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Local Artists to Take Center Stage at Festival

Local artists will take center stage at the Plainsboro Public Library on Saturday, September 16, when the library holds its annual Arts Festival from 12-4 pm.  The Festival, which is funded by the Friends of the Plainsboro Public Library, will take place rain or shine, and will feature resident artists and members of the Plainsboro Library Artists’ Group. In addition to showing their work – in a variety of media, they will also demonstrate their techniques and will help visitors develop their own artwork to take home.

Festival goers who want to work with others on a collaborative art project may join sculptor Art Lee in constructing a large sculpture from recycled materials; or they may participate in the group painting of a huge paper maché globe, under the direction of Sangita Vinoth.

Debra Orenstein, a regular storyteller at the library, will present a special program of music and dance for young children and their parents at 12 noon, out on the square; and sketchbook artist Paula Ridley, whose books will be on exhibit in the library gallery from September 30 through October 25, will explain and demonstrate her work.

Julia Pankratova will show patrons how to create their own mandalas, circular symbols of unity used in meditation; and embroidery artists and wannabe embroiderers will have a chance to learn about the craft and test their skills at the table of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America, Princeton Chapter.

Artists Sissi Lu , Randy Yang, Audrey Shen, and Howard Ye will demonstrate brush painting; and  Xienjie Yu will show and explain the art of Chinese calligraphy. Therese Swift-Hahn will use pen calligraphy to write patrons’ names on bookmarks for them to take home. Also showing bookmark art will be Vien Lee.

There will be opportunities to try Chinese knot-tying with Allison and Grace Kwok; felt-making with Nelly Kouzmina; fabric painting with Sheela Raj; or acrylic painting with Sweety Mehta.  If you ever wondered about the use of alcohol-based inks or how marbled paper is made, come to the Festival to have your questions answered.  Participants may also take part in weaving; Diwali clay-pot painting; and more.

Music aficionados can enjoy performances by High School North’s acapella group “Out of the Blue” and its string orchestra “Nonet;” or groove to music by a DJ from Sully Music and Entertainment.

In case of inclement weather, most activities will move inside the library.

The Plainsboro Public Library is located at 9 Van Doren Street, Plainsboro; 609-275-2897.