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12 local artists heading to Greenville for Artisphere

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One of Greenville’s best festivals is vastly approaching: Artisphere on May 11 – 13. Think good food, music and art lining most of Greenville’s famous Main Street, for an entire weekend.

Here are some local artists reppin’ Asheville:

Walter Arnold | photography | He grew up in New York, but eventually settled in Hendersonville (where he has plenty of natural surroundings to inspire his creativity) and developed his own form of photography he calls “The Art of Abandonment”.

Will Dickert | ceramics | Will creates wood-fired stoneware pottery and sculptures in his shared studio space along the French Broad River. Some of his ceramic works are displayed in The Mint Museum in Charlotte as well as in private collections across the U.S.

Geoffrey Giles | jewelry | He began his training at age 16 (while most of us we’re just trying to pass Algebra) and has now spent 28 years honing his craft, producing “heirloom quality jewelry” using environmentally friendly processes + materials.

Nancy Kubale | ceramics | Nancy has Midwest + Northeast ties, but eventually settled in the foothills of Rutherford County. Her work explores individual essence + shared existence. Her work has been featured during Miami Art Week, the Philadelphia Museum Fine Craft Show and the Milwaukee Art Museum Lakefront (just to name a few).

Brian Kuehn | drawing | From his North Dakota roots to time spent in Denver and San Francisco, Brian Kuehn has since set up shop near the town of Brevard. His most recent works are in soft pastels and are often inspired by the beauty of the Western North Carolina mountains (something we can definitely appreciate).

Rachel Wilder | jewelry | Rachel’s passion for jewelry began when she was a child and her grandmother took her gem mining. She still finds inspiration in the nature + and uses natural materials like stones and metals.

Amber Marshall | glass | Amber’s work is primarily sculptural, clean-lined glass with a focus on form + pops of color with a minimalistic approach to surface decorations.

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Karen Maugans | photography | Karen seeks to create a balance of light + shadow for a “three dimensional” appearance. Images are captured in her studios so she can control her photographic process. Her smoke and mirrors series is absolutely stunning.

Matthew Smith | jewelry | Matthew’s artistic touch knows no bounds. He’s into printmaking, woodworking, freelance graphic designing, furniture making + jewelry design. He found his inspo from jewelry designers of the mid-20th century with emphasis in alternative metals + a strong design.

Brenna Mcbroom | ceramics | Brenna is a girl after our own heart (she loves tacos) and she’s a do-it-all type person. She manages alllll aspects of her business – she is the web developer, photographer, kiln technician, glaze tester, and salesperson. Check out her show schedule here.

Jim + Shirl Parmentier | pottery | These two are serious #couplegoals. They’ve been full-time potters since 1979 and after raising two daughters in N.Y., they moved their home + studio to Western North Carolina. Their handmade lamps + other functional ceramics are available at Ariel Gallery (one of the most prestigious galleries in the country).

Klaus Spies | jewelry | Klaus grew up in Europe, where he first learned the art of goldsmithing. Each piece of jewelry has a very natural look with brushed or hammered finishes. His favorite materials are sterling silver + 18 Karat gold.
This content was created in partnership with Artisphere.

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