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Festival Highlights

Artsplosure Student Art Exhibition

Zanzibar Room, Marbles Kids Museum

Saturday & Sunday, Noon - 5:00 PM


The Artsplosure Student Art Exhibition is a juried visual art competition, allowing students enrolled in Wake County Middle Schools and High Schools to show off their artistic talent while competing for a total of $500 in cash prizes.  Young artists from the following schools participated in the competition this year:


Apex High School

Apex Middle School

Carnage Middle School

Centennial Campus Middle School

Daniels Middle School

East Millbrook Middle School

East Wake High School

East Wake Middle School

Enloe High School

Fuquay-Varina Middle School

Green Hope High School

Leesville Road High School

Ligon Middle School

Longview School

Martin Middle School

Middle Creek High School

Millbrook High School

Panther Creek High School

Sanderson High School

Southeast Raleigh High School

West Millbrook Middle School

Zebulon Middle School


KIDS ROCK Artsplosure @ Marbles Kids Museum

Main Courtyard, Marbles Kids Museum

Saturday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Sunday, Noon - 5:00 PM


Don't miss a weekend of fun and festivities that will make rock stars out of YOUR kids! 


*  Dress Up Like a Rock Star

*  Meet the Instruments

*  Design a Concert Poster

*  Join members of the North Carolina Theatre cast of Disney's High School

Musical 2:  On Stage! for a preview and activities

*  Sign up for giveaways


Activities in the Marbles main courtyard are free and open to the public.  Regular admission applies to the Museum and IMAX® Theatre. Visit the Marbles Kids Museum website for more details.


201 E. Hargett Street

Raleigh, NC  27601


Photo credit: Fehmi Comert

Aerial Angels

Martin Street at Blake Street

Saturday:  11:00, 1:00, 3:00, & 5:00

Sunday:  12:00, 4:00


Enjoy the death-defying feats and acrobatic grace of Kalamazoo, Michigan-based Aerial Angels.  The Angels' unique, freestanding trapeze rig lets them present stunning aerial acts at festivals worldwide. They're also noted for their lively personalities: "It's rare to see an act at this level of skill that's also funny and engaging," says Dundas (Canada) Busker Festival director Paul Maskell.


The mostly female performers have backgrounds in acting, directing and playwriting as well as dance, elite trampoline, and international figure skating. Company members have trained with coaches from the Moscow Circus, Circus Puerto Rico, Cirque du Soleil, and at schools including Circus Smirkus, New England Center for Circus Arts (with Elsie and Serenity Smith), Midnight Circus, Canopy Studios and Toronto's Mainspace School of Circus Arts, as well as their favorite way to invent new tricks: "Hey, do you think this will work?" "Only one way to find out!"


Co-founded by Allison Williams, Beth Browning and Sarah Scanlon in 2003, the Angels began performing at renaissance faires in the US and Canada. In just five years, Aerial Angels has grown to a company of 15, presenting shows at major festivals, corporate parties, and events in 10 countries, 5 Canadian provinces and 17 US states.  Aerial Angels were named Top Ten Audience Choice at the Kingston Busker Festival (2005&2006), Grand Finale Act (and the only Americans invited to appear) at the Feldkirch (Austria) Gauklerfest, and "Most Daring Act" at the London Fringe.




Try your hand at this custom audio playground!  Part art installation and part technological innovation, the Octa-Masher "is an interactive music installation that allows one to eight people to simultaneously manipulate sounds."  Simply put, eight color-coded keyboards and speakers are hooked into a computer, allowing wannabe DJs to manipulate audio in real time, utilizing the more than 400 sounds in the Mash Master's database that have been divided into eight categories or "tracks" (drums, bass, voice, full-songs, etc.).  The end result is a unique sound created by YOU!


Cardboard Constructionsit Living Sculpture Conglomeration


Climb inside with members of Paperhand Puppet Intervention as they build a giant dwelling that will evolve over the course of the Artsplosure festival.  Inspired by the natural shapes and structures of Wasp Nests and Cocoons, Caddis Fly Funnels and Limpet Shells.  Testing the structural and aesthetic limits of cardboard, participants will build upon the inherent strengths of simple wood fibers.  Come see what is possible, and bring along your own corrugated cardboard to be added to the assemblage.


Paperhand Puppet Intervention is comprised of Donovan Zimmerman and Jan Burger, as well as dozens of artists.  Both Zimmerman and Burger are skilled puppeteers whose work has been highlighted in festivals throughout North Carolina. Past Artsplosure commissions have included "The Ancient Tree" for Artsplosure 2004, "Polyphemus Plexippus" for Artsplosure 2008, and First Night Raleigh's People's Procession centerpiece, "Rhea."


Sandy Feat


Watch Ed Moore and his team turn tons of sand into a work of art. He has taught sand sculpture classes at the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores; won numerous sand sculpture contests at Virginia Beach, Atlantic Beach, Wrightsville Beach and Atlanta; participated in the World Championships in British Columbia; and sculpted with master sand sculptors from Florida to California. Ed has been a sculptor most of his life. Working in clay, wood and metal, he developed a love and talent for three-dimensional art. Those interests expanded through his youth and turned into a career in architecture.  He is now an owner of Moore + Burton Architects, PA in Raleigh, NC.




Challenge others to a game of life-size chess! Enjoy playing chess in a way that has become synonymous with Artsplosure. For most of the past decade, Artsplosure audiences have enjoyed this oversized version of a classic board game, a creation of Lyle Estill from Moncure, NC.


Artsplosure Digital Art Competition

See the top ten designs from Artsplosure's first Digital Art Competition.  Participants were asked to incorporate the 2009 Artsplosure festival logo into their design in a unique and creative way.  The contest was open to professional, amasteur, and student artists... or anyone with a passion for art and design.  The winning pieces will be displayed throughout the festival.


Take It Easel ~ An Artsplosure "Draw In"

Artsplosure attendees are invited to grab a piece of sketching charcoal and a piece of newsprint and create their own art.  Show your creative spirit!



Martin Street at Person Street

Saturday, 11:00 AM - Noon


ART-ON-THE-MOVE places original art on the sides of 12 Raleigh CAT buses for a period of six months.  All artwork submissions were reviewed by a panel comprised of community members, Raleigh Arts Commission and Capital Area Transit representatives.  Final selections were recommended by the review panel and approved by the Arts Commission and the Raleigh Transit Authority.


The 12 selected artists are Nancy Baker, Samuel Cox, Bart Cusik, Patrick Fitzgerald, Paul Friedrich, Suzanne Kratzer, Anna Podris, Ian Sands, Amy Sawyer, Pat Scull, a partnership of Tonic Design and Gail Peter Borden, and Kaci Torres.


The ART-ON-THE-MOVE buses will be officially unveiled on Saturday, May 16 at 11 AM on Martin Street behind the Main Stage as part of Artsplosure.  Dignitaries and artists will be in attendance for the bus "christening."  Some of the ART-ON-THE-MOVE buses will be on view from 11 AM to Noon.

Triangle Potters Guild
The Triangle Potters Guild is a non-profit organization that seeks to educate the public and to arouse interest at all levels of skill in the practice, standards, ethics and appreciation of the ceramic arts. We provide opportunities for all members and the public to experience the ceramic arts and to increase skills, knowledge and appreciation of the art form. Our membership includes professional production potters, studio art potters, serious amateurs, hobbyists, beginners, ceramics educators, sculptors, collectors, and everything in between. During the Artsplosure weekend Guild members will provide wheel and sculpting demonstrations as well as a kid’s clay table. Members’ display and sell original clay work to support group efforts.


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