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Island Arts Festival expands, returns first weekend in May

An annual arts celebration will take place over two days the first weekend in May on Pleasure Island. (Courtesy photo)

CAROLINA BEACH — An annual arts celebration will take place over two days the first weekend in May on Pleasure Island.

Island Arts Festival, hosted by the Island Arts Council, will feature more than 100 artists and performers May 5 and 6, celebrating the theme “I Am Art.”

“Demonstrations, hands-on activities and performances show how art is around, within and upon us,” Carey Jones, Island council member and festival manager, said in a press release.

The event kicks off Friday, May 5, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church Community Center. The gallery night highlights award-winning artists, Latin music, beer, a wine tasting and a charcuterie board.

On Saturday, May 6, the festival continues at 10 a.m. and takes place around the Carolina Beach Lake. There will be art for sale, live art demonstrations by Scarf It Up and Dye Smiling, and live music by The Many Everything and OMNI Percussion Ensemble.

There will also be Cosplay costume design and construction, face painting and SPFX make-up. Kids will be able to participate in splatter painting in Imagination Station.

Festival goers are encouraged to participate in the “I Am Art” theme by wearing creative headpieces or costumes, Jones said in the release.

The Island Arts Council formed in 2011 to support public arts, local organizations and artists, as well as host various events. Its goal is to promote awareness and appreciation of arts and culture in Carolina and Kure beaches.

More information about the event can be found at

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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