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70 Local Creative Enterprises Open Doors for Free Columbia Open Studios Tour

Self-guided art studio tour spans City of Columbia and Richland and Lexington Counties

Mar. 28, 2016 (COLUMBIA, S.C.) — Seventy local artists will open their working studios for the public during Columbia Open Studios, a signature event presented by 701 Center for Contemporary Art (701 CCA), on Saturday, April 2, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. and Sunday, April 3, 12–6 p.m.

TOUR

In its sixth year, Columbia Open Studios is a free, self-guided tour of artists’ working studios spanning the City of Columbia and Richland and Lexington Counties.

Artists will open their studios – from gardens and garages to residential homes and warehouses – to share their techniques, tools and inspirations with tour-goers and offer the public a chance to purchase their artwork at no markup, which supports local cottage industries and contributes to the Midlands’ economy.

Artists’ media range from classic painting and sculpture to installation art, pottery, leatherworking, blacksmithing and more. With 70 artists (including 27 new participants), this year’s Columbia Open Studios, an offshoot of the national Open Studios arts phenomenon, is the largest yet.

Guests can plan their #ColaOpenStudios tour by picking up a printed, 32-page guidebook with maps and full artist list with sample works, or by viewing all information online at http://www.columbiaopenstudios.org.

PREVIEW PARTY

701 Center for Contemporary Art will host the official Columbia Open Studios Preview Party on Thursday, March 31, 7–9 p.m. at 701 CCA on the second floor of historic 701 Whaley. Guests will enjoy an exhibition of participating artists’ work while meeting the creators; complimentary hors d’oeuvres, cash bar and music by DJ Irv. Tickets, $5 for 701 CCA members and $10 for the public, are available online: http://bit.ly/COS-previewparty and at the door.

SPONSORS

Major support for Columbia Open Studios is provided by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, the City of Columbia and Richland County, as well as South Carolina Veterinary Specialists.

Details and full guide are available at http://www.columbiaopenstudios.org.

About 701 CCA’s Columbia Open Studios

Tour: Saturday, April 2, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sunday, April 3, 2016, 12-6 p.m. in Columbia, S.C.

Preview Party: Thursday, March 31, 2016, 7-9 p.m. at 701 Whaley St., Columbia, S.C.

701 Center for Contemporary Art presents the sixth installment of Columbia Open Studios, a free, self-led driving tour of artists’ working studios spanning the City of Columbia and Richland and Lexington Counties, showcasing the Midlands’ brilliant visual art community. During this weekend-long tour, artists open their studios to the public to share their stories and techniques. 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. and 12-6 p.m. Visit www.columbiaopenstudios.org for more information.

About 701 CCA

701 Center for Contemporary Art (701 CCA) is a nonprofit visual art center that promotes understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of contemporary art, the creative process and the role of art and artists in the community via its gallery & artist-in-residence program at historic 701 Whaley in Columbia, South Carolina. 701 CCA also encourages interaction between visual arts and other art forms. For more info visit http://www.701cca.org.

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Facebook event: http://bit.ly/ColaOpenStudios16

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Photo: J Spencer Shull;  by H. Gordon Humphries

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