Begin the new year off right by advocating for local craft movements. There is plenty of renewed inspiration to be found in Columbia’s art community, from artisanal food to handmade works of art.
Columbia’s thriving commitment to art is motivated in part by talented native and non-native artists, both of which are represented at Stormwater Studios. Not only does this art space provide permanent working studios for ten resident artists, Stormwater’s gallery can be rented out for local, regional, or national art shows. When not host to an event, the central nexus of this visual arts center showcases community artists, making this one of Columbia’s premier art destinations with an average of twenty-five gallery shows a year.
Where to find it: 413 Pendleton St. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 1-4 p.m. Sunday.
Speaking of art destinations, you don’t have to travel far to visit One Eared Cow Glass, a hand-blown glass studio and gallery that has been a part of Columbia’s Vista since 1991. Locals and out-of-towners alike are invited to watch craftsmen make works of art from 2100 degrees molten glass. Afterward, onlookers can purchase various blown and cast glass pieces, or create their own masterpiece during a weekend workshop or class. Both classes and workshops are open to participants 10 years and older, and are filled on a first come first serve basis. For availability and more information, call 803-254-2444.
Where to find it: 1001 Huger St. 9-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.
Just in case your modern tastes have yet to be satisfied, you don’t have to drive far to get to Bay Leaf Eclectic Indian Cuisine. This new addition to the Vista’s restaurant lineup is unlike any other Indian restaurant you may have eaten at before. Its menu boasts all the best aspects of Indian cuisine, but with its own unique twists on classic favorites. The chefs here have truly mastered the art of creating exotic dishes that are savory, flavorful, and affordable, with a special $10 buffet Monday through Thursday.
Where to find it: 530 Lady St. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-10:30 p.m. Friday; Noon-3 p.m. and 5-10:30 p.m. Saturday; Noon-3 p.m. and 5-10 p.m. Sunday.
At the end of the day, raise a glass to all the hardworking creatives in our capital city at Steel Hands Brewing. Located across the street from one of the nation’s largest rebar factories, this Midland’s brewery is not only a hard-working industry, it knows a thing or two about quality experience and commitment to its local communities, including resident artists. Last fall, Steel Hand’s developed #TimeforArt, a submission-based competition to find a rebar sculpture to be displayed in their outdoor patio area — winner still to be announced. Which just goes to show the array of artistry that is located throughout Columbia, even in a taproom.
Where to Find It: 2350 Foreman St. 4-10 p.m. Thursday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday; Noon-8 p.m. Sunday.