Underground Space Hall lets director share love of Columbia’s artistic community

Those who know Sean Shoppell say if anyone was going to put together The Space Hall of Columbia at Tapp’s Arts Center, it was likely to be him. Shoppell didn’t even work at Tapp’s when he saw the possibilities for the unused basement space.

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Alternative rocker Thom Kehr crafts hardships into personal, deep-rooted music

Columbian musician Thom Kehr of the band Hold Fire opens up about the struggles and successes of being a musician in a city with an up-and-coming music scene and what initial success means to him.

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Worth the grind: graphic designer prepares for Indie Grits Festival

It takes massive preparation, time and energy to pull off the annual four-day #IndieGritsFestival featuring regional art, music and film. To find out what it’s like the week before, follow resident graphic designer Savannah Taylor as she gives a peek into the last-minute run-up.

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Photographer shares love for film by creating Tapp’s public darkroom

A new public darkroom for Midlands photographers is built on one photographer’s love for film in the digital age. Richard Voltz says “I probably would have cried” if he’d had access to a 24-hour darkroom years ago. By Hannah Slater May 5, 2018 Because photographer Richard Voltz has a love affair with film, Columbia photographers… Read More Photographer shares love for film by creating Tapp’s public darkroom

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Fiber artist Lenz celebrates individuality through her pieces

Columbia fiber artist Susan Lenz doesn’t subscribe to the stereotype of the life of leisure for an artist. She stresses hard work and constructive criticism and says her work tries to highlight that we are all similar, yet vastly different, in the best ways.

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Palmetto Strings’ music family grows with each new apprentice

The apprenticeship tree that luthier Gregg Lange has nurtured has spread far beyond his small violin repair shop on Elmwood Avenue. Lange has trained over 25 apprentices, including current head apprentice Marissa Pintz, in his 50 years as a luthier, and his latest shop, Palmetto Strings, has become a center for young instrument lovers.

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Energetic Soda City Market boon for businesses and fun for customers

Businesses of all sizes are vying to be featured in the wildly popular Soda City Market. The event takes over Main Street in Columbia each Saturday and looks to be a mainstay thanks to its wide array of shopping and entertainment options. 

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Columbia residents reflect on the solar eclipse

Months after the August total solar eclipse, residents of Columbia, South Carolina, still share their experiences of being in the path of totality and their thoughts on the universe now.

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Midland man’s photos gain notice as they bring him spiritual fulfillment

Midlands photographer Charles Hite will tell you a picture needs no words to tell a story. Hite’s work is getting increasing attention, but his real joy is in feeling closer to God with every frame.

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