Arts, Culture & Life: What to expect at Artisphere 2019

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Whether you’re a Greenville native or new to the Upstate, Artisphere is a one-of-a-kind event the whole family can enjoy.

Artisphere, presented by TD Bank, is celebrating 15 years with new programming and returning favorites.

At an event held at “Larkin’s L” on Tuesday night, Artisphere organizers announced what festival goers can expect on this anniversary year.

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  • This year, GE Artist Row will feature 135 visual artists, selected by a panel of five jurors from an applicant pool of 952.
  • Of the 135 artists, 35 will exhibit at Artisphere for the first time, 20 of which had never before applied.
  • 16 artists a local Greenvillians.
    • Sunny McGowan (Printmaking)
    • Kent Ambler (Printmaking)
    • Marie Gruber (Photography)
    • Glory Loflin (Painting)
    • Joseph Bradley (Painting)
    • Rey D’Alfonso (Painting)
    • Keith Grace (Mixed Media-2D)
    • Kiah Bellows (Mixed Media-2D)
    • Kate Furman (Jewelry/Semi-Precious)
    • Llyn Strong (Jewelry/Precious)
    • Meredith Piper (Fiber)
    • Darin Gehrke (Ceramics)
    • Janina Ellis (Painting)
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Culinary Arts Cafe + Wine & Craft Beer Experience

  • The Culinary Arts Café
  • Crepe du Jour
  • Cantina 76
  • Larkin’s on the River
  • Trappe Door
  • Duke Sandwich Co.
  • Barley’s Pizzeria and Taproom will be available in Kidsphere
  • The Wine & Craft Beer Experience presented by Suntrust will now be open all festival hours
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Festival Favorites with a few new twists

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Live Music

  • This year, all musical acts will be on one stage—the WYFF-4 Main Stage, which is moving to Broad Street.
  • For a complete lineup click here 
  • This year’s music line-up hosts talented musicians from Rockford, IL to Chapel Hill, NC and Nashville, TN offering something for everyone from R&B to Jazz, Indie to Americana and Funk to Soul and Rock.
  • Headlining acts/regional favorites include:
    • The New Respects, a Rock/Blues/Soul/Funk group from Nashville, TN
    • Indie/Folk artist Jill Andrews also from Nashville, TN.
    • Audrey Hamilton & The Vibes (Greenville, SC)
    • Ellis Dyson and The Shambles (Chapel Hill, NC)
    • The Apartment Club (Spartanburg, SC)
    • Jeff Sipe’s State Birds (Brevard,NC) among others.

The nationally acclaimed arts and cultural celebration returns May 10-12, 2019. For more information on the event, click here.

Photo by Morgan Burden

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