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April 2014

The 23rd Annual Artista Vista Takes Place in Columbia, SC’s Vista Area - Apr. 24 - 26, 2014

Artista Vista, The Midlands’ most celebrated gallery crawl, returns from Thursday, Apr. 24 – Saturday, Apr. 26, 2014. Vista artists and galleries will open their doors from 5-9pm, Thursday, Apr. 24, and for regular gallery hours Apr. 25 – 26 for this free, signature Vista event.

New this year is the Arty Party at One Eared Cow Glass, located at 1001 Huger Street. The soiree will kick off the weekend at 10pm, Thursday, Apr. 24 with live performances. Vista artists and gallery owners will attend and Jasper Magazine will announce the 2013 Jasper Artist of the Year.

In its 23rd year, Artista Vista will feature regionally and nationally renowned artists, as well as local artists from the Midlands. Each gallery will have performance art inside or near their location. Attendees can chat with gallery owners and artists while enjoying different works. Galleries will offer complimentary beverages and hors d’ oeuvres throughout the event. Attendees will also witness the unveiling of a public art sculpture at the Vista Greenway crafted on-site by two international artists.

“Our annual Artista Vista is a unique event that highlights so much talent in the Midlands and beyond,” said Sarah Lewis, executive director of the Vista Guild. “The Vista as we know it today has its roots in artists and galleries and we’re proud to support the great work of our local artists and gallery owners as the Vista continues to develop as an urban hub.”

Participating Vista galleries and businesses include: One Eared Cow Glass, Lewis & Clark, Trustus Theatre, City Art Gallery, Carol Saunders Gallery, Vista Studio 80808, The Gallery at Nonnah’s, Ellen Taylor Interiors, Animated Canvas Tattoo Parlor, Art Bar, if Art, and Studio Cellar.

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 Street.

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.

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 complete gallery and installation exhibition information.

For more information about the Vista, please visit (www.VistaColumbia.com) or call Sarah Lewis at 803/269-5946. Follow the Vista Guild on Twitter, Instagram and on Facebook.

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