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A decade of arts

Patrons of the arts and excited festival-goers peruse through tents of wares outside of Blue Gypsy in Saluda last year. Saluda commemorates 10 years of highlighting the arts through its annual Saluda Arts Festival set for this Saturday, May 18. More than 90 artists and craftspeople will line the streets of Saluda ready to engage with visitors about their work and products. Entertainment starts off at 11 a.m. with magician Jack Roper at McCreery Park Pavillion and Dancer’s Extension spring concert at the Saluda School. For more information about music, demonstrations, the children’s tent and food, see page 8. (photo by Samantha Hurst)

Patrons of the arts and excited festival-goers peruse through tents of wares outside of Blue Gypsy in Saluda last year. Saluda commemorates 10 years of highlighting the arts through its annual Saluda Arts Festival set for this Saturday, May 18. More than 90 artists and craftspeople will line the streets of Saluda ready to engage with visitors about their work and products. Entertainment starts off at 11 a.m. with magician Jack Roper at McCreery Park Pavillion and Dancer’s Extension spring concert at the Saluda School. For more information about music, demonstrations, the children’s tent and food, see page 8. (photo by Samantha Hurst)

The historic town of Saluda will blossom with artists and visitors at its 10th annual Saluda Arts Festival along Saluda’s historic downtown Main Street.

The event, sponsored by the Saluda Business Association (SBA), will include more than 90 artists and craftspeople, lively and award winning music, the children’s art tent, art and craft demonstrators and food from Saluda restaurants.

“Saluda abounds with natural assets. It’s our duty to the heritage of Saluda to celebrate and promote its artistic culture, historic buildings and the natural beauty of our mountains and waterfalls,” said SBA spokesperson Cathy Jackson.

This year’s festival is dedicated to artist Johnny Waddill who graciously permitted the festival’s organizers to use his painting to brand the Saluda Arts Festival. He died on March 1, 2013. To honor Waddill’s love for art, the Saluda Business Association is dedicating the 10th Annual Saluda Arts Festival to his memory. There will be a special exhibit displaying his work during the festival at the Saluda Center, located at 64 Greenville St., Saluda. The Saluda Center will also be open as a comfort station for festival-goers.

Entertainment Schedule  (McCreery Park Pavilion) 

11am – Magician and TV personality, Jack Roper, will entertain the audience. 

11am – Spring Concert from the Dancer’s Extension at Saluda School Students from The Dancer’s Extension will perform their Spring Concert.

12pm – Sol Driven Train – Children’s Concert

1pm – Clay Ross Band, guitarist, vocalist, composer, and songwriter with Brazilian-style rhythms.

3pm – Sol Driven Train, versatile five-piece band, based in Charleston, SC, features rotating lead vocalists and multi-instrumental talent spread across horns, strings and percussion.

Demonstrations

Watch artists paint landscapes, forge metal, weave, make jewelry and more.

Children’s Art Tent

Children will experiment and unlock their creativity at the “Children’s Art Tent”-supervised instruction, face painting and surprises. Located at the shelter in McCreery Park.