“The 13th Annual Artisphere presented by TD Bank features 135 artists from across the country on GE’s Artist Row.”

The 13th Annual Artisphere presented by TD Bank features 135 artists from across the country on GE’s Artist Row, over 48 musical acts and performance groups on 4 stages, and a host of local restaurants in the Culinary Arts Cafe. Additionally, lively street artists, performers, and community art projects put the finishing touches on Greenville’s national recognized art show ensuring a truly unique experience for all who attend. Illustrator and street artist David Zinn (Ann Arbor, Michigan) creates temporary street art composed entirely of chalk, charcoal, and found objects and is always improvised on location. Most of his drawings have appeared on sidewalks in Ann Arbor and elsewhere in Michigan, but some have surfaced as far away as subway platforms in Manhattan and construction debris in the Sonoran Desert. Zinn’s chalk work began in 2001 as an excuse to linger outdoors, but has since achieved global notoriety through the sharing of photos on Facebook, Huffington Post UK, The Cheezburger Network, Street Art Utopia, and Archie McPhee’s Endless Geyser of Awesome. Zinn will create his own version of Greenville’s beloved “Mice on Main” (originally created by Jim Ryan, Zan Wells, and Linda Kelly).

 David Zinn, Illustrator and street artist

Artist Matt Gutierrez, creator of the chalk murals at Aloft Hotel in downtown Greenville, will make his Artisphere debut creating animated directional signage with chalk that guides you to your favorite festival spots like Art in Action, the Artists of the Upstate Exhibition and more. Back by popular demand is British sculpture artist Julian Wild’s “Making the Connection” communal sculpture project. The Donaldson Career Center students will guide festival patrons in the construction of a large-scale sculptural installation using low-tech PVC pipes and joints. Anyone can add to the free-flowing design that explores space using one continuous line of over 350 meters of plastic tubing.  The final sculpture is as much about the creative process as it is the finished form.

2016 Community Sculpture, Photo by Ken Osburn

The parades are back! Always a crowd pleaser the larger than life puppet parades will take place twice daily on Saturday and Sunday featuring Greenville’s DRUM Percussion Studio and The Academy of Arts Logos Theatre. The parades will include characters from The Chronicles of Narnia as performed by Logos Theatre accompanied by the DRUM Percussion group.

Don’t miss any of it.  Save the date for Artisphere presented by TD Bank in Downtown Greenville, May 12 – 14.  For more information and a full list of activities visit www.artisphere.org.

 

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