701 Center for Contemporary Art Announces Participating Artists for Columbia Open Studios, March 23-24, 2013

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The nonprofit artist-in-residence center & international art gallery, 701 Center for Contemporary Art, in Columbia, SC, has announced the 58 artists participating in Columbia Open Studios, March 23-24, 2013.

This free, self-guided, weekend-long tour of artists’ studios will span across Richland and Lexington Counties. The participating artists’ studios will be open to the public while art lovers travel to visit them, learn about the creative process and buy art. Successful Open Studios events are held across the country, from Greenville, SC, to San Francisco, CA.

701 Center for Contemporary Art began hosting Columbia Open Studios as an annual, signature event in 2011, when participating artists’ studios saw more than 4,000 visits. The 2012 event saw more than a 150 percent increase, with more than 10,000 visits to visual artists’ working studios throughout the Midlands.

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701 CCA Columbia Open Studios 2013 Participating Artists include: Christy Aitken, Hannah Aitken, Angel Allen, Jeff Amberg, Nancy K. Butterworth, Heidi Darr-Hope, Mike Donkle, Jeff Donovan, Clark Ellefson, Betty Evans, Nora Floyd/Ruth Bayard, Diane Gilbert, Mary Gilkerson, Bonnie Goldberg, Katrina Hampton, Lyssa Harvey, Mary Ann Haven, Ruby Haydock DeLoach, Robert W. Hickman, Howard Hunt, Judy Bolton Jarrett, Russell Jeffcoat, Michele Kingery, Amanda Ladymon, Alicia Leeke, Whitney LeJeune, Sharon Collings Licata, Letitia “Tish” Lowe, Chappy Manning, Barbie Mathis, Michel McNinch, Regina Moody, Julia Moore, K. Page Morris, Jane Muller, One Eared Cow Glass, Patrick M. Parise, Gretchen Evans Parker, Rachel Parker, Carol Pittman, Shannon Purvis, Carolyn Ramsay, Mary Robinson, Grace Rockafellow, Walton Selig, J. Spencer Shull, Blue Sky, Kevin Smith, Marian Soule, Laura Spong, Curran Stone, Christian Thee, Martha Thomas, Nini Ward, Carey Weathers, Ron Weathers, Beth West, Ellen Emerson Yaghjian.

Details and full online guide will be available at (http://www.columbiaopenstudios.org).

701 CCA Columbia Open Studios Preview Party will take place on Thursday, March 21, 2013, 7-9pm, at 701 Whaley Street in Columbia. Admission is $5 members and $10 non-members. Guests will enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, a slideshow preview, and the opportunity to meet the artists, courtesy of Schmoyer and Company, official sponsors of the Preview Party.

Columbia Open Studios Artist Exhibition at 701 Whaley in “the hallway:communityart” Gallery, March 17-24, 2013
As an added bonus to this year’s event, from March 17-24, there will be an exhibition of participating 701 CCA Columbia Open Studios artists in the first-floor community art gallery at 701 Whaley, “thehallway:communityart” – admission is free and Open Studios maps & program guides will be available to the public. The artist exhibition is sponsored by BlueCross Blueshield of South Carolina and the South Carolina Veterinary Specialists.

The City of Columbia, SC, has become a major partner in Columbia Open Studios, facilitating the distribution of close to 50,000 full-color program guides throughout the state and in the March 20 issue of the Free Times. Artist exhibition sponsors are BlueCross Blueshield of South Carolina and the South Carolina Veterinary Specialists. Richland County continues to sponsor the event, and Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough is the official Poster Sponsor for 2013.  Thanks to sponsors Sue Doran and Drew Brashaer, as well as to this year’s $701 level sponsors, The Shop Tart; Rosso Trattoria and Loft 201 at 701 Whaley; HoFP; and Resource Associates, all of whom will enjoy a private, multi-course dinner in the gallery later this year.

About 701 CCA Columbia Open Studios, March 23-24, 2013:
Saturday, March 23: 10am until 6pm
Sunday, March 24: noon until 6pm

This free, self-led driving tour of 58 artists’ studios throughout Richland and Lexington Counties showcases the Midlands’ talented visual art community. Artists will open their studios and be on hand to share their personal stories, backgrounds and share their tools and techniques. Artists’ work will be available for purchase at zero markup.

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, SC. 701 CCA also encourages interaction between visual arts and other art forms. For more info visit (www.701cca.org).

For logistical or sponsorship questions regarding 701 CCA Columbia Open Studios, e-mail (openstudios@701CCA.org) or call Debi Schadel at 803/348-8861 or Tracie Broom at 415/235-5718.

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