side” map by visiting different stations and showing their completed map for a prize at the ACA info table.

Visitors can view the work of ACA’s special needs and summer art campers along with exhibitions from Columbia artist Annette Rivers, Joy in the Journey (original paintings by Aiken residents living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia) and Aiken Artists Guild Gallery artist Ronald Buttler. Information and registration for ACA’s array of upcoming fall classes will also be available for visitors.

In addition to the visual arts, guests can experience live performances from the Aiken Youth Orchestra; Aiken Kinderchoir; Aiken Community Playhouse’s “Addams Family,” the musical, cast; Belles Canto vocal ensemble; and South Boundary Singers.

Community partners will be on hand in the main gallery to share information about how to get involved in local arts groups. An appearance from ACA’s mascot and favorite guest for all ages, Little Richard the Performing Pony, will wrap up the day.

Auditions for the Fall Strings Ensemble and Aiken Youth Orchestra will take place afterward from 2 to 5 p.m. Auditions are open to all ages, and need-based scholarships are available by application.

Aiken Arts Alive 2018 is open to the public and offers something for everyone – have fun and discover the arts in Aiken.

The center is at 122 Laurens St. S.W.

For more information, visit AikenCenterfortheArts.org or Facebook.com/AikenCenterfortheArts.