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LAKE CITY, S.C. — Impressed with a small Southern town’s appreciation of contemporary art, Roger Halligan and his wife, Jan Chenoweth, moved from Chattanooga, Tennessee, to Lake City and opened their own art studio and gallery.
The couple first came to Lake City in 2019 to deliver Halligan’s submission to the ArtFields competition. He said they hand delivered the sculpture and made plans to visit family in Charleston.
Immediately they were drawn to the beauty and charm of the small town. They said it had an unmistakable vitality and artistic vibe. They stopped at the Chamber of Commerce office to learn more.
“We had been scouting places to move closer to the coast,” said Chenoweth.
Encouraged to speak with a real estate agent, they did so. That was on a Friday.
While visiting in Charleston over the weekend, Halligan researched available commercial property in Lake City that would be suitable for a studio. They found a commercial building and stopped back in Lake City on Monday.
“We looked at the building that morning,” Halligan said. They went to lunch to talk about it and purchased that afternoon.
Halligan said they secured a contractor that day to start working on the building on Rodgers Street, which had been many things in the past. Most recently a medical supply place, he said.
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