NEWS & Happenings

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

March 26, 2017

Artista Vista, the Midlands’ most celebrated gallery crawl, returns Thursday, April 20, 2017 for Art Night. In addition to shows in galleries, public art and installation art, which will all be celebrated at this annual event, the Vista Guild will also 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. The workshops are free and open to the public.


Light and Lantern Parade workshops:

  • Thursday, April 6, 5–8 p.m. on Boyd Plaza, adjacent to the Columbia Museum of Art. In conjunction with First Thursdays on Main, the Vista Guild will have two art educators facilitating the lantern-making session. Lantern-making materials and light bulbs will be provided and participants are encouraged to get creative and make lanterns to bring to the #ArtistaVista17 Lantern and Light Parade.
  • Sunday, April 9, 2–6 p.m. at 701 CCA (701 Whaley St.). 701 CCA’s current artist-in-residence, Osamu Kobayashi, will facilitate the workshop. For this workshop, participants will use existing lanterns and paint abstract compositions with watercolor. Light bulbs will be provided by the Vista Guild.


If members of the public are unable to attend one of these workshops and lantern-making opportunities, they’re encouraged to make lanterns on their own to join in the Light and Lantern Parade. Children are invited to attend the workshops and join the parade, but must be accompanied by their parents.


For more information about #ArtistaVista17 and the full schedule of events and the Vista, please visit or call Meredith Atkinson at (803) 269.5946. Follow the Vista Guild on Twitter, Instagram and on Facebook, #ArtistaVista17.