Columbia Museum of Art patrons can enjoy Picasso with a pint Friday night at the museum’s quarterly Arts and Draughts, which brings craft beer, live music and local eats to its downtown space.
Guests will be treated to a sample of Copperline Amber Ale, a North Carolina craft beer from Carolina Brewery, and can purchase the beer as well as others from Carolina Brewery at the bar. Different craft beers are brought in for each Arts and Draughts event in a partnership between the museum and The Whig, a (literally) underground Gervais Street bar.
Along with the Picasso Masterworks exhibit, on loan from UNC Greensboro’s Weatherspoon Art Museum, guests can also see “Found in Translation,” an exhibit of Steven Naifeh’s “large-scale geometric abstraction,” said Shannon Burke, the museum’s public programs coordinator.
“It’s really colorful, which is great for the summer, and they’re really huge works,” Burke said.
A traditional tour of the exhibits will depart promptly at 7 p.m., when the event kicks off, and two “Unique Perspective” tours will run at 8:20 p.m. and 9:40 p.m. Chef Ryan Whittaker of @116 Espresso and Wine Bar will lead that tour, giving insight on the artwork in the context of food.
Guests can create their own artwork with a do-it-yourself art station or they can become part of the art, with a live figure drawing artist at Arts and Draughts throughout the night.
Bone-In Barbeque, an Arts and Draughts staple, will be accompanied by newcomers Cupcake and Paradise Ice, two downtown dessert shops. Both have treats designed to complement the featured beer, according to Burke.
Three bands from South Carolina and one from nearby Athens, Ga., will provide live music. Two Charleston bands, San Jose and Company, will bring garage rock and “your standard indie” to the event. Columbia natives The Unawares and Athens’ Brothers will also play.
“We like to stick to regional music,” Burke said.
For each Arts and Draughts, which can attract between 700 and 1,500 people, Burke said she tries to bring in unique vendors and attractions.
“We try to provide the audience with different options, not just different things to do but different things to try,” Burke said.