It’s May in Greenville, which means Artisphere is just around the corner. If you’re new to the area, Artisphere is an annual festival that has been going strong on main street in Greenville for 13 years with the aim “to create a nationally recognized Fine Arts festival that enhances Quality of Life and Economic Vitality in South Carolina.” Kerry Murphy, festival director, says that Greenville was chosen due to its developing arts scene. “It’s a very inviting place for artists with a spectacular downtown area, making it a promising location for a national arts festival.”
This year alone there were more than a thousand applicants across 48 states and 17 medium categories (from woodwork, to ceramics, to performance art). 135 artists were selected and will be presenting at this year’s Artisphere. Out of that number, 41 will be new to the festival, including a street artist who uses potholes and manhole covers and the illustrator behind the work in the lobby of the new Aloft Hotel. So even if you’ve been before, there will be plenty of new art to check out, not to mention the food and live music.
llyn strong has been involved with Artisphere since the outset in 2005, having a booth at every festival but one. Kerry noted that she has “led the charge for artists in Greenville,” being one of the first artists to open a gallery on main street back in 1989. Now, thirty years later, it’s a privilege to watch Greenville host established and emerging artists from across the country and to show off our own local art scene.
Come check out Artisphere this year from May 12th to May 14th in downtown Greenville. The hours are Friday 12-8, Saturday 10-8, and Sunday 11-6. There will be live music, great food, incredible art, and of course, we’ll be there, at booth #24 near the Peace Center, showcasing new jewelry and gemstones. See you this weekend!