Post and Courier
December 27, 2014

ArtFields a sprawling celebration of art and culture in Lake City

Posted: 04/20/2014 12:01 a.m.


By Adam Parker

The second annual ArtFields is set for April 25-May 4 in Lake City.

The festival features many Charleston-area artists: 42 from Charleston, one from Edisto, two from Goose Creek, two from Isle of Palms, two from Johns Island, one from Kiawah, one from Ladson, three from McClellanville, eight from Mount Pleasant, two from North Charleston and five from Summerville.

They are all competing for $100,000 in cash prizes.

More than 20,000 people visited Lake City for the inaugural ArtFields, a celebration of art in the Southeast, and organizers expect this year to be even bigger.

The main feature of the 10-day event is an Art Competition with more than 400 pieces by artists from 12 states. The family-friendly festival will include art workshops, public art, a portrait contest, food events, concerts and more.

Most activities are free and ticketed events start at $15. The full calendar and ticketing information can be viewed at www.artfieldssc.org.

Festival attendees vote for their favorite works to select the People's Choice two-dimensional and three-dimensional prizes ($12,500 each).

Public votes also help determine the $50,000 top prize, and a panel of visual arts professionals will name the $25,000 juried Panel Prize winner. Winners will be announced at 8:30 p.m. May 3 at the Finale Party on The Green.

ArtFields events include a community mandala, a 2013 winners' gallery, the Inside-Out portrait photography project, plein air workshops, a public "Before I Die" wall, the ArtFields Portrait Contest with local farmers as the subjects (best-in-show receives $1,000) and the Chalk-n-Talk program for kids.

The ETV show "Making It Grow" will tape an episode at the festival and the Farmers' & Artisans' Market will offer visitors a chance to learn about sustainable agriculture.

ArtFields will feature much more, from organized meals and live music to a 5K run and laser light show.

Free shuttle service will be available downtown. Free parking is available. Leashed dogs are permitted on The Green, though no coolers or glass containers are allowed. Food vendors and local businesses will be on hand during the festival with food and beverage options.

ArtFields was conceived to honor Lake City's rich agricultural history and promote tourism. To learn more, visit www.artfieldssc.org, call (843) 374-0180 or email info@artfieldssc.org.