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Artisphere Features New Artists, Kidsphere South Attractions

GREENVILLE, SC (WSPA) – From May 11-13th, the three-day arts festival Artisphere in downtown Greenville is expected to attract 100,000 people with 135 artists, live music, food and new attractions.

The festival is consistently listed as one of the top arts festivals in the country. This year, a jury of 5 picked 135 artists to be on artist row on Main Street, 15 of which are from Greenville.

Organizers say last year, Artisphere brought in almost 7 million dollars to the economy.

There’s everything from jewelry to furniture to paintings for sale from artists all over the nation and even world. Music headliners are Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds and Mandolin Orange, a bluegrass group from Chapel Hill.

Chicago artist Nate Baranowski will create 3D chalk art on some of the sidewalks downtown. There are 13 workshops, ranging from painting to creative writing.

There’s wine, beer and food from local restaurants for sale. Kids can make Mother’s Day cards and other crafts at Kidsphere North at the intersection of Broad and Main.

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New this year is Kidsphere South, at the South end of Main Street. The Logos Theatre will be there with giant Chronicles of Narnia puppets and stilt walkers. Drum Percussion is also bringing about 100 instruments to the festival, and is holding 4 parades throughout the weekend.

Festival hours are from 12-8pm Friday, 10am to 8pm Saturday and 11am to 6pm on Sunday.

Admission is free, but no pets, coolers, bicycles, or skateboards are allowed.

For more information, go to www.artisphere.org

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