February 7, 2014

5 reasons to go Arts & Draughts

Monthly event at Columbia Museum of Art is Friday, Feb. 7

Thinking about visiting the Columbia Museum of Art? Don’t wait until tomorrow. That’s because tonight, from 7-11 p.m., the museum is holding the year’s first Arts & Draughts event. Shannon Burke, the museum’s adult programs manager, offers five reasons about why you should attend.

1. There are cool prizes to be won

Give in to your competitive spirit, but under the guise of exploring the museum, and enter the Arts & Draughts Scavenger Hunt, which will take you on a whirlwind tour of the collection while testing your powers of observation and logic. “It’s a great way to see works you might otherwise miss, but don’t take too much time looking at them because the hunt is extremely competitive,” says Burke. “The prizes always vary, but we’ve given away everything from messenger bags to a bike.”

2. You can get creative

If being surrounded by art inspires you to unlock your inner Picasso, Burke’s got your back. Staff from the Richland County Library will be on hand to offer inspiration at the DIY craft table and you can practice live figure drawing at two workshops with Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School.

3. The music will be fabulous

“We’ll have a DJ SinDoolah and three bands tonight,” reports Burke. “Jordan Igoe is from Charleston and releasing her debut album on Valentine’s Day. Bombadil is a folk pop group from Durham that was recently featured in Rolling Stone and Great Peacock is a Nashville duo who just released a song called Tennessee. They’re all amazing.”

4. You won’t have to drink bad beer

Thanks to The Whig, Lonerider’s Sweet Josie ale and Shotgun Betty hefeweizen will both be available for just $3. And what better way to wash down Wurst Wagen’s German sausages?

5. It’s the best value around.

Not only will you have free run of the museum, but arrive on time, and you can take a free docent-led tour of the collection, which includes works by Monet, Remington and Mark Rothko. Tug Baker, a food writer with the Free Times, will lead two tours that offer his perspective of the museum’s newest exhibit, Japan and the Jazz Age. All for just $8, which is $4 less than the regular admission fee. Join the museum that night or renew your membership, and admission is free.

The museum is open every day but Monday. 1515 Main St., Columbia. (803) 799-2810; columbiamuseum.org

Katie McElveen, special to The State

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