Welcome to Artisphere!

Each year the Artisphere Festival attracts tens of thousands of visitors and residents. Enjoy demonstrations, exhibits and live performances May 12-14, 2017.

South Main Street Stage

Friday, May 12th

Time

Band

1:30 PM
 Mandy Copp
3:00 PM
Alex Hunnicutt
4:30 PM
 Gwyn Flower
6:00PM
Blue Cactus

Saturday, May 13th

Time

Band

10:30 AM
Reed Miller Duo
12:00 PM
 Veronika Jackson
1:30 PM
Letters to Abigail
3:00PM
Sheldon Clark
4:30 PM
Padenrich Station
6:00PM
Grace Joyner

Sunday, May 14th

Time

Band

12:00 PM
 Deep Dish Dixieland
1:30 PM
Violet Bell
3:00 PM
Dave Desmelik Trio
4:30PM
Dr’s Note

Art of Healthy Living Exhibit

The Art of Healthy Living is a fun, interactive experience where children and families can learn about the health sciences and the importance of physical activity and good nutrition. Sponsored by the University of South Carolina–the state’s leader in health science education and research—kids can find out about a wide array of exciting health professions while engaging in hands-on activities designed to inspire creativity and learning.

Art in Action Stage

Once again this year, the Art in Action stage will feature visual performing artist Brian Olsen. Brian Olsen’s Art in Action is an explosion: a colorful display of paint, energy, music, and passion. Using fingertips, palms, elbows, and up to three brushes in each hand, Brian paints portraits of famous people including musicians, sports figures, and top corporate heads on a four and a half by six foot canvas in a matter of minutes. His creations are choreographed to music that is powerful and stimulates the senses. Brian’s Art in Action is described as “an emotional experience” taking his audience through an amazing journey of excitement, suspense, cheer, and surprise. His ability to captivate his audience and share the experience of color, music, and action is a way to bring people into the world of art and creativity.

Friday Performances Saturday Performances Sunday Performances
12:30 PM 11:00 AM 12:30 PM
2:00 PM 12:30 PM 2:00 PM
3:30 PM 2:00 PM 3:00 PM
5:30 PM 3:30 PM 5:00 PM
5:00 PM

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Art Lab

ART LAB Artist demonstration stage and DIY projects. The ART LAB, located in the parking lot next to PostCard From Paris allows you to watch expert artists at work and try your hand at DIY projects to nurture the artist within.

FRIDAY, MAY 12

COLLAGE DEMO
Artist:  Heather Brame and Izzy Mitchell
Friday, May 12, 2 – 3PM
Furman University art students, Heather Brame and Izzy Mitchell, will instruct participants as they create their own collages by cutting and combining images from a variety of media. Art board, scissors, modpodge are provided.

PLATING DEMO
Artist:  Chef Courtney McKnight with Plate 108
Friday, May 12, 4 – 5PM
In this one hour demo, learn art of plating. Participants will prep garnishes and turn prepared food into a work of art using simple design techniques.

ENCAUSTIC PAINTING DEMO
Artist:  Jane Nodine
Friday, May 13, 6 – 7PM
Experience encaustic- the ancient art of painting with pigments dissolved in hot beeswax. Using modern materials and methods, learn about the beauty and versatility of this luminous medium.

SATURDAY, MAY 13

MINI PICASSO PAINTING CLASS FOR KIDS
Artist:  Susanne Hall
Saturday, May 13, 10 – 11AM
Kids of all ages will learn painting techniques to create a masterpiece in a step by step process with a Vino & Van Gogh artist instructor and leave with a work of art in hand. Space is limited. Visit www.vinandvangogh.net to learn more and register in advance ($25 Class Fee).

WEAVING DEMO
Artist:  Meredith Piper
Saturday, May 13, NOON – 1PM
https://www.meredithpiper.com/
Learn the weaving basics with local artist, Meredith Piper. She will demonstrate a few techniques and everything you need to know to create your first weaving from start to finish on a mini loom.

MIXED MEDIA PHOTO TRANSER
Artist:  Joann Benzinger
Saturday, May 13, 2 – 3PM
http://www.joannbenzingerphotography.com/
Learn three basic photo transfer techniques using laser and ink printed transparencies.  Suitable for all skill levels.

2D NEEDLE FELTING
Artist: Cecilia Ho
Saturday, May 13, 4 – 5PM
www.feltasticfashion.com
Turn wool fibers into a beautiful wool painting using a felting needle.  Create a seamless piece of felt by matting, condensing, and pressing fibers together without the use of water.

3D WOOL SCULPTURE
Artist:  Cecilia Ho
Saturday, May 13, 5 – 6PM
www.feltasticfashion.com
Turn wool fibers into a three dimensional sculpture using a felting needle without the use of water.

VINO AND VAN GOGH ADULT PAINTING
Artist:  Lucy Pressly
Saturday, May 13, 6 – 7PM
Create a masterpiece in a step by step process with a Vino & Van Gogh artist instructor and leave with a work of art in hand.  Space is limited. Visit www.vinoandvangogh.net to learn more and register in advance ($25 Class Fee).

SUNDAY, MAY 14

JEWELRY MAKING
Artist:  Kaitlyn Cothran
Sunday, May 14, 11am – NOON
Kaitlyn Cothran, Furman Art Student, instructs participants in making their very own pendant necklace.  Start by creating the pendant out of wire, beads, and other material.

HENNA ART DEMO
Artist:  Jaidra Durant
Sunday, May 14, 1 – 2PM
www.jaidraart.wix.com/niad
Henna is a naturally occurring stain that comes from the leaves of the henna tree. In this demo, you will learn about the history, chemistry, application, and artistry of this ancient art form.

ART OF HANDMADE PAPER DEMO
Artist:  Carol Funke
Sunday, May 14, 3 – 4PM
http://www.funkeoriginals.com/
Learn the art of handmade paper with Carol Funke. In this one hour demo, you’ll learn the process of paper making with items that you have at home. Suitable for all skill levels.

RELIEF PRINTMAKING DEMO
Artist: Sunny Mullarkey
Sunday, May 14, 5-6PM
www.sunnymullarkey.com
Artist Sunny Mullarkey teaches the basics of print making.  Create a relief to transfer an image onto a surface by carving a linoleum or soft rubber block, inking and printing your design.

Artist Demo Row

Located at the Heart of the Festival on the Main Street Bridge

Artist Demo Row Descriptions

GLASSBLOWING DEMO: GOTHRUP GLASS

Richmond, VA artist Ryan Gothrup has been producing one of a kind glass objects for fifteen years. Gothrup received his B.F.A. from Kent State University and received his M.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University. Gothrup Glass exemplifies a combination of Italian, Swedish, and German techniques with an American twist.

Learn More About Gothrup

METALWORKING DEMO: CREATIVE IRONWORKS

Greenville artist Ryan Calloway began the Creative Ironworks studio in 2003.  Calloway’s work includes everything from industrial welding, fabricating and installing structural iron work to forge welding and hammer and anvil work. In 1998, Ryan Calloway graduated from Greenville Technical College with a degree in Industrial Technology and a minor in Business. His influences include Alexander Calder, Samuel Yellin, and Albert Paley. Calloway is a member of Philip Simmons Artist-Blacksmith Guild of South Carolina and the Artist’s Blacksmith’s Association of North America (ABANA).

Learn More About Creative Ironworks

CERAMICS DEMO: THE MAKERS COLLECTIVE

Members from The Makers Collective with featured artist Mark Batory will demonstrate traditional wheel-thrown pottery techniques and various stages of the ceramics process.  Since 2006, Mark Batory of Hollowed Earth Pottery has created functional stoneware pieces with an organic feel.  Mark creates decorative ceramic vessels, as well as serving dishes and dinnerware.

Learn More About The Makers Collective

PRINTMAKING DEMO: CONTEMPORARY PRINT COLLECTIVE

The Contemporary Print Collective is a group of Upstate SC artists whose primary medium is printmaking. Patti Brady, Marty Epp-Carter, Steven Chapp, founder of Black Dog Press, Phil Garrett, founder of King Snake Press, & Caren Stansell all founding members of the Contemporary Print Collective along with other  CPC member artists will demonstrate & pull original prints from plates and blocks they have made that include making prints from intaglio, relief, & monotype. Artists will discuss their process and various techniques employed in the making of their prints.  Visitors are encouraged to ask questions about printmaking.

WOODWORKING DEMO: WARREN CARPENTER & MICHAEL MCDUNN

Warren Carpenter from Seneca, SC has been a home-builder since the mid-70s but has been turning wood since 1999.  With a creative eye and an ever-expanding knowledge of wood, Carpenter is always watching for those special trees or parts of trees that may someday become a unique turning.  Beyond creating “normal or natural” bowls, Carpenter enjoys experimenting with new shapes and forms to help release the natural or not so natural beauty of a piece of wood.  A finished turning will highlight the beauty of the wood, in a shape that is pleasant to the both sight and feel.  Carpenter is a member of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild, and his works have appeared in over 30 galleries.

Learn More About Carpenter

With thirty years of woodworking experience, Michael McDunn creates custom furniture pieces crafted on-location at his studio in Greenville, SC.  McDunn’s commercial pieces such as conference tables, desks, and credenzas command attention in many corporate offices, including those of Michelin, Raycom Media, Liberty Corporation, TD Bank, and more.  The artist states, “I feel that working with wood, in all its forms, is a way of preserving it and to showcase its versatility and extreme beauty.”

Learn More About McDunn

Sponsored by:

michelin

Artists of the Upstate Juried Exhibition

The 2016 Artists of the Upstate Juried Exhibition is a local art exhibition presented by Artisphere (supported by grants from the Metropolitan Arts Council). Open to artists 18+ living within a 35-mile radius of Greenville, SC, this juried exhibition seeks to recognize the outstanding quality and diversity of work being generated by artists of Upstate South Carolina. The 2016 Artists of the Upstate exhibition will be on display in the Founder’s Room above Larkin’s on the River restaurant (318 S. Main Street, behind the Peace Center). Hours of operation:

  • Friday: 12PM – 5PM
  • Saturday: 10AM – 8PM
  • Sunday: 11AM – 6PM

Sponsored by:

Funded in part by a grant from:

Culinary Arts Cafe

This area features menu offerings from 8 of Greenville’s Favorite Restaurants.

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Culinary Arts Cafe Stage

Friday, May 12th

Time

Band

1:00 PM
April B and The Cool
2:30 PM
Ashford Trio
4:00 PM
Swim in the Wild
5:30PM
The Deer
7:00 PM
Branches

Saturday, May 13th

Time

Band

10:00 AM
Brandon and The Books
11:30 AM
Revel in Romance
1:00 PM
Soul Service
2:30PM
Hustle Souls
4:00 PM
Quail Dogs
5:30PM
Tyler Boone
7:00 PM
Waker

Sunday, May 15th

Time

Band

11:30 AM
Wobblers
1:00 PM
Earsight
2:30 PM
The Sofia Goodman Group
4:00PM
Cardine, Sipe, & Wright

Greenville County High School Juried Exhibit

Located in the Broad at Main Courtyard just outside of the Courtyard Marriott hotel, this exhibit showcases talented young artists from Greenville County School District. Visual Arts teachers from each of the 14 public high schools in Greenville County may select up to 8 pieces of student art to be submitted in each category. The Art show will contain up to 225 pieces of artwork.

 

Sponsored by:

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Funded in part by a grant from The Jolly Foundation.

 

Kidsphere

KIDSPHERE HOURS:  Friday 3 – 7pm, Saturday, 10am – 7pm, Sunday 11am – 5pm

Budding artists create their own original artwork in Kidsphere!  Kids learn a variety of fine art and craft techniques while making puzzle quilts, creating super hero masks, assembling bird kites, and painting watercolor lace circles. Join the Greenville Center for Creative Arts activity station to create creepy crawlies or lovely ladybugs on a log. Be sure to visit the Roylco Straws and Connectors Sculpture Zone to contribute to the Kidsphere kid-sized Community Sculpture.  Once the craft activities in Kidsphere are complete visit Artist Row to meet the 135 working artists who create watercolor paintings, sculptures, fiber art and more.

2017 KIDSPHERE ACTIVITIES:
RELIEF PRINT MAKING WITH GREENVILLE CENTER FOR CREATIVE ARTS
WATERCOLOR PAPER FLOWERS AND BUTTERFLIES
DREAM CATCHERS
INSECT SCULPTURES
CARNIVAL MASKS
STRAWS AND CONNECTORS

 

Main Stage

Friday, May 12

Time

Band

6:30 PM
 Smooth Hound Smith
8:15 PM
Marc Broussard

Saturday, May 13

Time

Band

8:00 AM
Zanti Power Yoga
10:00 AM
Fine Arts Center – Theater
10:45 AM
Fine Arts Center – Dance
11:30 AM
Greenville Little Theatre
12:00 PM
Governor’s School Dance
1:00 PM
SC Children’s Theatre
1:45 PM
Governor’s School Jazz Combo
3:00 PM
International Ballet
6:30 PM
The Ballroom Thieves
8:15 PM
The Suffers

Sunday, May 14

Time

Band

12:00 PM
Carolina Bronze Handbell Ensemble
12:45 PM
Greenville Heritage Textile Band
1:45 PM
Centre Stage
2:45 PM
Greenville Concert Band
4:00 PM
GLOW Lyric Theatre
5:00 PM
Carolina Ballet

Sponsored by:

wyff4vP-blue

After Hours Concert Series Sponsored by:

Opening Night Gala

Thursday, May 11, 2017. Artisphere’s Opening Night Gala is an invitation-only event for Sponsors and Donors.

Learn how you can attend the Gala by making a gift to Artisphere.

 

Sponsored by:

  coldwell-bc     synnex

STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Mathematics Exhibit

Clemson University faculty, students, and staff will showcase the intersection of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math in the Clemson STEAM Exhibit. This year’s exhibit will be packed with interactive displays, demonstrations, and activities as well as opportunities to talk with Clemson students, faculty, and staff conducting cutting-edge research in engineering, the sciences, and the arts. Visitors will be able to create a Pascagaza, take an infrared selfie, step into the Infinity Photo Booth, play a hydraulophone, program drawing robots, see how design has an impact on product assembly, learn how nature inspires design, check out how collaboration has led to the design of sustainable food system solutions, and see how theater lighting affects color perception. New pieces from the Science as Art collection will also be on display, and visitors will be able to use the microscopes that researches used to create some of these stunning images. Finally, visitors of all ages are encouraged to participate in a hands-on activity with EMAG!NE, Clemson’s STEAM outreach network.

Sponsored by:

clemson

Wine & Craft Beer Experience

Hours:  Friday & Saturday: 1:00 – 6:00 pm, Sunday: 1:00 – 5 pm

Choose to sample and savor wines and/or craft beers in this out of the sun venue. Get tasting info from the experts and enjoy a little plat of accouterments from Whole Foods. Five Tastes for $10.

Provided by BreakThru Beverage, KW Beverage and Lowe’s Foods

Sponsored by:

suntrust