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701 Center for Contemporary Art Announces April 11-12, 2015 as Dates for Free Columbia Open Studios Tour

The date has been set for 701 CCA Columbia Open Studios, a free, weekend-long tour of artists’ studios across Columbia and Richland and Lexington Counties that will take place Saturday, April 11, and Sunday, April 12, 2015.

A Weekend of Art Studio visits!

Join thousands of art lovers for the opportunity to visit with individual artists in their private, working studios, and to learn about their cultural backgrounds, their tools and techniques and how their personal stories impact their art.

During the 2014 event weekend, participating studios received approximately 9,000 visits, 50% of which came from outside of Columbia city limits, and artists sold over $30,000 in artwork. 701 CCA does not take a commission on artists’ sales.

A Hallway Exhibition of Columbia Open Studios participating artists will take place, March 30 – April 12, at 701 Whaley in the hallway space on the 1st floor. A Preview Party will be held in the Olympia Room at 701 Whaley Thursday, April 9, 2015, 7:00-9:00 p.m. as a kickoff for 701 CCA Columbia Open Studios 2015.


Columbia, SC: Supporting Our State’s Arts Economy

In presenting Columbia Open Studios, 701 Center for Contemporary Art seeks to provide easy access to the wealth of fine artists in Columbia, Richland and Lexington counties; generate excitement about area artists from first-time buyers and seasoned collectors alike and further establish Columbia, S.C., as a regional cultural tourism destination.


For more information: http://www.columbiaopenstudios.org


For questions about registering as a participating artist for 701 CCA Columbia Open Studios, contact Sheldon Paschal at director@701cca.org or 803.319.9949.


About 701 CCA Columbia Open Studios, April 11-12, 2015

Saturday, April 11: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Sunday, April 12: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

This free, self-led driving tour of fine artists’ studios throughout Columbia and Richland and Lexington Counties showcases the Midlands’ talented visual art community. Artists will open their studios and be on hand to share their personal stories, backgrounds and share their tools and techniques. Artists’ work will be available for purchase at zero markup. Visit Columbia Open Studios for more information on participating artists and to map out your Columbia Open Studios tour.


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. Admission to all exhibitions is free. 701 CCA also encourages interaction between visual arts and other art forms. For more info visit http://www.701cca.org.

701 CCA is located at 701 Whaley Street, 2nd Floor, Columbia, SC 29201. During exhibitions, hours are Wed, 11–8; Thu-Fri, 11-5; Sat, 9-5; Sun, 1-5. For more information visit http://www.701cca.org.


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