Operatic Threads

Operatic Threads
A group exhibition and Jasper Magazine release party.
On Thursday, September 18, 2014 Gallery 80808/Vista Studios will be transformed into a unique, operatic atmosphere for Jasper Magazine’s autumn release.  This event is also being featured in the Conagree Vista Guild’s “Third Thursday” art crawl and will take place from 5 – 9 PM at 808 Lady Street in downtown Columbia, SC.  
Classical oil paintings by internationally renowned realist Tish Lowe will set the stage in the main gallery.  Palmetto Opera’s artistic director, Walter Cuttino, will lead a one-night-only performance of highlights from Puccini’s La Bohème, hits from familiar musicals such as Phantom of the Opera and Carousel.  Palmetto Opera will present an international production of La Bohème at the Koger Center on February 28, 2015. 
The atrium will showcase a collaborative installation by fiber artist Susan Lenz and graffiti artist Michael Krajewski.  Their work, Threads: Gathering My Thoughts, will be a manifestation of the mental images and ideas that naturally flow through the human mind while engaged in the viewing of La Bohème.  Lenz’s tangle of unraveled, old threads will cascade in and out of suspended baskets mimicking the colors, complex plots, and emotions of a performance. Krajewski’s bohemian, pencil graffiti will literally express the connections between the visual, musical, dramatic, literary, and poetic world of a bygone, operatic world still dancing in the twenty-first century mind.  The arts exhibition will remain on view through Tuesday, September 30th.      
Hours:  Opening reception, Thurs. Sept. 18, 5 – 9.  Weekdays from 11 – 5. Weekends from noon – 5. 
For more information:  Susan Lenz, [email protected] (803) 254-0923, home or (803) 606-9804, cell.
Jasper Magazine, The Word on Columbia Arts, is a bi-monthly print magazine published by Muddy Ford Press.   http://jaspercolumbia.net/

The Painter, Portrait of Jason Schutzman by Tish Lowe
Threads: Gathering My Thought (earlier installation shot) by Susan Lenz
Detail from Ophelia showing Michael Krajewski’s stream-of-consciousness graffiti from an earlier collaborative installation with Susan Lenz

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