Monday, April 19, 2010

Artista Vista at Gallery 80808/Vista Studios


(Above: ARTISTA VISTA. Click on image to enlarge.)

ARTISTA VISTA RECEPTION:
Thurs. April 22 from 5 - 9


Vista Studios’ artists invite the public to view an exhibition of their work, which will be on display April 15-May 4 in connection with in this year’s Artista Vista celebration. On April 22, 5:00-9:00 pm, galleries around the Vista will open with evening hours. Come see our new exhibition at VistaStudios/Gallery 80808 located at 808 Lady Street in the Vista. The artists will have their studios open for you to get a look at their newest work and processes. The studios boast some of Columbia’s finest artists all under one roof.

(Above: The Prize, oil by David Yaghjian. 12" x 9". Click on image to enlarge.)

Non-objective painter, Ethel S. Brody, continues exploring her “stripe” series and will have new canvases on display.

Stephen Chesley – Continues to offer the results of his dedication to painting and his inspiration from such artists as George Inness, Edward Hopper, Ralph Albert Blakelock, Albert Pinkham Ryder, and the Zen of Painting.

Jeff Donovan will engage your vision as he displays a new series of paintings in progress. The working title of this series is “Untitled, Unfinished, NFS” alternatively - “Humble Beginnings.” Each will show a glimpse of his ideas and process.


(Above: Man in the Moon. Ceramic by Pat Gilmartin.)

Pat Gilmartin, ceramic sculptor, continues to follow her interest in figurative work with a new series representing the man in the moon. The ceramic pieces are sculpted in low relief and mounted on a painted canvas background, which can be hung on the wall. The moon-faces are caricatured and cartoonish, incorporating the humor, which Gilmartin often uses in her sculpture.


(Above: Inheritance, assemblage by Kirkland Smith. Click on image to enlarge.)

Kirkland Smith will show one of her celebrated assemblages of post consumer waste. Using household items that are discarded daily, Kirkland has created a haunting, yet hopeful, portrait of a child. Through her artwork, she hopes to give the message of the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling.


(Above: Cloud Sailing, sculpture by Sharon Collings Licata. Click on image to enlarge.)

Sharon Collings Licata, sculptor, will exhibit Sailing the Clouds and Sky Breezes, in a continuation of her Breezes series of sail and air inspired sculptures. The two of them are in a new stone for her, a blue alabaster from Spain.


(Above: Abby, Oil by Michel McNinch. 12" x 12". Click on image to enlarge.)

Michel McNinch is exploring working in monochrome and has ten new canvases to share.

Laura Spong has been working on paper and will exhibit these new works.


(Above: Woman on Horse, Crayon, acrylic, chalk by David Yaghjian. Click on image to enlarge.)

Artists David Yaghjian, Heidi Darr-Hope, and Robert Kennedy will also present new work and open their studios at Vista Studios. The Exhibition will be from April 15-May 4. Gallery hours are weekdays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and weekends 1 to 4 p.m. Please call the Gallery 80808 at 803-252-6143 to confirm hours. Their website is: http://www.gallery80808vistastudios.com/index.shtml

(Above: Untitled, crayon and acrylic by David Yaghjian. 29" x 21". 2009. Click on image to enlarge.)