A couple of issues ago The Johnsonian wrote about three Winthrop artists accepted into an unprecedented art festival consisting of 12 southern states. Quoted below is the most recent press release about the festival which includes information for those that want to come to the festival, contact information for any questions, a schedule of events and an ArtFields map.
“ARTFIELDSSM INVITES GUESTS TO LAKE CITY, SC FOR THE LARGEST ART
COMPETITION IN THE SOUTHEAST
LAKE CITY, SC—Art lovers of all ages will make their way to Lake City, South Carolina from April 19 – 28, 2013 for ArtFieldsSM,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 11Southeastern states. These original works will be exhibited in more than 40 downtown businesses and other venues during the ten days of ArtFields. Art Competition finalists are vying for $100,000 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 Twiggson batiking, a techniquethat uses dye and wax to color fabric (April 26).
- ConversationwithJonathan 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 aone-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 Contestwith local farmers as the subjectsis a high-speed, high-stakes paint-off. The best in show will receive $1,000 (April 27).
- Art workshops
- Plein air paintingin 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 workshopwith Leesa Phippswill instruct guests how to create a low maintenance terrarium in a glass bell jar usingeasy 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 merchandiseby selecting from a variety of goods and designs to be screen printed before their eyes.
- Live Painting on The Greenturns 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.
In addition to the officially sponsored events, ArtFields will also feature a variety of free concerts on The Green—including a performancebyNew Orleans’ Grammy-winning Rebirth Brass Band (April 19).Home Grown Music Industry Nightwith Fork & Spoon Records of Columbia, S.C.(April 26) will also feature Hartsville’s singer/songwriter Dylan Sneed (an organizer of nearby ARTSVILLE),and musicians from across the Southeastwill 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 SaturdayFarmers’ 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.