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List Revealed for Columbia Open Studios Tour, Presented by 701 Center for Contemporary Art on April 11-12, 2015

The roster of 41 participating visual artists, including 7 newcomers, has been released for Columbia Open Studios, presented by 701 Center for Contemporary Art. The free, self-led driving tour of artists’ studios will take place April 11 and 12, 2015 across Richland and Lexington Counties.

Now in its fifth year as a signature event presented by 701 CCA, the popular, self-guided tour opens the doors of visual artists’ working studios across the Midlands. Thanks to major support from the City of Columbia and Richland County and other sponsors, visitors enjoy free admission to all studios, and artists keep 100% of artwork sales.

701 CCA will host a #ColaOpenStudios tour stop as well. Polymedia artist Eto Otitigbe will appear live while creating new work throughout the weekend in the 701 CCA gallery at 701 Whaley. Otitigbe is a multi-media artist based in Brooklyn, NY, and Austin, TX, whose sculpture, performance and installation work investigates issues of race, technology, politics and human interaction. 

701 CCA Columbia Open Studios 2015 Participating Artists.

The 7 artists who are new to the tour are marked in bold italics. The 4 artists who are returning after a two-year or longer hiatus are marked in italics. (41 total.)


Christy Aitken

Jeremy Butler

Nancy Butterworth

Khris Coolidge

Michael Donkle

Clark Ellefson

Renea Eshleman

Betty Evans

Henry Foster

Diane Gilbert

Ron Hagell

Lyssa Harvey

Mary Ann Haven

Ruby Haydock-Deloach

Howard Hunt

Judy Bolton Jarrett

Russell Jeffcoat

Alicia Leeke

Susan Lenz

Patrick Mahoney

Sean McGuinness

Regina Moody

Julia Moore

One Eared Cow Glass

Patrick Parise

Carol Pittman

Marie Powell

Carolyn F. Ramsey

Dave Robbins

Jane Schwantes

John & Venetia Sharpe

Kelly and J. Spencer Shull

Marian Soule

Laura Spong

Curran Stone

Jan Swanson

Christian Thee

Kathryn Van Aernum

Carey Weathers

Charlene Wells

Ellen Emerson Yaghjian


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

701 Center for Contemporary Art will host a Preview Party for Columbia Open Studios on Thursday, April 9, 2015 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on the second floor of historic 701 Whaley, next to the 701 CCA gallery. DJ Irv of Art Bar Fridays fame will spin, and guests will enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cash bar.


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.

Preview Party Thursday, April 9: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. at 701 CCA

This free, self-led driving tour of fine artists’ studios throughout the city of 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 inspirations as well as introduce visitors to techniques and tools specific to their trade. Artists’ work will be available for purchase with no markup. Visit Columbia Open Studios for more information on participating artists and to map out your Columbia Open Studios tour.


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