Meet 69 local artists at free Columbia Open Studios event, April 6-7, presented by 701 CCA

Columbia Open Studios 2018-Photos by Crush Rush

Ticketed Preview Party on Thurs., April 4, 7-9 p.m. at 701 CCA

March 4, 2019 (COLUMBIA, S.C.) — Explore the studios of 69 local artists during Columbia Open Studios, presented by 701 Center for Contemporary Art (701 CCA), Saturday, April 6 (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.) and Sunday, April 7 (noon – 6 p.m.). The free, self-guided driving tour features artists spanning the City of Columbia and Richland and Lexington counties. A ticketed preview party on Thursday, April 4, 7-9 p.m. happening in 701 Whaley’s Olympia room kicks off the ninth annual event weekend.

Explore Studios Across the Midlands
During the weekend-long Columbia Open Studios tour, 69 local artists across the Midlands will open their private, working spaces to the public. The free event allows guests to explore artists’ studios for a unique glimpse of the behind-the-scenes process that goes into the creation of signature works of art.

Columbia Open Studios is a chance for locals and visitors alike to immerse themselves in the Midlands’ visual arts scene. A variety of traditional and non-traditional media are showcased, from paintings and ceramics to wooden sculptures, indigo-dyed fabrics, hand-blown glass work and more. Guests can also chat with artists to learn about the materials, techniques and inspirations behind their work.

In addition to browsing studios and conversing with artists, the public can buy artwork for their homes over Open Studios weekend. Artwork is available for purchase, and each artist keeps 100 percent of his or her sales made during Columbia Open Studios.

Discover the work and workspaces of artists in your own neighborhood, or venture to studios across the greater Columbia area. Studio-hop to workspaces near and far, and visit local hotspots, restaurants and more along the way. Attendees can plan their free #ColaOpenStudios tour online at or with a printed guidebook, which will be available at 701 CCA, around town and in the April 3 edition of Free Times.

Party with Columbia Open Studios Artists
The official Columbia Open Studios Preview Party, hosted by 701 CCA, is on Thursday April 4, 7-9 p.m., in the historic 701 Whaley building. Meet and mingle with this year’s Open Studios artists over complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

During the Preview Party guests can preview participating artists’ work at the Columbia Open Studios Hallway Exhibition. They can also explore 701 CCA’s gallery throughout the evening and view their South Arts 2019 Southern Prize and State Fellows exhibition.

Tickets are $10 for 701 CCA members and $15 for non-members. Buy a ticket in advance, online at:, or at the door.

Discover artists in your neighborhood
The 69 Open Studios artists represent numerous communities throughout the City of Columbia and Richland and Lexington counties. Plan your route via the map on our website at


Julie Buckley

Rosie Herman

John and Venetia Sharpe



Judy Bolton Jarrett

Carol Jean Marchese


Downtown & The Vista

Tim Adams

Eileen Blyth

Stephen Chesley

Heidi Darr-Hope

Clark Ellefson

Henry Foster

Pat Gilmartin

Craig Houston

Robert Kennedy

Michel McNinch

One Eared Cow Glass

Anna Redwine

Kirkland Smith

Curtis Tamm

Keith Tolen

Steven Whetstone

David H. Yaghjian

Olga Yukhno


Earlewood & Elmwood

Diane Gilbert

Howard Hunt


Five Points & Shandon

Nora Floyd and Ruth Bayard

Nancy Butterworth

Michael Dwyer

Caroline Harper

Frank Heflin

Michele Kingery

Susan Shrader

Ellen Emerson Yaghjian


Forest Acres 

Mike Donkle

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Mary Ann Haven

Alicia Leeke

Michelle Leitzsey Eason

Lee A. Monts

Sally Peek

Scotty Peek

Susan Robertson


Fort Jackson

Ann Hubbard

Robert Lyon



Jane Schwantes



Adriana Vidal


King’s Grant

Dawn Caldwell

Patrick Parise

Lake Katherine

Angel Allen

Jan Swanson



Wayne Rogers



Cameron Porter


Melrose Heights

Jeffrey Donovan

Naomi Freedman

Peggy Jacobs

Betsy Kaemmerlen

Julia Moore

Ashley Williams



Jason Kendall

Thomas O’Brien



Jason Jaco


Pennington Acres

Robert Keith IV



Ed Bryan

Mary Robinson

Greyson Smith


Seven Oaks

Dee Hansen

Susan Hansen Staves


St. Andrews

Jaime Misenheimer

West Columbia

Michael Cassidy

Laura Day

#ColaOpenStudios Sponsors
Columbia Open Studios would not be possible without the support of the City of Columbia, Richland and Lexington counties, and South Carolina Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Care. The Preview Party on April 4 is sponsored by MidlandsBiz and Schmoyer and Company, LLC.

Details are available at

About 701 CCA’s Columbia Open Studios
Tour: Saturday April 6, 2019, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday April 7, 2019, 12-6 p.m. in Columbia and Richland and Lexington counties

Preview Party: Thursday April 4, 2019 7-9 p.m. at 701 Whaley St., Columbia, S.C.
701 Center for Contemporary Art presents Columbia Open Studios, a free, self-guided daytime driving tour of artists’ studios in the City of Columbia, S.C., and Richland and Lexington Counties, showcasing the Midlands’ visual art community. During this weekend-long tour, artists open their studios to the public to share their stories and techniques, with free admission for all. Sat., April 6, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sun., April 7, 12-6 p.m. Visit 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 creative process and the role of art and artists in the community via its gallery & artist-in-residence program at historic 701 Whaley in Columbia, South Carolina. 701 CCA also encourages interaction between visual arts and other art forms. For more info visit