Join us for a breath of fresh air!


Spring is a season of growth and renewal, a time of reconnecting with nature and her exuberance. Our much-anticipated annual spring show featuring work by the resident artists at Stormwater Studios opens this week, in conjunction with Artista Vista, with live music by Pea Pickin’ Hearts.

We’ll continue celebrating springtime on Saturday at Art Day! Join us for plein air painting, materials workshops with Lee Monts of Golden Paints, mandala-making and even an old-fashioned cookout with our neighbors Lewis+Clark and One Eared Cow Glass.

Our bird feeders are atwitter, the flowers are blooming and we’ve even had turtles visiting our studios. Please stop by to enjoy this beautiful time of year with us!

Thursday 4/18: Artista Vista and Rites of Spring opening reception (5pm-9pm)

Saturday 4/20: Art Day at the Huger Street Arts District (10am-2pm)


If Art Gallery in Columbia will feature work by David Yaghjian and Anna Redwine, among other artists, in The Zoo, April 18 – May 11. Open during Artista Vista and Art Day!
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The Columbia Museum of Art has a new piece by Stephen Chesley on loan for their board room.

Travel fuels Heidi Darr-Hope’s creative process, and she recently stoked that fire in Santa Fe, NM. 

SVAD Studio@Stormwater has announced their stellar summer lineup of artists in residence, including Emily Lyles, Olga Yukhno, Allison Moore and Kayla Olive.

Save these Dates

April 18 – April 28: Rites of Spring exhibition
April 18: Artista Vista 2019 and exhibition opening 
April 20: Huger Arts District Art Day
April 23 – 30 (reception April 23): Media Playground, SVAD student exhibition 
May 1-5 (reception May 2, 6-8pm): American Landscapes: a Group BFA Exhibition 

Stormwater Studios Resident Artist Spotlight: Michel McNinch
“I love to paint.”

Michel McNinch followed her creative desires to pursue a life as a professional artist. She has seen the artistic inclinations she had as a child grow into a successful career. 

Michel specializes in portraits, landscapes, and works in series. She enjoys painting realistically with an interpretive style. In her portraits, she strives to create figures that are realistic and uses symbolism to reflect the personality of her model. Constantly inspired by the life and beauty found in everyday surroundings, McNinch conveys that inspiration onto the canvas and seeks to connect with her viewers in the resulting images.

She has been educated largely by inspiration. While many art classes in high school and college taught her the basic elements and principles of art, other artists and the world around her continue to teach her how a painting communicates. “I am hoping that the viewer will connect emotionally to my paintings.”

McNinch has been included in many regional and national shows and won numerous awards. Her work received “Best in Show” awards at the Hub City Exhibition – Spartanburg County Museum and the Belton Center for the Arts Annual Standpipe Exhibition. She is represented in corporate and private collections all along the eastern seaboard from Maine to Florida and also in Germany, Sweden and the Cayman Islands.

See more of her work at Stormwater Studios and on her website.

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