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Saluda Arts Festival returns next weekend

SALUDA — The 17th Annual Saluda Arts Festival returns Saturday, May 21, to Saluda’s historic downtown.

The festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. features approximately 90 regional artists, children’s’ activities and live music and entertainment. For 16 years, the Arts Festival has drawn thousands of area residents and visitors to enjoy a spring day in the mountains.

Every art media is represented in this popular annual event stretching along Main Street including paintings, pottery, metal work, jewelry, sculptures, fiber, and more. Many of the artists who exhibit at the Saluda Arts Festival have participated since 2003.
Live music will be at different outdoor venues along Main Street and will include the Lonesome Road Band from Hendersonville, the Sufi Brothers from Asheville, Foster and Greene from Atlanta, and Life Like Water from Asheville.

A magician, balloon artist, stilt walker and face painter will also be on hand to entertain children at the Children’s Activity Tent. Kids will have a chance to create their own works of art at the Activity Tent, where volunteers will provide supplies and supervise projects.

"This is a wonderful event," said Saluda Mayor Tangie Morgan. "Everybody looks forward to it and enjoys the festivities and shopping. The arts are and have been an important part of our community. The Arts Festival pays tribute to that heritage."

The Saluda Arts Festival is sponsored by the Saluda Downtown Foundation with financial and in-kind support from RiverStreet Networks, Beverly-Hanks Associates, the Laurel of Asheville, Saluda Tourism Development Authority, City of Saluda, Heartwood Gallery, the Purple Onion, Don Mintz Builders, Barbara and Scott Cardais, Mary Jane and David LaFave, in memory of Lynne Jenkins, in memory of Barbara and Robert Seiler, John Case, Bryan Easler Toyota, the S.P.O.T., Wood Berry Gallery, James Carson Studio/Gallery, Charles Street Garden Suite, Lynn and Mike Cass, Gail and Jerry Greenhoot, Pam and Clark Thompson, St. Luke’s Hospital, River Dog Run, the Hendersonville Lightning, Feagan Law Firm PLLC, Green River Bar-B-Que, Mineral Spirits Gallery, Hall House, Solstice Construction Company, Mewdlic’s,, eARThly Minds Gallery, Edward Jones-Stephanie Winterrowd, Hendersonville Board of Realtors, and the many Saludans who volunteer.