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Saluda Arts Festival bigger, better than ever

Vendor locations for Saluda Arts Festival Vendor locations for Saluda Arts Festival

SALUDA — Excitement is building for the ninth annual Saluda Arts Festival on May 19 with more than 80 fine artists and skilled craftspeople from all over western North Carolina and South Carolina.

They will exhibit and sell oil, water colors, acrylic paintings and drawings, wood working, photography, pottery, jewelry, sculptures, stained glass, metal working, and more. "This is the most participation by local and regional artists than ever before," says Susie Welsh, festival organizer.


Enjoy watching live demonstrations of artists at work while children unlock his or her power to create works of art in the Children's Art Tent.

Here's an agenda of the day's events:

Music on Stage at McCreery Park Pavilion

One Leg Up at 11am

Based in Asheville, One Leg Up performs a vibrant mixture of upbeat Gypsy Jazz, Latin, Swing and original jazz compositions and is a favorite of club, concert, and festival stages throughout the southeastern United States. Visit

The Danberry's at 1pm

Drawing deep from the blues, folk, bluegrass and soul/funk traditions, the Danberrys deliver inspired original tunes featuring strong harmonies and dynamic musicianship. Company Store, their first EP, was released in April 2010 and was followed by the single Shady Grove in June 2011. The group is currently recording several new songs for upcoming projects. Visit

The Honeycutters at 3pm

Singer/songwriter Amanda Anne Platt, lead guitarist and producer Peter James compliments Platt's vocals with seamless harmonies and tasteful instrumentation. Spencer Taylor on mandolin, Ian Harrod on bass, and Richard Foulk on the drums effortlessly round out the Honeycutters sound, creating an original brand of Americana that has proved equally appealing to both the musician and the music lover, the country and the city, and the old and the young. Visit

Music is made available through a grant from the Polk County Community Foundation Saluda Fund.

Children's Art Tent

Children will experiment and unlock his or her creativity at the "Children's Art Tent." Supervised instruction, face painting, and surprises. Located at the Shelter in McCreery Park.


Enjoy a variety of choices from local restaurants at festival site: Saluda Grade Café, Blue Gypsy Watering Hole, Green River BBQ, Jose's Wood Fired Pizza, Thompson's Store and hotdogs and hamburgers at the Saluda Center on Greenville St. Homemade bakery items baked by the members of the Saluda Methodist Church will be sold on the Saluda Center porch.

Youth Performances and Artwork

The Dancer's Extension annual spring concert is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, May 19. The concert will take place at the Saluda School Auditorium and admission is free. This is held in conjunction with the Saluda Arts Festival.

The Saluda School and Polk County Schools will exhibit artwork in the upstairs of Thompson's Store in the Historic Boarding House Venue at 24 Main St.


Parking is available along Main Street, at the Saluda School back parking lot, the Saluda Presbyterian Church on Carolina St., Saluda Methodist Church on Greenville St, the First Baptist Church on Henderson St., the west end public parking lot (across the bridge), and the Saluda Fire Department on Greenville St. Shuttle transportation will be available.


Exit 59 off I-26, turn toward downtown and travel one mile, right on Main St. (Highway 176) into town.

List of 2012 Artists:

Adams, Kimberly, Hendersonville

Addington, Laura, Hendersonville

Agabekov, Sergey, Charlotte

Albrecht, John, Mt. Pleasant SC

Arnold, Sonia, Brevard

Arnold, Walter, Hendersonville

Arrington, Julie, Saluda

Asbill, Mary, Saluda

Banner, Lynda Gayle, Burnsville

Barrett, Susan, Hendersonville

Barry, Elizabeth Joy, Flat Rock

Bauguss, Nicole, Durham

Benoist, JeanJacques and Sue, Mill Spring

Berg, Sharon and Tom, Simpsonville SC

Bowers, David , Spartanburg SC

Bradley, Bob, Weaverville

Brezillac, Henry, Saluda

Brown, Jason, Saluda

Caughman, Charlotte, Inman SC

Child, Bob, Waynesville

Chisholm, Nancy, Hendersonville

Cornay, Ann, Landrum SC

Cothran, Jan, Asheville

Cowan, Mike, Asheville

Crouch, Susan, Statesville

Dodd, Susan, Conyers GA

Downing, Larue, Hendersonville

Fidelman, Nadine, Arden

Fisher, Abby/Erin, Monroe

Getty, George, Greenville SC

Gramley, Bill, Lewisville

Gray, Brenda, Saluda

Green, Art, Arden

Higdon, Debbie, Sylva

Johnston, Shelley, Fairview

Joynt, Maggie, Dillsboro

Kippel, Bill, Saluda

Kirby, Robin, Saluda

Knopp, Katie, Asheville

Kowalczyk, Ndidi, Garner

Lagrone, Lisa, Mauldin SC

Mackoviak, Nancy, Franklin

McClure, Becky, Asheville

McLeod, Rosemary, Spartanburg SC

Merritt, Mike, Travelers Rest SC

Miller, Ursula, Winder GA

Mitchell , Holly, Travelers Rest SC

Newman, Carol, Charlotte

Niemann, Beatrice, Hendersonville

Osborne, Carol, Rutherfordton

Pace, Cary, Saluda

Parris, David, Saluda

Pell, Bobbie, Marshall

Perry, Kelly, Asheville

Pittman, Jeff, Fletcher

Ponce, Ron, Greer SC

Porch, Zach, Saluda

Rayne, Morgan, Mountain Home

Redick, Jason, Saluda

Rice, Cathryn and Joseph, Greenville SC

Roey, Jerri, Winder GA

Rogers, Betty, Asheville

Rose, Melissa and Jim, Waxhaw

Seagroves, Linda, Landrum SC

Sherman, Betsy, Asheville

Sizemore, Amanda, Boiling Springs

Skomsky, Kathy, Hendersonville

Stoddard, Pamela, Monroe

Sullivan, Amy, Flat Rock

Taylor, Nancy, Greenville SC

Trisler, Cynthia, Mars Hill

Verba, Barbara, Asheville

Warren, Jim, Pelzer SC

Weitzen, Merci, Saluda

Westveer, Elizabeth, Spruce Pine

Wilson, Debbie, Travelers Rest SC

Wolf, Jim, Saluda

Wulff, Linda, Tryon