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ArtFields kicks off in Lake City Friday

LAKE CITY, SC (WMBF) – ArtFields, the community-focused celebration of art that attracts artists from across the Southeast, kicks off Friday in Lake City and runs through May 2.

Over $100,000 in prizes will be awarded to artists over the nine days, and visitors, residents, and artists can experience “a massive arts festival in the heart of one of South Carolina's most charming small towns, according to a news release from organizers.

The event is also charitable program of the Lake City Partnership Council, designed to provide opportunities for artists, and to offer educational and artistic programs to the public.

There are 35 venues where visitors will be able to find the artwork this year, including small businesses along Main Street, which have also already started receiving the pieces they picked out to display. Some businesses benefit from the foot traffic even after the event is over.

Artfields is the reason Lake City has its own boutique hotel now, said Kerri Robertson, general manager of The Inn at the Crossroads. The hotel opened last November and will be accommodating some of the 20,000+ visitors.

"There was not a place for them to stay here in Lake City, so that's why they decided to open the hotel," Robertson said.

Artfields will be the first time the hotel will have no vacancies in its 57 rooms.

An online gallery is available to view artwork ahead of time. It can be found at the following link along with other information about the event: http://www.artfieldssc.org/

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