Saluda accepting applications for May 16 arts festival

Chloe Long wood carvings
Wood carvings by Chloe Long

Press release from the Saluda Downtown Foundation and Saluda Business Association:

The annual Saluda Arts Festival held in May each year attracts many repeat artists, and 2020 will not be different. This year’s 17th annual festival will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, in historic downtown Saluda.

Spartanburg, S.C., 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.

“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 make sure even this is accomplished with minimal stress.”

Stretching along historic and charming Main Street, every art media is represented in this popular annual event including 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 at or from the web site, or by contacting Lynn Casey at or 828-772-1504.

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 for entry is Sunday, March 15. Exhibit fee is $100.

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