April 2, 2018 (COLUMBIA, S.C.) — Discover the Midlands’ vibrant art scene for free during the eighth annual Columbia Open Studios tour, presented by 701 Center for Contemporary Art (701 CCA), Saturday, April 7 [10 a.m. – 6 p.m.] and Sunday, April 8 [12 - 6p.m.]. The self-led, daytime driving tour features 70 local artists spanning the City of Columbia and Richland and Lexington counties. A preview party will be held Thursday, April 5, 7-9p.m. in 701 Whaley’s Olympia room to kick off the weekend event.
Plan your weekend-long art crawl
Columbia Open Studios gives locals and tourists alike the opportunity to meet 70 artists from the Midlands and to learn about the materials and techniques that go into creating their pieces. A variety of art will be represented, from ceramics and sculptures to photography, printmaking, painting and more. Tour through homes, gardens and studios to learn about the materials, techniques and inspiration behind the artists’ pieces.
Guests can chat with the artists about their work and watch as some demonstrate their creative process live. Artworks are available for purchase, and as part of 701 CCA’s mission to support the Midlands’ art community, artists keep 100 percent of sales made during Columbia Open Studios.
Studio-hopping across the greater Columbia area offers a unique opportunity to experience the region’s art culture. Make a day trip out of Open Studios by visiting local hotspots and restaurants along the way for sips and snacks. A list of restaurants in our region can be found on the website at http://www.columbiaopenstudios.org/
Attendees can plan their free #ColaOpenStudios tour with a 32-page printed guidebook, including a full artist list and maps, available at 701 CCA, in the April 4 edition of Free Times or online at http://www.columbiaopenstudios.org.
Columbia Open Studios Preview Party: mingle with the makers
The official Columbia Open Studios Preview Party, hosted by 701 CCA, is on Thursday, April 5, 7-9 p.m., in the historic 701 Whaley building. Meet this year’s Open Studios artists and mingle over complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.
View a select piece of each artists’ work, exhibited for the duration of the preview party. 701 CCA’s current exhibition by interdisciplinary artist Fletcher Williams III will also be open for viewing.
Tickets are $10 for 701 CCA members and $15 for non-members. Buy a ticket in advance, online at: https://www.columbiaopenstudios.org/preview-party/ or at the door.
Discover artists in your neighborhood
The 70 Open Studios artists represent numerous communities throughout the City of Columbia and Richland and Lexington counties. Plan your route via the map and guidebook on our website at http://www.columbiaopenstudios.org
Cayce & West Columbia
John & Venetia Sharpe
Robert Keith IV
Judy Bolton Jarrett
Downtown & The Vista
Lauro Lesllo & Yelitza Diaz
Alejandro Garcia Lemos
Sharon Collings Licata
One Eared Cow Glass
Earlewood & Elmwood
Five Points & Shandon
Nora Floyd & Ruth Bayard
Mary Ann Haven
Kathryn Van Aernum
Columbia Open Studios would not be possible without the support of the City of Columbia and Richland and Lexington Counties, South Carolina Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Care. The Preview Party on April 5 is sponsored by Quackenbush Architects + Planners, MidlandsBiz and Schmoyer and Company, LLC.
Details and full guide are available at http://www.columbiaopenstudios.org.
About 701 CCA’s Columbia Open Studios
Tour: Saturday, April 7, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sunday, April 8, 2018, 12-6 p.m. in Columbia, S.C.
Preview Party: Thursday, April 5, 2017, 7-9 p.m. at 701 Whaley St., Columbia, S.C.
701 Center for Contemporary Art presents the eighth annual Columbia Open Studios, a free, self-guided driving tour of artists’ studios and workspaces throughout the City of Columbia and Richland and Lexington counties, showcasing the Midlands’ visual and tactile art community. During this weekend-long tour, artists open their studios to the public, sharing their stories and artistic techniques. 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Saturday and 12-6 p.m. Sunday. Visit www.columbiaopenstudios.org for more information.
About 701 CCA
701 Center for Contemporary Art (701 CCA) is a nonprofit visual art center that promotes understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of contemporary art. The center also explores the creative process and role of art and artists in the community via its gallery and artist-in-residence program at historic 701 Whaley in Columbia, South Carolina. For more info visit http://www.701cca.org.