Posts from March 19, 2007 until April 9, 2007

Monday April 9, 2007

Tyrone Geter Presents HEADS UP

Tyrone Geter opens HEADS UP at Gallery 80808, 808 Lady Street in Columbia’s downtown Vista this Thursday, April 12, 2007 with an artist’s reception that evening from 5 PM until 9 PM. The exhibition runs through Tuesday, April 17. The exhibition will feature new pastels, charcoals, sculptures, and oils by this excellent Columbia resident.

Tyrone, a nationally acclaimed children book illustrator, recently donated all of the original drawings from his book “Little Tree Growing In the Shade” to the Columbia Public Library.

“HeadsUp” is a collection of pastels, charcoals, oils, mixed media, and sculpture pieces exploring the realm of personality in people of ordinary means. The collection originally conceived as nothing more than an excuse for technical self-indulgence quickly evolved into an exploration into the self and the many ways that the personality can be portrayed.

Tyrone, an accomplished artist in a wide variety of materials and techniques, gives the viewer a deeper understanding of the many levels of accomplishments that can be obtained when a committed working artist is exploring the necessity of growth and change. These are two important elements needed for personal artistic development and self-realization.

For more information, call 803-865-6384 or email [email protected]
Please also visit the gallery’s website at The gallery telephone number is 803-252-6134. Parking after 6 PM is free in the city lot diagonally across Lady Street from the gallery; however, the entrance is off Washington Street across from the Main Police Station.

Thursday April 5, 2007

STUDIO VISITS feature work by Yaghjian and Spong

“Reflection”, 2006 by David Yaghjian
“Untitled”, 1960 by Laura Spong

Two of Vista Studios artists, Laura Spong and David Yaghjian, are featured in STUDIO VISITS at the Greenville County Museum of Art, 420 College Street, Greenville, SC. The exhibition opens on April 18 and continues through June 10 with an artists preview on Tuesday, April 17 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM. The Museum is open Tuesday–Saturday from 11–5, remaining open until 8 on Thursday evenings. On Sundays the hours are 1–5.

STUDIO VISITS ia a multi-generational trek through South Carolina, featuring paintings by Laura Spong, David Yaghjian, David Boatwright, Dorothy Netherland, and Alexia Timberlake with ceramic sculptures by Jay Owens. The exhibition offeres a collection of recent work by a unique combinationa of artists, presenting experimentation and accomplishment, humor and serious themes, evoked by artistic voices of significant maturity as well as enthusiastic youth.

For additional information or to respond for the opening preview, please contact [email protected].

Wednesday April 4, 2007

Pat Gilmartin’s art at Brookgreen Sculpture Garden

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.

Brookgreen Gardens is a National Historic Landmark with one of the most significant collections of figurative sculpture in an outdoor setting by American artists in the world. Located in the South Carolina Lowcountry in former rice plantation settings, the beautifully landscaped gardens comprise a jewel-like setting for enjoying nature and sculpture. For further information call 843-235-6000 or email to

Monday March 26, 2007

Pat Parise: New Works opens at Gallery 80808

“New Works” by Columbia, S.C. artist Patrick Parise will be on view
from Friday, March 30 through Tuesday, April 10, 2007 at Gallery 80808/Vista Studios, 808 Lady Street the Vista area of Columbia.

Parise will be showing his paintings on wood panels as well as new
etchings and paintings on canvas. The new images will again include a range of his work, from colorful landscapes to beautifully flowing abstracts.

An opening reception will be held at the Gallery on Friday, March 30th from 5 – 10 pm.

The artist will be available at the gallery on Saturdays from 11 – 6 pm and on Sundays from 1 – 5 pm, on weekdays from 11 – 7 pm and by appointment. Call 803-790-2136 or email the
artist: pat Also visit his web site at

Monday March 19, 2007


Sisters Show Work in Wood & Weave

The exhibition Wood & Weave opens at Gallery 80808 with a reception on Friday, March 23, 2007, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. The exhibition presents the works of two sisters: custom caned furniture by Kate Callahan and shadow boxes by Pat Callahan. Both artists use traditional techniques and materials ingeniously to weave their creations.

Kate Callahan first tackled caning when she volunteered to recane one of her parents’ kitchen chairs. Armed with an instructional video and an unflagging can-do spirit she soon built a steady business of furniture recaning and repair, learning techniques and cane patterns on the job. Kate leapt into furniture design in 2003 when she designed and built (with her father’s assistance) a maple armchair with caned back and seat. The chair is comfortable to “sitters” of all sizes and fitting for formal or casual décor. Engaged by the “drama of wood” and possible materials, Kate has crafted the chair in mahogany, in walnut, with Danish cord, and with a rush weave. In addition to two variations of the chair, Wood & Weave will include Kate’s entry table in elm and in maple, coffee table in mahogany, display boxes in maple, wenge, mahogany, and purple heart–all incorporating her signature caned floating shelf–and a cane wreath designed for a 2006 invitational exhibition at the Peninsula Fine Arts Center, Inc., Newport News, Virginia. Kate’s furniture received the best in show award at the 2006 Gosport Arts Festival, Portsmouth, Virginia. Kate resides in Chesapeake, Virginia.

Pat Callahan’s recent work displays equal ingenuity and beauty. Known first for her figure drawings, the Columbia artist presents shadow boxes in Wood & Weave. Working in three dimensions has unleashed Pat’s propensity to collect feathers, rocks, and whatnots; and a love of wood, tools, and metal workings. Her constructions explore what the artist terms “burrs,” kernels of truth and deceit, perceptions and distortions, and unsettling beauty. The boxes exhibit a curious juxtaposition of found and created elements and marked restraint and balance, the result of the artist’s design sense honed over a graphic design career. Included in Wood & Weave will be a series of shadow boxes with work-weary figures that speak to distorted cultural and personal work ethic and “night song in 3 acts,” a three box homage to nightfall when Pat often heads to her studio at Vista Studios.

Wood & Weave continues through March 27, 2007. Gallery 80808 is located with Vista Studios at 808 Lady St., Columbia. Weekend hours will be 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information please call Vista Studios at 803.252.6134.

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