Final chance for artists to sign up for Saluda Arts Festival

Published 8:00 am Thursday, March 3, 2022

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The annual Saluda Arts Festival held in May each year attracts many repeat artists, and 2022 will not be different. The festival will be held May 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in historic downtown Saluda. 

The deadline for artists’ applications is March 15, 2022.

Spartanburg, SC artist Chloe Long first started coming to the festival as a child with her artist parents. Now a wood carving artist herself, she has been vending at the festival for several years. 

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“Not only is Saluda the perfect setting for a fun-filled, family-friendly mountain arts event – the show itself and its promoters put forward such a welcoming and well-organized event,” Long said. “From the layout of booths to the helpful volunteers that stop by to make sure you have everything you need! Setting up and tearing down is always an artist’s least favorite part of a show, but Saluda Arts Festival makes sure even this is accomplished with minimal stress.” 

Stretching along historic and charming Main Street, this popular annual event includes paintings, pottery, metal work, jewelry, sculptures, fiber, and more. The event draws thousands of spring tourists visiting Western North Carolina and crowds from Upstate South Carolina and Eastern Tennessee.

Artists still have time to submit their applications online at

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Festival organizers expect a large number of entries for this popular spring one-day event. Some types of work (i.e. jewelry) will be accepted on a limited basis. Early entries will be given first choice of booth location and the deadline is March 15, 2022, for entry.  Exhibit fee is $100.

The festival is sponsored by the Saluda Downtown Foundation, Inc. whose mission is to promote the arts, cultural development, preservation and beautification in Saluda.

Submitted by Lynn Casey