A full weekend of virtual Artisphere events kicks off on Friday, Oct. 2.
The nationally recognized arts festival will feature an Artist’s Market showcasing works for sale from more than 70 juried artists from around the country as well as opportunities to virtually connect with artists, watch demonstrations and engage in fun kid crafts.
The Artist’s Market will open to the public at 8 p.m. on Oct. 2. Participating artists will have multiple pieces for sale in an online marketplace, where visitors can browse and shop from a curated selection of art ranging from pottery to oils to jewelry.
Artisphere organizers said the marketplace will work similar to an auction with a starting bid, bid increments and a ‘buy it now’ price. The auction will close at midnight on Sunday, Oct. 4.
On Saturday, Oct. 3, visitors can tune in to a number of panel discussions, including “Behind the Scenes with the 2020 Jurors,” which illuminates the process of selecting artists for Artisphere, and “Creative Place Making,” which follows muralists and art professionals in a lively discussion about the importance of arts in the community.
The public will be able to watch a printmaking demonstration with artist Sunny Mullarkey and a graffiti demonstration on a new food truck with Nick Burns, also known as Ninja Picasso. A video tribute to Artisphere fan favorite Brian Olsen will also stream, and the 2020 Artists of the Upstate Juried Exhibition will be revealed in an online gallery.
Meanwhile, metal worker Ryan Calloway and Soteria CDC will be featured in Artisphere’s virtual Demo Row. Kidsphere activities for tiny art lovers will be streamed throughout the day with at-home craft projects, music and interactive exhibits.
The virtual fun continues on Sunday, Oct. 4, with the Remotely Creative At-Home challenge winner reveal, more activities for kids and exciting artist demonstrations and panel discussions like “Tips for Buying Art Online.”
“Artisphere has come up with a new and innovative way to host a festival without compromising the quality of artists’ work, and I’m pleased to have the opportunity to be a part of this memorial event,” participating artist Michelle Jardines said in a release. “Artisphere is always supportive of its artists, and there’s nothing quite like this community.”
A full schedule of events can be found at artisphere.org.