Tabletop arrangements are fascinating landscapes for many artists who use everyday objects to create wildly varied images.
Many of those images will be on display this week as part of the Columbia Museum of Art’s exhibit “Tabletop Art History: Still Life from the Collection,” which continues through Jan. 4.
The colorful exhibition uses 24 still life paintings from the museum’s collection — including works by Roy Lichtenstein, Julie Heffernan, and Lionel Gilbert — to tell the story of American art. The pieces range from polished photographic apples to loosely painted bowls on the kitchen table.
The exhibit demonstrates how artists can use one theme in different styles while featuring the differences between realism, impressionism, and expressionism. It can be viewed in the Mamie and William Andrew Treadway Jr. Gallery at the museum, 1515 Main St.
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The museum’s special hours this week are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $12 for the general public and $10 for seniors and military, and $5 for students. 5 years old and younger is admitted free.
The museum will offer free admission for everyone on New Year’s Eve.
Christmas on the Potomac
“Christmas on the Potomac” remains on display in the lobby of The Thomas Cooper Library, 1322 Green St., on the University of South Carolina campus through Jan. 5.
The exhibit features more than 50 holiday cards sent and received by South Carolina political leaders over the years. The cards are drawn from the more than 100 collections held by USC libraries’ South Carolina Political Collections.
The exhibit is free and open to the public.
Some teen time art
The Teen Center at Richland Library Main, 1431 Assembly St., in Columbia will offer hands-on artistic workshops Monday and Tuesday to help teens get their hands dirty and their minds moving.
The week’s courses include “Foldable Flowers: Origami Flower Project” on Monday and “Zen Drawings” on Tuesday.
Teens can drop in anytime after 2:30 p.m. those days for one of the classes. Admission is free. For more information, call (803) 929-3470.
An all-star distinction
White Knoll High Student Caroline Clarke won an All-Star Cast Award during the recent S.C. Theatre Association High School Theatre Festival 2014.
Clarke performed in the play “Almost Maine,” with several other While Knoll students and received the award for her portrayal of Gayle.
High school drama departments from across the state participated in the competition, which was held during the annual convention in Aiken.