15 Greenville Artists Selected for Artisphere’s GE Artists Row Festival had an 11.6 percent acceptance rate, making it among the country’s most selective

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Fifteen artists from Greenville are among the 135 selected for Artisphere’s GE Artists Row for this year’s festival.

More than 1,160 artists applied for the festival, a record for the 14-year-old festival. The 11.6 percent acceptance rate makes Artisphere one of the most selective fine arts festivals in the country.

This year’s festival will be held in downtown Greenville May 11-13.

“Artisphere is one of the major reasons why Greenville has become one of the most thriving art communities in the country,” said Joseph Bradley, the festival’s 2-D mixed media award winner from last year and one of the panel of five jurors who selected this year’s Artist Row participants. “This festival has learned how to successfully integrate with the community to connect artists and patrons in positive and sustainable ways.”

Local artists selected for this year’s Artists Row are Kent Ambler, printmaking; Kiah Bellows, mixed media; Hallie Bertling, watercolor; Joseph Bradley, mixed media; Rey D’Alfonso, painting and mixed media; Patricia Deleon Alfonso, painting; Janina Ellis, oil/acrylic painting; Darin Gerhrke, ceramics; Keith Grace, mixed media; Lynn Greer, watercolor; Michelle Jardines, painting; Meredith Piper, mixed media; Llyn Strong, precious jewelry; Erin Stuart, semiprecious jewelry; and Judy Verhoeven, 2-D mixed media.

The 2018 Artisphere will feature 35 artists who have never before exhibited at Artisphere. A complete list is available at www.artisphere.org.

The outdoor festival, which brings thousands of people to downtown Greenville, set records for artists’ sales last year with average sales of $9,150, up from $8,200 the year before. Last year’s artists sold nearly $1.229 million of art, and a Clemson University study put the festival’s economic impact at more than $6.6 million.

The 15 local artists on Artists Row won’t be the only local visual artists participating in the festival. Some will present demonstrations and workshops in the Art Lab, and others will participate in Artists of the Upstate, a juried art show.

In addition to art in a variety of media, Artisphere features food, music, street performances, and activities for children. Brian Olsen’s Art in Action is also back.

Local artists

Kent Ambler – printmaking

Kiah Bellows – mixed media

Hallie Bertling – watercolor

Joseph Bradley – oil/acrylic painting

Rey D’Alfonso – painting and mixed media

Patricia Deleon Alfonso – painting

Janina Ellis – oil/acrylic painting

Darin Gerhrke – ceramics

Keith Grace – mixed media

Lynn Greer – watercolor

Michelle Jardines – painting

Meredith Piper – mixed media

Llyn Strong – precious jewelry

Erin Stuart – semiprecious jewelry

Judy Verhoeven – 2-D mixed media

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