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Greenville Opens Studios Nov. 7-30 features 133 local artists

Greenville Open Studios, the annual November opening of local artists’ studios to the public, is scheduled for November 7 – 30.

A project of the Metropolitan Arts Council in Greenville, the free, self-guided tour this year features 133 artists with studios located throughout a 15-mile radius of downtown Greenville, including those in Easley, Greer, Travelers Rest and Simpsonville.

Due to COVID-19, artists this year can select their own hours, make appointments, or choose to participate only virtually, like Edith Hardaway of Greenville.

“My studio is in my home and due to COVID, I cannot welcome visitors because social distancing is not possible,” Hardaway said. “I am so disappointed because Open Studios is the highlight of an artist’s year. I am fortunate that I am part of the Artists Guild Gallery on North Main Street and have my work on display there. MAC also will showcase my studio with a short video.”

Artists at Artbomb Studio in West Greenville are looking forward to Open Studios, but only attendees with an appointment will be allowed into the studios and masks will be required, according to owner and artist Diane Kilgore-Condon.

“We are happy to be able to give people a chance to enjoy Greenville’s art scene safely,” Kilgore-Condon said. “Appointments can be made both for the traditional weekend and throughout the month of November. We can’t wait to safely see you.”

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All artists participating in Greenville Open Studios will have a video that is accessible through the Greenville Open Studios YouTube channel and the Open Studios App. Click here to download iPhone or Android versions of the app.

Greenville Open Studios was begun to provide free and convenient community access to the visual arts. Now in its 19th year, the event seeks to educate and create a dialogue between artists and the general public by opening artists’ place of work and inviting the community-at-large to participate in the creative process. The event also creates the opportunity for artists to reach everyone from the seasoned collector to first-time art buyers.

Greenville Open Studios attendees will find a variety of mediums, including printmaking, clay and wood, fiber arts, sculpture and metal, jewelry and glass, painting and photography. Go here for a list of participating artists where you can filter by medium.

For more information, visit the Metropolitan Arts Council website.

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