Karen B. Fowler, Executive Director of ArtFields, has spent well over the last decade working in design and period furniture with her business, The Elegant Bee, LLC. In 2012, Karen was approached by the Lake City Partnership Council and challenged to create an art event of epic proportions to have economic and life-changing possibilities for her community of Lake City, SC. After a hugely successful ArtFields 2013, Karen expressed, “Growing an idea from the roots provided our team with a very wide perspective and we were successful as seen by the quality artwork from the Southeastern states, public art, businesses serving as venues, visitors, and a local $5.4 million economic impact. Never underestimate the power of can-do by a community and a dedicated team of art promoters.”
Karen resides in Lake City with her husband of thirty-two years, Dr. Marion S. Fowler, Esquire. They have two wonderful sons, Stephen and Brett, along with Lizzie, their English Springer Spaniel.
Carla Angus received her B.A. in Elementary Education and Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Winthrop University. Following a career in education, Carla wanted to use her talents with organization and task management to help her community. In 2012, she had the opportunity to work with the ArtFields team to improve the educational and cultural advancement of her hometown of Lake City, SC. Currently Carla organizes and manages the ArtFields Jr. program, volunteers, developing innovative programs for area youth, and works closely with community-based and nonprofit organizations.
Born and raised in Lake City, Carla Angus now lives in Florence with her husband, Dr. Josh Angus, and their two boys, Noah and Nylan.
Sharon was present at the “birth” of ArtFields in January 2012 and coined the name for the epic Southern artfest. She uses her thirty-six years of experience in teaching and administration, raising two sons, and using feedback from granddaughters Olivia and Ella to corral all those pesky details in event and project planning, management, and evaluation for the ArtFields team.
A native of Lake City, SC, Sharon and her husband Harry live on the right side of the tracks in the historic W. T. Askins House in downtown Lake City. They are overjoyed about being a part of the ArtFields’ energy and treasure all the excitement and pride of a small town making a huge difference for artists in the Southeast.
Sandy Cook is the newest member of the ArtFields team. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a BA in Studio Art and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2000 from Harrington School of Interior Design in Chicago.
After a seven-year stint in Chicago, Sandy returned to her “roots” where she was fortunate to participate in the initial start-up operations of the highly successful launch of the South Carolina Education Lottery. Sandy brings a wealth of knowledge from her experiences in art, design, marketing, visual merchandising, sales, and educational programming as ArtFields Fine Arts Coordinator.
With a zest for using local resources and local talent, Sandy led the drive to organize the Greater Lake City Artists’ Guild in 2012 where she currently serves as president. In addition, Sandy is responsible for year-round programming of events, such as Art 101 at ONE, focusing on the mission of the Lake City Partnership Council.
Taronda Jordan received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Computer Science, and her Master of Science in Information Systems from Limestone University and Stayer University, respectively. With her specialized experience in project management and information systems, Taronda brings a digital-age familiarity and data-driven skillset to the ArtFields team. Through her work at ArtFields, Taronda helps Lake City’s arts community grow by working with ArtFields’ marketing teams, web developers, and planning committees. She’s excited by the economic and artistic revitalization of our community, and can’t wait to see how huge ArtFields 2014 is going to be for Lake City, South Carolina, and the entire Southeast.
Born in Lake City, SC Taronda Jordan currently lives in Florence, SC with her three daughters, Jenesis, Kamani, and Kamryn.
Born and raised in Lake City, South Carolina, Carlie Lynch ventured off to Columbia where she attended the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. After a four year banking career in Charleston, she decided to apply her Bachelor of Science degrees in both Finance and Marketing in other areas. Carlie always had dreams of moving back to her hometown and making it a better place. In February 2012 those dreams came true when an opportunity was presented to work for the Lake City Partnership Council. She gratefully accepted the position to be a part of the ArtFields team and now serves as the Development Coordinator for the event.
Carlie also serves on the Lake City Beautification Committee and is the founding member of the Lake City Young Professionals Association. When she’s not working, Carlie enjoys spending time with her family and visiting friends from college.