Sunday, August 13, 2017

Vista artists moving to Stormwater Studios

Vista artists moving to Stormwater Studios could jumpstart new life on the riverBY SARAH ELLIS

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Totally Art

Columbia residents and visitors will enjoy a sort of dance between the sun, moon, and earth on August 21, 2017. This rare occurrence, of being in the solar eclipse path of totality, which occurs about every 375 years, has excited scientists to study and artists to create! Vista Studios presents TOTALLY ARt, a special exhibit of eclipse inspired artwork from August 14th-31st, with special hours from 10am-6pm on the 19th-21st. The gallery is located at 808 Lady Street and open daily from 10-3pm or by appointment. For more information visit our website or call 803-252-6134.

For more information please contact Kirkland Smith, 803-622-7838 or

Sunday, April 23, 2017

The Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Award for Lifetime Achievement

LAURA SPONG, The Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Award for Lifetime Achievement

"A New Way Opening," oil, L. Spong
Columbia’s Spong, a native of Nashville, Tenn., was born in 1926. She is among South Carolina’s most prominent abstract painters. Spong was included in Abstract Art in South Carolina 1949 – 2012, the South Caroline State Museum’s historic overview of abstract art in South Carolina. In recent years, Spong has had solo exhibitions at the Spartanburg (S.C.) Museum of Art, Young Harris College in Young Harris, Ga., and if ART Gallery and a two-person exhibition with Carl Blair at the Florence (S.C.) Museum. Spong also was represented in group shows throughout the Carolinas and in Georgia and Tennessee. The South Carolina State Art Collection, the South Carolina State Museum and the Greenville County (S.C.) Museum of Art have acquired both early and more recent paintings by Spong in the past decade.  
Since the late 1980s, Spong has been a full-time artist, keeping a studio at Vista Studios in Columbia since 1991 and gradually increasing her now considerable reputation. Much of her career has been documented in three exhibition catalogues, Laura Spong at 80: Warming The Chill Wind With Celebration of 2006; Laura Spong 2006 – 2011: Age As An Administrative Device of 2011; and Laura Spong At 90: Six Decades In Paintings, all published by if ART Gallery. 

if ART Gallery presents
The Elizabeth O’Neill Governor’s Award for Lifetime Achievement Exhibition:
April 29 – May 13, 2017
Artists’ Reception: SATURDAY, April 29, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Gallery Hours:
Weekdays, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; & by appointment

if ART Gallery, 1223 Lincoln St., Columbia, SC 29201,
For more information, contact Wim Roefs at if ART:
(803) 238-2351 

Wim Roefs
if ART Gallery
1223 Lincoln St.
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 238-2351

Tuesday, April 11, 2017