To celebrate the end of the spring semester, the University of Findlay will host a private campus carnival for UF students, faculty and staff, and family members of faculty and staff, on Saturday, April 22 from 6-10 p.m. in the Alumni Memorial Union.
A valid UF ID will be required for entry, and to participate in all activities. Those with no ID must be accompanied at each station by their host faculty or staff member.
The event, hosted by UF’s Student Activities Board, will include raffles, giveaways and free, traditional carnival food ranging from cotton candy to hot pretzels stuffed with cheese. Numerous free entertainment and artistic activities will engage everyone too. They include:
A rock band from Cleveland, Ohio, this childhood trio was selected to open for Bruce Springsteen in front of 60,000 fans during the Hard Rock Calling’s summer music festival in London’s Hyde Park in 2012. Since then, they have shared the stage with other renowned groups such as Bare Naked Ladies and the Doobie Brothers.
Digital Caricatures by Jeff Mandell
Mandell’s one-of-a-kind performance showcases him drawing digital caricatures on a laptop, with the image projected onto a screen so that crowd can enjoy the artwork he is creating. Each drawing is ready within four to five minutes, is printed in full color and is made into a badge for students to wear.
Asian Name Art by Pippi
Robin “Pippi” Frey has spent most of her life painting. She began her career as a muralist and decorative painter for private homes and businesses throughout Florida, and now focuses on historical and cultural art with ties to the ancient societies of China, Japan and Korea. Her work fuses Buddhist and Confucian ideals of inner happiness with the craft of ornamental depiction of names in an explosion of art, color and fun. The artist uses authentic leather brushes and completes this creative keepsake in mere minutes. The result is a fun and gorgeous work of art that links each name with good luck, Eastern philosophy and thousands of years of history.
Doug’s Wire Art
Doug Halper practices a craft form in which a single piece of wire is creatively bent into any requested shape – names, phrases, titles, symbols and so on. This talented artist completes works within minutes, providing pieces that can be used as pins, pendants, cardholders, picture stands and more.
Make Your Own Dream Catcher
The word in most Indian languages for Dream Cather is the same as “spider.” This is self-evident as students create their own web, which protects their creators from nightmares. As Indian lore says, negative dreams and thoughts flow by, while positive dreams and thoughts are caught and kept for their owner. This novelty provides the base ring (available in a variety of sizes, including heart-shaped), along with all of the supplies to decorate. Knowledgeable staff will facilitate the event.
The custom of giving and wearing rings dates back over 6,000 years! Here’s your chance to connect with an ancient art that is as current as the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. This activity will have participants making custom hammer-stamped engraved rings of high-quality steel. Impressions may include a name, a favorite word, or a symbol.
Mike “da Roving Guy” is an expert latex manipulation technician. In other words, he ties balloons! As one of the country’s best balloon artists, his creations are limited only by your imagination. Margaret is an artist in the airbrush world. She will be doing body art painting during the carnival. With her freehand style (no stencil), each piece she creates is literally an original work of art.