Greenville’s West End is an art-lover’s dream! Whether you fancy fine art, prefer a play, or just want to explore some eclectic shops, you’ll find just what you’re looking for in this artsy part of my town!
My family likes to take in the sights by foot, but if you’re feeling the need for a little more speed, try exploring by bike! However you choose to get around, here are my favorite finds and insider tips for having an art-tastic weekend in the West End!
There’s no better way to start your artsy weekend off than with a stroll along the beautiful Reedy River and a visit with local artists at Art Crossing at RiverPlace. This self-described “artist’s colony” is full of super friendly folks ready to welcome you and share about their work! Insider’s Tip: Kids will LOVE playing in the Fountain at RiverPlace. The water changes patterns and height, and tired parents can rest on the benches by the river to watch all the fun!
Ready for day two of artsy fun? Head down to Pendleton Street, also known as The Village of West Greenville, to visit the shops, studios and galleries of more than 30 local artists and craftspeople! Be sure to stop in and spend some time with my friends at Crave Studio, Lily Pottery, Style by Becca, Billiam Jeans, Shop-Keep and Midtown Artery There might even be another neat shop there that’s owned by someone familiar…wink, wink! Insider’s Tip: Grab some of the amazing artisanal pasta, sauces and spreads to go from the Naked Pasta’s new eatery while you stroll through the Village!
As evening rolls around, experience some “performance art” by taking in a show from the current season at The Peace Center for the Performing Arts. My family also enjoys listening to outdoor concerts under the stars in the spring and summertime at the TD Stage at The Peace Center.
End your creativity-filled weekend by turning the West End into your own personal outdoor art gallery with an ;Art in Public Places walking tour!Don't forget to say, “hello,” to Greenville’s native son, Shoeless Joe Jackson, and his bat, “Black Betsy,” when you visit his life-size statue by local sculpture, Doug Young! Did you know that supporters watching Doug during the sculpting process got to take part in the making of “Shoeless Joe” by kneading the clay that Doug used to mold this much-loved statue?
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Who’s up for an artsy scavenger hunt?
Have fun learning about Greenville’s history by searching for the eleven colorful sidewalk tiles scattered throughout the West End along Camperdown Way, South Main Street and Augusta Street. These beautiful tiles were crafted by local artist, Suzanne Vitti in 2008, and create a visual scavenger hunt that everyone will enjoy!
Only have an hour to explore?
To pack a lot of art into a short amount of time, visit The Art Bomb on Pendleton Street, a working studio that is the creative space for more than 10 local artists!