Committee prepping for “Arts on the Ridge”

By Lucas Vance lvance@civitasmedia.com

April 29, 2014

RIDGEWAY — The Historical/Cultural Committee is gearing up for the eighth annual Arts on the Ridge festival in Ridgeway.

“We are very excited about this,” committee chairwoman Virginia Lacy told council during their regular meeting on April 10.

The festival will be on May 2 and May 3.

During an annual committee report, Lacy told council that the committee has moved its meeting place to the Century House in Ridgeway and meet on the first Tuesday of every month.

Lacy stated meetings are attended by an average of 15 people from the community and often hold workshops for the public to participate in.

Recent workshops have been led by local and worldwide known artist Dru Blair.

Artwork by the arts council has been put on display at local banks, stores and Fairfield Memorial Hospital.

Current projects of the Fairfield County Arts Council include collaboration with Ridgeway’s Arts on the Ridge, consignment booths at Hoot’s Winnsboro and Cotton Yard Market as well as a pottery workshop in collaboration with the Fairfield County School District.

Mayor Charlene Herring suggested Lacy place Fairfield County Arts Council membership applications in the Town of Ridgeway’s Welcome Center.

Herring said people have even come from Columbia to view Ridgeway’s arts and she believes that the arts are a part of a city’s attraction.

“People don’t love their cities because of the excellent leadership,” she said with a chuckle. “People love their cities because of a favorite restaurant, a favorite shop, the arts or an event. So I am very proud Ridgeway has decided to house the arts council here (Century House).”

For more information about the Fairfield County Arts Council, contact Lacy by email at fairfieldcountyartssc@gmail.com.