Summer Art Festival Returns for 2016

2015 SAFThe Summer Arts Festival is coming to the Cape River Campus once again, offering a full day of dancing, creating, sunshine, and fun.


Last year more than 2,000 people attended the Summer Arts Festival, and more are expected this year. With such a large turnout the festival has started to become an expected tradition within the community.

This year officials have expanded activities for the festival, with several hands-on demonstrations for all ages. Craig Thomas will be returning to judge the street art competition where artists of all ages are invited to enter for free to create amazing chalk art. Each person will receive chalk and a space of sidewalk to create a work of art. There will also be a Plein Air painting competition - this contest costs $15 per canvas, and begins at 8 a.m.

Other activities include a musical instrument ‘petting zoo’ where patrons are invited to explore and try different types of instruments. Attendees can also join performers in dance workshops and presentations, as well as creative writing workshops, and a shaded-table for free-drawing.

Several performances will also take place during the festival including a magician, live music by a variety of local musicians, performances from the Vocal Arts Boot Camp, Acting Lab Camp, and Percussion and Steel Drum Camp. The River City Players will also be present to perform a sneak peek of their upcoming play ‘Exit Laughing.’

Rhonda Weller-Stilson, director of the Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts and associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts, says that the festival is a celebration of the arts - visual and performing“We are so pleased to expand our offerings for the third annual River Campus Summer Arts Festival.  Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, donors, and partners we are able to produce three theatrical performances and add multiple hands on experiences and performances this Saturday.” 

Opening this week are three new plays from the River Campus. ‘Steel Magnolias,’ and ‘Always . . . Patsy Cline’ will be performed live along with kid-friendly ‘Honk, Jr.’- a retelling of The Ugly Duckling. These plays require a ticket purchase. Rhonda adds, “this summer season includes the touching play Steel Magnolias, the classic musical Always . . . Patsy Cline, and a musical for children performed by children, Honk! Jr.  These three shows have something for everyone.  We selected them because of their Southern themes and are well known crowd-pleasers."

 Vendors will be set up on the grounds featuring sponsors and artists. There will be ceramics, an art sale, and printmaking demonstrations. Food and drink will be available for purchase, though patrons are welcome to bring their own. Activities will be held indoor and outdoor, held in various rooms throughout the day. Admittance into the festival is free, and all ages are welcome.

The Summer Arts Festival is June 18 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Purchase tickets to the plays here. To learn more about the contests go here. The full schedule is listed below.



Festival Schedule:


Outdoor Areas:

Entertainment Stage:

10 a.m.         Suzuki Players (Music Academy – Laura Ryan & Alex Anne Troxel

10:30 a.m.    Magician Rob Huff

11 a.m.              Abbie Fieser & Friends – Folk

11:30 a.m.    Steve Schaffner & Derrick Irwin – Americana

Noon                 Magician Rob Huff

12:30 p.m.    Abbie Fieser & Friends – Folk

1 p.m.                Steve Schaffner & Derrick Irwin – Americana

1:30 p.m.      Barefoot on Sunday – Folk

2 p.m.               Jerry Ford Combo – Jazz

2:30 p.m.      Jonathan Patterson – Accordion

3 p.m.                Barefoot on Sunday – Folk

3:30 p.m.      Jonathan Patterson – Accordion

4 p.m.                Jerry Ford Combo



10 a.m.-5 p.m. Rob Huff will roam except for 10:30a.m. and Noon show

Art Tent:

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Art activities and rub on tattoos for kids all day

Avenue of Art:

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Artists of all ages will participate in creating chalk art Craig Thomas will create a piece for the festival

Explorer RV in Southwest Parking Lot:

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  “Changing Times Comes to Missouri 1890-1939” exhibit

Interactive Yard:

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.      Lazy L Safari Petting Zoo

Art Studios and Booths:

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.                   Demonstrations and art for sale

Ceramics demonstration

Printmaking workshop

Painting demonstration in art studio

Various art faculty in art studio

Photo booth “You Aren’t Really Here”

Community Booths:

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.                  Variety of Sponsors and partnership booths with numerous activities

KGMO – Remote

Food and Drinks:

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.                  Chartwells booth outdoors on the back patio

Outdoors Play Areas in Seminary Quad:

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.                  Moon Walkers – Bouncy house and obstacle course

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.                  Art and Geometry Bubbles


Cultural Arts Center:

Atrium and Community Theatre:

10 a.m. to Noon                       Exit Laughing by River City Players

Crisp Museum:

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.                  Daven Anderson: The Rivers exhibit

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.                    Plein Air Competition

Rust Flexible Theatre:

7:30 p.m.                      Production of Steel Magnolias (Requires ticket)

Bedell Stage:

10 a.m.                         Production of Honk! Jr.

12:30 p.m.                    Dance performances from Dance Consortium members

3 p.m.                                       Production of Honk! Jr.


Dance Studio:

11 a.m.                             Tap Dance Basics by Hannah Matheny

11:45 a.m.                        Contemporary Dance by Jessica Parra – The Dance Studio

1:30 p.m.                          Aerial Silks Demonstration by Lauren Jones – The Edge

2 p.m.                                  Country Western by Irene Reynolds – Irene’s Country Dancers

2:45 p.m.                          Broadway Jazz by Leshay Mathis

3:30 p.m.                          Yoga by Lauren Jones – The Edge

4:15 p.m.                          Hip Hop Dance by Amy Coyle – Ashleyliane Dance Company

Cultural Arts Center Rehearsal Room 155:

11:30 a.m.                        Percussion Camp Performance

3 p.m.                                       Percussion Camp Performance

Cultural Arts Center 144 Costume Shop:

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.              Mask making with Deana Luetkenhaus


Seminary Building:

Arts Resource Center:

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.              Magnet and bookmark making

10:45 a.m.                        “The Ugly Duckling” — Story time with Leah McAllister

Noon                                “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” — Story time with Leah McAllister

1:30 p.m.                          “From Where I’m Standing: Writing Stories and Poems Set in the Places We Live.” writing workshop with Dr. James Brubaker and Dr. Dan Crocker

3:45 p.m.                          “Farmer Duck” — Story time with Leah McAllister


River Campus Art Gallery:

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.                     Summer Fun: An experiential and interactive coloring mural designed with all ages in mind.

11 a.m.                                      Twisted wire jewelry for tweens

2 p.m.                                       Twisted wire jewelry for tweens


Shuck Recital Hall:

11 a.m.                                 Vocal Arts Boot Camp Performance “Sing Out!”

1:30 p.m.                              Vocal Arts Boot Camp Performance “Sing Out!”

3 p.m.                                  Ivas John – Cool Jazz/Guitar performance

4 p.m.                                  Broderick Twiggs – Vocal performance


Dobbins Center:

Acting/Directing Studio:

10:30 a.m.                              Acting Laboratory Camp Performance

1 p.m.                                  Acting Laboratory Camp Performance

3 p.m.                                  Stage Combat Exhibition – Bart Williams

4 p.m.                          Stage Combat Exhibition – Bart Williams


Dobbins Center Rehearsal Hall 120:

10 a.m.                             Percussion Camp Performance

2 p.m.                                  Percussion Camp Performance


Dobbins Center Hallway:

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.                  Musical Instrument Petting Zoo

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.                  Center for Regional History hosted by Adam Criblez


Atrium of Dobbins Center:

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.                 “Where Art and Science Collide!: Agar Art and Anatomy Art Contests” hosted by Shannon McNew

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.                  “Color Changing Art” hosted by Chemistry’s Rachel Morgan Theall and Alpha Chi Sigma


Dobbins Center Gallery:

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.                  Assemblages by Dr. Joni Hand and Digital Art by Emily Denlinger and friends


Dance Studio:

11 a.m.                         Ballroom Dance by Dan Beeson – Cape Ballroom

11:45 a.m.                     Zumba by Jessica Lopez

2 p.m.                              Contemporary Dance by Thomas Proctor – Ashleyliane Dance Company

2:45 p.m.                          Hip-Hop by Hannah Wolf – The Dance Center

3:30 p.m.                      Ballroom Dance by Dan Beeson – Cape Ballroom

4:15 p.m.                          Princess Ballet by Julia Tosches


Food and Drinks:

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.              Chartwells at St. Vincent Commons

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