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Jason Rapp

New entertainment venue planned for Midlands

Concerts announced today include Ranky Tanky

Announced yesterday, Innovation Arts & Entertainment (IAE) and The Roberts Group have partnered to launch Cola Concerts presents Columbia Speedway Entertainment Center.

The new partnership will bring major touring artists and well-known comedians to the Soda City providing the live entertainment experience people have been missing. Cola Concerts will build a new venue from the ground up at historic Columbia Speedway (2001 Charleston Highway, Cayce). An initial artist lineup for Cola Concerts presents Columbia Speedway Entertainment Center was just announced and includes Charleston-based Grammy Award winners Ranky Tanky on Nov. 22, 2020. Live concerts are set to begin this Nov. 14. Fans will be able to get early access to tickets by signing up for the Cola Concerts Speedway Club at ColaConcerts.com. The Cola Concert Series at the Columbia Speedway Entertainment Center will feature a pair of 40-foot state-of-the-art digital screens allowing for picture-perfect viewing even during daylight hours. With a capacity of 3500, the site will be one of the largest entertainment experiences operating in South Carolina. Fans will be able to safely experience live music, comedy and live broadcasts of professional and collegiate sports from special coves, which are 12’x12’ areas enclosed by posts and ornamental rope. The coves will be big enough for up to four fans to safely socially distance from others.

A proven model

IAE is a boutique live entertainment company known for national and international theatrical tours, as well as live music events including the Beach Road Weekend Music Festival on Martha’s Vineyard and the Yarmouth Drive-in on Cape Cod in Yarmouth, Massachusetts. Launched in June 2020, the Yarmouth Drive-in has hosted more than 50 live music and comedy shows this summer including performances by Marcus King Trio, Chase Rice, The Disco Biscuits, Goose, and comedians Bert Kreischer, Nikki Glaser and Iliza Shlesinger. Employing more than 100 people, the venue provided a boost to the area economy during the pandemic. The Yarmouth Drive-in has become the blueprint for the return of the fan and band interactive experience at live entertainment venues. “We are excited to take what we learned at the drive-in this summer and use it to create the best live entertainment venue in South Carolina,” said Adam Epstein, founder and CEO of IAE. “We have had an overwhelming response from artists that are ready to bring music back to Columbia.” The Roberts Group is a national live entertainment promotion company. They have a deep connection to Columbia, having brought more than 100 theatrical performances to the city through their Broadway in Columbia series, which launched in 2003 at the Koger Center for the Arts. “When we began talking with Adam and IAE about launching a live entertainment series, the first place we thought of was Columbia,” Managing Director of The Roberts Group Daniel Hampel said. “Every time we bring a show to Columbia the fans are so warm and kind. We couldn’t be happier about bringing live entertainment back to the Soda City.”

Venue will create jobs

The Cola Concert Series is expected to hire more than 100 local employees to handle everything from ticketing to security. Additionally, there will be space for 10 local food vendors at the Columbia Speedway Entertainment Center, providing concessions to 3,000+ fans at every show. A schedule of initial shows is available now at ColaConcerts.com. While at the website, fans are encouraged to sign up for Cola Concerts Speedway Club to get all show announcements and early access to ticket presales, and they can follow them on Instagram and Twitter using @ColaConcerts and "Cola Concerts" on Facebook.

Jason Rapp

Tuning Up: CAE lands call for art; Carter Boucher, GCCA 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...

CAE: S.C.'s newest arts hotspot taking off?

(Sorry, we couldn't resist. The pilot has illuminated the fasten seat belts sign, because it gets worse.) Columbia Metropolitan Airport (Lexington County) has been active on the arts scene in the past week. Consider:
  • Midlands artists, please pick up the white courtesy phone. Last week CAE announced a call for Midlands artists to exhibit their artwork at the airport's new rotating exhibition. That is cleared for takeoff October 2020 into 2021. A new program, Art in the Airport is also intended to enhance travelers’ experience while “creating a sense of place” within the airport. Upon landing, travelers will see the art "which showcases the life and culture of the Midlands." Artists accepted may sell their work(s), and CAE will not be taking any commissions. That's more than ... fare; it's an upgrade! This link will route you to your final destination for more information from ColaDaily.com.
  • Yesterday, a partnership with Transitions Homeless Shelter continued as 18 works of art by past and present residents of the shelter were displayed. These works, too, are available for purchase. Residents keep their commissions as well. Read more about the new exhibition from (again) ColaDaily.com.

Carter Boucher news

Works by #SCArtists Carter Boucher is being noticed. To wit:
  • Another of his Enigma series paintings accepted in a juried show. This time, his painting "Pandemic Engulfment" (acrylic on canvas) was accepted in the Mid-Atlantic Juried Art Show in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
  • Further, his poem, "A Love Letter To Covid 19," was accepted for publication in Constellations. Boucher has had four creative pieces, three poems and one creative non-fiction piece, accepted so far this year. He also published his book, How to Be an Artist in Residence (And Excel at It!) on Amazon.

GCCA honors founder

[caption id="attachment_45309" align="aligncenter" width="600"]Linda Furman surrounded by family and friends in front of new building signage bearing her name. GCCA photo.[/caption] Greenville Center for Creative Arts has completed a $1 million fundraising campaign to sustain operations and expand its impact—all in the name of a beloved member of the Greenville arts community. GCCA’s historic Cloth Building at 101 Abney St. will now be named the Linda Quinn Furman Building in honor of one of its founders, a dynamic artist and philanthropist. Family and friends surprised her with the announcement yesterday when they stopped by GCCA to view the newly installed signage (above).

Lexington County joins 2020 Ag + Art Tour

On June 13-14, 2020, Lexington County will join 10 other counties in South Carolina for the South Carolina Ag + Art Tour. This is a free tour for visitors and residents to tour farms and farmers markets featuring local artisans at every stop. During the tour, visitors get to see firsthand where food comes from, watch artists an action and purchase their works, maybe dance to a few melodies of Bluegrass and folk songs and basically learn more about rural life in South Carolina. The Capital City/Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism office is supporting the Ag + Arts tour in Lexington County.  And, a committee has been formed to help recruit farms and artisans for the weekend event. The committee members are Julie Colson, Jayne Baker, Kari Pepper McKeone, Jennifer Williams and Shannon Mercer (see attached photo). “Our regional tourism office is excited to help with the Lexington County Ag + Arts event. We know that visitors are drawn to a unique experience and  agri-tourism is a growing market in the tourism industry,” said Miriam Atria, President/CEO of Capital City/Lake Murray Country. Visit AgandArtTour.com/farms to apply to be a tour site and to get more information. For information specific to Lexington County Ag + Arts, call 803.781.5940 or email julie@lakemurraycountry.com.

2020 Ag + Arts Tour Schedule

  • May 30-31st: Colleton County
  • June 6-7th: Kershaw County, Newberry County, Richland County, York County (East)
  • June 13-14th: Chester County, Chesterfield County, Lexington County, York County (West)
  • June 20-21st: Fairfield County, Lancaster County
  • June 27-28th: Union County

Swansea High cuts ribbon on new performing arts center

Hundreds of community members gathered at Swansea High School Sunday for an open house and ribbon cutting to represent the completion of Swansea Performing Arts Center and athletics renovations at the school. The celebration was held in the new 1,200-seat auditorium. Read more from Karamie Hallman at ColaDaily.com here.

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City of Cayce makes massive call for art

Submission deadline: Friday, Dec. 6 at noon EST (details below)

[caption id="attachment_34666" align="alignright" width="150"] The world-famous Hub Calls for Art Megaphone.[/caption] The City of Cayce is issuing a Call for Artists for various Art District (district) improvements. We would like to commission the following:
  • Murals
  • Sculptures
  • Artistic seating element
  • Other improvements for the city’s Arts District
Responding artists do not have to respond to each and every aspect of this call.


The city is in the process of developing its historical downtown (near the intersection of State and Frink streets) into an Arts District, to build upon the momentum of our “previtalization” success and nurture the city’s vibrant arts community. This call builds upon existing investment in arts and revitalization in this area. City council recently approved amending the city’s zoning ordinance to create an Arts Design Overlay District, which allows, among other things, artists and business owners the flexibility to live and work in the same building. In addition to the zoning action described above, the city is in the process of developing an Art Lot in the center of the proposed Arts District, which also provides a parking location for visitors of the Cayce Riverwalk entering at the Lyles Street trailhead and visiting the nearby businesses. The Art Lot, funded by a general Connected Communities grant from Central Carolina Community Foundation (CCCF), is an initiative to develop an empty lot, previously purchased and cleared by the city, into a free public parking lot with art and recreation amenities. The Art Lot will have eight parking spaces and will include covered picnic tables, benches, various displays for art and a K-9 memorial. Public art is essential to the vision for the Arts District. Thus, the city is commissioning artists to design and create various works of public art and other improvements that will be visible to the public as they are walking and driving along State and Frink streets and that will enhance the District. This call for artists is being supported by a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation grant, through CCCF. It is the city’s second Call for Artists; a prior call for artists to design two murals was issued in August 2019. For various reasons, including the award of the Knight Foundation grant, the city felt it was in their best interest to reissue the call and include the additional improvements requested herein.

Murals Project Description

We believe that art can be transformative and the impact of murals has value beyond the art on the walls. It is a form of expression that gives voice to what is important in our community. The aim of this project is to bring art to public spaces by transforming empty walls into energetic and engaging spaces for the community to participate with and/or enjoy. The exact size of the mural/s will be determined in collaboration with city staff, the property owner and the artist. The property owner at any point can decide to not proceed with the mural and at all times has final approval of the design of the mural/s. The following sites have been chosen to receive murals; however, the locations are subject to change.
  1. 1804 State St. (the wall is north facing)
  2. 2010 State St. (the wall is south facing)
The overall budget for both murals is $20,000. This amount includes all costs related to the artists’ design and project management fees, subcontract and consultant costs, overhead costs, fabrication and installation of the art mural, liability and insurance costs as required, and all other costs associated with the mural project.

Sculpture Project Description

The city desires to install two (2) sculptures throughout the district. A sculpture is defined as a visual work or art in two- or three-dimensions, which can be viewed from multiple sides. All entries must be of safe design and construction and aesthetically appropriate for display in public spaces. Non-traditional designs and materials are welcome for consideration. We encourage use of local materials such as Guignard Brick, Cayce granite, Congaree river rocks, and CMC Steel. All designs should include how the artwork (including its base) would relate to the location. The overall budget for both sculptures is $20,000. This amount includes all costs related to the artist’s design and project management fees, subcontract and consultant costs, overhead costs, fabrication and installation of the sculptures, liability and insurance costs as required, and all other costs associated with the project.

Seating Element Project Description

The city would also like to include an iconic, functional seating element in the district. Non-traditional designs and materials are welcome for consideration. Once again we encourage use of local materials such as Guignard brick, Cayce granite, Congaree River rocks, and CMC steel. The art pieces will have to be appropriate for public use and require minimum maintenance. The chosen pieces will be for exterior installation and requires durability and characteristics to withstand the environmental elements in the Southeast. The overall budget for the seating element is $10,000. This amount includes all costs related to the artist’s design and project management fees, subcontract and consultant costs, overhead costs, fabrication and installation of the seating element, liability and insurance costs as required, and all other costs associated with the project.

Other Improvements for the Arts District Project Description

We welcome submissions from artists to propose other ideas for improving the Arts District.


  1. A narrative and drawing illustrating the concept, including supplemental information such as medium to be used.
  2. An itemized budget to include the cost of all materials and supplies, design, overhead costs, fabrication and installation, liability and insurance costs, and artist stipend.
  3. A timetable.
  4. A maintenance plan and projected cost. The maintenance plan should provide recommendations for upkeep, specifically detailing the necessary steps for maintaining the piece and/or touch ups for 10 years after completion.
  5. A resume and artist’s statement.
  6. Supporting material such as examples of other works and/or reviews of similar work. Examples should describe size, materials, and location of other public works.

Responding artists must agree to the following:

  • Artists authorize the use of their renderings, sketches and photographs submitted with their proposal and photographs of the finished projects in publications about the project.
  • Burdens related to copyright shall be the full responsibility of artist(s).
  • Submission of your work is your acknowledgement that the work represented is original; that you hold harmless the City of Cayce, sponsoring and participating organizations, their directors, officers, employees, agents, and volunteers from any responsibility, personal liability, claims, loss or damage arising out of or in conjunction with participation.

Deadline and Submissions

Proposals are due Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 at noon (EST) via email to Mendy Corder, mcorder@caycesc.gov and the selected artist/s will be notified by Monday, Dec. 23, 2019.

Evaluation and Award Process

Each proposal will be reviewed by city staff and the President of the Cayce Arts Guild. Selected artists will be notified by Monday, Dec. 23, 2019. Artists do not have to respond to every aspect of this call. All of this work may be commissioned to one or multiple artists. Issuance of this RFP and receipt of proposals does not commit the city to award a contract. The city reserves the right to postpone receipt date, accept or reject any or all proposals received in response to this RFP, or to negotiate with any of the artists submitting an RFP, or to cancel all or part of this RFP.

Panel Selection Criteria

The review panel will consider the following factors for each proposal:
  • Ability to meet the project’s artistic goals
  • Ability to collaborate with clients
  • Ability to meet the project timeline
  • The proposed budget for the work


 Contact Mendy Corder at mcorder@caycesc.gov or 803.550.9557.

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!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/701CCA/?ref=br_rs
Twitter: https://twitter.com/701CCA?lang=en
Instagram: @701CCA
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.