The ninth annual, nationally ranked fine arts festival Artisphere takes place May 10-12 in downtown Greenville, S.C. Features include a juried Visual Artists Row, an Artists Demonstration Row and Artists of the Upstate, a juried exhibition of local artists. Artist Row presents 120 of the highest caliber visual artists representing 17 different mediums. More than half of these artists are new to Artisphere this year. The Artists Demonstration Row features new live printmaking and woodworking in addition to the ever-popular glassblowing and metalworking demos.
Other events include performances by local and national artists, street musicians, acrobats, sidewalk artists, children’s arts activities, a Culinary Arts Cafe and more. A new Demo/DIY (Do It Yourself) stage features ceramic making, painting, weaving, monoprinting, and jewelry making.
- Greenville County High School Juried Art Exhibit – Get a glimpse of the artists of tomorrow at this exhibit showcasing work from Greenville County High School’s aspiring young artists.
- Online Silent Auction and Onsite Gallery – Offering new pieces each year, the Silent Auction Gallery features work created by this year’s Artist Row exhibitors and is open for bidding both onsite and ONLINE at www.artisphere.us
- Private Label Commemorative Artisphere Wine – Sample dozens of wines at the wine tasting tent, then pick up a bottle of Artisphere Cabernet and Chardonnay at the festival store. The wine labels feature artwork from the 2013 poster artist, Amos Amit, and make great Mother’s Day gifts.
- Kidsphere Crafts – This year’s craft activities will include basket weaving, creating paper lanterns, painting watercolor masks, building splatter sculptures and decorating ceramic tiles.
“Artisphere is never the same festival twice,” commented Artisphere Board of Directors President Judith Aughtry. “But it consistently provides the rare opportunity to meet top notch visual and performing artists in a unique atmosphere.”
Festival hours: Friday May 10: Noon to 8 p.m.; Saturday, May 11: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, May 12: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Preview the artists in Artists Row, download a map and find more information on the Artisphere website.