Arts and Culture

Shani Gilchrist



Lake City’s excitement glows as ArtFields kicks off

Posted 4/19/2013 9:59:00 PM

Today was a banner day in Lake City. I drove down with our S.C. Insider editor Chrysti Shain for the opening of ArtFields, a new “epic” art festival that is set to become an annual tradition in this small Pee Dee town.

Before the kickoff, locals beamed as visitors from all over the Southeast strolled the downtown historic district, checking out the brick facades of the early 1920s and the art that had come in from 11 states. Restaurants were buzzing, including the brand new (as in, it opened today) Table 118, a bistro that shares an owner with MoMo’s Bistro in Columbia. We caught a golf cart ride with the president of the Chamber of Commerce, who told us that restaurant owners had already seen a 40 percent increase in business earlier in the week from arriving guests.

The excitement in the town is contagious, and it’s not too late to get in on it. Lake City is just a hop away from Interstate 95 in Florence County, and Artfields will continue through April 28. Head down and register to vote for the People’s Choice Award, for which the winning artist will receive $25,000 and extra points toward the $50,000 top prize. On Wednesday night there will be a Farm to Fork dinner featuring foods from local producers at the historic Bean Market.

To plan your day trip to Lake City during ArtFields, visit the festival website at