From April 21–29, more than 400 artists from across the Southeast, including 17 from Greenville and more from all over the Upstate, will be represented at ArtFields in Lake City, S.C.
Now in its fifth year, the festival has helped transform one of the state’s former agricultural hubs into an emerging destination for arts and culture. Throughout the nine-day event, more than 40 local businesses, from bakeries and boutiques to salons and restaurants, will double as art galleries.
Additional activities include talks with participating artists, hands-on arts and crafts stations, a two-day Makers Market featuring handcrafted goods from 30 Southeastern makers, live music performances, and more.
Students from 5K through 12th grade who participate in ArtFields Jr., a program designed to bring creative art opportunities to local underserved youth, will have their work showcased at the designated ArtFields District area, and students from nearby colleges and universities are designing functional putt-putt holes to be enjoyed by visitors.
“Events spanning from visual art to musical performances to interactive stations like art-inspired putt-putt distinguish ArtFields from other regional events,” said Taronda Barnes, ArtFields program director. “We have activated the entire community, as we always have, to make ArtFields an immersive experience that can be enjoyed any way the visitor chooses — for free.”
This year, organizers expect attendance to exceed 30,000. Both visitors and judges will help disseminate $100,000 in prizes to participating artists. For more information, visit the Artfields website.