Monday, August 31, 2009

Interact by Red

A Multimedia BFA Senior Exhibition by RED
Gallery 80808, 808 Lady Street in Columbia's arts and cultural district
September 3 - 8, 2009
Hours: 5 - 9 Daily

RECEPTION: Saturday, September 5 from 7 - 9

Parking within one block: City owned garage at corner of Lincoln and Washington (entrance at 820 Washington) First hour free; additional hours $1; M-F from 4 - 8 for $3; Weekend maximum $3.

The artwork in this unique exhibition will be sold through a silent auction. Bidding will be open during all viewing hours and during the reception. Half the proceeds will go to Lirio Do Vale Orphanage; half the proceeds will go toward artist Red's student loans. To register for the auction and for bidding, come to the gallery or contact Red at . (This email is strictly for purchasing artwork and for information about INTERACT. No solicitations, please!) Red maintains a blog, Work by Red, with other images and information.

The exhibition statement is below.


The name of this show is as simple as my work can be expressed in written language. Interaction: between the viewer and the viewed, the observer and the experience, the paint and the canvas, the dance and the impulse, the model and the shutter, the photographer and the darkroom, the hand and the chalk, the music and the space, the nail and the frame, the creator and the created. Ultimately, this is just one physical representation of the interaction between the creator of everything and something he created to create.

*This is not an art museum, if you like, you may satisfy your curiosity and touch my paintings. I don't mind. I would rather you touch them than leave wondering what the paint feels like.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Kiln Opening: Exhibition at Gallery 80808 and SC Poetry Prize Book Launch

(Above: One of the photographs to be included in the exhibit.)

“The Kiln Opening”
Gallery 80808/Vista Studios
808 Lady Street in downtown Columbia, SC

(Above: One of the ceramic works to be displayed. Click on any image to enlarge. Other images below are from the show's photographic works.)

Ceramics, Wrought Iron, photographs and artistic chandeliers by

John Sharpe
Venetia Sharpe
Bri Kinard
Ashley Padgett
Michelle Hinson

Thursday, August 27th
from 7 - until 9

August 27 - September 1
from 4 - 7 daily

“The Kiln Opening”

This is John and Venetia’s first Gallery showing. John and Venetia acquired their skills as they traveled around the world. John served as a Special Forces Soldier traveling the world. Both Venetia and John lived in Central America, Europe, and all across the US. There work frequently incorporates sights, sounds, and experiences from their travels. Both artists enjoy creating using whatever is available. Their primary focus is ceramics followed by steel and then photography.

Bri Kinard, Ashley Padgett, and Michelle Hinson have shown their art locally. Bri and Ashley’s artwork is mainly sculptural. Bri has created several complex installation pieces around Columbia and has had many requests for her work. Ashley’s work is unique the lines of her work seem to flow in a manner that makes the piece appear to move. Michelle creates functional and sculptural art. Michelle’s pottery has unique forms and warm colors. Michelle will also display a few artistic photographs.

The title of the show “The Kiln Opening” refers to when the artist opens the kiln to see how their work looks. Factors affecting the finished artwork are numerous from kiln temperatures to quality of the raw material. Opening the kiln is exciting for the artist because it is the first time they get to see their finished work. "This is my kiln opening to the public," says artist John Sharpe.


for S.C. Poetry Book Prize winner Delana R. A. Dameron
"How God Ends Us"

Friday, August 28th from 6:30 - 8:00
at Gallery 80808/Vista Studios, 808 Lady Street
Free to the public
Additional information: (803) 777-5492

The press release for this important book launch reads:

There is hope, and there is love, as life’s challenges surface in the poems of DeLana R.A. Dameron. Death comes to the young; it comes to the old. It comes from nature; it comes at the hands of man. It is seen; it is known.

But there is more in these poems. There is seeking and discovery. Conflict and resolution. Pain and consolation. And once again, hope and love.

Dameron’s “How God Ends Us,” published this spring by the University of South Carolina Press, is the fourth winner of the S.C. Poetry Initiative’s annual South Carolina Poetry Book Prize. You’re invited to celebrate its launch with Dameron from 6:30-8 p.m. Aug. 28 at Gallery 80808/Vista Studios. The event will feature food, music and readings from the book.

This will be a homecoming for the 24-year-old Columbia native, who lives in New York City and is spending most of August in residency at The Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts in rural New York State.

Monday, August 17, 2009

TATE BOYS at Gallery 80808, August 20 - 25, 2009

Gallery 80808/Vista Studios, 808 Lady Street, in Columbia's downtown arts and cultural district will be the setting of TATE BOYS, an exhibition of fine art photography by brothers Dallas, Adam, and Clinton Tate. The show opens on Thursday, August 20th and runs through Tuesday, August 25th with daily hours from 4 - 10 PM. The reception is scheduled for Friday, August 21 from 6 - 9 PM.

Below are some of the images to be on display including Feet by Dallas Tate. Click on images to enlarge. Further below are the brief biographies of the photographers.


Dallas Tate.
Dallas is 26 years old andan actor. He has an MFA in Acting and is presently working a staff position at the Eugene O’Neill Theater in Waterford, CT. Dallas plans to move to NYC in September.

Adam Tate.
Adam is 24 years old and a filmmaker. He has a Bachelor of Arts in film directing and is currently working in Austin, TX at Troublemaker Studios (home of Robert Rodriguez). Adam will start graduate school for film studies at the University of Texas in September.

Clinton Tate.
Clint is 17 years old and an actor. This fall he will be a senior at the South Carolina Governors School for Arts and Humanities in Greenville, SC. Clint plans to continue studying acting in college.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Breaking the Rules, August 13 - 16

(Above: Exhibition Invitation. Click on image to enlarge.)

Gallery 80808/Vista Studios, 808 Lady Street in downtown Columbia is proud to start the art season with this exciting exhibition of fine art featuring several local, award winning artists: Bob Manown, Charley Adams, Howard Hunt, Bonnie Goldberg, Warren Brussee, Taryn Shekitka, David West and introducing Malena Georgieva, a Bulgarian photographer coming most recently from New York City.

Drawings, paintings, and photography will be displayed throughout the main gallery, atrium, and the hallways. The opening reception is scheduled for Thursday, August 13 from 6 PM until whatever time it ends!

Below are several images by Malena Georgieva and a brief biography. Please join the artists as they show their new work and introduce Malena to the local art community!

(Above and below: photography by Malena Georgieva. Click on images to enlarge.)

(Above and below: Photography by Malena Georgieva. Click on images to enlarge.)

(Above and below: Photography by Malena Georgieva. Click on images to enlarge.)

(Above and below: Photography by Malena Georgieva. Click on images to enlarge.)

(Above and below: Photography by Malena Georgieva. Click on images to enlarge.)

Malena Georgieva
Malena Georgieva received her certificate in Interior Design from NYU. She also attended Parsons School of Design’s Continuing Education program’s Fabrics for Interiors. This interest in art and design came after an impressive financial career in New York City ; Dallas Texas ; and Vienna , Austria . After receiving an Industrial Management degree in her native Bulgaria , she continued studies in finance at the University of New Haven , receiving a MS degree in 1996. Most recently, Georgieva worked as a Vice President /Hedge Fund Analyst for Bank of America.