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March 26, 2015
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ARTISPHERE REVEALS 2015 COMMEMORATIVE POSTER AND T-SHIRT ARTWORK
Miami Artist and Greenville Artist Selected to be Spotlighted on Merchandise[Greenville, SC] Artisphere presented by TD Bank unveiled the 2015 commemorative poster and t-shirt images selected for Greenville’s nationally recognized fine art celebration May 8-10th 2015.
First time exhibitor Rey Alfonso’s “Journey in a Red Boat” was unanimously selected by the festival’s Visual Arts Committee for this year’s commemorative poster. The committee considers all exhibiting Artisphere artists and begins to narrow the field based on the image’s artistry, broad appeal and its ability to work in large scale. On being selected as the poster artist Alfonso stated, “I am delighted to be working with Artisphere on this year’s poster and look forward to showing my newest works in Greenville in May. I’ve heard such positive reviews from our artist friends who have shown in this dynamic arts community.” Alfonso is originally from Matanzas, Cuba but settled in San Francisco where he worked for 15 years in large scale aluminum while developing his current style which utilizes his extensive knowledge of pure pigments and fire in paintings on Baltic birch. His work can be found in collections in more than 40 countries.
Local artist Joseph Bradley’s “Bike and Birds” was selected for the commemorative t-shirt. The 2015 festival will be Bradley’s third appearance in Artisphere. For his exhibitor debut in 2013 he received the Mayor’s Choice Award. “When I got the call that Artisphere had chosen my work for commemoration, I was very excited and honored,” stated Bradley. “I especially love this year’s t-shirt design that I feel really shows Greenville’s appreciation for the outdoors and cycling culture.” Bradley is owner of a gallery & studio in Greenville and exhibits his work in cities across the country including New York City, Denver, Houston, Chicago, and Charleston to name just a few.
Artisphere is presented by TD Bank.
Opening Night Gala sponsors: Coldwell Banker Caine, Rick Erwin’s Nantucket Seafood, and Synnex
Artists Row sponsor: GE
Artists Demonstration Row sponsor: Michelin
STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Arts & Mathematics) Exhibit sponsor: Clemson University
Art in Action Stage sponsors: Wells Fargo and Berkshire Hathaway C. Dan Joyner Realtors
The Main Stage and Artisphere After Hours sponsor: WYFF-4
Local Performing Arts Showcase sponsor: The Fred Collins Foundation
Wine and Craft Beer Experience sponsor: SunTrust Bank
The Artists of the Upstate Juried Exhibition sponsor: Greenville Health System and Greenville Journal
Greenville County High School Juried Exhibition sponsor: Current Tools
Kidsphere sponsor: ScanSource
Silent Auction Gallery sponsor: Courtyard Marriott Downtown, Hampton Inn & Suites Riverplace, and Windsor Aughtry
Aerial Arts Amphitheatre sponsor: Trane
People’s Choice Award sponsor: Cherry Bekaert
Mayor’s Choice Award sponsor: Haynsworth, Sinkler, Boyd, P.A.
VIP Hospitality sponsor: McKinney Dodge Ram Chrysler Jeep and Rick Erwin’s West End Grille
“Sneak Peak” Commemorative Poster Unveil Reception sponsor: TALK Magazine
Bike Valet sponsor: Elliott Davis Decosimo
Aficionado Sponsors: Engenius, iHEARTMedia, The Greenville Journal & TOWN, The Greenville News & TALK, Indexx, The Peace Center for the Performing Arts, VisitGreenvilleSC, WYFF-4, and ZWO.
Connoisseur Sponsors: Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, The Capital Corporation, Duke Energy, Gallivan White & Boyd P.A., Garfield Signs and Graphics, Metromont, Professional Party Rentals, Triangle Construction, Whole Foods Market, Yeargin Potter Shackelford and Wynit
Collector Sponsors: Ben Arnold Beverage, Co., BlueCross BlueShield of SC, BMW Manufacturing Co, Brown Mackie College, Budweiser of Greenville, Canal Insurance, Crawford Strategy, Entegra, Fete, Furman University, Godsey & Gibb Wealth Management, Henry & Jamie Horowitz, The Hughes Agency, Larkin’s on the River, Page 1 Branding, Pepsi, Roylco, Table 301 Restaurant Group, Tower East Apartments, TPM, United Community Bank, Windstream Communications, and World Acceptance Corporation.
Artisphere is funded by grants from The City of Greenville, Greenville County, Fred Collins Foundation, Daniel-Mickel Foundation, Graham Foundation, Jolley Foundation, Metropolitan Arts Council, and South Carolina Arts Commission.
Artisphere Benefactors: Aerodyne Alloys, LLC, Jerry & Tammy Barber, BNC Bank, C-III Capital Partners, CertusBank, Clemson University, First Citizens Bank, Earle & Margaret Hungerford, Shannon Caldwell Kubu, McMillan Pazdan Smith Architects, The Priester Foundation, and Minor & Hal Shaw
Artisphere Chairman’s Circle: Al & Helen Hagood, Brad & Cathy Campbell, Eastern Trading Company, Mr. & Mrs. Nathan A. Einstein, Ted & Anne Ellefson, Col. & Mrs. Fran C. Foster, Peter & Jean Helwing, John & Chelle Kelaher, Erwin & Nancy Maddrey, Smyth & Martha McKissick, Michael & Susan Riordan, Sidney Pearce, Piedmont Arthritis Clinic, Tim & Susan Reed, Greg Rudell, Carl Stecker, Bryson & Melissa Thomason, and The Westin Poinsett
Friends of Artisphere 10-X Group, Todd Baldree, Craig & Peggy Carver, Community Foundation of Greenville, Scott & Beth Daniels, Tom & Eva Marie Fox, Chris & Virginia Hayes, Howard & Angi Einstien, Jim & Lynn Gilreath, Jackie D. Highly, Fletcher & Garland Mattox, MetalChem, Inc., Clark Mickel, The Palmetto Bank, Tripp & Suzanne Renfro, Porter & Ann Rose, Jo & Caroline Ryan, Dr. & Mrs. Mathew Smith, and The Spinx Company
Artisphere is a highlight of Greenville’s cultural calendar and a Top 10 Fine Arts festival. The event features a juried Visual Artist Row; Artists of the Upstate, a juried exhibition of local artists; Outdoor Stages with performances by local and national artists; hands-on Kidsphere children’s art activities; the Culinary Arts Café that highlights local restaurants; and Special Festival Art Projects that enliven the streets of Greenville with street musicians, acrobats, sidewalk artists, and more. Artisphere is attended by approximately 75,000 patrons annually and has an estimated economic impact of $5.5 million on the Greenville community. Artisphere is a 501(c) (3) not for profit organization. For information visit www.artisphere.us.
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