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Artisphere launches two new events

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Chalk artist David Zinn will return to Main Street for the festival with his sidewalk creations and a new book. (Photo/Provided)As Artisphere ramps up for its 18th year on Greenville’s Main Street on May 6-8, the festival is adding a few new acts to the typical lineup.

The festival will stretch from the intersection of Main and Court streets to the intersection of Wardlaw and Main, and feature 135 visual artists working in 17 different mediums.

At the intersection of East Broad, Truist Arts and Drafts will have 14 beers from Brewery 85, Hi Wire, Columbia Craft, Wicked Weed, Bold Rock, New Belgium, Steel Hands, Catawba Brewing and the Palmetto Brewing Co. on tap, while three regional artists transform blank canvases into “live art.”

“Every year, Artisphere brings a wonderful variety of art, artists and entertainment to downtown Greenville,” Chris Fincher, regional vice president for TD Bank, said in a news release. “TD Bank is happy to play a part in helping Artisphere continue its great success, and we look forward to another exciting festival this year along our beautiful Main Street.”

Artists will include Ninja Picasso of Greenville, Asheville muralist Gus Cutty and Atlanta muralist Cloud Cruiser.

A new exhibit sponsored by Bon Secours St. Francis Health System will pair the work of teachers and their students from the Fine Arts Center. Each of the center’s six teachers will showcase a piece of artwork, paired with three to five pieces from their students.

Returning exhibits include Spinx Kidsphere and Legacy Early College Kidsphere Music, a percussion workshop for children, Bank of America’s DIY art lab with Clemson University’s Art Center and David Zinn’s chalk creations and book signing, among other events.

The live music lineup features funk and soul group Aztec Sun, soul artist Ali McGuirk, Charleston’s High Divers, Asheville’s Jeff Thompson Trio and Greenville natives the Brooks Dixon Band, Vilal Harrington and the Hamptones and the Trapfire Brothers. The Greenville Theatre, S.C. Children’s Theatre, Center Stage and the Clemson Dholna Bollywood Dance Group, among other local arts groups, will host performances throughout the weekend.

“With 47 brand new artists and a whole host of exciting programs, both old and new, we are thrilled to welcome back Artisphere presented by TD Bank to its full scale,” Artisphere Board of Directors Chair David Beard, said in the release. “This year’s combination of fine art and community engagement activities is the perfect way to celebrate Greenville’s dynamic arts and cultural community.” 

Reach Molly Hulsey at 864-720-1223.

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