WEST VIRGINIA ARTISANS SELECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN PRESTIGIOUS ARTFIELDS EXHIBITION
foundation | May 6, 2019
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May 1, 2019 Renee Margocee
WEST VIRGINIA ARTISANS SELECTED TO PARTICIPATE
IN PRESTIGIOUS ARTFIELDS EXHIBITION
CHARLESTON, WV — Ten West Virginians have been selected to showcase their artistic talents at the esteemed ARTFIELDS an annual art exhibition and competition happening this week in Lake City, South Carolina.
The event takes place over nine days with artists from 12 different states eligible to participate in the event. More than 50 West Virginians artists applied – the highest number since the event began in 2013.
“In previous years only a handful of West Virginians would apply,” Renee Margocee, Executive Director of the Tamarack Foundation for the Arts said. “Now we have nearly a dozen arts from the Mountain State exhibiting with hundreds of other exceptional artisans.
Thousands of visitors from near and far to admire and purchase artworks on display, which includes painting, sculpture, mixed media, installation, digital, photography and drawing. Everyone in Lake City, SC community is involved – including the private sector. Area businesses participate in a lottery to determine which works of art they wish to display in local offices, salons, restaurants, and more.
“It’s a great example of how a community can thrive when we make art an integral part of our local and state economies,” Tamarack Foundation for the Arts board president, Dr. Eunice Ballenger, said. “So, it’s more than a competition, it’s a revenue generator for the city, county, and state.”
Each year more than $100,000 in awards to winners, which are selected by a jury panel of art professionals. The grand prize is $50,000. At least one artist from each state will return with $1,000.
“Whether they win an award or not, the opportunity for an artist to participate in Artfields can lead to gallery exhibitions and increased visibility for the artist,” Margocee said. “But we’re all hoping to see a West Virginian come home with the big prize of $50,000.”
The West Virginian artisans selected to participate include:
Kylene Babski, Lindside
Charlie Barager, Huntington
Susan Dorsch, Wheeling
Robert Howsare, Buckhannon
Steven Hughart, Huntington
Barrie Kaufman, Charleston
Chris Krupinski, Hurricane
Diane Radford, Piney View
Elizabeth Turner, Charleston
Robert Villamagna, Wheeling
TAMARACK FOUNDATION FOR THE ARTS
Tamarack Foundation for the Arts (not affiliated with Tamarack, the Best of West Virginia Gallery) is a statewide organization that has services for all West Virginia artists to build businesses, access new buyers, and increase visibility. We believe that creative innovation is a vital piece of our economy moving forward, and our organization helps artists realize West Virginia as the best place to start and grow an artist business.
ArtFields is a charitable program and event sponsored by Lake City Creative Alliance, which is a federally-recognized Section 501(c)(3) organization located in Lake City, South Carolina. Its mission is to enhance the area schools and greater community through both creative and audience development by fostering a culturally-rich environment, connecting our communities through the arts, integrating arts into the education system, and serving as the lead in cultivating and advancing our region’s creative economy.