Monday, August 18, 2014

Operatic Threads

Operatic Threads
A group exhibition and Jasper Magazine release party.

On Thursday, September 18, 2014 Gallery 80808/Vista Studios will be transformed into a unique, operatic atmosphere for Jasper Magazine’s autumn release.  This event is also being featured in the Conagree Vista Guild’s “Third Thursday” art crawl and will take place from 5 – 9 PM at 808 Lady Street in downtown Columbia, SC.  

Classical oil paintings by internationally renowned realist Tish Lowe will set the stage in the main gallery.  Palmetto Opera’s artistic director, Walter Cuttino, will lead a one-night-only performance of highlights from Puccini’s La Bohème, hits from familiar musicals such as Phantom of the Opera and Carousel.  Palmetto Opera will present an international production of La Bohème at the Koger Center on February 28, 2015. 

The atrium will showcase a collaborative installation by fiber artist Susan Lenz and graffiti artist Michael Krajewski.  Their work, Threads: Gathering My Thoughts, will be a manifestation of the mental images and ideas that naturally flow through the human mind while engaged in the viewing of La Bohème.  Lenz’s tangle of unraveled, old threads will cascade in and out of suspended baskets mimicking the colors, complex plots, and emotions of a performance. Krajewski’s bohemian, pencil graffiti will literally express the connections between the visual, musical, dramatic, literary, and poetic world of a bygone, operatic world still dancing in the twenty-first century mind.  The arts exhibition will remain on view through Tuesday, September 30th.      

Hours:  Opening reception, Thurs. Sept. 18, 5 – 9.  Weekdays from 11 – 5. Weekends from noon – 5. 
For more information:  Susan Lenz, (803) 254-0923, home or (803) 606-9804, cell.
Jasper Magazine, The Word on Columbia Arts, is a bi-monthly print magazine published by Muddy Ford Press.

The Painter, Portrait of Jason Schutzman by Tish Lowe
Threads: Gathering My Thought (earlier installation shot) by Susan Lenz
Detail from Ophelia showing Michael Krajewski’s stream-of-consciousness graffiti from an earlier collaborative installation with Susan Lenz

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Vista History with Robin Waites on August 21 - Third Thursday in the Vista

Vista History with Robin Waites on August 21 - 6:00  - 8:00pm - Third Thursday in the Vista 

Robin Waites is the Executive Director at the  Historic Columbia Foundation.  She will come to Vista Studios / Gallery 80808 to discuss the history of the Vista!  Please join us for this delightful speaker.  Open to the public. 

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014

    THIRD THURSDAY IN THE VISTA! "Wild" Life Drawing

    Vista Studios has something great planned for Vista Nights next Thursday, July 17, (5-8pm).  We are partnering with Carolina Wildlife Care!  They will bring some of their animals to Vista Studios / Gallery 80808, 808 Lady Street, and artists are welcome to come set up and use them as models!  Won't that be fun!  They may bring hawks, owls, turtles, flying squirrels, etc!  I can't wait to see what happens.  Please include their link: in any of the advertising for this event.  They are a small organization doing big things and can use any help.  

    Any artist is welcome to come and join the painting session.
    Photography will be allowed also.  

    The public is invited to join us. Awesome opportunity to see artists working with animals! A good time for sure. Please share if you know artists that may want to participate! : )

    Check out our FaceBook Event here.

    Partnering Businesses include:

    July Vista Nights participating galleries and retailers include:

    City Art, 1224 Lincoln Street, Meet artist Lee Monts during his solo exhibition, “Age and Intuition,” featuring over 80 paintings to celebrate the artist’s 50th birthday. New paintings by Jo Dean Bauknight, Claire Farrell and Kathy Rorie.

    Ellen Taylor Interior + Design, 1012 Gervais Street, see artist Richard Morgan

    The Gallery at Nonnah's, 923 Gervais Street, check out art by local artists and enjoy a live violinist.

    if ART Gallery ,1223 Lincoln Street, “Open Studios at if ART Gallery:” Michaela Pilar Brown and Tonya Gregg have turned the gallery into a temporary studio space. Visitors are invited to take a look at what they are creating.

    Lewis & Clark ,1001 Huger Street, a selection of Clark Ellefson’s new lamps and robots and mid-century bucket chairs in period colors.

    One Eared Cow, 1001 Huger Street, come see new glass blown artworks  

    Studio Cellar, 912 Lady Street, Van Go to Go, 6:30 p.m. Take a 3-hour class and create a painting inspired by Van Gogh while sipping on your beverage of choice. Visit for coupon.

    River Runner, 905 Gervais Street, Chaco and Teva sandals, and introducing new product lines, Kavu shorts, shirts, women’s tops and handbags.

    Urban Outfitters, 912 Gervais Street, open until 9 p.m. offering men’s tanks (two for $28), women’s mix and match tees and tanks (two for $28) and other promotions and markdowns.

    Vista Studios/Gallery 80808, partnering with Carolina Wildlife Care, which will bring animals to model for artists. All artists are welcome to attend. Photographers are also encouraged to attend.

    Parking, as always, is available in the Vista’s parking garages at 820 Washington Street and at the corner of Senate and Pendleton Streets behind the Hilton. 


    Tuesday, May 20, 2014

    Just a Glimpse

    Vista Studios
    808 Lady Street
    Columbia, SC 29201

    Just a Glimpse

    Did you miss the Artfield’s festival in Lake City last month? Vista studio resident artist who participated in Artfields will have their entries on display in Gallery 80808 May 22nd- June 3rd. Drop by and get a small glimpse of the 2014 Artfields show. The entries include several paintings, sculptures, and a photography quilt. There will also be documentation of some of last year’s work that is no longer available, as well as a part of this year’s Community Mandala project made from everyday household objects. Participating artists include: Eileen Blyth, Susan Lenz, Sharon Licata, Laurie McIntosh, Kirkland Smith, Laura Spong, and David Yaghjian. For more information call Vista Studios at (803) 252-6134.


    For more information and hi-res images, please contact Kirkland Smith at or 803-622-7838.