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Saluda marks 11th year of celebrating arts

The Saluda Arts Festival logo continues to be a painting by recently deceased artist Johnny Waddill.

The Saluda Arts Festival logo continues to be a painting by recently deceased artist Johnny Waddill.

Celebrating its heritage and arts culture, the Saluda Business Association announces its 11th annual Saluda Arts Festival scheduled for May 17 in historic downtown Main Street in Saluda.

“Even celebrating a soggy 10th year milestone last year, art enthusiasts and crowds still supported this grassroots arts festival that started with only 18 artists and has now grown to more than 70 artists and artisans. Stretching along historic Main Street in Saluda, every art media is represented including paintings, pottery, metal work, jewelry, sculptures, fiber, and more,” said arts festival organizers.

With an affordable exhibit fee and a non-jury event, festival organizers are expecting a large number of entries. Some types of work (i.e. jewelry) will be accepted on a limited basis. Early entries will be given first choice of booth location.

This year’s event will bring back the popular children’s tent and performing artists featuring local and regional musicians are now being booked.

Music is made possible by a grant awarded to the festival from the Polk County Community Foundation.

Applications for participation can be downloaded from the www.saluda.com website or by contacting Susie Welsh at 828-749-3900 or email at sswelsh@tds.net.  Applications are due by March 15.

“Saluda is striving to make its vision of connecting its historic downtown to its beautiful natural assets and outdoor adventures a reality. 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 spokesperson for the SBA, Cathy Jackson.

– article submitted by Cathy Jackson