Studio tour opens neighborhood doors

otaylor@thestate.comMarch 21, 2013 

  • If you go Columbia Open Studios

    When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and noon-

    6 p.m. Sunday

    Where: Participating studios in Richland and Lexington counties

    Tickets: Free



    Preview party

    Many of the Columbia Open Studios’ participating artists will be at 701 Whaley tonight for the preview party. There will be hors d’oeuvres by Linda Phillips Catering and Irv Thompson will deejay the party that begins at 7 p.m. 701 Whaley is at 701 Whaley St. $5 for members, $10 nonmembers

Almost 60 artists will open their studios for public viewing on Saturday and Sunday as part of 701 Center for Contemporary Arts’ Columbia Open Studios. The self-guided studio tours, in Richland and Lexington counties, will provide a glimpse of the artists’ technique and work process while providing an opportunity to speak with artists. It’s a conversation that’s unlikely to happen at, say, an exhibition opening.

This year, Columbia Open Studios has grouped the artists by neighborhood, which should make it even easier to design a route. Maps are available at 701 CCA and online at

Here is a listing of artists by neighborhood:

The Vista: Heidi Darr-Hope, Jeff Donovan, Sharon Collings Licata, Michel McNinch, Laura Spong, Clark Ellefson and One Eared Cow Glass

Main Street: Bonnie Goldberg (Arcade), Katrina Hampton (Tapp’s), Whitney LeJeune (Arcade), Barbie Mathis (Tapp’s), Blue Sky (Arcade), Martha Thomas (Arcade), Beth West (Arcade), Walton Selig (Arcade) and Letitia “Tish” Lowe (Arcade)

Viridian Gallery & Studio and Studio Carlisle, both off Millwood Avenue: Julia Moore (Carlisle), Chappy Manning (Carlisle), K. Page Morris (Carlisle), Kevin Smith (Carlisle), Marian Soule (Carlisle), Regina Moody (Viridian), Nini Ward (Viridian) and Carey Weathers (Viridian)

Downtown: Jeff Amberg, Diane Gilbert, Howard Hunt and Russell Jeffcoat

Northeast Columbia and Forest Acres: Christy Aitken, Hannah Aitken, Mary Ann Haven, Curran Stone, Alicia Leeke, Jane Muller, Carol Pittman, Christian Thee, Lyssa Harvey and Mike Donkle

Shandon, Rosewood and Garners Ferry: Angel Allen, Nancy K. Butterworth, Michele Kingery, Nora Floyd/Ruth Bayard, Mary Gilkerson, Shannon Purvis, Mary Robinson, Grace Rockafellow, J. Spencer Shull, Ellen Emerson Yaghjian, Betty Evans, Patrick M. Parise and Carolyn Ramsay

Lexington County and Lake Murray Country: Rachel Parker, Amanda Ladymon, Ron Weathers, Robert W. Hickman, Gretchen Evans Parker, Ruby Haydock-DeLoach and Judy Bolton Jarrett

Reach Taylor at (803) 771-8362.

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