Posts from April 17, 2007 until May 15, 2007

Tuesday May 15, 2007

Corley Mill Spring Art Exhibit

The Corley Mill Artist Group opens their spring art exhibition with a reception at Gallery 80808, 808 Lady Street this Friday, Map 18 from, 5 until 8 PM. Additional hours are on May 19 and 20 from 11 AM until 3 PM. For more information, please visit their website: or email [email protected] or call (803) 356-2986.

Free parking is available after 6 PM and all weekend in the city owned lot diagonally across Lady Street from the gallery….but entrance to this area is off Washington Street across from the police station.

The gallery’s telephone number is (803) 252-6134. The website is

Tuesday May 8, 2007


Over the weekend of May 5 and 6, the artists of Vista Studios participated in the Midland’s new, major art event: OPEN STUDIOS. This was part of the visual arts components of the Columbia Festival of the Arts. Over 380 visitors came to Vista Studios, many from other counties and even far off states. Artists were available to discuss their inspirations, techniques, and creative processes. Artwork was sold. Above is Stephen Chesley’s studio.

Above is Sharon Licata in her stone sculpting studio.

Above is Heidi Darr-Hope in her mixed media mecca.

Above is Ethel Brody in her studio.

Above is Pat Callahan surrounded by her figurative drawings and mixed media boxes.

Above is Laura Spong’s oil painting studio.

Thursday May 3, 2007


The artists at Vista Studios, 808 Lady Street in Columbia’s downtown Vista, are among the 66 participating visual artists in OPEN STUDIOS, part of the Columbia Festival of the Arts. The event is scheduled from 10 AM until 6 PM on Saturday and from noon until 6 PM on Sunday. This is a opportunity for the public to engage artists while at work, talk about inspirations and techniques, and to leisurely view (and hopefully buy!) fantastic works of art!
The image appearing in the previous post includes a detail by the Vista Studios participating artists, from left to right: Susan Lenz, Stephen Chesley, Laura Spong, Pat Gilmartin, Don Zurlo, Sharon Licata, Heidi Darr-Hope, Ethel Brody, Pat Callahan, Jeff Donovan, and David Yaghjian
Free parking is available in the city lot diagonally across Lady Street from Vista Studios but the entrance to the lot is off Washington Street, across from the police station.

Wednesday April 25, 2007


Please join the artists of Vista Studios for Artista Vista, Thursday, April 26 from 5 – 9 PM and for ART DAY, Saturday, April 28 from 11 AM – 3 PM. The main gallery, atrium, and all the hallways are hanging with recent work by all twelve, active members of the group including: Pat Callahan, Jeff Donovan, David Yaghjian, Laura Spong, Pat Gilmartin, Ethel Brody, Don Zurlo, Stephen Chesley, Sharon Licata, Robert Kennedy, Heidi Darr-Hope, and Susan Lenz.

Tuesday April 17, 2007


The artists at Vista Studios are busy this spring! Previous posts included some of this information, like STUDIO VISITS at the Greenville Museum of Art, April 18 – June 3. This is a multi-generational trek through South Carolina and features Laura Spong and David Yaghjian among others. There is also a free artist’s talk on Thursday, May 3 at 6:30 PM.

Pat Gilmartin has been invited to participate in an exhibit at Brookgreen Sculpture Garden, Pawleys Island, SC. The show, which runs from March 31 through June 17, 2007, highlights sculptors who participated in Brookgreen’s Kenan Master Sculpture Program from 2003 – 2005.

Susan Lenz has work in the 35th annual juried show in the Fayetteville Museum of Art, Mar. 18 – May 6. The website includes a slide show and is at She also has work in the 50th Annual National Juried Art Exhibition at the Rocky Mount Arts Center, Mar. 28 – June 17 and will have other pieces in the 28th Annual South Carolina Artists Exhibition at the Pickens County Museum of Art and History, Apr. 28 – June 9.

Several of the Vista Studio artist were accepted into the Hub City Biennial Art Exhibition at the Spartanburg Museum, Mar. 31 – June 17. The artists showing are: Jeff Donovan, Stephen Chesley, David Yaghjian, and Susan Lenz.

Artista Vista is always a busy time for the Vista Studios artists. Yet, this year is even bigger and better. In addition to the “NEW WORKS” exhibit in the main gallery and atrium of Vista Studios, two of the artists are showing elsewhere.

Stephen Chesley is being featured with a solo show at Carol Saunders Gallery, 922 Gervais Street with an opening on April 26. The show runs through May 26. (For more information: 803-256-3046)

David Yaghjian is being featured along with his late father, Edmund Yaghjian, at if ART Gallery, 1223 Lincoln Street. This show’s opening reception is on Friday, Apr. 20 from 5 – 10 PM, is part of Artista Vista, and closes May 12. (For more information: 803-238-2351)

At McKissick Museum of Art, the annual, juried fund-raiser “A Fool For Art” will hang through May 5. The show includes: Pat Gilmartin, Laura Spong, Ethel Brody, David Yaghjian, Stephen Chesley, Sharon Licata, and Susan Lenz.

One more exciting happening is OPEN STUDIO, Saturday May 5 (10 – 6) and Sunday May 6 (Noon – 6). Eleven of the thirteen artists at Vista Studios are participating in this exciting event, part of the Columbia Festival of the Arts. This is a chance to see 66 artists in Richland and Lexington Counties working in their studios, to talk about inspirations and processes, and to view various media in studio settings. It is part of the Columbia Festival of the Arts. (For more information:

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