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April 2013

Vista Guild in Columbia, SC, Offers Annual Artista Vista - Apr. 25-27, 2013

Artista Vista, The Midlands’ longest running gallery crawl, returns on Thursday, Apr. 25, from 5-9pm and continues through Saturday, Apr. 27, 2013. Vista artists and galleries will open their doors for this free, signature Vista event.

In its 22nd year, Artista Vista will feature regionally and nationally recognized artists, as well as artists from the Midlands. Artists and gallery owners will be on hand to chat with visitors, giving attendees insight into their work and shows. Many galleries will also offer complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres as a part of Artista Vista.

The major venues include:

The Art Bar, at 1211 Park Street, will offer photography by Sheena Laine Honeycutt. Fri., 6-7pm, join us in conjunction with OneColumbia for our theater hour where theaters present their season’s plans to the public. This theatrical event promises to kick-off your weekend in style. Fri., 7-9pm, presents “Shark’s Parlor” offering a variety of poetry readings. For info call 803/929-0198.

City Art Gallery, at 1224 Lincoln Street, will offer MFA Exhibition: Bernard Kruseman Aretz, MFA Candidate at the University of South Carolina. The artist was originally born in the Netherlands and currently resides with his family in Charleston, SC. Hours: Fri., 10am-5pm & Sat., 11am-3pm with an artist talk offered at noon. For info call 803/252-3613.

Carol Saunders Gallery, at 922 Gervais Street, will offer an exhibit of photography by Russell Jeffcoat. Hours: Fri., 10am-5:30pm & Sat., 10am-5pm.

Refreshments will be offered. For info call 803/256-3046.

Ellen Taylor Interiors, at 807 Gervais Street, will offer works by Jim Victor, Debbie Martin, Elena Madden, Steve Brooks, Renee Wilder, Jamie Blackburn, Daryl Knox, Judy Jarrett, Lana Garner, Tammy Loftis, Van Martin, Mary Ann Haven, and Susan Lenz. Hours: Fri., 9am-6pm & Sat., 10am-5pm. For info call 803/758-1007.

The Gallery At DuPre, at 807 Gervais Street, down the alley, will offer Gastro-photography: Citrus, Plates and Found Food, featuring works by: Heather Rae Bauer, Heidi Rae Cooley, Brian Harmon, John Hodge, Gordon Humphries, and Barry Brian Wheeler. Gastro-Photography is an eclectic collection of food. Cross-sections and wedges of lemons, limes and oranges in suggestive and offbeat arrangements. Culinary art framed by the ‘rounds and edges’of plates. Food in unexpected locations and states. Hours: Fri., 9am-6pm & Sat., 9am-6pm with a gallery talk at 2:45pm on Sat. For info call 803/546-1143

Vista Studios/Gallery 80808, at 808 Lady Street, will offer Edge of Imagination, an exhibition of new work from the Vista Studio Artists: Ethel Brody, Stephen Chesley, Heidi Darr-Hope, Jeff Donovan, Pat Gilmartin, Robert Kennedy, Susan Lenz, Sharon Licata, Laurie McIntosh, Michelle McNinch, Kirkland Smith, Laura Spong and David Yaghjian. Hours: Fri., 10am-5pm and Sat., 11am-3pm. For info call 803/252-6134.

Lewis + Clark, at 1221 Lincoln Street, will offer The Columbia/Kaiserslantern Mural Project, featuring works by: Stephen Chesley, Jeff Donovan, Mary Gilkerson, Tonya Gregg, Klaus Hartmann, Peter Lenzo, Silvia Rudolf, Laura Spong, Mike William, David Yaghjian, Reiner Mahrlein, and Roland Alber. Some artists will be available for informal dialog. Hours: Fri., 11am-5pm & Sat., 11am-5pm.For info call 803/765-2409.

The new Lewis + Clark Studio, at 1001 Huger Street, will offer Incandescent Activities. Stop by and see our furniture, lighting and famous tin robots. For hours call 803/765-2409.

The Gallery at Nonnah’s, at 930 Gervais Street, will offer varied works by local artists including: Eddie Biddle, Jan Fleetwood, Jim Finch, Jennifer Edwards, Ingrid Carson, Donna Rozier, Alicia Leek and Betsy Stevenson. For hours call 803/779-9599.

if ART Gallery, at 1223 Lincoln Street, offers if ARTists Work, featuring a selection of works from gallery artists elsewhere in the USA and from Europe – the Netherlands and Germany. Hours: Fri., 11am-7pm & Sat., 11am-5pm. For info call 803/238-2351.

One Eared Cow Glass, Inc., at 1001 Huger Street, will offer glassblowing demonstrations by the artists throughout the night. Hours: Fri., 10am-5pm & Sat., 11am-3pm. For info call 803/254-2444.

“We’re always excited to highlight our galleries and the artists they bring to the Vista,” said Sarah Lewis, executive director of the Vista Guild. “And especially happy that we’re honoring Gallery 80808/Vista Studios artist Susan Lenz. She’s been a fixture in the Vista for years and part of the growth we’ve seen in our neighborhood.”

Susan Lenz, a fiber artist using needle and thread who’s been working in the Vista at Gallery80808/Vista Studios for a decade, will be honored as the Artista Vista Artist of the Year, sponsored by Jasper magazine. Lenz will exhibit five new three-dimensional assemblages at Gallery80808/Vista Studios. Additionally, Ellen Taylor Interiors will show and sell Lenz’s stained glass fiber work during Artista Vista. Lenz’s fiber artwork has been widely shown in international and national juried exhibitions and solo installations all over the country.

The Vista Guild will also sponsor Install It 3, several installation artists and their works, curated by Jeffrey Day. The 2013 exhibition taps into the history of the Vista’s Washington Street area, which was once a major business avenue and socially-important street for the African-American community. Most of the artworks will be installed in and around the former train tunnel running directly under Washington Street, now known as the Vista Greenway.

Install It 3’s participating artists include: Wendell George Brown, Amanda Ladymon, Kara Gunter, Bri Kinard, Michaela Pilar Brown, and Kimberly Bookman.

New this year, Artista Vista attendees will have the opportunity to visit galleries and view installations around the Vista for three days: Thursday evening and during the day Friday and Saturday, during regular gallery hours.

Artista Vista is free for attendees, and free parking is available in the Vista’s parking decks located on Lincoln Street near Lady, Park Street near Pendleton, and Lady Street near Wayne.

The Vista, Columbia’s premier art neighborhood, has been a force in keeping the Midlands’ art scene thriving through the past three decades. The modern Vista has its roots in the 1980s when artists began to move their studios to the area’s affordable warehouse space. Today’s restaurants, shopping and nightlife in historic buildings in the Vista are still driven by the Vista’s art-filled history.

For further information stay tuned to (www.ArtistaVista.com) for event maps and plans as galleries finalize their Artista Vista shows and as the Vista Guild announces installation artists and sites. For more information about the Vista, please visit (www.VistaColumbia.com) or call Sarah Luadzers at 803/269.5946. Follow the Vista Guild on Twitter at (twitter.com/VistaGuild) and on Facebook at (www.Facebook.com/VistaGuild).

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