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November 2011

Tapp’s Arts Center in Columbia, SC, Celebrates Grand Opening - Nov. 2 & 3, 2011

Tapp’s Arts Center, Columbia, SC’s center for visual and performing arts at 1644 Main Street, will celebrate its grand opening Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011, at 1pm and Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011, at 5pm as part of its November First Thursdays on Main show and invites the public to mingle with the artists, see their work and most importantly, celebrate the grand opening.

For over 12 months, the center has been under construction, and now the former department store space has been transformed into 30 artists’ studios, performance space and exhibit space.

“In just over a year, Tapp’s has become a hub for artists and creative people in the Midlands,” says Brenda Schwarz, executive director of Tapp’s Arts Center. “And while we’ve been having shows while renovating the building, now that construction is complete and artists are in their studios, Tapp’s will continue to grow into what our artistic community in Columbia wants it to be.”

Tapp’s Arts Center ribbon cutting with Mayor Steve Benjamin and City Council members will take place on Nov. 2, from 12:3-1:30pm. Catering by Happy Cookers and Music by Simply String.

On Thursday, Nov. 3, frrom 5 - 11pm, celebrate Tapp’s Arts Center Grand Opening during First Thursdays on Main with hors d’oeuvres, art exhibits and musical performances.

Featured artists include: Blu Jim, Michael Krajewski, Brad Grizzle, Faust Pauluzzi, Sonju Quattlebaum, Ron “Gritsman” Ferguson, Amy Puzerewski, Charlotte Hacker-Mullen, Allison Brown, and Tisha Ward.

All new window installations will be on display by: Susan Lenz, Ernest Lee, Rogers Boykin, Keith Tolen, Thomas Washington, Mathew John, Ron Ferguson “Gritsman”, Alex Smith, Mario Sunday Rudd, and Deanna Rennick.

Music by: Pan, King Amin, & members of the cast of Spring Awakening from Trustus Theater. Mind Gravy will be held in the Fountain Room.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call Brenda Schwarz at 803/988-0013 or visit (www.tappsartscenter.com).

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