Artisphere records record sales for artists> GSA Business
This year Artisphere was an oasis in the desert for artists struggling to make sales throughout the pandemic – especially after a year of zero shows and closed galleries.
In the sold-out return of the festival May 7-9 on South Main Street in Greenville, 104 artists received an average of $ 11,000 each for the event – the highest on record, according to a press release. This, despite the smaller number and the socially distanced nature of the festival, which drew 20,000 spectators.
Overall, the economic impact of the event has been estimated at $ 2 million in the region, including local accommodation, food services and retail sales.
“The safety of our performers and guests was our top priority,” Artisphere Board Chair Allison Spinks said in the statement. “The smaller festival site and gated / paid entrance was imperative, and customers appreciated the steps taken to ensure their safety. Many appreciated the COVID format because it provided a more intimate experience with the artists, who had record sales this year. “
Along with the booths of local and traveling artists, this year’s exhibits included the Wells Fargo Brushing Up series, Spinx Kidshphere, 3D chalk art by Chris Colson, an interactive Clemson STEAM tent, and Truist Demo Row featuring the metallurgist Ryan Calloway and glassblower Ryan Gorthrup.
“TD Bank is proud to be the presenting sponsor of Artisphere, and we congratulate everyone who helped make this year’s festival a safe, small and socially distant success,” said Chris Fincher, Regional Vice President of TD Bank, in the news release. “Artisphere plays a vital role in Greenville’s thriving arts scene, and we were thrilled to be together again to celebrate the arts along our beautiful Main Street.”
The Furman Stage featuring the local performing arts showcase of the Fred Collins Foundation and the Artists of the Upstate jury exhibit were both presented virtually this year. The Artist of the Upstate exhibit recognizes the quality and diversity of the work generated by those who live in the Upstate, the statement said.
Cash prizes totaling $ 2,500 were distributed to Best in Show recipient Connie Lippert, second place to Allison Anne Brown, third place to Brad Silk and an award of excellence to Justin Wagner.
Artisphere also distributed cash prizes totaling $ 15,000 to artists of various mediums. The winners included:
- Best of the Show: Joseph Bradley of Greenville
- First place in 2D: Kym Day from Greenville
- Second place in 2D: Joe Engel of Staunton, Va.
- First place in 3D: Dale Rogers from Haverhill, Mass.
- Second place in 3D: Amber Marshall from Spruce Pine, NC
- Awards of Excellence: Dwo Wen Chen of Providence, RI; Nicario Jimenez from Naples, Florida; Darin Gehrke of Greenville; and Andrew Sovjani of Conway, Mass.
Contact Molly Hulsey at 864-720-1223.