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.
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