The State Street Shopping Group in West Columbia hosted a monthly first Friday art crawl on Friday, March 2. The event was free and open to the public.
The event featured the work of multiple artists from Columbia and beyond in various stores and restaurants on State Street, such as It’s the Little Things, Café Strudel, and the Warehouse. Each of the shops stayed open late and had a variety of appetizers and beverages for guests to enjoy as they viewed the art.
“We’re just hoping to stay open as late as we can. As long as there are customers still in here enjoying the art and each other’s company, we’re happy to be here,” said an employee at It’s the Little Things.
Jessica Dame, an artist and freelance illustrator based in Columbia, SC was the featured local artist of the event. Largely self-taught, Dame works in mixed media and specializes heavily in ink, gouache, watercolor, and found paper. Under the name of Lady Dame Prints, her designs are featured on postcards, greeting cards, and stickers.
During the May and November art crawls, the City works with the group to enhance the event with a live band and food truck. They also close down the street with a live public art display that features about 10 artists painting on the street.
State Street Art Crawl provides the Midlands public with an intimate opportunity to view the art by talented locals, but the event also helps solidify the unique, eclectic identity of downtown West Columbia. An arts-driven neighborhood comprised of locally owned small businesses, including charming eateries and local arts and craft shops.