Join us for Columbia's 29th Annual Artista Vista, April 16-18, 2021. This art-centric event is being reimagined this year to truly offer something for everyone while maintaining safety and following COVID-19 protocols. The Congaree Vista district of Columbia, SC, is an official South Carolina Arts & Cultural District.
+Family-Friendly Online Paper Lantern Creation Workshop — Free — April 16-18
Pull out the craft bin! Local artist Flavia Lovatelli is offering an online, on-demand workshop for makers of all ages to learn how to create gorgeous, decorative paper lanterns at home. This virtual, at-home event provides fun for the entire family. The video is live on the Vista’s YouTube channel. Grab your family, neighbors or school group and enjoy a lantern parade at home!
+Art Gallery Crawl — Free — Friday, April 16, 5-9 p.m.
Artista Vista begins Friday night with the annual Gallery Crawl throughout The Vista District. Join us from 5-9 p.m. for a fun evening in The Vista’s distinctive galleries. Enjoy music outside Blue Marlin from Partly Cloudy Brass Band. As a bonus, Flavia Lovatelli has clever ideas for personalizing your face mask. Watch this video, create yours and wear it to the event! Additionally, a number of pop up galleries will display new shows or exhibits, and visitors can make it a full night by dining at a Vista eatery before or after the crawl. Patricipating galleries and specials are below.
-911 Lady Street- Stop by and experience a pop-up gallery with work from Ashley Warthen all weekend long.
-City Market (705 Gervais St) – Stroll through a pop-up gallery in the alleyway while enjoying live music. Food and drink will be available for purchase from City Market restaurants.
-Columbia Music Festival Association (914 Pulaski St) - Stop by the CMFA on Friday night and Saturday for an exhibition from Susan Lenz called Nike’s Advice. This work combines paint and fiber techniques. Light hors d’oeuvres are available Friday night.
-Experience Columbia Visitor’s Center (1120 Lincoln St) - The Visitor’s Center will feature artwork from local artist, Ija Charles and will be giving away freebies.
-if ART Gallery (1223 Lincoln St) – Friday’s Exhibition at if ART Gallery is Back From Bern: Art From the U.S. Embassy in Switzerland Comes Home. This includes work by: Roland Albert, Michael Cassidy, Stephen Chesley, Mary Gilkerson, Jay Owens, Edward Rice, Laura Spong, Leo Twiggs, Enid Williams, Mike Williams & David Yaghjian. Also, stop by on Sunday for Crafty Clay at if ART Gallery.
-River Runner Outdoor Center (905 Gervais St) – Visit River Runner and enjoy a pop-up gallery of artwork by Stephen Chesley.
-Studio Cellar (912 Lady St) - Studio Cellar will be featuring a new Columbia Landmarks series all weekend. Each class will take you through the painting step-by-step. All ages welcome!
-Craft Axe Throwing (700 Gervais St, Ste B2) - Enjoy 10% off per person on Friday & Saturday from noon-5 p.m.
-Gervais & Vine (620 Gervais St) - Stop by for live music plus food and wine specials on Friday night.
-Kao Thai Cuisine (1001 Senate St) - Enjoy Happy Hour appetizer and bar specials all weekend long.
-M Grille (530 Lady St) - Artista Vista guests will receive a complimentary appetizer and premium sake tasting.
-No Grease Barbershop (929 Gervais St) - Stop by for a facial and a complimentary shave.
-Tin Roof (1022 Senate St) - Enjoy Dinner & Tunes on Friday & Saturday nights with live music from 6 p.m.-late on multiple stages. Come back on Sunday for live music brunch at 11 a.m.
For those who are more comfortable celebrating from home, virtual gallery tours are now available on the Vista’s YouTube channel.
+Art Day — Free — Saturday, April 17, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (413 Pendleton Street)
Artista Vista continues on Saturday with events at Stormwater Studios, Lewis + Clark and One Eared Cow. Visitors will discover collections and view live demonstrations from artists. Enjoy a walk down the sculpture path with art from Mike Williams and Stormwater Studios artists. Getting to Art Day is easy — The COMET’s Soda Cap Connector will offer rides to Stormwater Studios campus from the Vista. Pick up at the LIncoln Street Tunnel and drop off is at the corner of Huger & Gervais with a short walk to Art Day. Enjoy a free ride on the Soda Cap during Artista Vista by showing the bus driver this voucher!
At Art Day be sure to visit Lewis + Clark for new chargebots, lamps, and robots. Guest artist Gary Matson will be exhibiting digital prints and architectural photography. Also enjoy Stormwater Studios events including: drawing of a live model, sculpture demonstration, painting demonstration, wheel-throwing demonstration and a pottery sale from the UofSC Clay Club.
Additionally, enjoy live music from Amy & the Willie Wood Chips while perusing and purchasing local art. Beverage South’s beer wagon and A Matter of Taste, Dupre Catering’s food truck, will charm your taste buds with culinary artistry.
+Crafty Feast — Free — Sunday, April 18, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. (1300 Lincoln Street)
Crafty Feast showcases funky, one-of-a-kind offerings and unique gifts from jury-selected vendors. The event will take place outdoors at the corner of Lincoln and Lady Streets with a beer wagon. The first 250 patrons will receive a free Crafty Feast tote bag thanks to support from the Columbia Metropolitan Airport. See a full list of Crafty Feast 2021 vendors here.
+Live on Lincoln — Ticketed — Sunday, April 18, 5-7 p.m. (1200 Lincoln Street)
Artista Vista’s finale is The Koger Center Live on Lincoln presented by LS3P. This outdoor, socially-distanced performance will take place on the cobblestones of Lincoln Street with dinner by Blue Marlin served to tables of up to four guests. Entertainment will include renowned local arts organizations like the South Carolina Philharmonic, Columbia Classical Ballet, Columbia City Ballet, ColaJazz, Trustus Theatre, Town Theatre, Columbia Children's Theatre, the Palmetto Opera, Midlands Arts Conservatory, Bruch Chamber Orchestra, Opera at USC and the University of South Carolina Concert Choir. Click here to purchase tickets for The Koger Center Live on Lincoln presented by LS3P.
A comprehensive safety plan has been put in place for all Artista Vista events. Masks are required for all patrons, and hand sanitizer is encouraged throughout events. Social distancing will be enforced.
The Vista, Columbia's premier art district, is committed to continuing to keep the art scene in the Midlands thriving, as the past three decades attest. The Vista was synonymous with art by the early 1980s when artists began to move their studios to the area's affordable abandoned warehouse space. Today's restaurants, shopping and nightlife in historic buildings along the Gervais Street corridor are still driven by the Vista's creative energy.