Tour Artists’ Studios During Free Columbia Open Studios, April 6-7, Presented by 701 Center for Contemporary Art 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
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

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