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701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, Presents Leigh Magar: Madame Magar’s Fashion Fete – Apr. 24, 2014

April 16, 2014

701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, presents “Leigh Magar: Madame Magar’s Fashion Fete” on Thursday,  April 24, 2014, 7-10pm. With live music by Charleston, SC, composer and artist Nick Jenkins

7pm – Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres
8pm – Fashion Performance
8:30pm – Music and Video Projections by Nick Jenkins

Reception Admission: Members, free; non-members, $5 suggested donation.

701 CCA, 701 Whaley St., second floor, Columbia, SC 29201


Celebrate the finale of Madame Magar’s Workshop with a fashion performance and party at 701 Center for Contemporary Art! Witness the culmination of Madame Magar’s creative workshop installation featuring the Mill Collection of work garments including, frocks, aprons and hats – inspired by Lewis Hine’s photographs of children textile mill workers. This unique “fashion show” features members of the Power Company Collaborative as models and original music compositions using found sounds, along with other surprise elements, performed by Charleston, SC-based composer and artist Nick Jenkins.

Jenkins’ musical composition of train sounds, tap dance and sewing machines come together in a great celebration of both the Mill Collection and Madame Magar. A live performance with keyboards and digital soundscapes will be performed with a video collage backdrop of trains and dance, capturing the essence of trance.

Magar, who studied millinery at the Fashion Institute in New York City, opened Magar Hatworks in Charleston in 1996. Her stylish hats, ranging from fedoras to elaborate cocktail wear, have been sold by high-end stores such as Barney’s in New York City and Isetan in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan. Her celebrity clients include Elvis Costello, Eartha Kitt, Gregory Hines and Christina Aguilera. In 2010, she established Madame Magar, bringing her interest in fashion design full circle with a dress and accessories line.

The fashion house of Magar Hatworks and Madame Magar have come together as a workshop installation inside the gallery at 701 Center for Contemporary Art with tools of the trade that include sewing machines, patterns, cutting table, dress forms, mannequins, a showroom and a runway.  Central to the installation has been the opportunity to witness the creative process as Magar moved from concept to paper pattern to finished wearables and three-dimensional objects all culminating in her fashion performance, April 24. A collection of more than 400 museum quality antique and vintage hat forms has been featured prominently in the installation.

701 CCA is a non-profit visual arts center that promotes understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of contemporary art, the creative process and the role of art and artists in the community. The center also encourages interaction between visual and other art forms. 701 CCA is located at 701 Whaley Street, 2nd Floor, Columbia, SC 29201. During exhibitions, hours are Wed., 11am-8pm; Thur.-Fri., 11am-5pm; Sat., 9am-5pm; & Sun., 1-5pm.

Please submit further inquiries by calling Sheldon Paschal at 803/319-9949, e-mail to ( or visit (

Clean House and Donate to 701 CCA’s Great Garage Sale, May 14-17, 2014, in Columbia, SC

April 16, 2014

Spring Cleaning?

Time to part with grandmother’s glass?

Love those linens but hate to iron?

Wanting to redecorate but know it all won’t fit?

Help your good things find a new life.

Clear the clutter and support 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC.

Donate to 701 CCA’s Great Garage Sale, May 14-17, 2014

Bring us all things “cool” and in good condition, working order or gently used. Vintage, artful and funky stuff with that je ne se quoi we especially like. Round up those household goods, art pieces, cooking magazines, books and designer paraphernalia and bring them to us at the historic 701 Whaley building. Donate at 701 CCA, 701 Whaley, 2nd floor.

Donation times:
May 7: Noon-2pm & 5-7pm
May 8: Noon-2pm & 5-7pm
May 9: Noon-2pm & 5-7pm
May 10: 10am-2pm

Contact by e-mail to ( to set a donation appointment if the above times do not work.

New Richland County Library Partnership Grants Public Access to Columbia Museum’s Art’s Library in Columbia, SC

April 8, 2014


The Columbia Museum of Art (CMA) and Richland County Library in Columbia, SC, are expanding their partnership to increase community access to a special collection of books about art history, exhibition catalogues and artist biographies. Gathered by Museum curators and given by donors since the founding of the Museum in 1950, the CMA’s Lorick Library collection has been a non-circulating reference library that served primarily as a staff resource since 2001.

Materials from the Museum’s Lorick Library ( are in the process of being carefully moved and integrated into Richland Library’s collection, and will be accessible to the community beginning in the summer of 2014. In honor of the Lorick family and Museum donors who have contributed books to the CMA over the years, a special bookplate will be added to each book – designating it as part of the Lorick Library collection.

Reflecting the strengths of the Museum’s collection, primarily European and American art, materials from the Lorick Library will be available for checkout for the first time at Richland Library, making them accessible for anyone in Richland County through the 11 Richland Library locations and its state-of-the-art website.

“This thriving partnership underscores the Columbia Museum of Art’s deep commitment to accessibility and learning and, through the extensive network of Richland Library, helps to bring new resources to the 400,000 citizens of Richland County and the Midlands,” said CMA Executive Director Karen Brosius. “By transferring this collection to Richland Library, it becomes available seven days a week and in the evenings.”

“We’re hopeful that by adding these resources to the Richland Library’s collection, more people will discover the arts and be inspired in new ways,” said Bob Gahagan, Richland Library board chair. “Our efforts to partner with the Museum allow both organizations to reach more people of all ages in our community and have a more meaningful impact.”

This move is the latest example of a joint effort by the Museum and Library to provide arts and literacy education for the community. Together they pioneered a hands-on initiative in 2012 that enabled all third graders from every Richland District One school to learn about Richard Samuel Roberts, an important South Carolina artist. The effort has since been expanded statewide to reach nearly 1,500 students each year. Regular “Hands On” art programs are also held at four library locations, allowing Museum and Library staff to combine art activities and storytimes – sparking children’s creativity and imagination. In October, the Library established a free wireless hotspot in Boyd Plaza outside the Museum-offering access to hundreds of users during the first five months the service was available.

“When art museums and libraries work together, they can give all students a strong start in learning through culturally rich and engaging opportunities as well as provide lifelong learning to adults,” said Susan Hildreth, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. “This partnership allows the Richland County community access to resources that bolster the awareness and celebrate the appreciation of arts and culture from around the world.” The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums.

Columbia Museum of Art is a charitable nonprofit organization dedicated to lifelong learning and community enrichment for all. At the heart of the CMA and its programs is its collection, which encompasses nearly 7,000 works and spans thousands of years of history, representing a full range of world cultures.

The Richland Library is a vibrant, contemporary organization that provides resources and information that advance the Midlands. Offering state-of-the-art technology, a variety of literary and cultural programs and 11 bustling facilities located throughout the county, Richland Library offers a truly customizable, modern library experience for residents and visitors alike.

For more information, visit ( or call 803/929-3440 or the Columbia Musuem of Art at 803/799-2810 or visit (

The Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, Adds Large Mural by Henry Mandell to Its Collection

April 8, 2014


The Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, has acquired a giant, wall-size painting, “Tatara Fire”, by New York-based artist Henry Mandell. The new acquisition was commissioned by the Museum in 2013 and made possible by a generous gift from the CMA’s young professionals membership affiliate group, the Contemporaries. The mural is the first digital painting to enter the collection of the Columbia Museum of Art. “Tatara Fire” is now on view in CMA’s second-floor atrium.


Tatara Fire is a dazzling addition to the new installation of the Museum’s atrium that now displays contemporary works from the collection,” says CMA Executive Director Karen Brosius. “It is exciting to have this impressive work by Mandell on view. We kindly thank the Contemporaries, under the leadership of Asheley Scott, president, and Charles Appleby, vice president, for their generosity in bringing this painting to the CMA.”

Mandell employs novel techniques to create abstract paintings. He transforms the outlines of words and data gleaned from the Internet. The paintings are composed of thousands of letters that have been hand-traced, placed into fine art software, and then digitally painted by hand on a computer screen using a digital stylus brush. The artwork is then painted by a giant, ultraviolet inkjet printer using acrylic pigments. The words are intact, but the shapes have become a new visual language for the age in which we live.

“It is a deep honor to receive this commission and be a part of the wonderful collection of the Columbia Museum of Art,” says Mandell. “As a part of my series that looks at the theme of transformation through fire, this painting reflects the history of Columbia nearly 150 years ago when the city was burned and changed forever.  My work, although abstract in appearance, interprets more than 10,000 letters and words relating to the history of the city.”

Each colorful line in the work is a letter from stories of the historic burning of Columbia, as well as the ancient Japanese art of crafting jewel steel from ash and charcoal to make Samurai swords. A tatara is a large ancient Japanese kiln, or forge, built out of clay with an open top capable of smelting very pure steel from iron sand gathered from a volcanic site, mixed and melted with carbon charcoal. Beginning 1,000 years ago and peaking around the 1400s, artisans who had no technical tools were able to transform these raw materials into a pure form of steel that rivals any produced today in beauty, strength, and purity. Mandell researched the geographical coordinates of sites in Columbia that were destroyed, as well as those that were damaged, but survived, in the historic fire at the end of the Civil War. Text and data from this transformative event in Columbia’s history were wedded to the story of the steel being made in the tatara-something beautiful and strong resulting from something that was melted by fire.

Words and data are part of the artist’s palette. In this regard, the work is also about information as image. This highly individualized treatment of source material combines lines and colors into a rich visual metaphor about unleashing energy. The final artwork no longer refers to the literal flow of words, yet contains the vestige of their structure. “Meaning becomes tangled and repurposed into the visual language of abstract painting,” says Mandell

For more information on “Tatara Fire” and the CMA, visit (

Log Cabin Art Guild in Columbia, SC, Offers Roy Pascal for Monthly Meeting – Apr. 12, 2014

March 31, 2014

Roy Paschal, who was a forensic artist for the SC State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) for 30 years, will be the guest artist and speaker at the Log Cabin Art Guild’s monthly meeting at 10am, Saturday, Apr. 12, 2014, in Potts Hall at the Spring Valley Presbyterian Church at 125 Sparkleberry Lane, Columbia, SC.

The church is the new home for the Guild and is across the street from Spring Valley High School. Parking at the rear of the building and enter through the back door. Refreshments will be at 9:30am, and the meeting starts at 10am. The meeting is free and open to the public. Visitors are welcome. Come and bring a guest.

For further information call Marcie Marshall at 803/738-9348.

Preview Party and Pop-Up Artist Exhibition for Columbia Open Studios to be hosted by 701 CCA, Columbia, SC – Apr. 3, 2014

March 4, 2014

701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, will host a Preview Party for Columbia Open Studios on Thursday, Apr. 3, 2014, from 7-10pm on the second floor of historic 701 Whaley. Open to the public, the event will feature cash bar by Liquid Assets, complimentary hors d’oeuvres by Linda Phillips Catering, and a pop-up exhibition of work by participating artists.

Now in its fourth year being presented by 701 CCA, the popular driving tour of fine artists’ studios will be held Apr. 5 and 6, 2014. Artists across Columbia and Richland and Lexington counties will open their doors to visitors, with no admission fee. Artists keep 100% of artwork sales.

New artists join the ranks this year, each harnessing unique inspirations and giving tourgoers the chance to learn new, intimate stories. Tickets for the Columbia Open Studios Preview Party at 701 CCA are $5 for 701 CCA members and $10 for nonmembers. Cash, credit and check will be accepted at the door.

Preview Party Facebook event page at (

Preview Party Tickets at (

701 CCA Columbia Open Studios 2014 participating a include:rtists

Nancy Butterworth
Jean Capalbo
Michael Donkle
Renea Eshleman
Clark Ellefson
Betty Evans
Nora Floyd & Ruth Bayard
Tim Floyd
Diane Gilbert
Mary Gilkerson
Bonnie Goldberg
Lyssa Harvey
Mary Ann Haven
Ruby Haydock DeLoach
Howard Hunt
Judy Bolton Jarrett
Russell Jeffcoat
Alicia Leeke
Whitney LeJeune
Patrick Mahoney
Chappy Manning
Regina Moody
Julia Moore
Page Morris
One Eared Cow Glass
Patrick Parise
Carol Pittman
Carolyn F. Ramsay
Cindy Saad
Jane Schwantes
John Sharpe
Kevin Smith
Marian Soule
Laura Spong
Curran Stone
Lisa Strally
Jan Swanson
Julia Thomas
Christian Thee
Nini Ward
Carey Weathers

Details and full online guide will be available at (

University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC, Announces Winners of “Annual Student Art Exhibition” at McMaster Gallery

March 4, 2014

The University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC, announces winners of Annual Student Art Exhibition at McMaster Gallery in the Department of Art of the University of South Carolina, on view from Mar. 4 – 26, 2014.

Please join us for the Awards Reception with the student artists on Tuesday, Mar. 4, 2014, from 5-7pm. The public is invited.

Each year USC’s Art Department invites students to submit work in any media for the annual juried exhibition. This years competition was juried by USC Art Alumnus and South Carolina artist Scott Peek, he selected 48 works ranging from traditional media such as drawing, photography and painting, and sculptural installations. The works are a good representation of the departments undergraduate and graduate majors.

The awards were as follows:

“Necromage” by Zach Jenkins

BEST IN SHOW – Zach Jenkins for “Necromage”

1st Place Graduate – Jessica Christine Owen for “Ersatz Plate 35″

1st Place Undergraduate – Elle Olivia Andersen for “Across The Street”

2nd Place Graduate – Robert Keith IV for “Findlay & James”

2nd Place Undergraduate – Shannon Donnelly for “Metamorphosis”

3rd Place Graduate – Alexandra Stasko for “Fight or Flight”

3rd Place Undergraduate – Patrick Francis for “Block 1-3″

Honorable Mention – Moses Tsai Sydney Hinson for “lymphogranulomatosis”

Honorable Mention – Allan Anderson for “Back Yard Just Before Sundown”

Honorable Mention – Danny Crocco for “deed”

Honorable Mention – Emmy Persall for Still Life With Pumpkin

Honorable Mention – Kathryn Roberts for “Cabinet”

McMaster Gallery is located at 1615 Senate Street, Columbia, SC. Gallery hours are M-F, 9am -4:30pm (Closed Weekends and all University holidays).

For more information contact: Mana Hewitt, Gallery Director at 803/777-7480 or e-mail to (

Columbia Design League Now Accepting Entries for Runaway Runway 2014 – Deadline is Mar. 21, 2014.

February 28, 2014


The Columbia Design League, a membership affiliate of the Columbia Museum of Art, in Columbia, SC, is now accepting entries for the seventh annual Runaway Runway: A Recycled Fashion Show. The deadline for entering the design competition is Friday, Mar. 21, 2014. Entry is open to everyone and each entry in the competition costs $30, with a reduced $15 rate for student designers. There is no limit to the number of designs that can be submitted by a designer. All designers must register online or at the front desk of the Columbia Museum of Art. The design competition is limited to 60 entries and entries are accepted on a first come, first served basis. All designers must be available for a mandatory rehearsal on Sunday, Mar. 30, 2014 from 2-4pm.

Runaway Runway is a design competition in which designers re-imagine post-consumer trash into ultra-creative, sustainable fashion treasures. The event is Columbia’s premiere spring fashion show and highlights the value of recycling and living green. This fun and funky event attracts a wide audience – from the young, hip, and creative to long-time patrons of the arts in Columbia.

“Runaway Runway is a unique opportunity for anyone who loves design to hone their creativity and practice sustainability in a wildly fun way,” says Elizabeth Nkuo Johnson, President of the Columbia Design League. “We’re always thrilled to see what designers dream up each year. It’s never the same show twice. “

Runaway Runway: A Recycled Fashion Show takes place on Saturday, Apr. 5, 2014, from 8-10pm, at the Township Auditorium. Judges for this year’s event include Gwen Rawls, Italian shoe boutique owner and entrepreneur; Lisa Arnold, fashionista blogger; Victoria Cooke, Curator at the Columbia Museum of Art; and, Rasa Don, Grammy award-winning musician and producer. Judging criteria include: design, material re-use, construction, quality, overall effect and appeal, as well as live runway modeling of the entry.

This fundraiser allows the Columbia Design League to bring speakers from around the nation and around the corner to engage, challenge, and inspire us all to appreciate the impact of design on our lives. Join the Columbia Design League and become a part of Columbia’s dynamic community of citizens who are working for a brighter future by good design. Design League membership is $15 per adult or $25 per couple in addition to Columbia Museum of Art membership.

For information, registration, and tickets visit (

701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, Offers Panel Discussion on Homeless and Hungry – Mar. 2, 2014

February 25, 2014

701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, SC, offers a free panel discussion on the Homeless and Hungry, on Sunday, Mar. 2, 2014, with moderator Sheldon Paschal

Panel Members include:

Carrie Draper: USC Center for Research in Nutrition and Health Disparities

Shirley Gossett: Food Not Bombs

Denise Holland: Harvest Hope Food Bank

Paul Moore: Washington Street Soup Cellar

Food Not Bombs homeless receiver of food services

The panel discussion is being offered in conjunction with the exhibition “Jan Banning: Down and Out in the South”, on view at 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, through Mar. 2, 2014.


Jan Banning’s 24 large photographs in the 701 CCA exhibition, “Jan Banning: Down and Out in the South,” portray homeless people in Columbia, Atlanta and Mississippi in a dignified manner, free of clichés, with aesthetic and artistic qualities that have made the Dutch photographer’s work world-renowned. The portraits are a reminder that “the homeless” are individuals. The exhibition adds to current discussions about homeless people in Columbia including conversations about hunger, affordable housing, and facilities for professional and personal development among many others.

This panel will focus on the unique and endless challenge of people who are hungry in our community. In South Carolina, countless adults and children are skipping meals, going without food for an entire day and lowering quality of food purchased due to the inability to afford healthy meals which can lead to malnutrition. What are we, as a community, doing for low income families and the homeless population to ensure that hungry mouths are fed?

701 CCA is a non-profit visual arts center that promotes understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of contemporary art, the creative process and the role of art and artists in the community. The center also encourages interaction between visual and other art forms.

701 CCA is located at 701 Whaley Street, 2nd Floor, Columbia, SC 29201. Exhibitions, hours are Wed, 11am–8pm; Thu-Fri, 11am-5pm; Sat, 9am-5pm; & Sun, 1-5pm.

For more information, call Sheldon Paschal at 803/319-9949 or visit (

The Log Cabin Art Guild in Columbia, SC, Holds Monthly Meeting – Mar. 8, 2014

February 20, 2014

The Log Cabin Art Guild guest speaker for March is Spring Valley High School visual art teacher Josh Drews. He will be demonstrating Monotyping, a type of printmaking, at the Log Cabin Art Guild meeting at 10am, Saturday, Mar. 8, 2014, at Sesqui-Centennial Park in Columbia, SC, off Teo Notch Road.

The meeting is in the Training Center, which is the second building behind the Log Cabin on the stage of the old Amphitheatre.

For further info call Marcie Marshall at 803/738-9348.


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