Tuesday, July 22, 2008

80808 on 80808: A Once in a Millennium Exhibition

Performance acts wishing to participate in the 80808 on 80808 celebration should contact Andy Witt at the Cultural Council, (803) 799-3115 or (803) 231-3131.

80808 on 80808
VISUAL ARTS RECEPTION: August 8 from 5:08 to 8:08
4:08 Dance by Columbia City Jazz
5:08 Poetry Reading by Ed Madden
6:08 Music by Tuba IV: Charles Aull, David Woodard, Payne Seal, and William Adams. This 30 minute program will feature Brahms, Beatles, Scottish folk music, a waltz, some Gustav Holst, a little Handel, a march and another 20th c. piece.
7:08 Guitar and harmonica by local musician, actor, songwriter: Michael Hart

Gallery 80808/Vista Studios is proud to present

80808 on 80808
Below is the press release written by resident artist Pat Callahan along with several images.

(Above: Anne Bjork's Beach Nudes. Click on image to enlarge.)

Once-A-Millennium Exhibition

Gallery 80808 and Vista Studios fittingly mark the once-a-millennium date of 8.08.08 with an exhibition celebrating the studio’s unparalleled role in Columbia’s visual arts. “80808 on 80808” opens, of course, on August 8, 2008, at 8:08 a.m., and presents the work of the 13 current resident artists and 12 former artists of Vista Studios. A reception from 5:08 to 8:08 p.m. will bookend the day’s festivities.

(Above: David Yaghjian's 8:08. Click on image to enlarge.)

Vista Studios was established by Columbia Development Corp. and the South Carolina Arts Commission to anchor development in Columbia’s warehouse district, the Congaree Vista. Since its inception the studios have attracted an exciting mix of established and emerging artists. Why? Vista Studios functions as an artistic hot house that is both protective and demanding. Art is made. It is a creative community that supports artistic leaps and develops professionalism. Add to environment a thriving rental gallery space, Gallery 80808, a rare resource for artists of the Midlands.

(Click on image to enlarge. Above: Pat Gilmartin's Eight by Eight Eyes.)

Participating in “80808 on 80808” will be four artists who were original tenants in the fledging studios: current tenants Heidi Darr-Hope and Robert Kennedy, and returning artists Mike Williams and Anne Bjork. The impressive roster of returning alum also includes Bob Allison, Tyler Ann Blanton, Charlie Dillingham, Jeannette Grassi, Tonya Gregg, Christina James, Richard Morgan, Gene Speer, Christian Thee, and Brent Wahl.

(Above and below: Two paintings from Michel McNinch's new series of 8" x 8" paintings depicting landscapes along Interstate I-81.)

Several current artists of Vista Studios will present work inspired by the number sequence 80808--its repetition, its mystery, and its significance. Laura Spong explores the number “8” in series of small oil panels depicting the value in different counting systems. Recent travels by Michel McNinch yield a series of eight-by-eight-inch paintings of mountainous landscapes passed along interstate I-81. Pat Gilmartin presents the cryptic mixed media assemblage “8 by 8 eyes” in which four crows watch, perhaps guard, a nested chair. As witness of a different sort, David Yaghjian presents the solemn (and comical) “8:08,” a still life of a clock and an all-too-familiar dead Palmetto bug.

(Above: Sharon Licata's Along the Road. Click on image to enlarge.)

Sharon Licata includes in “80808 on 80808” the entwined limestone shape “Along the Road,” a reflection on her more than six years at Vista Studios; and Stephen Chesley presents “Eight Miles High” in welded varnished steel. Don Zurlo introduces his new Scribblescapes series with “8083” and “8084.” Zurlo likens the energy of the works to the challenge to “say scribblescapes three times in rapid succession.” Nine painted panels of different sizes constitute “Eight Plus One” by Ethel Brody. Vista Studios artists Jeff Donovan, Heidi Darr-Hope, Susan Lenz, Robert Kennedy, and Pat Callahan will also present new work.

(Above: Stephen Chesley's Eight Miles High, welded and varnished steel.)

“80808 on 80808” continues through August 26, 2008. Gallery 80808 is located with Vista Studios at 808 Lady St. in Columbia’s Congaree Vista. The gallery is open weekdays 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Please call 803.252.6134 to confirm summer hours.

(Above: Don Zurlo's Green Mist # 17. Below: Atmospheric Noise # 4. Click on images to enlarge. To see more of Don's art, check out his website!)

(Above: Susan Lenz's Peacock Boxes. Click on image to enlarge.)

Sharon Licata and the Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition

Vista Studio stone carver Sharon Licata was one of nine sculptors selected for the prestigious 22nd Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition. Above is one of the images from the 36-page, full color catalog depicting Sharon's installation. The catalogs are available on request.

The Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition is a national juried competition presented annually by the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts on the campus of Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. This year's event:

April 20, 2008 - March 1, 2009

Juror: Dr. Sarah Clark-Langager

Curator: Hank T. Foreman

Assistant Curator: Brook Bower Greene

Sharon Licata's comments:

To me Art is a verb.

I always find myself returning to a sense of motion in my art. It is important that it be viewed from all sides. Only then can one get a sense of all the interactions of space and line that came into play during creation.

No matter what medium, realistic or abstract subject matter, my art has at it's heart, motion; the curves and twists of searching and of reaching upward.

The catalog and website include additional information about Sharon Licata:

About the Artist

Sharon is a graduate of Agnes Scott College with a B.A. in Art and Political Science, and USC with a Masters of Media Arts. A sculptor of both realistic and abstract form, Sharon works in a variety of media: stone, clay, and formed stone. Her sculptures are in numerous private and corporate collections as she has shown in many parts of the country. When not in the studio, she can usually be found teaching statewide as a “Visiting Artist” for the SC Arts Commission.

Above and below are detail images of the piece.

Getting Back on the Totem debuted at Gallery 80808/Vista Studios during the annual, autumn Vista Lights exhibition, 2007. Below is an image of the sculpture during that earlier art event.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Art and Soul Retreat with Heidi Darr-Hope

What if imagination, art and our nighttime dreams are not the frosting but the fountain head of human experience?

Who: Heidi Darr-Hope, mfa

What: 2008 Art and Soul Retreats- Small groups exploring spirituality, nighttime dreams and the joy of creativity

Absolutely no prior experience is necessary, only a commitment to honestly explore your creative potential.

When: Dream Mandalas – Saturday, August 2 - Saturday: 10:00 - 5:00
Learn a visual form of contemplative meditation

A mandala is a work of art composed of a sacred circle within a square or rectangle. Mandalas have been created by many different cultures as a visual means to lead the mind into introspective meditation or prayer. This workshop will focus on discovering and creating your own personal healing dream mandala. These mandalas will amplify the meaning of your dreams. Several different techniques and materials will be introduced.

Fee: $195 includes lunch & all art supplies

Where: Columbia , South Carolina ’s beautiful downtown historic arts district
Vista Arts Studios, 808 Lady Street , Vista Arts Building , Studio #2

Registration: class size is limited. To reserve your spot, contact me by responding to this email

Future 2008 Retreats -

Collage Illuminations - September 6 - Saturday: 10:00 - 5:00
Reveal untold stories by creating a series of collages. The symbols in our dreams will guide our way.

Painted Dreams - October 11 - Saturday: 10:00 - 5:00
Contemplate the language of color and experience the insightful urgings it holds for us to ponder.

Drawing from the Dream - November 15 - Saturday: 10:00 - 5:00
Trust the process and learn the meditative art technique of blind contour drawing. Transpose your dream symbols into powerful insightful drawings.

Dream Amulets & Shrines - December 6 - Saturday: 10:00 - 5:00
Create a personal altar for contemplation, for gathering strength and for renewing one's soul and spirit.

4th Annual Retreat in Mallorca , Spain - Creating Sanctuary – exploring Spirituality, Creativity and the Dream – May 23 – 30, 2009

For more information, please visit Heidi Darr-Hope's website here.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

The floors

(Click on image above to see the condition of the floor!)
July has traditionally been a rather slow time in the art season and at Gallery 80808. It is the perfect time for the floors to be sanded, primed, and painted. The project is currently underway! The next show will open on the last day of the month. It is:
Vista Studio artists present GALLERY 80808 on 80808
Reception: Friday Aug. 8, 2008 from 5:08PM-8:08PM.
The gallery will be open on that day from 8:08 AM-8:08PM, Saturday 8/9/08, 10:00AM-4:00PM, and Sunday 8/10/08, from 1:00PM-4:00PM. After that initial weekend the gallery will be open when artists are in there studios…generally from 9:30AM on daily