Columbia artists open their doors for studio tour
Posted 4/19/2012 7:54:00 PM
Every time I head to a gallery or art show here in Columbia
I am blown away by how many talented artists live here.
This month, 69 of them will open their studio doors to the public for Columbia Open Studios
, a two-day event hosted by 701 Center for Contemporary Art
. The free, self-guided driving tour showcases local talent and gives the public a chance to see the artists at work in their own studios.
With so many artists participating, there will be wide range of art on display. From Eileen Blyth’s
fascinating acrylic and charcoal paintings, to Susan Lenz’s
meticulous fiber art and Alejandro Garcia-Lemos’ colorful, graphic social art.
Also on the roster is Christian Thee
, who is one of the top trompe l’oeil painters working today. Trompe l’oeil uses perspective and artful illusion to trick the eye into seeing depth and three dimensions on flat surfaces. In addition to his artwork, Thee has also worked as a New York theater set designer and is a devotee of magic. His home is, likewise, theatrical and magical with secret passages and tricks-of-the-eye around every corner. During the Open Studios tour, Thee is opening up his house to visitors who can also sneak a peak at his scale models for his theatre sets.
This year, Columbia Open Studios is an official partner of The Nickelodeon’s expanded 6th Annual Indie Grits Festival.
The Columbia Open Studios tour will take place on Saturday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday, April 22 from noon to 6 p.m. Admission is free.
For more information and a map of studio locations visit the Columbia Open Studios website