Since Artisphere’s inception in 2003, Greenville’s signature arts festival has grown into an event that attracts acclaimed artists from across the country, draws thousands of art enthusiasts, and entertains visitors of all ages. Part of the draw for patrons is the opportunity to meet the artists, observe the creative process, and purchase original works of art.
This year’s festival runs May 9 -11, and along with returning favorites such as Brian Olsen’s Art in Action and the Kidsphere craft area, Artisphere will offer several new opportunities to commemorate the 10th annniversary:
- Sculpture — In honor of the 10th anniversary, artist John T. Acorn was commissioned to create a new sculpture for downtown Greenville.
- Artists — This year’s Artist Row will feature 125 artists — the largest number to date — including 57 new artists and 15 local artists (another record).
- STEAM Exhibit — Clemson University will showcase interactive experiences in science, technology, engineering, art and math. Activities will include Digital Production in Arts and Hollywood, Microscope Photography, and 3D Dancer Simulation.
- Street Muralists — Professional street painters from Art for After Hours and Furman University students will transform pavement into a makeshift canvas re-creating all of Artisphere’s commemorative posters.
- Artisphere “After Hours” — When the artist booths close and dusk settles over downtown Greenville, the “Artisphere after Hours” experience begins. Head to the WYFF Main Stage for special performances by Houndmouth and Blitzen Trapper on Friday and Saturday.
- 10th Anniversary Merchandise — Stop by the Festival Merchandise tent to purchase 10th Anniversary commemorative T-shirts, tumblers, tote bags, posters and more. Don’t forget to pick up a bottle of private label Artisphere wine featuring the 10th anniversary poster artwork and a pair of etched glasses.
- Wine & Craft Beer Experience — The Wine Tasting and Craft Beer Experience will feature dozens of wines and some of your favorite craft beers paired with cheese and snacks from Whole Foods.
- Culinary Arts Cafe — Enjoy delicious fare from 10 of Greenville’s favorite restaurants including Barleys Greenville, Grill Marks, Larkin’s on the River, Mimi’s Steakhouse of Japan, Rick Erwin’s Deli, Roost, Tealoha Tea & Eats, The Trappe Door, Papi’s Tacos, and Passerelle Bistro.
- Bikeville — Ride your bike to Artisphere and drop if off with Bikeville’s Bike Valet in the parking lot across from the Greenville News.
Festival hours are Friday, May 9, noon to 8 p.m.; Saturday, May 10, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, May 11, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
To view a schedule of all activities, visit www.artisphere.us.