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Vista Nights

The Congaree Vista Guild, a non-profit, membership-based organization made up of a wide variety of restaurant, shop, business and gallery owners, homeowners and museums in the Vista, announces its plans for October 2015’s Vista Nights. This event, which is free and open to the public and takes place on the third Thursday of each month, is Thursday, October 15, 5-8 p.m. 

The Vista Guild organizes this event to offer later shopping hours at the neighborhood’s most popular galleries and retailers on Thursday evenings, which are already bustling with diners and hotel guests in the neighborhood’s restaurants and bars. 

October Vista Nights participating galleries include:

  • 302 Artisans at Senate’s End, 302 Senate Street. Offering Dabble and Drink art classes by Brenda Konitzer of Gates of O’brillin from 6 – 8 p.m. This month, participants will have the chance to create a “Steampunkin,” using foam pumpkins. Participants can bring in old jewelry, watches or other small items to create their pieces. This class is $45 (all supplies and light hors d’oeuvres are included). Register in advance by calling 803-238-6019.
  • City Art, 1224 Lincoln Street. Featuring a solo exhibition, “US: A Civil War, Artwork by Dan Smith,” including mixed media paintings, photographs and installations inspired by the American Civil War.
  • Ellen Taylor Interiors, 1012 Gervais Street. Serving complimentary beverages.
  • if ART Gallery, 1223 Lincoln Street. Featuring “David Yaghjian: Scenes,” a solo exhibition.
  • Lewis+Clark, 1001 Huger Street. Featuring “Tin Things,” a selection of Clark Ellefson’s bracelets, robots and what nots. All of Ellefson’s modern lamps and robots are made in Columbia and crafted of paper, steel, glass and wood. 
  • One Eared Cow Glass, 1001 Huger Street. Offering a glass pumpkin-making class from 6 – 8 p.m. Pre-registration is required and can be made by calling (803) 254-2444. Members of the public are invited to watch.
  • Studio Cellar, 912 Lady Street. Offering 10 percent discount on painting class during Vista Nights. Instructors will walk participants through painting step-by-step. Register in advance at studio-cellar.com
  • Vista Studios/Gallery 80808, 808 Lady Street. “Lasting Impressions” featuring printmaking and handmade books by artists Cynthia Colbert, Claire Farrell and Grace Rockafellow. Members of the public is invited to come try printmaking from 5-7 p.m. The show will run from Oct. 8-19.

“Thursday evenings are always alive in the Vista with diners packing our restaurants and tourists in our hotels,” said Meredith Atkinson, executive director of the Congaree Vista Guild Board. “Shoppers and gallery visitors can wind their way through the Vista and stay to eat at one of our restaurants or attend a special event at one of our museums.”

Parking, as always, is easily accessible in the Vista’s parking garages at 820 Washington Street and at the corner of Senate and Pendleton Streets behind the Hilton hotel.

For more information about the Vista, please visit www.VistaColumbia.com. Follow the Vista Guild on Twitter, Instagram and on Facebook