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Arts Explode in Raleigh

Posted May 13, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Sunday is the final day for this year's Artsplosure, the huge celebration in downtown Raleigh. The festivities include arts, crafts, food, and even 20 tons of sand for sculpting. Jazz and blues will ring out Sunday from four stages. More than 140 artists are featured at the Artist's Market. Wherever you go, you're bound to run into a unique sight or sound.

One feature of "Artsplosure" attracting special attention is this year's logo. Raleigh city officials may have gotten more than they bargained for when they approved a rendering of the Greek goddess Persephone to represent the week of cultural cuisine. Logo designer Louis St. Lewis says he created the goddess in his own image as a drag queen. St. Lewis says he intended his design as a jab at conservative Raleigh mayor Tom Fetzer and the City Council for their recent crackdown on cross-dressing at a downtown nightclub.

The week's fun actually began Tuesday, when the Capital City came alive with a free lunch-time concert by the Orange High School Jazz Ensemble. Other ensembles also entertained throughout the week.

"Artsplosure" is being staged on the Fayetteville Street Mall. Sunday's activities will go on until nearly sundown. It's an event you won't want to miss.