It's one of the toughest art shows for artists to get into, and that's precisely what makes Greenville, South Carolina's Artisphere a major draw. The 2014 event, which runs May 9-11, will once again transform the city's award-winning downtown into a Mecca for the visually inspired. Tents will line both sides of the city's lovely tree-shaded Main Street, and fine artists working in all genres - from metal to fabric to clay to photography - will showcase their finest to an eager public. A booth at Greenville's Artisphere — Photo courtesy of Libby McMillan
This signature event for Greenville marks the beginning of the 'outdoor' season and lovely spring temperatures make Artisphere even more desirable to attend. In addition to the visual arts offered for sale, this inspiring event also includes performing arts, a culinary cafe, activities for kids and a silent auction.
The performance art events are always exciting. 2013 saw dance and acrobatics in the city's lovely Falls Park, as well as a longtime crowd favorite: an artist who does large-scale impromptu splatter and brush paintings to music. As attendees watch from the grassy hill above the park's stage, this amazing artist has transformed abstracts into portraits of famous people, a fun reveal which makes itself apparent at different times to different viewers.
Whether or not you know about art, you will appreciate the effort it takes to conceive and create so many unique works. If you're on a tight budget, be careful: it's nearly impossible to not find something which moves you to take it home.
Downtown Greenville has several parking garages, making coming downtown for the day a snap. In addition to Artisphere's culinary cafe, the city's vibrant Main Street is lined with popular restaurants and cafes, so there are loads of options for dining and relaxing, day and night.