NEWS & Happenings

  • Mix and Mingle, Wine, Dine and Shop at Annual Vista Lights

    November 06, 2017

    The Congaree Vista’s signature open house kicks off the holiday season with artistic performances, live music and dancing. More than 60 galleries, shops and restaurants in the Vista will open their doors to showcase their holiday treasures before and following the Vista’s tree lighting with Mayor Steve Benjamin and other city leaders. 

  • Incident on Sept. 16, 2017

    September 16, 2017

    The Vista Guild's thoughts are with the victims and families of this terrible incident in the last night, first and foremost. We are also in frequent communication with the Columbia Police Department, who by all accounts, responded swiftly and are making this a top priority. This morning we asked businesses in the Vista to send any video they have from their own security cameras to CPD, and we also encourage anyone with information about this incident to please contact the police immediately at 803.252.2911 or call Crimestoppers at 888-CRIME-SC, where you can leave an anonymous tip.

  • Vista Guild and Vista Neighborhood Association Unveil Traffic Control Boxes Wrapped with Artists’ Work

    September 12, 2017

    The Congaree Vista Guild and the Vista Neighborhood Association announce that they have successfully fundraised for and wrapped 15 highly visible traffic control boxes in the Vista with vivid images of work by local artists.

  • Vista Guild Announces Lineup for Vista After 5

    September 01, 2017

    The Congaree Vista Guild, a non-profit, membership-based organization comprised of a wide variety of restaurateurs, shop, business, gallery owners and homeowners in the Vista, will host “Vista After 5,” a free concert series in partnership with Music Farm and Tin Roof.

  • Congaree Vista Guild Elects New Executive Committee for 2017

    August 01, 2017

    The Congaree Vista Guild, a non-profit, membership-based organization comprised of a wide variety of restaurateurs, shop, business, gallery owners, and homeowners in the Vista, has elected new officers for the new fiscal year, which starts in July 2017.

  • Osamu Kobayashi Completes Middle of Nowhere, Mural in Vista

    July 28, 2017

    The Congaree Vista Guild and One Columbia for Arts and History announce that Osamu Kobayashi has completed Middle of Nowhere, his vibrant mural on the East-facing wall at 808 Lady Street. The mural is the latest piece of permanent public art in the Vista and on the Lady Street corridor.

  • Vista Guild Announce Plans for “First Night Southern Lights”

    July 26, 2017

    Southern Lights, a signature, long-term art installation by artist Chris Robinson, will span the Congaree River between the Blossom Street and Gervais Street bridges. The general public is invited to “First Night Southern Lights,” a free event hosted by the Vista Guild celebrating the premier of the installation, on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017 as part of the Total Solar Eclipse Weekend Celebrations.

  • Stakeholders Announce Plans for “Southern Lights,” a Signature Art Installation for Columbia

    June 27, 2017

    Southern Lights, a signature, long-term art installation by artist Chris Robinson, will span the Congaree River between the Blossom Street and Gervais Street bridges. Scheduled to light up every evening in Cayce, West Columbia and Columbia for the next decade, this installation is coming to fruition through supporters including, What’s Next Midlands, the Congaree Vista Guild, the South Carolina State Museum, EdVenture, the City of Columbia and One Columbia for Arts and History. The laser installation will launch on Saturday, Aug. 19, as part of the Total Solar Eclipse Weekend celebrations.

  • if ART Gallery Artists Laura Spong and Leo Twiggs Win Verner Award for Lifetime Achievement

    May 16, 2017

    if ART Gallery artists Laura Spong and Leo Twiggs have won the 2017 Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s Award for the Arts for Lifetime Achievement,
    the South Carolina Arts Commission announced today. The Verner Award is the highest award in the arts in South Carolina. This year’s Verner is Twiggs’ second; in 1981 he was the first person to receive a Verner Award as an individual artist.

  • Vista Guild Plans Vista After 5: Thursday, April 27

    April 25, 2017

    The Congaree Vista Guild, a non-profit, membership-based organization comprised of a wide variety of restaurateurs, shop, business, gallery owners, and homeowners in the Vista, will host “Vista After 5,” a free concert in partnership with Music Farm and Tin Roof.

  • Vista Guild Plans #ArtistaVista17, April 20–22

    April 11, 2017

    Artista Vista, the Midlands’ most celebrated gallery crawl, returns Thursday, April 20, 2017. Vista galleries will open their doors from 5-9 p.m. Thursday, April 20 (for Art Night), and these special shows will also be available for viewing during regular gallery hours April 21 and 22, as part of this free, signature Vista gallery crawl.

  • Vista Guild Invites Public to Participate in #ArtistaVista17 Light and Lantern Parade

    March 26, 2017

    The Vista Guild will a host a Light and Lantern Parade and invites the general public to make their own lantern and walk in the parade through the Vista at dusk. The Guild is hosting two artist-led workshops to help parade attendees make their lanterns. 

  • Vista Guild Plans #ArtistaVista17, April 20-22

    March 13, 2017

    Artista Vista, the Midlands’ most celebrated gallery crawl, returns Thursday, April 20, 2017. Vista galleries will open their doors from 5-9 p.m. Thursday, April 20 (for Art Night), and these special shows will also be available for viewing during regular gallery hours April 21 and 22, as part of this free, signature Vista gallery crawl.

  • Congaree Vista Guild Elects New Executive Committee

    March 08, 2017

    The Congaree Vista Guild, a non-profit, membership-based organization comprised of a wide variety of restaurateurs, shop, business, gallery owners, and homeowners in the Vista, has elected new officers for 2017.

  • Mix and Mingle, Wine, Dine and Shop at Annual Vista Lights

    November 02, 2016

    Entertainment, a Tree Lighting, Special Offers and More as the Vista Guild Lights Up the Midlands Holiday Season

  • Congaree Vista Guild Launches New Website

    October 28, 2016

    The Vista Guild redesigns website to focus on providing Vista visitors and tourists with information about the arts and entertainment district.

  • 31st Annual Vista Lights Kicks off the 2016 Midlands Holiday Season Thursday, November 17

    October 15, 2016

    The Congaree Vista’s signature open house kicks off the holiday season with artistic performances, live music and dancing. More than 60 galleries, shops and restaurants in the Vista will open their doors to showcase their holiday treasures before and following the Vista’s tree lighting with Mayor Steve Benjamin and Brig. Gen. John P. Johnson.

  • The Vista Guild Clean and Safe Team is Hiring!

    September 27, 2016

    Join the Vista team and apply today!

  • Congaree Vista Guild Unveils New Logo and Video

    September 14, 2016

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (September 13, 2016) —The Congaree Vista Guild, the membership organization for business and property owners, as well as residents, art galleries and museums in the Vista, unveils new branding and a new video for the organization.

  • Congaree Vista Guild Welcomes More Than 2,000 New Residents to the District

    August 22, 2016

    COLUMBIA,S.C. (August 22, 2016) —The Congaree Vista Guild welcomes more than 2,000 new residents to the district, which has experienced steady growth in recent years.