Monday, April 28, 2014

Pat Gilmartin in Solo Sculpture Show at Metro Airport

Vista Studios Artist Pat Gilmartin in Solo Sculpture Show at Metro Airport

Pat Gilmartin will be exhibiting some of her original sculptures at Columbia's Metro Airport. Her show will be on view from Monday, May 5, through Monday, June 30. 

Pat specializes in ceramic sculpture, sometimes incorporating found objects in it, and she occasionally has her work cast in bronze. Her favorite subject is the human figure and face, especially as they reflect the contradictory and ambiguous circumstances which confound most people in their everyday lives.

The exhibition is part of a rotating art exhibition program organized by the Cultural Council of Richland and Lexington Counties. The program includes both 2-d and 3-d works by Midlands artists, with each cycle of the show scheduled to last about two months. The Metro Airport program provides a welcome opportunity to showcase original works of art by local artists to both visitors and area residents alike. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Third Thursdays in the Vista



Third Thursday April 17, 2014 Participants:


City Art will be open for all to shop!  The art supply store will be open with all sorts of art supplies on sale. Artwork featuring Sergio Maciel's MFA Exhibition in the main gallery hall. Artist available to talk with patrons. Featuring paintings by Melissa Payne Baker as well.  Plus there are dozens of artists represented in all three City Art galleries from jewelry, original photography, paintings, and much more. Get involved in the City Art experience.  It is like no other.

City Art located 1224 Lincoln Street,

Ellen Taylor Interiors + Design featuring works by Jim Victor.

Ellen Taylor Interiors is located 1012 Gervais Street,

If ART Gallery: Columbia native and poet Quitman Marshall will present a poetry reading and book signing at if ART Gallery during the downtown Vista district’s second Third Thursday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m. Marshall will read from his new collections of poems, You Were Born One Time, published this year by Ninety-Six Press at Furman University in Greenville, S.C. The collection won the South Carolina Poetry Archives Book Prize 2013.

if ART Gallery located located 1223 Lincoln Street,

Lewis & Clark located 1001 Huger Street,

The Gallery at Nonnah's located 923 Gervais Street,

One Eared Cow Glass located 1001 Huger Street,

River Runner located 905 Gervais Street,

Studio Cellar: 10% off for Every Third Thursday during the summer! Bring in this coupon and receive 10% off at the Paint Bar or book your tickets for today’s class by clicking on the Painting option and type in “thirdthurs” for the coupon code. Happy hour from 5:00pm-6:00pm, Located 912 Lady Street

Urban Outfitters: Participate in a Tie-Dye Workshop, 6-9pm!  Just bring in items to tie-dye or dye any item that they purchase that night for FREE.  Kona ice truck will be here and the first 100 guests will receive FREE snow cones.  10% off full-price and 30% off sale merchandise that night!  

Urban Outfitters located 912 Gervais Street,

Vista Studios 80808: Opening reception for USC Senior Photography Exhibition. Vista Studios 80808 located 808 Lady Street,

PARKING in the Vista Garages: 820 Washington Street and Behind the Hilton Hotel corner of Senate/Pendleton

Sarah Lewis
Executive Director, Congaree Vista Guild
701 Gervais Street, Suite 150-118
Columbia, SC 29201
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Tuesday, April 1, 2014


Do you have something to say? The resident artists of Vista Studios do! Come join the artists at the opening reception at Gallery 80808, on Thursday, April 24th, from 5-9pm, and see what they have to say. You will be invited to say something too, in the interactive exhibit on display throughout the show, which will run April 24th- May 6th. The opening reception is part of the Artista Vista Gallery Crawl, located at 808 Lady Street.

Working in paint, pen, charcoal, photography, stone, clay, fibers, and trash, the artists will speak through their works.

Susan Lenz is working on her Wall of Ancestors, which is made up of over forty framed, anonymous vintage photographs. Each image includes a collage of individual letters clipped from antique books and old sheet music.  The words suggest a potential narrative for the faces frozen in time, forgotten yet still visible.  As a collection, the work speaks to human mortality, the way society seeks to remember, and the inevitable manner in which time marches ever forward.
Pat Gilmartin will be showing some new pieces of figurative sculpture. Two of them are full-length works of the female figure, while others are new additions to her series of panels featuring small faces of both males and females. Pat's ceramic sculptures challenge viewers to create their own meanings and interpretations of her works. 
Stephen Chesley has returned to the Atlantic ocean of his hometown of Virginia Beach and of South Carolina. The poetic realism and symbolism handed down by mentors such as George Inness, Albert Pinkham Ryder, and Winslow Homer reads through in a new brace of nautical paintings. Also featured are rare showings of Chesley's pastel work. Some works feature the Florida Everglades that are in a fragile balance against developmental and climatic pressure.
“Hanging Pages” by Laurie McIntosh is part of an ongoing series of large, deconstructed paintings created with multiple layers of calligraphic marks and grounds. The deconstruction results in pages that are then reassembled and unconventionally bound to create new visual relationships between the images.
Kirkland Smith continues to create representational work in both traditional and non-traditional materials. In her paintings she tries to capture a moment in time, recording its power and beauty to share with others. In her assemblage art, she hopes to challenge the consumer habits of our crazy, fast-paced society. 
Also on display will be an interactive wall where visitors can say something through words or drawings. The wall will remain on display throughout the show so visitors can participate at any time until the show comes down.
Eileen Blyth, Heidi-Darr Hope, Sharon Licata, Michel McNinch, Robert Kennedy, Laura Spong and David Yaghjian will also present new work and be available to meet visitors to their studios. The exhibition will be from April 24th-May 6th. Gallery hours are weekdays 10am-3pm and weekends 1-4pm, or by appointment. Please call Gallery 80808 at 803-252-6143 to confirm hours.

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Eileen Blyth

Susan Lenz

Stephen Chesley

Pat Gilmartin

Sharon Licata

Laurie McIntosh

Michel McNinch

David Yaghjian

Kirkland Smith

Laura Spong

Carolina Arts Cover

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Carolina Arts has honored us with the April cover!  See more about our upcoming show, "Say Something," in this issue here: