ArtFields features largest art competition in the Southeast

  • Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Head to Lake City to celebrate the arts with the 10-day ArtFields. PHOTO PROVIDED

Art lovers of all ages will make their way to Lake City from April 19 to 28 for ArtFields, the largest arts competition of its kind in the Southeast. This 10-day epic Southern artfest will feature a wide variety of art events, including an art competition, workshops, lectures, talks, public art and more. Most events are free, and ticketed experiences start at $5.

The full calendar and ticketing information can be viewed at: http://www.artfieldssc.org/attendees/events.

The spotlight will be on 400 pieces of two- and three-dimensional artwork selected from artists in 11 Southeastern states. These original works will be exhibited in more than 40 downtown businesses and other venues during the 10 days of ArtFields. Art Competition finalists are vying for $100 in total cash prizes. A special twist: attendees vote for their favorite to determine the $25,000 People’s Choice Award, which also factors into the $50,000 Top Prize. For full voting instructions, visit: http://www.artfieldssc.org/attendees/voting/. Winners will be announced at 7 p.m. on April 27 during the awards and finale presented by IGA.

In addition to the art competition, other events scheduled for the 10 days include:

• Artist Lecture with Dr. Leo Twiggs on batiking, a technique that uses dye and wax to color fabric (April 26).

• Conversation with Jonathan Green and Mary Whyte moderated by Angela Mack of the Gibbes Museum of Art ($10 advance/$15 at door; April 20).

• Artist Talks with Installation Artists of the Carolinas in front of their work (various dates, various locations).

• Public Art

• Installation Art of the Carolinas created by Jonathan Brilliant, Jarod Charzewski, Jocelyn Châteauvert and Herb Parker.

• “Before I Die” Wall allows the public to share their hopes and dreams on a chalkboard in a public space in downtown Lake City.

• Mini Cine is a one-of-a-kind movie theater designed inside a 40-foot recycled shipping container (it traveled the world 120 times by sea!). It will include 33 seats and a 90” viewing screen playing art documentaries and short films by independent filmmakers.

• Community Mural led by muralists who will guide the public in creating a very large piece of art.

• Artfields Portrait Contest with local farmers as the subjects is a high-speed, high-stakes paint-off. The best in show will receive $1,000 (April 27).

• Art workshops

• Plein air painting in rural Lake City and Moore Farms Botanical Garden with Andrea Hazel, West Fraser, Roy Paschal and Kelly Atkinson ($25 advance/$30 at door; limited space available; various dates).

• Terrarium workshop with Leesa Phipps will instruct guests how to create a low maintenance terrarium in a glass bell jar using easy to maintain plants, mosses and greenery ($50 in advance/$55 at door; limited space available; April 26).

• CraftFields will be led by book binder Brien Beidler, who will demonstrate traditional paper techniques and book binding ($20 advance/$25 at door; April 21).

• Screen printing pros will teach attendees about this ancient Chinese technique using woven mesh and an ink-blocking stencil ($5; various dates). 

• Screen Printing Café (cost of merchandise) guests can curate their own merchandise by selecting from a variety of goods and designs to be screen printed before their eyes.

• Live Painting on The Green turns painting into performance as four artists from the Carolinas work in pairs to complete two large canvases beside the Music on the Green stage (April 20).

• ArtFields After-Dark: Exquisite Corpse Featuring DJ Rocky Horror ($5 in advance/$8 at door; age 21 and over; April 27) invites attendees to take part in an interactive art project based on the old parlor game created by surrealist painters in the 1920s.

ArtFields will also feature a variety of free concerts on The Green—including a performance by New Orleans’ Grammy-winning Rebirth Brass Band (April 19). Home Grown Music Industry Night with Fork & Spoon Records of Columbia (April 26) will also feature Hartsville’s singer/songwriter Dylan Sneed (an organizer of nearby ARTSVILLE), and musicians from across the Southeast will perform throughout the artfest.

Come hungry and enjoy numerous food and beverage (wine and beer only) options, including al fresco flavors from food trucks like Geechee Island, Bebe’s BBQ and Wallace’s Seafood. Sample fresh, South Carolina produce and wares at the Saturday Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market (April 20 and 27). Guests can also enjoy a four-course Farm to Fork Dinner (April 24) paired with wine and an open bar with signature cocktails on April 24. Wrap up the weekend on April 28 at the How Great Thou Art – A Lavish Southern Tea featuring Community Gospel Choir (April 28) with bellinis, finger sandwiches, tea, petite desserts and more.

ArtFields is family-friendly. Free parking is available throughout town. Leashed dogs are permitted, no coolers or glass containers. Bring a beach chair or blanket to relax during Music on The Green.

The genesis of ArtFields is contained within the name and the town’s rich history of cultivating strawberries, beans and other staples of South Carolina’s agriculture. Now, ArtFields is serving as a fertile field for the cultivation of art and culture in one of South Carolina’s oldest communities, thanks to the generosity of local sponsors, including the patron of the arts, IGA.

For information on sponsorship or participation opportunities, contact ArtFields at 843-374-0180 or info@artfieldssc.org. For more information on art activities, email artteam@artfieldssc.org.

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