ArtFields: An Artist’s Perspective

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Charlotte photographer and HappeningsCLT Contributor Kyle Worthy took a trip down to Lake City, South Carolina last weekend to visit ArtFields, the fantastic art exhibition and juried competition that takes place annually at the end of April. This year, Kyle’s work was included in the show! We asked Kyle to give us a recap of his personal higlights from the show, and what his observations were. Here are his “top 5,” followed by a list of all local artists who had work on view.

p.s. If you want to see more of Kyle’s work, check out our Carolina Art Crush post or his website.

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1) Sense of Community
 
To participate in a show this large really gives you a sense of community. Most of the artist were extremely friendly and happy to be there. Being able to meet and share with them was one of the highlights of my trip. It’s hard not to be inspired when surrounded by that many creatives.
 
2) Unique Exhibition Spaces
 
The town of Lake City is completely transformed into one large exhibition space. ArtFields utilizes local businesses, public spaces and converted warehouses for the week long show. If a piece was located in a particular business they made sure to either place a volunteer there or educated the business owners about the work in their stores. This worked to various levels of success but for the most part, the business owners really took pride in telling show goers about the art. For example, the show’s grand prize winner was exhibiting in a barber shop. What a great way to get the community involved!
 
3) Artist Talks
 
The artist talks were a great way to get to know the artists who were participating in the show. Running pretty much all day, you could stop by and listen to people talk about their process and work in a very informal and inviting setting. Other artists and show attendees were there listening and asking questions. I would highly encourage anyone who goes next year to either participate or stop by and listen to a few.
 
4) Events – something for everyone
 
I thought ArtFields did a great job of creating events or opportunities for people to experience art. During the week long festival they had events like an arts + drafts party, art of the ‘que BBQ competition, ArtFields JR local student competition, various workshops, lunch and learn programs and much more. Some of these events were free and some were ticketed.
 
5) Diversity of Art
 
I was amazed at the diversity of styles in the art represented. There was truly something for everyone – painting, sculpture, photography and even a full length film.
 

Area Artists:

Todd Baxter – Tega Cay
Susan Biggers – Charlotte
Brian Bojo – Rock Hill
Micah Cash – Charlotte
Bruce Chandelr – Charlotte
Rosemary Curtin – Charlotte
Nicole Davenport – Rock Hill
Stacey Davidson – Rock Hill
Anthony Digiorgio – Rock Hill
Bob Doster – Lancaster
Kathryn Ervin – Morganton
Amanda Foshag – Davidson
Susan Hendley – Rock Hill
Mike Lavine – Rock Hill
Juan Logan – Belmont
Jermey Pelt – Matthews
Osiris Rain – Charlotte
Jessie Rogers – Fort Mill
Seth Rouser – Rock Hill
Tim Scheaffer – Charlotte
Judy Cale King Watts – Charlotte
Pamela Winegard – Matthews
Kyle Worthy – Charlotte
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