Pack your bags! Artfields launches its seventh year from April 26 – May 4 in Lake City, South Carolina
ARTFIELDS LAUNCHED ITS FIRST FESTIVAL IN 2013, THANKS TO THE VISION AND PERSEVERANCE OF NATIVE SOUTH CAROLINIAN, DARLA MOORE, TO REVITALIZE THE TOWN AND STATE THAT SHE LOVES. THE GOAL WAS SIMPLE: TO HONOR THE ARTISTS OF THE SOUTHEAST WITH A WEEK’S WORTH OF CELEBRATION AND COMPETITION IN THE HEART OF A TRADITIONAL SOUTHERN SMALL TOWN. THE COMPETITION AND EXHIBITION HAVE GROWN TO EPIC PROPORTIONS, OFFERING MORE THAN $140,000 IN CASH PRIZES. THE WINNERS OF TWO PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS ARE DETERMINED BY THE VOTES OF PEOPLE VISITING ARTFIELDS; AN EVOLVING BUT ALWAYS IMPRESSIVE PANEL OF ART PROFESSIONALS SELECTS ALL THE OTHER AWARDS, INCLUDING THE $50,000 GRAND PRIZE AND $25,000 SECOND PLACE AWARD.
IT IS INSPIRING TO VISIT LAKE CITY, TO SEE A COMMUNITY UNITE FOR A COMMON PURPOSE, TO EXPERIENCE WHAT WAS A “ONE-HORSE TOWN” EXPANDING INTO A YEAR-ROUNG DESTINATION WITH ART, CULTURE, MUSIC, ARCHITECTURE THANKS TO DARLA MOORE AND HER AMAZING ARTFIELDS TEAM.
ArtFields—Everybody’s Invited! ArtFields 2019 Press release
LAKE CITY, SC—It’s a 9-day celebration of art and community that draws thousands to a small South Carolina town and awards over $145,000 in cash prizes. This epic Southeastern art competition runs from April 26 – May 4th and will feature a wide variety of events, including an art competition with nearly 400 pieces vying for the top prize of $50,000, a portrait contest, upscale gala, kids activities, and 3 nights of live music.
ARTFIELDS® 2019 will feature an event for everyone—and everyone is invited no matter how much you know about art. “Some people are very hesitant when it comes to art and view it as something that is for others, but not for them,” says Carla Angus, ArtFields Project Manager. “Based on my experience, once you come to ArtFields for the first time, you’ll want to come back every year.”
Each day at ArtFields, visitors can view competition artwork from artists across the Southeast in venues around town, plus artwork in the ArtFields Jr. competition from artists in 1st-12th grade from all over South Carolina. There will also be educational artwalks for students, adult tours, and voting for the People’s Choice Award winners that will each take home $12,500. New this year will be temporary public art installations by Jamey Grimes and Craig Wedderspoon, plus fresh murals around town.
Special events for the kick off weekend will be the ribbon cutting ceremony and Dandelion Stroll to start the week on Friday, April 26th. Saturday brings the annual portrait contest, which will feature active duty and military veterans as models. Guests can attend Makers Market to shop for handmade goods and end the night with a live performance from Infinity Show Band. Makers Market is back on Sunday, along with an afternoon art making activity for youth ages 5K-12th grade.
And you won’t want to miss finale weekend, either. On Thursday, May 2nd the Bean Market will be decked out for a night of dining and dancing
at the annual Dandelion Gala. Friday will feature Lunchtime Crunchtime, a unique experience where artists can promote their art and share the story behind their work. Crowd favorite Harlem Gospel Choir will perform on Village Green, while local restaurants serve up delicious food and drink. On Saturday, ArtFields will conclude with the announcement of winners, live music from Rhythm Nation, and a firework display under the stars.
Here is the link to the Field Guide so you don’t miss a thing!
Sauls Street Mural
Inspired by Lake City’s agricultural roots, this concept explores the idea of being “wrapped up in history.” Quite literally, the focal point, giant green beans, are bundled and wrapped with a textile, reminiscent of a bandana or cloth napkin, showcasing the markings of strawberries. The second wrapping is a tobacco leaf. This symbolic imagery pays homage to the influence of strawberries, tobacco, and green beans on the Lake City economy. A call out to Lake City leading the way in the state with strawberry and tobacco production in early years. And then later being recognized on the world platform as a hub for green beans, with the auction at The Bean Market. Each of these three harvested items individually playing a meaningful role in the health and survival of the community during different time periods. Together, a symbol of abundance, sustenance, and prosperity. Because today Lake City sits at the intersection of art and agriculture, we feel this is a way to artistically speak to the heavy influence of food on the area, both past and present.