Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Narratives: Family Biennial
Gallery 80808 is pleased to announce this weekend exhibition featuring work by Mana Hewitt, Steve Hewitt, and Vanessa Grubbs.
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, August 31 from 5:30 until 8:00
Additional hours: Saturday and Sunday from Noon until 5:00
For additional information: Please visit the gallery website at www.gallery80808vistastudios.com or call (803) 252-6134.
Free parking is available after 6 PM in the city owned lot located diagonally across Lady Street from the gallery...but entrance to this lot is off Washington Street across from the police station.
The artists with space at Vista Studios are exhibiting work in Gallery 80808, its atrium, and the hallways through Tuesday, August 28. Hours are by chance or appointment...this is actually many, many OPEN hours. The gallery is generally open whenever one of the artists is working in his or her studio...which is most of the time. There's generally artists working from late morning through mid-afternoon and again from late afternoon through early evening. Just call (803) 252-6134 or, if in the area, stop by!
AUTHENTIC AFRICA, presented by Fiifi Boamah and Derek Ansani, runs from Thursday August 2nd, 2007 to Tuesday August 7th, 2007 with an opening reception on Thursday August 2nd (5pm to 9pm). Weekday hours are 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sundays, 1 – 6 p.m.
The exhibition will feature original canvas paintings, sculptures and masks which will seek to bring viewers and patrons to a place where they will experience see and taste Africa. The artwork reflects the rich culture and endeavors of Africa. The artists’ work expresses their heritage, emotions, thoughts, feelings, fears, dreams and their observations of every day life.
Derek Ansani is committed to bringing authentic, original and unique African artwork that reflects the continent of Africa to the international scene. We exhibit hand-crafted endeavors by Africans which shows the creativity, spirituality and skills of the artists.
The exhibit and sale will take place at the Gallery 80808 in Columbia's located on 808 Lady Street. Admission is free.
For additional information by telephone, call 843-617-1713 or call the gallery at (803) 252-6134. For information via email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also visit the Vista Studio website at www.gallery80808vistastudios.com
After weeks of work vending the kilns, Jeff Donovan's studio is handsomely equipped for firing both regular clay and paper clay. The "grand opening" of the first paper clay firing was Saturday, July 14. The work inside looked spectacular. Even the "Kiln Gods" must have been pleased!
Also, Vista Studios' Main Gallery, atrium, and hallways are currently exhibiting work by the resident artists. This display will hang until August 2. The gallery is open when a member artist is at work...which nowadays is almost all the time! There's a day crew coming by 10 AM that overlaps an active late afternoon and evening crew. Most weekends are open too. It's best to call 252-6134 before making a special trip. Free parking after 6 PM and on weekends is available in the city owned lot diagonally across Lady Street...but entrance is off Washington Street across from the police station.
Cara Moskot presents her Master of Fine Arts Exhibition: Forming Sense From Out of Place from July 5-10, 2007 at Gallery 80808/Vista Studios, 808 Lady Street in Columbia's downtown Vista. There will be an artist’s Reception on Friday, July 6, 5:00-7:00pm. Additional hours are from 1-5pm Weekdays, Saturday and Sunday and by appointment.
For more information, contact Cara Moskot at (225) 810-6615 or email@example.com. Also, please visit the gallery's website: www.gallery80808vistastudios.com or call (803) 252-6134.
Free parking for the exhibit is available after 6 PM in the city owner lot diagonally across Lady Street from the gallery...but entrance is off Washington Street across from the police station.
The following is Cara Moskot's statement for this exhibit:
Moskot explores the relationship between material and concept in paintings inspired by experience. She uses visual language as an analogue to experience, and builds narratives based on sensation as tangible and intuitive. Born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Moskot identifies with its milieu as “melting pot”. Her academic and artistic background has been interdisciplinary, fueling interest in conceptual integration. Moskot received a Graduate Teaching Assistantship at the University of South Carolina and was a recipient of the inaugural Arts Institute 2005-2006 Residency Award. She has served as the Instructor of Record for Foundations Courses ARTS 103 and ARTS 112 at the University of South Carolina, Columbia.
Recently Vista Studios' artist Don Zurlo flew off to soak up some Italian inspiration in Tuscany. He found the landscape beautiful and the US dollar weak. The other artists cannot wait to see the results in oil paint.
The artists at Vista Studios are busy this spring! Previous posts included some of this information, like STUDIO VISITS at the Greenville Museum of Art, April 18 - June 3. This is a multi-generational trek through South Carolina and features Laura Spong and David Yaghjian among others. There is also a free artist's talk on Thursday, May 3 at 6:30 PM.
Pat Gilmartin has been invited to participate in an exhibit at Brookgreen Sculpture Garden, Pawleys Island, SC. The show, which runs from March 31 through June 17, 2007, highlights sculptors who participated in Brookgreen's Kenan Master Sculpture Program from 2003 – 2005.
Susan Lenz has work in the 35th annual juried show in the Fayetteville Museum of Art, Mar. 18 - May 6. The website includes a slide show and is at www.fayettevillemuseumart.org. She also has work in the 50th Annual National Juried Art Exhibition at the Rocky Mount Arts Center, Mar. 28 - June 17 and will have other pieces in the 28th Annual South Carolina Artists Exhibition at the Pickens County Museum of Art and History, Apr. 28 - June 9.
Several of the Vista Studio artist were accepted into the Hub City Biennial Art Exhibition at the Spartanburg Museum, Mar. 31 - June 17. The artists showing are: Jeff Donovan, Stephen Chesley, David Yaghjian, and Susan Lenz.
Artista Vista is always a busy time for the Vista Studios artists. Yet, this year is even bigger and better. In addition to the "NEW WORKS" exhibit in the main gallery and atrium of Vista Studios, two of the artists are showing elsewhere.
Stephen Chesley is being featured with a solo show at Carol Saunders Gallery, 922 Gervais Street with an opening on April 26. The show runs through May 26. (For more information: 803-256-3046)
David Yaghjian is being featured along with his late father, Edmund Yaghjian, at if ART Gallery, 1223 Lincoln Street. This show's opening reception is on Friday, Apr. 20 from 5 - 10 PM, is part of Artista Vista, and closes May 12. (For more information: 803-238-2351)
At McKissick Museum of Art, the annual, juried fund-raiser "A Fool For Art" will hang through May 5. The show includes: Pat Gilmartin, Laura Spong, Ethel Brody, David Yaghjian, Stephen Chesley, Sharon Licata, and Susan Lenz.
One more exciting happening is OPEN STUDIO, Saturday May 5 (10 - 6) and Sunday May 6 (Noon - 6). Eleven of the thirteen artists at Vista Studios are participating in this exciting event, part of the Columbia Festival of the Arts. This is a chance to see 66 artists in Richland and Lexington Counties working in their studios, to talk about inspirations and processes, and to view various media in studio settings. It is part of the Columbia Festival of the Arts. (For more information: www.columbiafestivalofthearts.com
Sisters Show Work in Wood & Weave
The exhibition Wood & Weave opens at Gallery 80808 with a reception on Friday, March 23, 2007, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. The exhibition presents the works of two sisters: custom caned furniture by Kate Callahan and shadow boxes by Pat Callahan. Both artists use traditional techniques and materials ingeniously to weave their creations.
Kate Callahan first tackled caning when she volunteered to recane one of her parents’ kitchen chairs. Armed with an instructional video and an unflagging can-do spirit she soon built a steady business of furniture recaning and repair, learning techniques and cane patterns on the job. Kate leapt into furniture design in 2003 when she designed and built (with her father’s assistance) a maple armchair with caned back and seat. The chair is comfortable to “sitters” of all sizes and fitting for formal or casual décor. Engaged by the “drama of wood” and possible materials, Kate has crafted the chair in mahogany, in walnut, with Danish cord, and with a rush weave. In addition to two variations of the chair, Wood & Weave will include Kate’s entry table in elm and in maple, coffee table in mahogany, display boxes in maple, wenge, mahogany, and purple heart--all incorporating her signature caned floating shelf--and a cane wreath designed for a 2006 invitational exhibition at the Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Inc., Newport News, Virginia. Kate’s furniture received the best in show award at the 2006 Gosport Arts Festival, Portsmouth, Virginia. Kate resides in Chesapeake, Virginia.
Pat Callahan’s recent work displays equal ingenuity and beauty. Known first for her figure drawings, the Columbia artist presents shadow boxes in Wood & Weave. Working in three dimensions has unleashed Pat’s propensity to collect feathers, rocks, and whatnots; and a love of wood, tools, and metal workings. Her constructions explore what the artist terms “burrs,” kernels of truth and deceit, perceptions and distortions, and unsettling beauty. The boxes exhibit a curious juxtaposition of found and created elements and marked restraint and balance, the result of the artist’s design sense honed over a graphic design career. Included in Wood & Weave will be a series of shadow boxes with work-weary figures that speak to distorted cultural and personal work ethic and “night song in 3 acts,” a three box homage to nightfall when Pat often heads to her studio at Vista Studios.
Wood & Weave continues through March 27, 2007. Gallery 80808 is located with Vista Studios at 808 Lady St., Columbia. Weekend hours will be 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information please call Vista Studios at 803.252.6134.
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Gallery 80808/Vista Studios
808 Lady St., Columbia, S.C.
C o n s t r u c t i o n C r e w II:
Dec. 8 – 19, 2006
Friday, Dec. 8, 5 – 10 p.m.
Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sundays, 1 – 5 p.m.
Weekdays, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and by appointment
For more information, contact Wim Roefs at if ART:
(803) 238-2351 – firstname.lastname@example.org
For its holiday exhibition at Gallery 80808/Vista Studios in Columbia, S.C., if ART, International Fine Art Services of Columbia presents Construction Crew II, a group exhibition with work by South Carolina artists Matt Overend, Virginia Scotchie, Christine Tedesco and Paul Yanko. Like the first if ART Construction Crew exhibition in December 2005, the show consists of two-dimensional and three-dimensional art that has strong constructional or architectural characteristics. The exhibition opens Friday, Dec. 8, with a reception from 5:00 –10:00 p.m. and runs through Dec. 19. Opening hours are weekdays, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and Sundays 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Overend, Scotchie, Tedesco and Yanko are represented by if ART Gallery, 1223 Lincoln St., (803) 238-2351, where additional works of art by all four artists will be on view.
Overend will show paintings of buildings and architectural structures, a new direction in his art. Scotchie will show her well-known abstracted, ceramic sculptures and objects. Textile artist Tedesco will show colorful quilts and textile pieces of different sizes, typically with abstract, geometric patterns and compositions. Yanko offers colorful, abstract paintings often with a heavily built-up surface.
Matt Overend (b. 1950) is a native of Las Vegas who grew up in Atlanta and has lived in Smoaks, S.C., since 1981. He was with Janet Orselli in an if ART exhibition in March 2005 at Vista Studios. In the past two years, he has had solo exhibitions in Hilton Head, Camden, Charleston and Charlotte. Overend in 1973 graduated as an aerospace engineer at Georgia Tech before studying art at Santa Barbara City College in California, the University of California at Santa Barbara and Yale University.
Virginia Scotchie (b. 1955) is an internationally renowned ceramic artist who teaches at the University of South Carolina art department. Earlier this fall, she returned from Taiwan, where she did a major commission for the Yingge Ceramic Museum. In recent years she has been an artist in residence at the University of Hawaii and Taiwan’s Tainan National University for the Arts.
Christine Tedesco (b. 1959) is an architect and textile artist in Pendleton, S.C. Her work has been part of the U.S. State Department’s Art in Embassies Program, featured in Tanzania and Honduras. She has shown in the Mint Museum in Charlotte, N.C., and was included in the 2001 S.C. Triennial and the opening exhibition of New Orlean’s Ogden Museum of Southern Art in 2003.
Paul Yanko teaches at the S.C. Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville. He holds an MFA in painting from Kent State University and a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art. He has exhibited at the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art and the McDonough Museum of Art in Youngstown, Ohio. This will be his first exhibition in Columbia.
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presents at Gallery 80808/Vista Studios
808 Lady St., Columbia, S.C.
JEFF DONOVAN – JOHN MONTEITH
DOROTHY NETHERLAND – HERB PARKER
Oct. 6 – 17, 2006
Artists’ Reception: Friday, Oct. 6, 5 – 10 p.m.
Opening Hours: Saturday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday, 1 – 5 p.m. Weekdays, noon – 7 p.m. and by appointment
For more information, contact Wim Roefs at if ART: (803) 238-2351 – email@example.com
Corley Mill Artists Group, featuring 20 local professional and emerging artists, will present a special showcase of their art May 19, 5-8 p.m., and May 20- 21 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. For a preview, you may check their web site at www.corleymillart.com. Contact Michel McNinch for more information at www.michelmcninch.com.