The culmination of the library’s summer program, its annual Festival of the Arts for children and adults, will take place this year on Saturday, September 19, from 12 to 4 p.m.. Festival-goers will be invited to meet local artists – many of them Plainsboro residents –to participate in collaborative art projects and/ or to experiment with different kinds of arts and crafts.
Plainsboro artist Tatiana Sougakova will create an art installation called “Kaleidoscope of Butterflies”, when she attaches a swarm of more than 170 cut-out drawings of butterflies to an outside wall (or window) of the library. The 8 x 10-inch cut-outs were hand-colored in crayon, primarily by participants in the library’s summer program, who may come and see them in the “kaleidoscope.” They are a brilliant example of the summer program theme, “Local Color.” The installation will remain for one day only
Alison Kwok, will return with her ever-popular Chinese knot-tying. Other members of Plainsboro’s Chinese community will demonstrate traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy, as they do every year.
Also returning this year will be Julia Pankratova, who received Plainsboro’s 2015 Artist of the Year. Award in March, in recognition of her many volunteer hours in library arts programs. She will show patrons how to create their own mandalas, a circular symbol of unity used in meditation.
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
Artist Art Lee will invite festival-goers to stop by and help him create a large collaborative sculpture from recycled materials; while Rachel Bissette will demonstrate her stained-glass-cutting technique.
Artist Leena Shekhar will show festival goers how to make small clay figures; and library staff member Neera Kothari will host a booth on painting and decorating diyas (clay pots).
Musician and artist Russ Rice will demonstrate his use of found objects in the construction of simple musical instruments; and Plainsboro fiber artist Nelly Kouzmina will demonstrate the art of felt-making to festival-goers.
If the weather is good, Sue Albert will return with her “Twirling Arcade,” a show that involves tossing, juggling and flying. Festival-goers will be invited to participate as she juggles sticks, scarves and handmade hula hoops, while Louie the Hoop-Flying Clown, also a therapy dog, performs his favorite routines.
Sangeeta Warier, of That Pottery Place, will host a table devoted to pottery painting
Other artists participating in the festival will include Sangita Angora, Jaya Shah, Aarti Mantri, and Maria Sanchez, who uses soda can pull tops in the creation of handbags and other objects.
Live music will once again be part of the Festival scene; and Mary Jo Egbert of WATS will demonstrate the “science behind cotton candy,” as she spins it for everyone’s enjoyment. WATS is a central New Jersey organization that encourages women and children to pursue excellence in all areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and art.
The Plainsboro Library’s summer program is funded by the Plainsboro Public Library Foundation. The Foundation’s fourth annual Mayor’s Cup Golf Tournament, which will be held this year on September 21, at the Princeton Meadows Golf Course , raises funds to support the summer program. For information on the library’s summer programs or how to participate in or donate to the Foundation’s fundraiser, please visit the library website at https://www.plainsborolibrary.org.
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