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Tuning Up: Poetry, poet news + Artista Vista news

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...

Here's some poetry stuff...

  • Don't miss out. Applications to be South Carolina's next poet laureate are CLOSING FRIDAY. (Here's where you can learn more.)
  • Nine Cloud Journal is publishing Clarence Carter Boucher's poem, "I AM Tempered Steel." The poem is about overcoming abuse.
And some arts events news to put some wind in our sails. Artista Vista is coming back to the Congaree Vista in April. "Bigger, more inclusive ... health and public safety a priority..." The Congaree Vista is a South Carolina Cultural District. There's probably one near you, so see what's going on there and support those local artists, artisans, and merchants and restaurateurs in.      

Jason Rapp

Here are your weekend plans

South Carolina's arts scene is rarely dormant, but is especially lively this weekend. Two major arts festivals are running concurrently, so let's give a rundown of the highlights.

ArtFields | Lake City | Today-April 28

ArtFields is one of the state's three main arts festivals, but has the unique distinction of being, well, off the beaten trail compared to its big-deal brethren Artisphere and Spoleto Festival USA. But starting today, tiny Lake City in southern Florence County becomes a hotbed of activity for more than a week with this signature event, now in its sixth year. You'll find that art is, almost literally, everywhere. (No, seriously.) There is a serious children's component with the ArtFields, Jr. competition, and a wide array of events from music to horticulture to a 5K Color Run (not our speed) and Walk (there you go). Many events are free, and the weather should be nice through the weekend. All images courtesy of ArtFieldsSC.org. [gallery columns="2" size="medium" ids="34939,34940"]

Artista Vista | Columbia | Saturday

Columbia's Vista is an officially designated South Carolina Cultural District. Its notoriety springs from its galleries, which jump into the spotlight every spring with Artista Vista. They'll hang new, unique shows and some will offer complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres with live entertainment. Additionally, enjoy music and other entertainment throughout the Vista. The festivities began last night, but that doesn't fit our theme, so yeah. On hiatus tonight, official events start afresh with Art Day on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Good weather is forecast for Columbia as well.

Susan Lenz named Artista Vista Artist of the Year

The 22nd Artista Vista, a free gallery crawl hosted by the Vista Guild of Columbia, runs through April 27.  Attendees will have the chance to win a piece of art by Susan Lenz, Artista Vista’s Artist of the Year. The State's Otis Taylor recently interviewed Lenz: "Susan Lenz jumps from topic to topic like a Twitter feed — the recent NCAA tournament fortunes of Ohio State University, Key West, Bojangles’ sweet tea, “Raising Arizona” and fashionable appropriations of pantyhose. But there is always a thread that connects one seemingly dissimilar piece of media to the next, very much like her art. Lenz, a fiber artist who uses thread in many of her works, is the first Artista Vista Artist of the Year. Artista Vista, the annual springtime gallery crawl, is in its 22nd year. On a recent visit to Lenz’s fabric strewn space at Vista Studios, Lenz talked about The Pantyhose Dress, an entry in the recent Runaway Runway. The dress was modeled by Christine Heiszer, whose face was obscured by pantyhose and a Mardi Gras mask. Heiszer was really Lenz in disguise wearing a dress with a bodice of woven pantyhose and a skirt fashioned from knotted knee-high stockings. Leggings and tights were part of a 15-foot boa." Read the entire article. Via: The State