2018 marked my 3rd year with a booth in Artisphere, which is a nationally juried retail art show. Main Street through downtown Greenville, SC is closed down to make room for the 200ish artists. Each artist has a 10 x 10 foot tent to fill with their creations, and thousands of people peruse the festival over Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Mother's Day). Every year, the festival's application period hosts a different jury so there is no guarantee that you will get in.
I was the "Emerging Festival Artist Award Winner" my first year in the festival. For my second and third year, I participated in the "Semi-Precious Jewelry" category. This year, however, took me by surprise! I got into Artisphere at 2pm on the day before it started! This year, I had only gotten onto the waitlist prior. Talk about stress. I had to check into the festival the next morning at 6am. I got it together, however, and made it to the show. Like any last minute packing, a few minor display items were missed, but I was able to work with what I had. I have to also thank a few trips to CVS and a last minute Professional Party Rentals miracle to get my booth in order. I did it though, and I did it well!
But let's be real... I absolutely could not have done it without the support of my friends and family who took turns helping me set up, tear down, help customers, go on food runs and more. To you loving people who helped, I cannot say thank you enough. You sat through insane heat and sweat for me. THANK YOU.
Anyway, Artisphere has been a really good experience. Thousands of people walk by, ask questions, shop, try on my jewelry and more. In return, I expose them to something unique. Jewelry made out of found bark... What!? When visiting these festivals, remember that the artist has worked incredibly hard on what they are selling. They are EXHAUSTED, and this is how they make their livelihood. Enjoy it, and keep supporting your local art!