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2016 Panorama Festival makes art an engaging, interactive party in Haverford

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WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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If you’re going to be in Haverford Oct. 22, you’re likely to see it or hear about it.
The Main Line Art Center will be the hot spot because of the Panorama Festival.
The what?
The Panorama Festival, held 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday the 22nd, will have fire spinners, stilt walkers, food trucks and multimedia live art performances outside and interactive digital demos and contemporary artwork inside. Main Line Art Center is at 746 Panmure Road, off Lancaster Avenue.
Why?
The free event anchors the art center’s second “Panorama: Image-Based Art in the 21st Century,” which features more than 50 events that celebrate photography and digital media in contemporary art, from September to November at the art center and its 40-plus partners across greater Philadelphia.
So what’s happening when?
Running the duration of the festival are music by DJ The Architech, food truck cuisine by Chef Johnny Bravo’s Surf ‘n’ Turf and Short Order Mobile Cuisine and the featured exhibition “Enlightened Earth.” Also, make your way from studio to studio to channel your creativity through hands-on projects that meld new technology with traditional media. Activities include image transfers onto wood to create coasters or ornaments, silkscreen prints and T-shirts (available for purchase) and collaborative stop-animation productions.

The Panorama Festival is held at the Main Line Art Center. Submitted photo

The Panorama Festival is held at the Main Line Art Center.
Submitted photo

*Firespinners and stilt walkers from 7textures will perform from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., with a special fire spinning presentation from 7 to 7:30.
*In the art center’s traditional black and white dark room, artist Matt Giel will present an installation featuring his photography from 6 to 8 p.m.
*Starting at 7:30 p.m., Main Line Art Center’s historical white house will become a canvas as 2016 Digital *Artist in Residence Leo Hylan lights up the night with site-specific, interactive multimedia performances projected on the front and side of the building.
Tell me more about “Enlightened Earth.”
On view through Nov. 5, “Enlightened Earth” explores nature and our complex relationship to its past, present and future with works by Julianna Foster of Philadelphia, Nick Pedersen of Burlington, N.J., and Mark Dorf of New York. Their multimedia work includes storytelling, scientific research and fantastical landscapes.
Is there anything else I ought to know?
During the festival, and through Nov. 5, artists of all ages are encouraged to create and upload digital photos, animation or short videos for the Panorama virtual exhibition, “Earth Works.” Work can be made at one of the art center’s Green Partners, gardens, arboretums and green spaces in the region, or at a location of your choosing. The exhibition will go live in January at www.mainlineart.org. Cash awards will be given to one adult artist and one youth artist selected as “Best in Show.”
Prior to the festival, from 1 to 4 p.m. on the 22nd, Main Line Art Center will offer portfolio reviews with members of the center’s artistic advisory board and artist Mark Dorf from “Enlightened Earth.” Registration is $95 and space is limited. Visit www.mainlineart.org or call (610) 525-0272.
For a full list of Panorama events, go to www.mainlineart.org/panorama2016 to download the digital guide.

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