Sunday, April 27, 2008

Photos from Artista Vista 2008


All the artists at Gallery 80808/Vista Studios pitched in for a super evening. Above, Robert Kennedy was busy making punch.

(Above) Belle Jewler and Cyd Berry admire oils by David Yaghjian.

The gallery had a constant flow of visitors.

The atrium was full too.

The exhibition is called "Personal Grounds". It will continue through May 6....which means it will be featured during OPEN STUDIOS. Open Studios will be Saturday, May 3 from 10 until 6 and Sunday, May 4 from noon until 6.

(Above) Pat Callahan visited with Jeff Donovan in his studio.)

(Above) Two guests were intrigued with Pat Gilmartin's sculpture.

Patty studied Susan Lenz's installation.

Others concentrated on Heidi Darr-Hope's mixed media photomontage pieces.

This reception was held at the same time at the opening for the State Museum 20th Anniversary Juried Art Exhibition. Over 800 works were submitted but only about 122 by 75 different artists were selected by jurors Brian Rutenberg and Lia Newman. Susan Lenz, Laura Spong, and David Yaghjian were among them. It was a big night for the arts.



(Above) There was generally a crowd in Stephen Chesley's studio.



(Above) Liisa Salosaari Jasinski looks at Laura Spong's and Ethel Brody's work.

(Above) Another guest looked at Susan Lenz's embroidery.

Heidi Darr-Hope's studio always impresses.

(Above) Poet Ed Madden came by.

(Above) Laura Spong was ready for art lovers.

(Above) Robert Kennedy entertained other visitors.

(Above) Bruce Schulz spent time with Susan Lenz's installation.

(Above) A nice couple found beauty in Heidi Darr-Hope's work.

(Above) Cyd Berry enjoyed the exhibition.





In fact, everyone had fun...Here's a group of artists...Eileen Blyth, Anna Redwine, Don Zurlo, and Stephen Chesley.

Open Studios...Vista Studio mentioned in article appearing in The State

From The State Newspaper, Sunday, April 27, 2008:

Studio tour offers inside look at artists’ workplaces

By JEFFREY DAY

For artists, the studio is a quiet, private place — except for the loud music and cursing.

But last year, about 60 artists around Columbia opened their doors to hundreds of strangers during “Open Studios,” part of the Columbia Festival of the Arts. It was such a success, it’s being offered again next weekend.

While some studios had only 15 or 20 visitors, about 400 people showed up at Vista Studios over the two-day event. Most artists greeted between 50 and 100.

“I didn’t know what to expect,” said Mike Williams, who makes paintings and sculptures in a converted auto repair shop in West Columbia.

“The people who came were people I had never met,” said Williams, a high-profile artist in the area for 15 years. “A lot were recent transplants who wanted to see who and what was around.”

Face jug-maker Ben Truesdale was happy with the response, too.

“I had a lot of people from the Upstate — the farthest away was from Las Vegas,” said Truesdale, who also works in West Columbia. “I sold a good bit of work, but it’s just fun to have people come out and wander around.”

The EBCO studio, above a store in Five Points, is one of several spaces with several artists under one roof.

“We were really impressed,” said Eileen Blythe. “We all had good sales as well. Plus, it was just fun.”

Chet Goff moved into EBCO (named for the old-fashioned water fountain in the common hallway) just before the first studio tour.

“It was a chance to meet people — I’d never done anything like it before,” he said. “I thought it would be people just meandering around, but they were really interested in talking about art, and they knew what they were talking about.”

Reach Day at (803) 771-8518.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Artista Vista 2008: Personal Grounds

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Above is a video taken before the exhibition is fully hung, labeled, and ready for the public. The show title is "PERSONAL GROUNDS". All Vista Studios artists have contributed work. These talented people include: Pat Callahan, Michele McNinch, Jeff Donovan, David Yaghhian, Laura Spong, Pat Gilmartin, Ethel Brody, Don Zurlo, Stephen Chesley, Sharon Licata, Robert Kennedy, Heidi Darr-Hope, and Susan Lenz.

Artista Vista's official hours are Thursday, April 24 from 5 - 9 PM and Saturday, April 26 from 11 - 3. The artist at Gallery 80808/Vista Studios are holding additional hours for viewing this special show: Thursday, April 24 from 10 - 9; Friday and Saturday, from 10 - 5: and Sunday, April 27 from 1 - 5 PM. Most of the artists will be in their studios working.


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Above, left to right: Baptism by David Yaghjian, oil on linen, 2007; Woman, Trees, Man by David Yaghjian, monoprint, 2007; (above) Coward, Enter Your House by Heidi Darr-Hope, mixed media painted photomontage; (above) Call Back Your Spirit by Heidi Darr-Hope, mixed media painted photomontage; (below) Whirling Dervish by Sharon Licata, black chlorite, 2008; and Sleep the Daily Shadow of Death by Laura Spong, oil on canvas, 2007.


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Above, left to right: Brenda's Window by Don Zurlo, acrylic on canvas; Save the Only Life You Can Save by Heidi Darr-Hope, mixed media painted photomontage; and Nan and Bill in Their Prime by Pat Gilmartin, earthenware.


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Above, from left to right: spin again by Pat Callahan, mixed media, 2008; trying to hold center by Pat Callahan, mixed media, 2008; and Three Trout by David Yaghjian, oil, 2007.


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Above, left to right: Nan and Bill in Their Prime by Pat Gilmartin, earthenware; Jump/Dive by David Yaghjian, oil on canvas, 2008; Satyr by David Yaghjian, oil on board, 2008; and Table by David Yaghjian, oil on board, 2008.


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Above, left to right: Square Halo by David Yaghjian, oil on panel, 2008; Life is Not a Vase of Flowers by Laura Spong, oil on canvas, 2007; and Turquoise Maze by Ethel Brody, acrylic on canvas, 2008.


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Above: Satyr by David Yaghjian, oil on board, 2008.


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Above: Brenda's Window by Don Zurlo, acrylic on canvas.


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Above: Lake Murray Study by Michel McNinch, oil on masonite, 2008.


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Above: Paradoxical by Laura Spong, oil on canvas, 2006.


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Above: Back Hand II by Jeff Donovan, acrylic and oil on canvas, 2007.


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Above: Nan and Bill in Their Prime by Pat Gilmartin, earthenware.


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Above: Turquoise Maze by Ethel Brody, acrylic on canvas, 2008.


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Above, left to right: trying to hold center by Pat Callahan, mixed media, 2008 and scattershot by Pat Callahan, mixed media, 2008.


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Above, left to right: Coast, High Wind by Stephen Chesley, oil on masonite, 2007; Near the River, Twilight by Stephen Chesley, oil on masonite, 2007; River, Twilight by Stephen Chesley, oil on masonite, 2008; Decisions by Susan Lenz, mixed media installation; and Twilight, River by Stephen Chesley, oil on masonite, 2008.


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Above: Enigma by Ethel Brody, acrylic on canvas, 1994; Blue Adluh by Pat Gilmartin, 2006; and Odyssey by Laura Spong, oil on canvas, 2007.


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Above: Monk by Pat Gilmartin, ceramic, 2008 and Baptism by David Yaghjian, oil on linen.


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Above, left to right: Coward, Enter Your House by Heidi Darr-Hope, mixed media painted photomontage; Call Back Your Spirit by Heidi Darr-Hope, mixed media painted photomontage; Whirling Dervish by Sharon Licata, black chlorite, 2008; and Sleep the Daily Shadow of Death by Laura Spong, oil on canvas, 2007.


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Above, left to right: Twilight, River by Stephen Chesley, oil on masonite, 2008; (foreground) Decisions by Susan Lenz, mixed media installation; (background on pedestal) Young Pine by Stephen Chesley, carved pine, 2008; and Reclining Nude IV by Robert Kennedy, graphite on paper.


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Above, left to right: Hop To It by Sharon Licata, black chlorite, 2008; Coast, High Wind by Stephen Chesley, oil on masonite, 2007; Near the River, Twilight by Stephen Chesley, oil on masonite, 2007; and River Twilight by Stephen Chesley, oil on masonite, 2008.


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Above, view to main gallery from center hallway. Images, left to right (hallway): Bank, Pines by Stephen Chesley, oil on masonite, 2008; Striped Tie by Jeff Donovan, oil pastel on fabric; a good marriage by Pat Callahan, mixed media, 2008; and totem by Pat Callahan, mixed media, 2008. Images, left to right (gallery): Monk by Pat Gilmartin, ceramic; Baptism by David Yaghjian, oil on linen; and Woman, Trees, Man by David Yaghjian, monoprint, 2007.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Heidi Darr-Hope featured in Undefined

The second issue of the very artsy new magazine Undefined was just published by designer Mark Pointer. Editor David Wright and his talented staff have produced an amazing work of text and images including Emily Boyle's article on Vista Studio artist Heidi Darr-Hope. It is accompanied with exotic images from the lens of Kasi Koshollek. The article is below.

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