Exit Strategy – Vista Studios Show April 13-25


Exit Strategy – Vista Studios Show April 13-25

The resident artists of Vista Studio are making plans to move! In their upcoming show, Exit Strategy, they will exhibit new work reflective of their focus over the past year, and a variety of mediums will be represented. The show runs from April 13th- 25th. There will be an Opening Reception and Open Studios on April 20th from 5-8pm, which is a free event, open to the public, in conjunction with Artista Vista. Refreshments will be served. The gallery will be open 11-5pm April 20-23rd, and by appointment April 13-19, 24-25, (803) 252-6134. 












Pat Gilmartin continues to expand her interest in mosaic glass and fused glass and will have several new pieces to show. She also has been experimenting with combining her previous figurative ceramic work with glass mosaics, finding the possibilities to be exciting and unlimited. 

Heidi Darr-Hope’s work, Incidental Findings, came out of a 3 day-experience working with abstract painter Brucie Holler. Beginning with a blind contour drawing to start her composition, Heidi stepped out of her comfort zone to create the new work, “reinforcing the importance of trusting that there is great value in getting uncomfortably lost. I learned that when I allow myself to move beyond what I already know, I am free to make incidental findings and unintentionally discover where I just might need to go next.”

Sharon Licata will be offering a series of new abstracts primarily in Alabaster with a side trip into some Georgia Marble. These sculptures represent the heart-felt feelings of the years at Vista Studios and the new winds blowing as the artists prepare for the move. 

Stephen Chesley says, ’The heritage of landscape painting is long and rich anchored in our most primal beginnings. Contemporary landscape painting with current ideas of modern abstraction read as figurative models of nature. The diminishing asset of the natural world is the challenge in this era of exponential domination.’

Michel McNinch has been working with familiar subjects in a large format. Come see the oysters glisten on a 3 x 4 foot canvas.

Also included in the show are Eileen Blyth, Stephen Chesley, Robert Kennedy, Kirkland Smith, Laura Spong, and David Yaghjian.


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For more information and hi-res images, please contact Kirkland Smith, (803)622-7838, or [email protected]

Pat Gilmartin
Stephen Chesley


Heidi Darr Hope
Eileen Blyth
Michel McNinch
David Yaghjian
Sharon Licata

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