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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/.

Follow along on social media!

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/701CCA?lang=en
Instagram: @701CCA
Hashtag: #ColaOpenStudios

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  

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