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Thursday September 16, 2021
ArtFields community mural created during ArtFields 2013 by Jessica Diaz, Morgan Funkhouser, Olivia Cramer, and Sam Ogden in partnership with the Lake City community. Each year among our many submissions, we often find submissions that haven’t adhered to the Artists’ Rules as listed. We want each artist’s submission to move forward to judging and […]
Tuesday September 7, 2021
Our selection panel views all the artwork digitally during the rating process, so it’s very important to present your work with the strongest photos/videos so that the panelists get a good grasp of your art. Our friends over at Second Floor Media offered some tips on how to photograph your art. Find the […]
Thursday September 2, 2021
“Rum Runners” by Kory Russell and “Portrait of Lethy by her Apple Tree, 1987” by David Edwards on display during ArtFields 2021 in Sip Co. What is ArtFields, anyway? As we begin our open call to artists, you may be wondering, “What is ArtFields?” ArtFields was an event founded in 2013 and we’re celebrating […]
Friday August 27, 2021
“Sarracenia Alabamensis” by Logan Tanner hangs in Main Street Mercantile during ArtFields 2021. ArtFields offers a unique display of art as local businesses transform into art galleries during the event. Photo by Dawson Powers. We are excited to once again begin our annual call to artists in the 12 Southeastern states! Adult artists working […]
Thursday July 22, 2021
We are proud to announce the first change in exhibition layout for Crossroads Gallery! After opening in December of 2019 as a permanent location to feature previous ArtFields winners, we were faced with our annual event cancellation amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, we have been eagerly awaiting another rotation of winners and the opportunity […]
Tuesday June 8, 2021
It has been one month and one week since the Finale of ArtFields 2021. As excited as we were to host a successful, in-person event, I think that the ArtFields Team needed some time to catch our breath and reflect on the experience. We can collectively agree that 2020 was a challenge on […]
The Lake City ArtFields Collective is a community arts non profit located in Lake City, South Carolina. We were founded in 2013 with a mission to celebrate Southern art and revitalize our small town through the arts. Our flagship event, ArtFields, turns the town into a gallery as local businesses display hundreds of artworks and artists compete for $100,000 in prizes. During the year, our three galleries feature rotating exhibitions to not only provide a place for artists to showcase their work, but also to create access to the arts for an underserved area. A robust public art collection and art education for South Carolina youth finish off our ever-growing art based programs.
Anna was determined to read, she secretly learned from a boy who visited her on Sunday afternoons. He wrote letters in the sand with a stick. “Why do you want to read?” he curiously asked. At first Anna shrugged, then she folded her arms. "I want to read myself free," voiced Anna.
Started in early February of 2020, this piece was originally a playful critique of decadence and capitalism; a Wesselmann vibe if Wesselmann was a 12-year-old girl with her 20-something-year-old aunt hanging pool side at her west central Georgia apartment complex in the late ‘80s. A few weeks into the piece, all restaurants in the country shut down due to COVID and I lost my job of two decades as a diner waitress. So did everyone I worked with. The shock was so severe that I couldn’t face a piece so playful. I longed for decadence, finding no fun in critiquing it. The piece sat half-finished for six months. Once I could work on it again, protests were active across the country and fires had engulfed American cities. I added the row of marchers and was able the complete the piece with that ever-lasting, hot and rebellious American energy in mind.
The bedrock of my artwork is rediscovering worth in the broken, overlooked and forgotten. While bringing found objects together, I build a whole that is greater than any single fragment, creating connection and warmth in a world typically cold and divided.
I strive to create a warning to the human race that we are liable for our own actions, including those which affect the world we live in. Long after we are gone, nature will not only thrive, but consume the ruins of human existence to spawn new ecosystems for the evolution of a multitude of burgeoning life forms. Living on Earth is analogous to renting an apartment, if we are bad tenants and disrespect someone else's property, the landlord will eventually evict us. Mother Nature, God, or any other concept one may have as the ruling entity of the structure of life as we know it could be thought of as this proprietor. That being said, how can we possibly expect anything other than eviction with the way we are treating another's property? Nature will always and quickly find a better tenant once it has a vacant residence. Humans will be the sole entities who will rightfully pay the price if we do not do everything possible to curtail the damage we impart on our terrestrial home.