Tour Nearly 70 Artists’ Spaces During Columbia Open Studios, April 6-7, 2019

Feb. 12, 2019, (COLUMBIA, S.C.) — Columbia Open Studios, presented by 701 Center for  Contemporary Art, welcomes nearly 70 local artists for the free, self-guided driving tour of  artist studios spanning the City of Columbia, S.C. and Richland and Lexington Counties. This  year’s event is Saturday, April 6 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and Sunday, April 7 (noon to 6 p.m.). The  interactive tour allows guests to explore the work and workspaces of artists all weekend long  while supporting the Midlands’ vibrant arts scene. Plan a free, self-guided #ColaOpenStudios  tour at 

Columbia Open Studios presents the public with an opportunity to delve into the Columbia  region’s dynamic arts community. A step into artists’ private studios unveils a behind-the scenes look at the materials, techniques and creation of local artwork in and around  Columbia pieces. Guests can learn how various works of art are produced while chatting  one-on-one with the artist about their creations and inspirations. They can experience the  techniques behind hand-blown glass ornaments, ceramic mosaics, wooden sculptures, prints,  paintings and more.  

Artist studios range from lively community spaces to backyard sculpture gardens to individual  studios in Columbia and Richland and Lexington Counties. vibrant, downtown districts. Art hop to spaces near and far to discover all that the Midlands’ arts community has to offer.  Columbia Open Studios encourages locals and visitors alike to take the time to explore  surrounding businesses, restaurants, breweries and more during the self-led tour. Use the  maps inside the Columbia Open Studios guide to plan a weekend art crawl with local hotspot  visits along the way. The guide will be available in the coming weeks around town, in the April  3 edition of Free Times and at 

Outside of the opportunity to explore studios and meet artists, Open Studios provides a  chance for the public to take an artwork piece home with them. Visitors can buy work art  directly from participating artists, and each artist keeps 100 percent of his or her sales. Every  buyer makes a long-lasting impact on S. C.’s creative economy.  

Located inside the historic 701 Whaley building in downtown Columbia, 701 CCA is a  nonprofit art center and gallery with free admission to the public. 701 CCA is one of the only  centers in the region offering a live-in artist-in-residence program. The center hosts year round exhibitions featuring work from regional, national and international artists as well as  music, dance and literary events. 701 CCA offers workshops for adults and children including  lectures, panel discussions, group tours and more. Children as young as six years old can  enjoy their annual Youth Summer Arts Workshops and gain hands-on experience with the  arts. 

701 CCA is able to present Columbia Open Studios for the ninth consecutive year thanks to  major support from the City of Columbia and Richland County. Columbia Open Studios  typically sees around 10,000 studio visitors over the weekend. In 2018, over 30 percent of  studio visitors were from outside of S.C., coming in from places like Alaska, New York and  California.  

Columbia Open Studios welcomes 12 new artists to the tour  

This year 12 new artists join the Columbia Open Studios roster, noted with an asterisk in the  participating artist list below. New artists’ studios span Seven Oaks in Lexington County to  Forest Acres to Downtown Columbia. These first time Columbia Open Studios participants  specialize in glass jewelry making, sculpture, painting, metalsmithing and more. For the first  time ever, guests can also explore work by at The University of South Carolina’s School of  Visual Art and Design resident artist at downtown’s Stormwater Studios. — the SVAD is the  most comprehensive Visual Arts program in the state of South Carolina.  

Columbia Open Studios Preview Party, Thursday, April 4, 2019 

To kick off the tour weekend, 701 CCA will host a ticketed Columbia Open Studios Preview  Party on Thursday, April 4, from 7 to 9 p.m. on the second floor of 701 Whaley. During the  event, guests can mingle with participating artists and preview their work at the Hallway  Exhibition in 701 Whaley’s Community Gallery. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar  will be available. Explore 701 CCA’s gallery throughout the evening and view the South Arts  2019 Southern Prize Exhibition, featuring work from the nine esteemed State Fellowship  winners — one from each state within the South Arts region. Preview Party tickets are $10 for  701 CCA members and $15 for non-members. Become a member here: https:// 

Preview participating artists’ work at City Hall exhibition  

Catch a sneak peek of Open Studios participating artists’ work at the Columbia Open Studios  Exhibition at Columbia City Hall, installed by 701 CCA. The exhibition is free for the public to  view, weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Select artwork will be on display through March. The City  Hall exhibition is possible through a partnership with One Columbia for Arts & History, a  nonprofit organization that works to amplify and preserve the thriving art scene in Columbia,  S.C. 

701 CCA’s Columbia Open Studios – 2019 participating artists (69 Total) 21 of this year’s 69 artists will participate in Open Studios for the very first time (marked with  an asterisk) or will be returning to the tour after a hiatus (marked below in bold italics). 

Tim Adams* 

Angel Allen 

Nora Floyd and Ruth Bayard Eileen Blyth 

Edward Bryan 

Julie Buckley 

Nancy Butterworth 

Dawn Caldwell*  

Michael Cassidy 

Stephen Chesley 

Heidi Darr-Hope 

Laura Day 

Mike Donkle 

Jeffrey Donovan 

Michael Dwyer 

Michelle Leitzsey Eason*  Clark Ellefson 

Henry Foster 

Naomi Freedman* 

Diane Gilbert 

Pat Gilmartin 

Caroline Harper 

Mary Ann Haven 

Dee Hansen 

Frank Heflin 

Rosie Herman* 

Craig Houston 

Ann Hubbard 

Howard Hunt 

Jason Jaco 

Peggy Jacobs* 

Judy Bolton Jarrett 

Betsy Kaemmerlen* 

Robert Keith IV 

Jason Kendall 

Robert Kennedy 

Michele Kingery 

Alicia Leeke 

Robert Lyon 

Carol Jean Marchese 

Michel McNinch 

Jaime Misenheimer 

Lee A. Monts

Julia Moore 

Thomas O’Brien 

One Eared Cow Glass  

Patrick Parise 

Sally Peek 

Scotty Peek 

Cameron Porter 

Anna Redwine* 

Susan Robertson* 

Mary Robinson 

Wayne Rogers 

Jane Schwantes 

John and Venetia Sharpe 

Susan Shrader 

Greyson Smith 

Kirkland Smith 

Susan Hansen Staves*  

Jan Swanson 

Keith Tolen 

Adriana Vidal 

Steven Whetstone 

Ashley Williams 

David H. Yaghjian 

Ellen Emerson Yaghjian 

Olga Yukhno*  

University of South Carolina School of Visual Art and Design*  

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About 701 CCA’s Columbia Open Studios  

Tour: Saturday April 6, 2019, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday April 7, 2019, 12-6 p.m. in Columbia and  Richland and Lexington Counties 

Preview Party: Thursday April 4, 2019 7-9 p.m. at 701 Whaley St., Columbia, S.C. 701 Center for Contemporary Art presents Columbia Open Studios, a free, self-guided  daytime driving tour of artists’ studios in the City of Columbia, S.C., and Richland and  Lexington Counties, showcasing the Midlands’ visual art community. During this weekend long tour, artists open their studios to the public to share their stories and techniques, with  free admission for all. Sat., April 6, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sun., April 7, 12-6 p.m. Visit for more information. 

About 701 CCA

701 Center for Contemporary Art (701 CCA) is a nonprofit visual art center that promotes  understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of contemporary art, the creative process and the  role of art and artists in the community via its gallery & artist-in-residence program at  historic 701 Whaley in Columbia, South Carolina. 701 CCA also encourages interaction  between visual arts and other art forms. For more info visit  


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