ArtFields 2022 in Lake City to exhibit Athens artists

Once again, Athens artist Noah Saunders is all wired up for a trip to ArtFields 2022.

The art show, one of the largest in the Southeast, has in recent years been attracting a large contingent of artists from the Athens area to its Lake City, SC, venue. Saunders is now exhibiting for his fourth year.

An average of 20,000 people attend the nine-day art exhibition that opens Friday and runs through April 30. The show awards $ 100,000 in prizes, including a $ 50,000 grand prize.

“It’s a great opportunity for artists,” Saunders said about the exhibit now entering its 10th year.

Saunders has found himself on annual visits to the small town in South Carolina’s Pee Dee region. On his visits, Saunders said he has developed his favorite stops. He enjoys lunch at Piggyback BBQ & Catfish, an espresso at Baker’s Sweets Bistro & Bakery and a cocktail at The Inn at the Crossroads.

“When showing at ArtFields, 400 artists get feedback from 20,000 people and that is really invaluable for someone thinking about a career in art,” Saunders said.

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Saunders is a practitioner of wire art, a rare skill of bending wire into sculptures. In 2019, he won the People’s Choice 3-D award that came with a $ 12,500 check.

This year, he has submitted a wire piece called “Join Me – A Prelude.” The piece took eight months to make and he considers it a culmination of “30 years of practice in bending wire.”

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