Friday, December 18, 2009

Arts Notebook

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Local Arts Preview for 2010

By Judit Trunkos

Columbia’s galleries and artists are looking forward to next year. Columbia City Paper asked some of the most prominent galleries and artists to give us a sneak peak into the upcoming year’s art events and projects. Art lovers will be satisfied to hear that art in Columbia is thriving and next year’s exhibitions and shows will be better than ever.


Maryellyn Cannizzaro, owner of Art + Cayce, says her space “is dedicated to exhibiting art that often eludes a formal venue.” Andrew Norton Weber and Suzy Scarborough both exhibited at the venue last year and recently received an invitation from the Ministry of Culture in Ecuador to have a two-person show there from December 2009 through January 2010.


ART + CAYCE celebrates new and established artists whose work connects to the Midlands. Plans call for four to six openings each year featuring a gallery talk. Next year’s planned exhibitions will feature “Larry Racioppo: Photography of Architectural Ruins” in the spring 2010.

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McMaster Gallery at the University of South Carolina exhibits both faculty and student works, but also artists who are not part of the USC family.


Starting Jan. 15 artist Jonathan Brilliant will create â€œa dynamic and engaging installation reflecting his interest in the effects of labor, performance, and materials applied to an exhibition space.  This exhibition is part of his cross country traveling series ‘Have Sticks Will Travel Tour’ where he will be visiting various galleries to build massive, suspended sculptures from coffee stirrer sticks,” says gallery director, Mana Hewitt.


HoFP Gallery offers a unique combination of regional and global work, from traditional southern landscapes to international modern paintings.  Alice Perritt is the owner of HoFP Gallery and a certified Professional Framer who brings over 20 years of experience in art and custom framing to HoFP Gallery.  Alice brings a style and creativity to her work that has garnered numerous accolades for her business.

“HoFP has had a full year,” Perritt says. “We just closed a show of paintings by Maya Eventov that was one of our top three most successful ever.”


Columbia Museum of Art brought amazing shows last year, including the famous Impressionism traveling exhibition “Turner to Cézanne: Masterpieces from the Davies Collection” and the ongoing “Ansel Adams: Masterworks” photography show. For the upcoming year, the museum promises artlovers “The Chemistry of Color: Contemporary African-American Artists,” starting Feb. 5. The show will feature approximately 70 paintings, sculptures and works on paper chronicling the accomplishments of African-American artists in the second half of the 20th Century. Among the artists included are Benny Andrews, Romare Bearden, Sam Gilliam, Barkley Hendricks, Jacob Lawrence, Howardena Pindell, Faith Ringgold, Betye Saar and Raymond Saunders.


From May 21-September 19 the museum will feature “Imperial Splendor: Renaissance Tapestries from Vienna.”

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