2018-03-02 / Arts & Entertainment

Explore local art, meet local artists during Columbia Open Studios, April 7–8

70 artists participating in event presented by 701 Center for Contemporary Art
Contributed by 701 Center for Contemporary Art

The eighth annual Columbia Open Studios—a free, self-guided driving tour of artist studios presented by 701 Center for Contemporary Art (701 CCA)—presents 70 local artists. This year’s event is Saturday, April 7 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and Sunday, April 8 (noon to 6 p.m.).

All weekend long, the public can explore the work and workspaces of artists in the City of Columbia and Richland and Lexington counties. Plan a free, self-guided #ColaOpenStudios tour at www.columbiaopenstudios.org.

Columbia Open Studios gives art lovers a behind-the-scenes look at the creation, techniques, and inspiration behind artworks produced by artists throughout the Midlands. Guests can step into the private studios of artists to learn how the paintings, sculptures, and other forms of visual art are created, while chatting one-on-one with the artists who create them.

Experience firsthand the techniques behind hand-blown glass ornaments, printmaking, ceramic work, watercolor painting, and more. Studio settings range from intimate, historic spaces to fascinating backyard sculpture gardens to lively group studios in vibrant, downtown districts.

701 CCA is a nonprofit art center and gallery that promotes the understanding and appreciation of contemporary art through Columbia Open Studios, an artist-in-residence program, exhibitions, workshops, and other special events. The center hosts year-round exhibitions featuring contemporary work from local and international artists in its gallery inside the historic 701 Whaley building. The gallery is open for free to the public.

701 CCA is able to present Columbia Open Studios for the eighth consecutive year thanks to major support from the City of Columbia and Richland County. Columbia Open Studios typically sees around 10,000 studio visitors over the weekend. Columbia Open Studios Preview Party, Thursday, April 5

To kick off the arts-filled weekend, 701 CCA will host a ticketed Columbia Open Studios Preview Party on Thursday, April 5, from 7 to 9 p.m. on the second floor of 701 Whaley. Guests can meet and mingle with Columbia Open Studios artists and preview their work while enjoying tunes spun by DJ Irv. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available. Explore 701 CCA’s gallery throughout the evening, which will feature Charleston-based interdisciplinary artist Fletcher Williams III. Tickets are $10 for 701 CCA members and $15 for non-members.

This year’s artists will include Fairoozan Abdullah, Kathryn Van Aernum, Will Barnes, Nora Floyd & Ruth Bayard, Eileen Blyth, Frol Boundin, Noelle Brault, Ed Bryan, Julie Buckley, Nancy Butterworth, Michael Cassidy, Stephen Chesley, Melinda Cotton, Heidi Darr-Hope, Laura Day, Lauro Lesllo & Yelitza Diaz, Mike Donkle, Jeffrey Donovan, Michael Dwyer, Clark Ellefson, Amanda Fangue, Henry Foster, Tyrone Geter, Diane Gilbert, Mary Gilkerson, Pat Gilmartin, Caroline Harper, Lyssa Harvey, Mary Ann Haven, Frank Heflin, Craig Houston, Howard Hunt, Judy Bolton Jarrett, Robert Keith IV, Robert Kennedy, McHale Kuhlkin-Hornsby, Christopher Lane, Alicia Leeke, Alejandro Garcia Lemos, Susan Lenz, Sharon Collings Licata, Nancy Marine, CJ Martin-Marchese, Michel McNinch, Lee Monts, Julia Moore, Thomas O’Brien, One Eared Cow Glass, Patrick Parise, Sally Peek, Scotty Peek, Jamie Peterson, Teresa Pietras, Cameron Porter, Grace Rockafellow, Wayne Rogers, Jane Schwantes, John & Venetia Sharpe, Susan Shrader, Greyson Smith, Kirkland Smith, Jan Swanson, Janet Swigler, Christian Thee, Keith Tolen, Adriana Vidal, Steven Whetstone, Ashley Williams, David Yaghjian, and Ellen Yaghjian.

For more information, visit www.columbiaopenstudios.org.

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