Archive for April, 2012

Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art in Charleston, SC, Features Works by Mickey Williams

April 30, 2012

I don’t usually post info about exhibits that come to us late – but there are always exceptions. This is a good one.

Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art in Charleston, SC, will present the exhibit, Islands Revisited – New Oil Paintings from Mickey Williams, on view from May 1 – 31, 2012, A reception will be held on May 4, from 5-8pm, in conjunction with the Gallery Row and French Quarter Art Walk.

Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art is thrilled to host another stellar show for local artist Mickey Williams, with a new body of works arriving for a May opening and the second French Quarter Art Walk of the year. Williams’s paintings will continue to focus on the surrounding barrier islands and Charleston area wetlands, with a plethora of additional paintings he has been working on throughout the cooler months.

The new body of works will also include a series of winter beach scenes as well as more electrifying nocturnal landscapes with bonfires and controlled burns done on outlying properties. His soulful Southern landscapes are moody scenes of the lowcountry at dusk and dawn, and have a subtle but trademark-worthy spiritual overtone.

Williams has an incredible following and his signature style is the perfect fit for our gallery. Since we brought him on board in November 2011 his work has consistently been a part of the gallery’s pulse. His popularity continues to rise and he has spectacularly succeeded in creating his brilliant yet contemplative canvases.

Williams was born in 1961 in Anchorage, AK. At ten his family moved to the Isle of Palms, at a time when most of the island remained undeveloped and unspoiled. His interest in art dates from his childhood and although he won many awards in high school, he earned his college degree from the University of South Carolina in Government and International Studies. Six years after graduating from college, while working in the restaurant business, Williams started painting again and quickly realized that this would be his life’s path.

Williams is a self-taught artist who learned his craft from studying art in books and in museums. His work is inspired by the ethereal and romantic beauty of the lowcountry that he fell in love with as a child. Today Williams lives with his wife and three children in Mt. Pleasant, SC.

“I paint the air, the land and the water that surround me,” says Williams. “I have always felt a deep emotional and spiritual bond with nature and feel blessed to live and work in an area that is so inspiring to the mind and soul. My landscape paintings are visual interpretations of what I see with my eyes and my heart. I attempt with every painting to draw a parallel connection between nature and personal experience.”

Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art is located at 58 Broad Street in downtown Charleston, SC.

For further information call the gallery at 843/722-3660 or visit (

Saluda Shoals Park in Columbia, SC, is Calling all Amateur Photographers to Enter Contest – Deadline Aug. 26, 2012

April 30, 2012

You are invited to capture the beauty of nature found within the state of South Carolina and enter your best color and black & white photographs in the unearth Amateur Photography Contest. Cash prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each category.

Entries will be accepted through August 26, 2012, at 5pm.

Entry forms and fee(s) may be hand delivered to the Environmental Education Center from 9am to 5pm daily or mailed to:
Saluda Shoals Park
Attn: Alex Beck
5605 Bush River Road
Columbia, SC 29212

ENTRY FEE:  $5 per print for adults, $3 per print for juniors (ages 14 and under). Cash or check only. Make checks payable to: Saluda Shoals Park

DIVISIONS:  Adult and Junior (ages 14 and younger).

CATEGORIES:  Photographs must be taken of Nature in South Carolina!

1.  General Nature: Color photographs of plants, animals or natural landscapes.

2.  Digital Creativity:  Images (color or black & white) that have been scanned and digitally altered. Examples of post-processing enhancement or manipulations include: added or removed elements; painting; combining or rearranging images; and/or cloning elements.

SUBMISSIONS: Photographer may submit a maximum of six (4) photographs. No more than two (2) photographs may be submitted by anyone in a single category.

WINNING PHOTOGRAPHS:  All winners are determined by a Juried Panel.
Cash prizes will be awarded in each category as follows:
Award                      Adult Division                         Junior Division
1st place                        $75                                        $50
2nd place                       $50                                        $30
3rd place                        $30                                        $20

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 6pm.
AWARDS CEREMONY:  Environmental Education Center at Saluda Shoals Park. Winners will be announced and prizes awarded. Light refreshments will be served.

CONTEST EXHIBIT: All qualifying entries will be on display Oct 1 – 7, 2012. at the Environmental Education Center at Saluda Shoals Park.

Questions? Call Alex Beck at 803/213-2054.

Appalachian Pastel Society is Calling for Entries for the 2012 National Juried Exhibition in Asheville, NC – Deadline Aug. 1, 2012

April 30, 2012

The Appalachian Pastel Society invites artists to submit work for their 2012 National Juried Exhibition to be held Oct. 18 – Dec. 14, 2012 at The Asheville School in Asheville, NC. More than $2,000 in cash prizes and art supply gift certificates will be awarded, including a $1,000 Best in Show Cash Award.

Juror for the 2012 APS National Exhibition is Richard McKinley, PSA, PSWC-DP, NPS.

Richard McKinley has been a professional working artist for 38 years and has over 35 years of teaching experience, including several DVDs on pastel painting. A book that compiles years of his published Pastel-Pointers columns and blogs for the Pastel Journal Magazine titled “Pastel Pointers, Top Secrets for Beautiful Pastel Paintings”, was released in November 2010.

Paintings submitted must be 80% soft pastel (not oil pastel). Submission is made via digital images in JPEG format on a CD. Artists may submit up to three images. Entry is $25 for APS members, $35 for non members.

Deadline for receiving entries is August 1, 2012.

Visit the APS website for prospectus at (, or send a SASE to Carol Branton Morrow, 108 Flame Azalea Drive, Swannanoa, NC 28778, phone 828/686-7549.

Downtown Tryon, NC, and Landrum, SC, Present Art in Bloom – A Celebration of Artful Gardens – May 11-13, 2012

April 30, 2012

A celebration of gardens and art in the Carolina foothills.  The weekend includes an opening gala for sponsors and patrons followed by tours on Saturday of five spectacular local gardens with local artist painting on site.

Downtown Tryon, NC, and Landrum, SC, will come alive and will be converted into a garden and art bazaar on Saturday with over 40 regional vendors participating.  The weekend will conclude with a special landscaping presentation and garden & art party at the Tryon Fine Arts Center.

The Art & Garden Bazaars are in partnership with local garden clubs – The Daffy Jills, The Magnolia Garden Club, The Tryon Garden Club and The Green Blades Garden Club and benefits the Tryon Fine Arts Center and ArtScapes – public art projects in the Landrum, Tryon and Columbus, NC, area.

The Events:

Friday, May 11, 2012, at 6:30pm – Opening Night Gala and Cocktail Buffet at Stone Ridge – the home of Trip Hoffman and Alan Van Wieren.

Saturday, May 12, 2012, from 9am – 5pm  (raindate Sunday May 13, 2012, from 10am – 4pm only for a downpour) – Tours of five gardens, Garden and Art Bazaar in downtown Tryon & Landrum (9am – 5pm).

Sunday, May 13, 2012, at 4pm at the Tryon Fine Arts Center – Sculpture Exhibit at Tryon Fine Arts Center, Landscape Lecture and Slideshow on Restoring Historical Gardens, Guest Speaker – Sally Spangler Barnett, Editor of Garden Club of America magazine, Board member of National Horticultural Society, Washington, DC, Garden Party

For more information: Contact the Tryon Fine Arts Center  828/859-8322.

Garden descriptions:

Carol and Bob Meeske, owners – Hidden woodlands estate gardens with spectacular mountain views.

Eleanor and Richard Hollobaugh, owners – Charming oriental entry garden designed by owners. Raised flower beds around pool with mountain views.

Stuart Evans, owner – eclectic multinational designed gardens with hillside stream, waterfall, statuary and pergola.

Rhonda and Ben King, owners – professionally designed raised vegetable garden beds with early American influence. Refreshments will be served here around their fabulous pool.

Heidi Mendez, owner – a woodland walk through mazes of hydrangeas, hostas and ferns.

Transportation by shuttle only. Shuttles will leave from Family Dollar Shopping Center on Highway 176.

South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, SC, Offers Third Thursday Lunch Discussions

April 30, 2012

If art feeds the soul, then the South Carolina State Museum’s Third Thursday Lunch Discussions will satisfy many a hungry soul this summer. The discussions begin at noon on the third Thursday each month through August, 2012, and are held in conjunction with the museum’s new exhibit Abstract Art in South Carolina: 1949-2012. Each talk will feature artists whose work can be seen in the show.

Work by William Halsey

“The talks will provide insight into the artists’ work, and the opportunity to interact with them,” said Paul Matheny, curator of art. “Participants may bring their own lunches or purchase lunch from the museum’s Crescent Café.”

On May 17, James Busby of Rock Hill, SC, will discuss his work with media such as gesso, graphite and oil, as used in his 2012 work “Trace.” The artwork can be seen in the museum’s exhibit.

Other artists scheduled to appear in upcoming programs include Katie Walker (June 21), Paul Yanko and Enid Williams (July 19), and Laura Spong and Mike Williams (Aug. 16).

There is no additional charge for these events for museum members. They are included in the price of admission for the general public.

Check the museum’s website at ( for a complete schedule.

Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem, NC, Goes High Tech to Travel Back in Time

April 29, 2012

A new project unveiled at Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem, NC, will allow people enjoying the trails, green space and lawns of Reynolda to see archival images of the historic estate and landscape.

Called “See Yesterday…Today,” the project uses QR Codes placed on simple signs in eight locations across the estate. When the codes are scanned with a smartphone, a web page with archival information and an image about the location loads on the phone. The project coincides with the museum’s exhibition on view through Aug. 5, 2012, “A Genius for Place: American Landscapes of the Country Place Era,” which celebrates the landscape design of estates built during the same time period as Reynolda.

“People throughout our community enjoy Reynolda as a green space,” said Sarah Smith, director of marketing and communications. “We want to create a way that the people who walk, jog and bike here can connect to the history of this place, to meet them wherever they are experiencing Reynolda and inspire a meaningful interaction.”

“See Yesterday…Today” invites outdoor visitors to see the Reynolda landscape as visitors to the Reynolda estate might have experienced it in the late 1910s and early 1920s, using archival photographs and images. Much of the material for the project is taken from “Reynolda 1906-1924” a book published in 2011 by the museum’s founding director and granddaughter of R.J. and Katharine Reynolds, Barbara Babcock Millhouse. Eight locations between the estate’s front entrance and the boathouse at the foot of Sunset Hill, on the backside of the historic house, are marked with green signs labeled for the project.

Two additional signs are located in the front garden of the historic house, planted this spring as a Shakespeare Garden of Flowers and Verses. These two locations offer rare historic images of a Shakespearean pageant held in Winston-Salem in 1916 to mark the tercentenary of Shakespeare’s death. Katharine Smith Reynolds selected verses to accompany flowers grown in Reynolda’s greenhouses for the celebration.

There is no cost to participate in “See Yesterday…Today,” which will be available through Aug. 5. The museum has created a how-to video for the project, available at (, and more information is available at (

Reynolda House Museum of American Art is one of the nation’s premier American art museums, with masterpieces by Mary Cassatt, Frederic Church, Jacob Lawrence, Georgia O’Keeffe and Gilbert Stuart among its collection. Affiliated with Wake Forest University, Reynolda House features changing exhibitions, concerts, lectures, classes, film screenings and other events. The museum is located in Winston-Salem, in the historic 1917 estate of Katharine Smith Reynolds and her husband, Richard Joshua Reynolds, founder of the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. Reynolda House and adjacent Reynolda Gardens and Reynolda Village feature a spectacular public garden, dining, shopping and walking trails.

For more information, please visit ( or call 336/758-5150.

Tryon Gallery Trot Takes Place in Tryon, NC, Saturday May 12, 2012

April 29, 2012

The Tryon Downtown Development Association proudly announces its next scheduled “Tryon Gallery Trot” on Saturday, May 12, 2012, from 5-8pm. Join 13 participating galleries, businesses and restaurants for opening art receptions, music, and special events. Participating businesses are Richard Baker’s Studio, The Book Shelf, Bravo Outdoor Marketplace, Bravo Interior Design, Green River Gallery, Kathleen’s, New View Realty, The Pine Crest Inn, Skyuka Fine Art, Tryon Painters & Sculptors, Upstairs Artspace, and Vines & Stuff. Tryon Fine Arts Center will join in the fun for this upcoming date only.

Just a few of the scheduled events are:

TFAC campus will be filled with the work of over 50 artists: paintings, sculpture and photography will be displayed in the Mahler Room, Gallery One, the Lobby and outside as a month long exhibition of regional artists celebrating “Art in Bloom”. TFAC will offer wine, snacks and live music during the “Trot”.

Kathleen’s Gallery will feature the art quilts of Greer artist, Beth Andrews. Andrews is a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and has shown her work in quilt show all around South Carolina. She has been featured in shows in North Carolina, New Jersey, and won several awards in New Mexico. Her work will be on display through mid May.

Tryon Painters and Sculptor’s will host their “Members’ Show-Sculpture Only” opening reception. Their multi-talented members will be exhibiting their newest, never before seen creations. Also, painters and sculptors will be giving live demonstrations of their talents in front of the gallery from 11am-3pm before the “Trot”.

Work by Gary Cooley

Skyuka Fine Art hosts an opening reception for “Cooley-McNamara.” Both artists are originally from Detroit, MI, but now live in Atlanta and New York respectively. Each will be showcasing styles and imagery that will be very different for SFA, and Tryon! Both will also show their recent plein air local landscapes from their visit here. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet and chat with these talented visiting artists.

Work by Carol Beth Icard

The Upstairs Artspace will be exhibiting the 34 Polk County artists who are opening their studios on May 5-6 for the “Annual Art Trek Tryon” event. Each artist will have three to four works of art in the gallery to enjoy during the “Trot”.

Vines & Stuff will be showcasing a new collection of Claude Grave’s redware, functional pottery with vibrant spring colors, from Little Mountain Pottery.

Find “Tryon Gallery Trot” on Facebook, or go to ( for more information, or e-mail Kim Nelson at (

First Friday Gallery Hop in Winston-Salem, NC’s DADA District Takes Place May 4, 2012

April 29, 2012

Winston-Salem (NC) Downtown Art District Association (DADA) presents May 4, 2012, first Friday Gallery Hop, 7-10pm in the Downtown Art District.

Join us for the first Friday May Gallery Hop in the Winston-Salem Art District, located along Sixth Street, Trade Street from Fifth-Seventh Streets, and Liberty Street from Fifth to Sixth Street to celebrate art, local artists and enjoy receptions, extended hours and great hands-on art opportunities.

First Friday May Gallery Hop includes gallery receptions with new artwork in DADA’s galleries, shops and studios during theses extended hours. Plan to experience the new exhibits and meet the artists. In May, DADA is pleased to support BirdFest, and several other important non-profits in our community.

Gallery Hop includes many performances scheduled along Trade, Sixth and Liberty Streets during the 7-10pm hours that include

Tai Chi Demo in front of Golden Flower

Sand mandala in front of the Yoga Gallery

DADA Membership Tent at end of 600 block of Trade

Human statue on Trade

Birdfest Buy and Fly in lot beside Woodland Moth

Birdfest auction items exhibited in selected galleries, to be auctioned Saturday at Breakfast of Course.

Belly Dancers in 500 block of Trade

Jewelry Vendor


Festival Stage

Flash Mobs (times to be revealed later….it’s a surprise!)

Woodland Moth tribute to the Monkees

Food Donation boxes for Second Harvest Food Bank- bring canned and packaged items please!!

And the great atmosphere of the Downtown Art District. Special events are always held within galleries, too. Before the hop enjoy dinner in the local art district restaurants, and after the hop, experience music and entertainment in our local venues.

Gallery Hops are sponsored by the Downtown Art District Association (DADA) through support of local patrons and the arts community. Donations are accepted with great appreciation, and used to continue support of art events in the Art District.

To learn more about DADA, including membership information, sponsorship information and a calendar of events, visit our website at ( or call 336/734-1864. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter E-mail to ( for more information.  DADA- Where Art Lives!

The Downtown Art District Association (DADA) is a neighborhood organization of artist’s studios, residences and businesses that is dedicated to the promotion of arts and culture through education, entertainment, community interaction and trade.

First Thursday on Main in Columbia, SC, Takes Place May 3, 2012

April 29, 2012

Frame of Mind: FOM Series presents “Oddity” by Kara Gunter

Anomaly, curiosity, quirk, phenomenon, singularity, “Oddity.” The FOM Series is proud to present the unruly, the irregular, the art of discombobulation created by Kara Gunter specifically for this show. Kara states, “This body of work deals with confusion, being out of sorts or not in harmony with events and surroundings. Ideas of escape from an overworked mind and obsessive thinking, and of being able to reorganize the body in hopes of forming a new reality for one’s self. The new ‘reality’ which is created is, however, a sort of surreal dream state, in which nothing completely feels right or makes sense–where action is redundant and blind.”

To take the case of “Oddity” just a little farther, we are honored to have Armitage Shanks (the master of all things sideshow/circus), FOM’s new celebrity spokesperson and international luminary, on hand to give us a true sideshow feel. You will get to enjoy all that he has to offer as you gather out in front of our place. He will regale you with tales of the oddities within!

And as a special treat, we will have Robin Souls from Dirty Southern Sideshow performing many of the classic acts for your pleasure. Come and experience everything from glass walking and eating to straight jacket escape to fire-eating…and many more.

Frame of Mind is open Tuesday through Friday 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday 12 pm to 4pm, and is located at 1520 Main Street across from the Art Museum in Columbia, South Carolina.

Anastasia & Friends:  “Two for Three”

On Thursday, May 3rd, Anastasia & Friends presents a redux of an exhibition of paintings and sculpture by world class artists, Blue Sky and Alexander Wilds and gallery curator, Anastasia Chernoff called “Three.”  Legendary artist and Columbia native, Blue Sky is known worldwide for his paintings and murals and has received “best of show” awards at prestigious art shows all over the world, in addition to being featured in numerous international arts magazines and publications. His famous mural, Tunnelvision, is well known worldwide. “Three” will feature assemblages from his critically acclaimed, traveling “Truck Butts” series.

Alexander Wilds spent many years in Japan as a sculptor and architectural designer and is now Associate Professor of Fine Art at Benedict College in Columbia. Since 1974, Wilds has created a single figurative sculpture each year to document his progress as a sculptor. The show will feature several of these large scale sculptures in addition to other bronze and mixed media pieces.

Surrealist sculptor Anastasia Chernoff will feature two, new hanging sculptures created from stoneware and other mixed media from her most recent body of work, “Salvation Series.”

The gallery is open to the public from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. For more information, contact Anastasia Chernoff at 803 665 6902.

S&S Art Supply: “Textures of the South”: Fine Art Photography by Bryce Dixon

“The magic of photography is the unique relationship evoked between the image and the viewer.” This May’s First Thursday on Main will feature unique and exemplary southern landscape photography by local artist Bryce Dixon. Along with the printed photos, the exhibition will also feature Aluminum photographs and newly published books of Bryce’s work. “My photography in aluminum allows for an image to take on a 3-dimensional effect with vivid color saturation while providing a texture and feel that cannot be captured otherwise.” AluminArte is high definition, photographic imaging on aluminum that uses a unique imaging technology. The result is a highly dimensional image embedded physically onto the aluminum, unlike images that are typically printed onto a coating and then applied to paper. These AluminArte photographs will last over 100 years with no fade – you’ll have to come and see them for yourself! “My clients love the richness that comes from the reflective light properties of my media.” – Bryce Dixon

In addition to the amazing work on the walls, the artist will also be selling a limited edition of professionally published books of his photographic works. These books are in full color and thick paper, with a limited edition of 100 of each… “The Capital City” revolves around Columbia’s beauty and “Textures of Charleston” is a composition of low country images near and around Charleston. Teaser, palm sized paperback books will be available for purchase too, only $5 each! The larger hard cover books are 8 1/2 x 11, and will be $40, signed by the artist.

Originally from North Carolina, Bryce Dixon lives in Columbia with his wife and two Shepherds. Known for his photography in aluminum, Bryce specializes in landscapes and commissioned works. His art can be seen at his gallery in the historic Arcade Mall as well as the Columbia Museum of Art.

Tapp’s Art Center:

“What Lies Beneath” by Gwyn Pevonka
Gwyn Pevonka is interested in heroic gesture of the 1950s, but having her own contemporary twist on it and glorifying femininity. Her work focuses on the empowerment of a heroic woman tackling the vulnerability of large-scale, the fragility of openness within her pieces, and the intricate monotonous technique of carved areas. Gwyn Pevonka’s work is intimidating in scale and enticing with the intensity of color. She graduated from Appalachian state in May 2011 with a BFA in painting. this will be her first solo exhibition in her professional career, please join her may 3rd to view; WHAT LIES BENEATH, Gwyn Pevonka’s newest body of work.

Also, Tapp’s will host One Columbia’s “One Month One Columbia Wrap-up Celebration.”

Wine Down on Main: Tarses Deux by Jenna Sach

If you missed Jenna Sach’s show last month at the FOM Series, your Main Street neighbors at Wine Down and Frame of Mind have worked with the artist to be sure you can enjoy it before its final close at the end of May.  Wine Down presents “Tarses Deux” this month!  Come and enjoy the artist’s interpretation of the philosophies of Carl Jung’s shadow self as presented in her photography.

Jenna says, “In art, man has been viewed with the same physique throughout the ages. Tarses is a challenge to the modern concept of what men are physically supposed to look like. Instead, I am showing real men with all their flaws. The idea of Jung’s philosophy about shadows comes into play when I’m lighting the male models. Instead of focusing the photos, lighting, and poses on sexuality, I wanted to explore the darker and subdued side to masculinity. This side usually resides within the subconscious, rarely ever shown…or even known to oneself.”

Grapes and Gallery:

Please join us for a fundraiser event this month.  As you may or may not know, a physically and mentally disabled man was recently attacked in the Vista; everything was taken from this man except his only means of transportation to work, his bike.

The four hosts of this event (Anna Ross, owner of Grapes and Gallery, Brenda Bowen, Travis Johnson and Lindsay Wolfe) have decided to call on our friends and throw a cocktail party in order to raise money for the victim.  100% of the proceeds from the cocktail party will go to the victim; either his medical/dental bills, rent, because he is currently out of work. We have spoken with the victim’s boss at Mellow Mushroom personally to guarantee the use of the funds raised.

We hope to raise $1,000 to give to the victim. Please bring cash/a check. Whether you give $1, $10, or $100 – it is totally up to you.

Beer, wine, and light hors d’oeuvres will be served.

For details (like the time of the event) you may contact Mark Plessinger by calling 803/988-1065 or e-mail him at (

Columbia, SC, Set for Another Big Weekend of Visual Arts and it all Starts with Artista Vista on Thursday Evening – April 26, 2012

April 25, 2012

The Vista Gallery Group in the Congaree Vista area of Columbia, SC, will present its 21st annual Artista Vista, the Midlands’ largest gallery crawl, from Thursday, Apr. 26 through Saturday, Apr. 28, 2012.

The celebration begins with Art Night in the Vista on Apr. 26. Vista artists and galleries will open their doors for this free, signature Vista event from 5 – 9pm.

Work by Laura Spong at Vista Studios

Art Night in the 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. Many galleries will also offer complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres as a part of Artista Vista.

A new feature this year during Art Night in the Vista, streets throughout the Vista will be closed Thursday evening to give event attendees the opportunity to experience artistic performances, dance and music in the streets.

Also this year, the University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum will present Install It: Installation art at Artista Vista, featuring seven installations throughout the Vista by artists Khaldoune Bencheikh & Mary How, Eileen Blyth, Michaela Pilar Brown, Wendell George Brown, Kara Gunter and Virginia Scotchie. Many of these works will stay up for the four weeks following Artista Vista. The installations were curated is Jeffrey Day, who organized the 2011 Install It exhibition presented during Artista Vista.

Work by Michael Fowler at City Art Gallery

Artista Vista is entirely run by the galleries, as it has been since the event began over two decades ago,” said Clark Ellefson, head of the Vista Gallery Group and owner of Lewis + Clark Studio. “We have some exciting shows and performances planned, and Artista Vista is always a great time to highlight the galleries that give the Vista the energy it’s known for.”

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.

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.

On Saturday, Apr. 28, the SC State Museum will offer the annual Congaree Art Festival, which will feature over 20 contemporary artists from South Carolina and selling their work on the Museum’s front plaza.

For further details visit (