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Get ready for Columbia Open Studios

Self-led artists tour at 701 CCA

701 Center for Contemporary Art presents the ninth annual Columbia Open Studios, a free, self-led tour of artists’ studios spanning the City of Columbia and Richland and Lexington Counties.

  • Sat., April 6, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Sun., April 7, 12-6 p.m.

Columbia Open Studios allows the public to explore nearly 70 artists' working spaces for a behind-the-scenes look at the materials, techniques and creation of local artwork. Guests can immerse themselves in the Midlands' vibrant arts scene + chat one-on-one with artists about their background and inspirations.

Artist studios range from lively community spaces to backyard sculpture gardens to galleries in Columbia’s vibrant, downtown districts.

All work is for sale, and artists keep 100% of his or her sales.

Check out the event's website for more:https://www.columbiaopenstudios.org/

City Hall Exhibition

In partnership with One Columbia for Arts & History, 701 CCA has installed a Columbia Open Studios Exhibition at Columbia City Hall. Select Open Studios participants' work will be on view through March.

Preview Party

Meet and mingle with the artists at the Columbia Open Studios ticketed Preview Party on Thursday, April 4, 7-9 p.m. The party will be held in the second floor Olympia room of 701 Whaley. Complimentary hors-d'oeuvres and a cash bar will be available for attendees. Stay tuned for ticket sales on our website at https://www.columbiaopenstudios.org/preview-party/.

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Hashtag: #ColaOpenStudios

Tuning Up: In with the “new new”

Good morning!  "Tuning Up" is a morning post series where The Hub delivers curated, quick-hit arts stories of interest to readers. Sometimes there will be one story, sometimes there will be several. Get in tune now, and have a masterpiece of a day. And now, in no particular order...

Arts-related construction projects are apparently the rage in South Carolina. Here are a couple new ones The Hub learned about this week. - Ed. SPARTANBURG By developing the Mayfair Art Studios (above), Chapman Cultural Center (CCC) will establish a new cultural destination on the Westside that creates a unique space for creative exchange and grassroots entrepreneurship. The desire is to engage both amateur and professional artists in a holistic experience of creativity within a neighborhood setting. "Our hope is the studios will be a dynamic arts incubator in the Arcadia village, that will bring together a diverse constituency to learn about and make art," according to the CCC "Connect" email. Go here to learn more. WEST COLUMBIA Much is made about Columbia's gradual reinvention, but a quick glance across the Congaree River is all you need to know it's spreading into Lexington County too, with construction projects obvious on the river's opposite banks in Cayce and West Columbia. The latter broke ground Tuesday on an interactive art park:

The park is billed as one-of-a-kind that will feature musical events, art displays, artists booths and a farmer’s market. It also offers parking space for patrons of the area’s restaurants and users of Riverwalk.

The park is expected to open in April.  

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Artists wanted for the Art Walk of Lexington

Application deadline: Aug. 1, 2018

[caption id="attachment_34666" align="alignright" width="260"] The world-famous Hub Calls for Art Megaphone.[/caption] GRC is excited to bring the Art Walk of Lexington to beautiful downtown Lexington. The event is scheduled for Sept. 22, 2018 at the Icehouse Amphitheatre from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. The Art Walk will allow local artisans from Lexington, Columbia and surrounding communities the opportunity to showcase and sell their creations to the public. Additionally, as a cultural event, the Art Walk will provide the community an opportunity to enjoy local cuisine and interact with artists while viewing their works. Registration is currently open for artists interested in participating. Eligible categories include:
  • Painting,
  • Drawing,
  • Photography,
  • Sculpture,
  • Jewelry,
  • Mixed Media,
  • Graphic/Printmaking,
  • Ceramics,
  • Woodwork,
  • Metalwork,
  • Up-cycled,
  • and Digital Image.
All works displayed must but be original creations and available for sale. Visit artwalksc.org to complete the artist application and secure a spot. Proceeds from the Art Walk will benefit GRC, a local non-profit, and will help fulfill its mission of Enabling Global Workers to THRIVE!

Come right in: Artists open doors for Open Studios 2014

[gallery ids="11908,11909,11905,11904,11903,11900"] Take a peek into the work spaces and creativity of 45 artists during Columbia Open Studios, taking place Saturday, April 5 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday, April 6 from 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. Sponsored by 701 Center for Contemporary Art, Open Studios is a free, self-led driving tour of artists’ working studios spanning Richland and Lexington Counties. Artists will be on hand to share their personal stories, cultural backgrounds, tools and techniques. Their work will be available for purchase at zero markup. A list of artists, a print guide with maps and a web-based guide are available. Find out more and map out your tour on the 701 CCA website. A Preview Party for 701 CCA Columbia Open Studios will be held on Thursday, April 3 at 701 Whaley from 7-10 p.m. Cost is $5 for members and $10 for the general public. Related: Read The State's article, Open Studio Tour: A sneak peek of the open doors to art studios. Via: 701 Center for Contemporary Art  

Doni Jordan

Abandoned books altered into art

The idea for an exhibition now on view at the Lexington County Public Library began with a book---or rather, 15 books. Stacked haphazardly on the curb outside a public library in Orangeburg, 15 oversized trade journals had exceeded their life span and were being offered to any passer-by who could foresee a use, or in this case, a rebirth. Fiber artist Susan Livingston worked at the library and discovered the books. Large and cumbersome, the books were deemed uninteresting, except to Livingston, who knew they could be "something" and decided to rescue them. It took her three trips to load the books into her car and another three trips to haul them up to her second-floor studio, where the books sat for a few years. Soon afterwards, I met Livingston. She gave me a book and shared her thoughts that the books' size allowed for many possibilities -- and perhaps a group project. Together, we created the idea of an altered book show by women artists. After brainstorming possible titles and taglines, we settled on "volumes," with artist Janette Grassi suggesting the word "bound." Thus volumes: women bound by art was created. Thirteen books were altered for the exhibition, leaving one to be used as a guest register and one to remain intact to display along with the altered books. Thirteen artists from a diversity of mediums, ages, ethnicities and career stages were invited to participate. The artists -- art professors, potters, fiber artists, graphic designers, illustrators, painters, photographers and mixed media artists -- were given total creative freedom. The show opened at The Portfolio Art Gallery in Columbia on September 20, 2012. Many of the book artists painted the wall for the exhibition and installed the show. All of the artists chipped in to cover the costs of the printed materials and provide the food and wine for the opening reception. From inception, the show has been about women working together to create art opportunities and support for women artists. The altered books' journey from library curb to library exhibition came about when Lolly Petroft, branch manager of the Cayce-West Columbia library, attended the opening reception and wanted to share the altered books with Lexington County residents. She encouraged Mark Mancuso, branch manager of the Lexington County Public Library, to view the installation, and plans were made to exhibit the works. The artists:

  • Volume 1: Eileen Blythe
  • Volume 2: Cynthia Colbert
  • Volume 3: Jessica Cruser
  • Volume 4: Janette Grassi
  • Volume 5: Doni Jordan
  • Volume 6: Susan Lenz
  • Volume 7: Susan Livingston
  • Volume 8: Yukiko Oka
  • Volume 9: Kay Reardon
  • Volume 10: Liisa Salosaari Jasinski
  • Volume 11: Virginia Scotchie
  • Volume 12: Lani Stringer
  • Volume 13: Laura Windham
volumes: women bound by art is on view at the main branch of the Lexington County Public Library until Feb. 28. The exhibition will travel to USC Upstate in 2014 and talks are underway to travel the show to the Upstairs Artspace Gallery in Tryon, N.C. in 2014. [caption id="attachment_4238" align="alignnone" width="600"]Volume 10 From Engines to Fittings The Essence Liisa Salosaari Jasinski, Volume 10 From Engines to Fittings The Essence[/caption] The Lexington County Public Library is located at 5440 Augusta Road in Lexington. Hours are 8:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday - Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Friday - Saturday and 2 - 5 p.m. on Sunday.  For more information, contact Mark Mancuso at (803) 785-2673. Doni Jordan is a visual artist who works in multiple mediums.

Columbia Open Studios artists announced

701 Center for Contemporary Art (CCA) has announced the 58 artists participating in Columbia Open Studios, March 23-24, 2013. This free, self-guided tour of artists’ studios will span Richland and Lexington Counties. The participating artists’ studios will be open to the public Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m., with the artists on hand to share their personal stories and backgrounds, and demonstrate their tools and techniques. Artists' work will be available for purchase at zero markup. Successful Open Studios events are held across the country, from Greenville, S.C. to San Francisco, C.A. 701 Center for Contemporary Art began hosting Columbia Open Studios as an annual, signature event in 2011, when participating artists’ studios had over 4,000 visits. The 2012 event saw more than a 150 percent increase, with more than 10,000 visits to visual artists' working studios throughout the Midlands. The Participating Artists for 701 CCA Columbia Open Studios 2013 are:

  • Christy Aitken
  • Hannah Aitken
  • Angel Allen
  • Jeff Amberg
  • Nancy K. Butterworth
  • Heidi Darr-Hope *
  • Mike Donkle
  • Jeff Donovan
  • Clark Ellefson *
  • Betty Evans
  • Nora Floyd/Ruth Bayard
  • Diane Gilbert
  • Mary Gilkerson
  • Bonnie Goldberg
  • Katrina Hampton
  • Lyssa Harvey
  • Mary Ann Haven
  • Ruby Haydock DeLoach
  • Robert W. Hickman
  • Howard Hunt
  • Judy Bolton Jarrett
  • Russell Jeffcoat
  • Michele Kingery
  • Amanda Ladymon
  • Alicia Leeke
  • Whitney LeJeune
  • Sharon Collings Licata
  • Letitia “Tish” Lowe
  • Chappy Manning
  • Barbie Mathis
  • Michel McNinch
  • Regina Moody
  • Julia Moore
  • K. Page Morris
  • Jane Muller
  • One Eared Cow Glass
  • Patrick M. Parise
  • Gretchen Evans Parker
  • Rachel Parker
  • Carol Pittman
  • Shannon Purvis
  • Carolyn Ramsay
  • Mary Robinson
  • Grace Rockafellow
  • Walton Selig
  • J. Spencer Shull
  • Blue Sky *
  • Kevin Smith
  • Marian Soule
  • Laura Spong *
  • Curran Stone
  • Christian Thee *
  • Martha Thomas
  • Nini Ward
  • Carey Weathers
  • Ron Weathers
  • Beth West
  • Ellen Emerson Yaghjian
* Several of the artists participating in 701 CCA Columbia Open Studios 2013 have been recognized by the South Carolina Arts Commission. Works by Heidi Darr-Hope, Blue Sky, and Laura Spong are included in the State Art Collection. Heidi Darr-Hope, Clark Ellefson, and Christian Thee have been honored with the Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Governor's Award for the Arts. Clark Ellefson was awarded a Craft Fellowship, and Heidi Darr-Hope received an Artists' Ventures Initiative Grant.
There will be a Preview Party March 21st from 7 to 9pm, at 701 Whaley Street, Columbia, S.C. Entry is $5 for members, $10 for non-members. Guests will enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, a slideshow preview, and the opportunity to meet the artists. As an added bonus to this year’s event, there will be an exhibition of participating 701 CCA Columbia Open Studios artists. “thehallway:communityart” will be on view from March 17-24 in the first-floor community art gallery at 701 Whaley.  Admission is free and Open Studios maps & program guides will be available. Via: 701 Center for Contemporary Art (701 CCA) 701 CCA Columbia Open Studios 2011 Photos by Forrest Clonts Studio

S.C. composer wins Guggenheim Award

 University of South Carolina School of Music assistant professor Fang Man is the recipient of a prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship in the 88th annual competition for the United States and Canada. Often characterized as "midcareer" awards, Guggenheim Fellowships are awarded to faculty members who have demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. Fang Man’s original concert music has been performed worldwide by notable orchestras and ensembles. Her work includes compositions for theatre and film, orchestra and band, chamber and electronics. "It is such an honor to be named one of the 2012 Guggenheim Fellows. This fellowship will support me to compose an opera based on a life story of a British-Chinese pianist. I've wanted to do this project for years and feel very grateful to the foundation for its generous support," Fang said. Chinese-born and currently residing in Irmo, Fang holds a doctorate in music composition from Cornell University and a computer music certificate from IRCAM-Paris. Nationally and internationally, she has been awarded numerous commissions, has been invited to new music festivals, and has served as resident composer. She previously held positions as a Composer-in-Residence and Assistant Professor of Music at the Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music, and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Duke University. Fang is a member of the ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) and the American Music Center. Read the rest of the article. Via: University of South Carolina Photo by Yi Sun

Open studios call to Columbia-area artists

Registration deadline: December 1. Early bird rate until November 1. 701 Center for Contemporary Art is having its second year of Columbia Open Studios, a self-guided, weekend long tour of artists’ studios across Richland and Lexington Counties, taking place Saturday, March 23, 2013 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and Sunday, March 24, 2013 (noon to 6 p.m.). Each artist will open their studio to the public and share their working practices. The tour is free to the public; all sales proceeds will go directly to the artist. Open to any artist that has their own studio (in their home or somewhere else) in Lexington and Richland Counties. Arts and crafts of all disciplines are accepted, and the event is not juried. Registrations will be accepted until 11:59pm on December 1, 2012. The fee $100 for 701 CCA members and $150 for non-members (who become members upon registration). Early bird special: $25 off if you register before November 1. Participation fees go directly toward marketing the artist roster statewide. With an early December deadline, 701 CCA can ensure that the marketing materials reach all over the state and city. The marketing campaign for this event is huge, with a statewide reach via traditional and new media outreach including 100,000 full-color programs that include maps, images of participating artists’ work, contact information and info about them and their art. A large-scale Preview Party will be held at 701 CCA on Thursday, March 21 as a kickoff for 701 CCA Columbia Open Studios. In presenting Columbia Open Studios, 701 Center for Contemporary Art seeks to provide easy access to the wealth of fine artists in Columbia, Richland and Lexington counties; generate excitement about area artists from first-time buyers and seasoned collectors; and further establish Columbia, SC, as a regional cultural tourism destination. In 2012, 10,000 attendees enjoyed the rare opportunity to visit with individual artists in their private, working studios, learning about their cultural backgrounds, their tools and techniques, and how their personal stories impact their art. Once again, the public will have the opportunity to purchase participating artists’ works at zero markup, thus making a long-term investment in our state’s creative economy (which generates $9 billion in statewide revenue each year).  701 CCA would like to thank the event’s major donors, without whom the event would not be possible: The City of Columbia and Blue Cross Blue Shield. Via: 701 Center for Contemporary Art For more information and to register, visit www.columbiaopenstudios.org 701 CCA Open Studios    


Midlands writers! Deadline extended for anthology submissions

Muddy Ford Press is looking for a few more poems, essays or short fiction to finish up the anthology, A Sense of the Midlands. The deadline has been extended -- you now have until Oct. 15 at midnight. Call for submissions details Muddy Ford Press is accepting submissions of poetry, essays, and short fiction exploring the sensory world of the South Carolina Midlands for an anthology titled A Sense of the Midlands. Submissions should deal with how the sensory experiences (taste, touch, sight, sound and smell) of living in the South Carolina Midlands grounds, changes, challenges and enriches us. Submission is open to residents of Richland, Lexington, Newberry, Fairfield, Calhoun, Saluda, Orangeburg, and Kershaw counties.

  • Short fiction – no more than 2,500 words
  • Essays – no more than 1,200 words
  • Poetry – no more than 5 pages
Submit in a standard 12 pt. Word document to Publisher@MuddyFordPress.com and include a cover sheet with your name, address, email, phone and the title of your work. A little more information is available on the Jasper Magazine website. Questions? Contact editor@JasperMagazine.com Via: Jasper Magazine


Writer, poet and choreographer named artist fellows

Congratulations to the new class of South Carolina Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellows!

Each fellow receives a $5,000 award and recognition that may open doors to other resources and employment opportunities. The fellowship program highlights South Carolina's exceptional artists, who are true entrepreneurs running home-grown businesses and who are central to the creative industries in our state. These successful artists highlight South Carolina’s culture and creativity and help project a positive image beyond our borders. The S.C. Arts Commission board approves fellowships based on recommendations made by out-of-state review panelists, who select fellows based solely on a review of anonymous work samples. Individual artists working in visual arts, craft, media production and media screenwriting are invited to apply for the 2013-2014 fellowship awards. The deadline to apply is Nov. 1, 2012. Visit the South Carolina Arts Commission website for more information.