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You’re invited…

Happy, Merry, and Anni; 60x48", Acrylic on gallery wrap canvas, ©2012 Lucinda Howe

Please join me at my art studio, 10203 Two Notch Road, Suite F, for 701 CCA Columbia Open Studios, Saturday and Sunday April 21-22, 2012!  I’ll be open from 10am – 6pm on Saturday 4/21 and noon – 6pm on Sunday 4/22.

I will be one of 69 artists all over Richland & Lexington counties who will be opening their private, working studios to the public for the weekend!

Columbia Open Studios’ objective is to provide an opportunity for the public to support our local arts community. Admission is free to all of the studios, and my work will be for sale.  701 Center for Contemporary Art, as the nonprofit organizer of the event, does not take a commission on sales.

Before the big weekend, there will also be a very fun kick-off party, Thursday, April 19, 7-11pm, as an artists’ preview and Indie Grits Festival-wide kickoff party in the Grand Hall at 701 Whaley!  The entire Midlands cultural scene is going to party together in a fun, informal environment with cash bar by The Whig, a complimentary artisan grits bar by Scott Hall Catering, soul/oldies/pop DJs, visuals, a drawing rally, and more at one of Columbia’s coolest event venues, historic 701 Whaley. Preview the work of the 701 CCA Columbia Open Studios artists, and party down with all of the official partners of The 6th Annual Indie Grits Festival!  Tickets ($8 adv / $10 door) for this event can be found at http://bit.ly/GMElzp


There is also a Columbia Getaway sweepstakes which ends 4/12 at noon, which includes airfare,

Airfare for 2 or $300 gas, 2 nights in fabu Sheraton Downtown Columbia, gc’s to meals at Motor Supply & The Whig, and free tickets to all Indie Grits festival events April 20-22, 2012 (including The Olivia Tremor Control show April 20) in Columbia, SC, with nifty VIP services like phone concierge service during 701 CCA Columbia Open Studios and a 1-year Family Membership to 701 Center for Contemporary Art.

Enter: http://bit.ly/VIPIndieGetaway


We hope to see you there! For a big map to all studios, listings for all artists, an online version of the Open Studios Guide, and more information, head over towww.columbiaopenstudios.org.

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The Gift of Appreciation

Many thanks to those who came to my open studio this past weekend.

As I wrote this sentence, it seemed inadequate to express my gratitude.  In the past few weeks, I’ve been working hard to paint, varnish, frame, label, photograph and hang new work.  Not to mention updating my website, learning to blog and Tweet.  And worrying about whether anyone would come.

I was excited to share my work.  As the artist, I’m giving something to the world, right?  As it turned out, I was on the receiving end.  The best part of the weekend was the opportunity to talk to visitors and get a lesson in the art of encouragement. Many of you minimize your contribution by saying “I’m not creative” or “I don’t know much about art”, but I’ve come to realize you possess the gift of appreciation.    The way you do it has some common characteristics:

  • It’s personal. You relate to the subject matter from your own experience. Guessing where it was painted brings out stories of your travels.  The flowers were your grandmother’s favorite, or you use the same medium to create art.
  • It’s emotional.  You express your feelings about the art.   “These paintings make me smile.”  “I feel relaxed when I see that beach scene. “
  • It’s connecting.  You seek to understand the artist’s intent.  I heard someone say “You make me see familiar scenes in a new way.” What a wonderful understanding of my reason for painting.

I’m also grateful to my helpers…my husband who would rather be on the golf course, Jane whose enthusiasm for learning to paint has encouraged me to teach, Pat for walking companionship and never ending DIY assistance, and my parents who never miss a “recital” no matter how old their daughter is.

So thanks again to all of you who made my weekend with your comments and purchases.  If you missed the Open Studios, I hope you will take the next opportunity to visit an artist and share some appreciation.

Creativity is so delicate a flower that praise tends to make it bloom, while discouragement often nips it in the bud. Any of us will put out more and better ideas if our efforts are appreciated. (Alexander Osborn)

Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well. (Voltaire)


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Upcoming Events, May 2011

Please join me for these upcoming events in May:

Trenholm Artists Guild

May 9, 2011   6:30 p.m.
At Forest Lake Park, 6820 Wedgefield Rd, Columbia, S.C.


“Don’t Be Confused By Reality” I will be giving a demo of painting outdoors on a red background using fluid acrylic paints.  When you paint en plein air, the amount of visual information can be overwhelming.  I will show some techniques for simplifying the composition and developing a dynamic color scheme.


Columbia Open Studios, May 21 & 22

Same Bridge, Different Day 24x12" Acrylic Lucinda Howe © 2011



Open Studios Preview Party


May 12, 7-9 p.m.
701 Center for Contemporary Art

Preview Party Information on Facebook

Open Studios Weekend

You’re invited to visit my studio during Columbia Open Studios, May 21-22, 2011.  I’ll be celebrating warm weather with paintings of bananas, cannas, elephant ears, and palm trees in bold, extravagant color.  Please come and bring your friends!

May 21, 10 am – 6 pm and May 22 Noon-6 pm

10203 Two Notch Road, Suite F
Columbia, SC
Across from Target

More information about Columbia Open Studios


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