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{November 10, 2011}   Get Your Art On in Downtown Greenville!

Downtown Greenville has long had a special place in its heart for the arts. With special events such as Greenville’s Open Studios every November, which allows the public a rare glimpse of the artist at work, to the family-friendly Artisphere held every spring, Greenville celebrates local artists and their creative endeavors. But you needn’t wait until a special event to see some incredible artwork. Downtown Greenville offers a multitude of opportunities to “get your art on.” The many galleries and museums feature not only works by local and regional artists, but those of national and even international acclaim as well.

Perhaps the best place to start your personal art tour is the Greenville County Museum of Art, located at Heritage Green (www.greenvillemuseum.org). A cornerstone of the Greenville art scene for over 30 years, featured artists range from South Carolina natives such as Mary Whyte and Matt Baumgardner to such art legends as Andrew Wyeth and Jasper Johns. Be sure to check out their “Sundays @ 2” – special programs that present everything from private concerts to guided tours (often lead by the artists themselves). And it’s FREE (although donations are greatly appreciated).

One look at Main Street will tell you – Greenville loves art! Sprinkled throughout the “main drag” of Downtown is a diverse collection of sculptural artwork. Ranging from the life-like sculptures of notable Greenvillians and avant garde interpretations of Greenville landmarks to the whimsical “Mice on Main” found peeking out from various Main Street locations, these sculptures are all part of the city’s “Art in Public Places” project (www.greenvillesc,gov/Culture/ArtinPublicPlaces/). While enjoying the outdoor art, take a moment to visit The Artists’ Guild Gallery of Greenville, located on Main Street at E. North (www.artistsguildgalleryofgreenville.com). This cooperative gallery provides space for local artists to display and sell their work. The AGGG chooses a monthly Featured Artist and organizes gallery events that are open and free to the public.

Another little gem in Greenville’s visual arts scene is Art Crossing at RiverPlace (www.artcrossing.org). Situated along the Reedy River, this collection of galleries and studios is home to a wonderfully eclectic mix of artwork – ranging from fine to funky. Art Crossing gives the public a chance to meet local artists and watch the creative process in action.

For those wishing to venture off the “beaten path”, The Pendleton Arts District provides an appropriately “BoHo” experience (www.penstreetart.com). This developing area is home to over 30 artisans in a variety of galleries and studios. Be there the first Friday of every month for their fun and funky gallery crawl, named…you guessed it…”First Fridays“.

All this visual stimulation may give you the urge to design something sensational yourself. Check out Design with Wine (www.designwithwine.com) located in Greenville’s historic WestEnd, which gives you the unique opportunity to have a glass of wine and create your own work of art. They even have similar events for kids, called Design with Cheerwine. Or, just grab a sketch pad and head to Falls Park, where the Reedy River, its Falls and the surrounding foliage will certainly delight and inspire you! But no matter what gets your creative juices flowing, Downtown Greenville offers plenty of art to fill your heart and feed your soul!

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