EASLEY — Culture will be the fresh deal of the day during Spring Fling in downtown Easley on April 5 with the Arts Council of Pickens County.
The Easley Farmer’s Market, which will also be coming into full swing for warmer weather, and the Arts Council will be holding the Spring Fling Arts Festival in conjunction with one another, hoping to drive more of the community to downtown. This will be the second Spring event the two have combined on, not including a fall arts festival as well.
Members of the Arts Council see this event as part of the movement to revitalize the downtown area.
“This event contributes to downtown and the efforts to bring downtown back,” said Shirley Chambers, secretary of the Arts Council. “It’s important for these businesses to get involved in events like this one. It not only promotes downtown, it promotes them as well.”
The concerted effort between Easley’s Farmer’s Market and the Arts Council might seem like an odd pairing, but according to some it’s a good combination to draw residents.
“I would say this actually draws a bigger crowd because there are a lot of performers,” said Lisa Garrett of the city of Easley. “The performers have parents and grandparents who are going to come out to see their child or grandchild, and they may never have been to the market before. It’s a win-win for everybody.”
As part of the show, the Arts Council is sponsoring a student art contest with works submitted from Gettys Middle, Liberty Middle, East End Elementary, West Pelzer Elementary, and Holly Springs Elementary, with winners announced the day of the showing.
More than that, the Arts Council, still in its infancy as a local organization, is hoping to expose local residents to local talent, eventually leading to a larger presence in the community.
Mendi Poulsom, a resident in Pickens County for the last nine years, is a former graphic artist who enjoys design and painting in oils. She hopes the Arts Council’s efforts to increase awareness help spark the local creative community.
“We’re a young organization and we’re trying to get artists in Pickens County to get involved, but we have to get the word out so artists and art lovers can come together,” Poulsom said. “Since I moved to Pickens County it’s been hard to find other artists to interact with and has taken me years until the Arts Council.”