Thursday, January 21, 2010

Where's The Art?

A group of local artists saw the sad, empty stores of downtown Columbia and asked, "Why not fill them with art?" "What would happen if we start to gather creative people and breathe new life into the town?"

In December, we began a journey that was just a small step toward realizing that goal. We filled the window of the old Gordon's dress shop with paintings, handmade furniture, and jewelry. The response was very encouraging. Everyone wanted to know what was going on. Was it a shop? Was it a gallery? Who are these people. Then the building was rented temporarily for a political campaign and we had to vacate the window. That just left us more determined to make this dream a reality. We have a couple of other options in the works and also the Gordon's building will be available again in August.
This thing has taken on a life of its own and new ideas and opportunities are surfacing daily.
Stay tuned to see what happens next. We will keep you posted.

In the mean time, check out our artists links in the sidebar. We will add to that as we get new ones.
So far, these are the participating artists:

Furniture by Mark Dillon

Jewelry by Sherry M. Scheitel

Paintings by Michelle Moraczewski

Paintings by Rick Pipkin

Riley May who does
historic preservation
and faux finishes.