Thursday, January 19, 2017

Stephen Chesley / Jan 23-Feb 7th, 2017, Opening Jan 26th 7-9pm

Stephen Chesley; Consideration of the Spirit Wild, 
Watercolors of Congaree Swamp, 1985-2017, On Weston Lake.
Vista Studios, 80808 Lady Street, Columbia, South Carolina,
January 23-February 7th, 2017, Opening January 26th 7-9pm.

 "I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived."                   Henry David Thoreau  (1817 to 1862)

2016 marked the National Park Service’s centenary of its founding as well as the forty year mark for the Congaree National Swamp.    The Congaree Swamp’s verdant greens of a promising spring are always a rich visual companion to the vital spirit of the wild. In these times of Anthropocene calamity, Thoreau's  doctrine of the health of solitude in sojourn with nature is even more profound.      The works that will be presented are watercolors and oils spanning from 1985 to 2017, and where part of a Centennial exhibition at the Harry Hampton Center, Congaree National Park.     The spirit wild is in place for those who seek it and is foldable in the heartfor the return to urbanity.  On Walden Pond, On Weston Lake,,,, moose, Indian 

Thursday, December 15, 2016

New Year's Resolution: Ignite Your Creativity

New Year's Resolution: Ignite Your Creativity 
Led by Vista Studio artist and teacher Heidi Darr-HopeCreating Brave is an online community and eCourse hub for healing, growing, and thriving through mindful art practices. Creating Brave wants to cultivate creativity for all!

Healing Icons is presenting Creating Brave's eight-week eCourse, Mindful Mandalas.  This exciting new offering taps into each individual's potential for creative expression through the ancient art of mandala-making. 

Enroll Today. Limited-time, special introductory price of $49.95 (reg. $99.99).  

Give the Gift of Healing
A Creating Brave eCourse is the perfect gift for any occasion.
More than an art class, Creating Brave offers your loved one the joy of discovering their own unique creativity; a chance to meet others in a warm, enthusiastic, and supportive community; and the catharsis needed to overcome life's challenges and disruptions.

Instead of a material gift, give the gift of experience — the chance to learn something new and make lasting memories.

Course Overview
Mandalas are ancient, archetypal symbols of balance, wholeness and unity. Creating Brave has adapted this practice for our time and needs to help students reduce stress, uncover valuable insight, improve communication and connections with others, build self-confidence, and promote health and well-being. Creating Brave invites you to take advantage of our time-tested art-as-healing techniques in the comfort of your own space and at your own pace. Courses can be given as gifts for occasions, such as birthdays and anniversaries, or "just because." Groups are welcome to join and arrange times to complete the coursework together, but each group member must enroll individually.

Each lesson in the eight-week eCourse features beautiful, easy-to-follow video tutorials, assignments to practice the techniques you'll learn, prompts for further reflection in your art journal, and opportunities to share your creations and respond to others' artwork. 

We believe that every person has innate creativity. Creating Brave aims to help each student discover their creative potential while reducing stress and fostering a thriving, supportive, and engaged community. 

What are you waiting for.  Take the risk and jump in.

Heidi Darr-Hope, MFA


Vista Studios
Studio #2
808 Lady Street
Columbia, SC  29201

Thursday, October 20, 2016

New public artwork welcomes creators to Community Innovation Center

New public artwork is on display thanks to a partnership between One Columbia for Arts and History and United Way of the Midlands.
The two organizations united to commission a set of sculptures in conjunction with the dedication of the Community Innovation Center. The sculptures, called “Infinity Extended I and II,” were created by Columbia-based artists Sharon Collings Licata. One sculpture will be posted at each of the two entrances to the Community Innovation Center.
Infinity Extended I and II was created by Columbia-based artist Sharon Collings Licata. (Photo provided)
Infinity Extended I and II was created by Columbia-based artist Sharon Collings Licata. (Photo provided)
“Art is a verb. United Way’s mission of uniting people and resources to improve the quality of life in the Midlands is reflected in the interwoven nature of the sculptures,” said Licata, who has a studio in Vista Studios/Gallery 80808 in the Vista. “The two strands reaching upward reference the two aspects of United Way’s process, needs and resources, and how they continue to grow and change.”
The idea is for the Community Innovation Center to become a home for local creators.
“We want our new Community Innovation Center to be a hub for collaboration and creativity in the Midlands. We thank Wells Fargo for funding this project, and we appreciate the beautiful piece of art created by Sharon Licata and One Columbia for their help making this become a reality,” said President and CEO of United Way of the Midlands Mac Bennett.


PAT GILMARTIN won 1st place in the Open media category at the 2016 SC State Fair. It's fused glass; title: The Weave. 

SHARON LICATA also won a 1st place ribbon in Sculpture.  (picture coming)