Our goals are to add another dimension to the arts in the Midlands. We would like to make classes available to any one, of any age, and any diverse group who has the desire to make art a part of their lives.
During the last few years we have attracted students from all parts of South Carolina and taught them that they can have an artistic impact in this state in many ways. Our students have attained the confidence to enter contests, display in galleries, and some are developing portfolios to make art their future career. Their success is our success, and we are proud of the role we play in assisting in their creative development.
We believe that everyone is capable of expressing themselves artistically and that anyone can learn to do so. The purpose of this site is to share our art and vision to inform, encourage and inspire all who are interested. Call Donna Rozier (356-2986) or visit our website for more information.
Gallery 80808 opened in August 1990 as part of the Vista Studios project, a joint venture of the Columbia Development Corporation and the South Carolina Arts Commission. Since then the facility has matured along with the Vista into a unique venue for Columbia's visual arts. Situated in the heart of the Vista at 808 Lady Street, Gallery 80808 has become a vital part of the contemporary art scene in the Columbia metropolitan area.
In addition to exhibitions by the resident artists, Gallery 80808 provides much needed gallery space for community artists and groups. The gallery presents up to 25 different exhibitions a year with new shows opening on a regular basis. The calendar of upcoming exhibitions can be found at www.vistastudios80808.com
The space is available for lease as a high quality location for local, regional, or national art shows. For more information and terms for leasing the space follow the link for Gallery Rental or contact Ms. Louise Shirley of Molten/Lamar Architects, owners of the building (803-771-7008).
Gallery hours are weekdays 11am to 3pm and weekends 1 to 4pm. Please call the Gallery 80808 at 803-252-6143 to confirm hours. For more information please visit the website at http://www.vistastudios80808.com.
by Mary Bentz Gilkerson
About Face artists' group meets each Tuesday evening at the Columbia Museum of Art. A group of artists that gather once a week to sketch and paint from live models. The group meets every Tuesday evening from 6:00-8:00pm for portrait drawing and 7:15-9:15pm for figure drawing. Twenty years ago, a group of artists passionate about figurative art formed About Face at the museum's old art school. After years of a nomadic existence, the group has come home to be the Columbia Museum of Art's newest membership affiliate group. Participants are invited to paint, draw, or sculpt from a live model each Tuesday evening in the museum's basement studios. To members, About Face is a classroom, a studio, a support network, and a circle of friends. Sessions are $5 per single session or $8 for both sessions on the same night. Curious? Call Leslie Pierce at 803.343.2208.
CCAL meets the third Monday of each month at Crooked Creek Park in Chapin, SC (803-345-6181). We get together to share ideas and enjoy a guest speaker each month. The League has approximately 100 dues-paying members and holds organized monthly meetings with speakers and demonstrations. They provide ongoing classes, workshops and seminars for its members and the public throughout the year and hold a Juried Exhibit awarding up to $2000 in prize money. The League is active in the Chapin community and have representatives on the Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission Advisory Board and the Chapin Chamber of Commerce. They provide assistance to the Crooked Creek Park with various activities such as Chapin Celebrates the Arts and maintenance of the TAPS Gallery. All who are interested in art are invited. For information about the art league, contact Donna Reid 781-6353 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org