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Artisphere

Event Summary
2018 marks the fourteenth annual event for the top ranking Artisphere festival in Greenville, SC.  Despite its short history, Artisphere has distinguished itself as both a regional and national highlight.  A supportive, art-loving community, beautiful setting, notable on-site artist amenities and hospitality, and over 500 volunteers make Artisphere a standout event for exhibiting artists and patrons alike.  Renowned artist hospitality includes complimentary meals, snacks & beverages, convenient load-in and load-out, parking, 24 hour security, booth sitters, and reduced hotel rates.  Artisphere is a 501(c)(3) non-profit art organization.  Proceeds are used to produce the annual arts festival and are distributed back to local non-profit arts organizations as part of Artisphere’s Volunteer Arts Partnership Program.

General Information
Since the debut festival in 2005, Artisphere has become a signature event that draws both locals and art buying tourists to Greenville, SC’s dynamic downtown.  Apply now to be one of 135 artists to exhibit in the fourteenth annual festival and to experience firsthand why Artisphere has been named #17 out of the “100 Best” Art Shows in the country by Sunshine Artist Magazine, a Top 10 Fine Arts and Fine Craft festival by Art Fair Sourcebook, and #3 out of the 20 finalists in USA Today’s 10Best Reader’s Choice Award for Best Art Festival.

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Born and raised in the beautiful green mountains of Vermont, Karen holds a deep-seeded connection to the ever-changing landscape of the mountains. Her photographic subjects reflect her reverence for the extraordinary beauty and fragility of the natural world. Karen's career in photography began while working with nonverbal, autistic and learning disabled children on improving their communication skills. With a master’s degree in speech-language pathology, Karen developed computer based communication systems using photographs that she took with her clients of objects and people in their lives. Photography helped these special-needs individuals see the world in different ways and facilitated their creativity as well as their communication skills. For several years, Karen juggled careers as both a speech-language pathologist and a professional photographer, but when she became a mother Karen realized that she could not continue careers in both fields. She took a “break” from her work as a speech-language pathologist, and ultimately, never went back. For the past several years, Karen has explored the fine art of still life photography, as well as abstract images using smoke with objects she hand-created. Her still life images containing botanicals, sea shells, butterflies, fossils and geodes, as well as her totally unique images of smoke have earned her national and international accolades, as well as coveted awards, including many from juried, fine art competitions. After living in many parts of the US, Asia and Europe, Karen has settled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

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