Arts community helps flood victims throughout the Midlands

Artists Matthew Kramer and Jarid Brown got the idea for a collaborative show years ago. They recently held that show at Olympia’s 701 Whaley and then donated almost half their earnings to helping flood victims. It has been a common effort by the arts community.

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Preserving Jewish history challenges Historic Columbia’s leader

What do you do when you want to preserve Columbia’s Jewish history, but it means coordinating six groups while realizing that without quick action, key memories could be lost? You turn to Historic Columbia’s Robin Waites.

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Years of social work motivate Columbia writer Damron’s novels

How do you terrify a mystery writer? Choose her newest book, a literary novel, as this year’s One Book, One Community reading for Columbia. Writer Carla Damron, who weaves years of social work into her mysteries, says it’s an honor, but also terrifying to know many area book clubs will read her work.

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Artist Eto Otitigbe combines passions to create new works

To craft powerful and controversial political messages and statements, artist Eto Otitigbe combines two of his passions – art and engineering. One of his latest subjects is the Confederate flag that flies outside the S.C. State House.

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Retirement for Woody Windham just means moving to nightclub, online radio

  Well-known S.C. broadcaster Woody Windham retired in 2012, but he isn’t finished behind the microphone. For the past four years, he’s been pumping out the music at his dance club in Columbia’s Vista and launching his own Internet station.

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Tracie Broom sees a bright, progressive future for Columbia

 Tracie Broom returned to her Columbia roots and helped create the Flock and Rally public relations and event-planning firm in the Olympia community. She came back from San Francisco, she says, because she sees a bright – and progressive – future for Columbia.

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Papa Jazz owner Tim Smith helps revive analog in a digital age

Tim Smith has owned Papa Jazz in Five Points for over 30 years and has found himself right in the middle of a vinyl resurgence. We talk with him about the record store business and what he sees ahead. By Zach Newcastle May 6, 2014 Step into Papa Jazz on Greene Street, and the sea… Read More Papa Jazz owner Tim Smith helps revive analog in a digital age

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Columbia couple doubles studio time – stained glass and movies

Classical Glass of South Carolina owners Bill and Hi Roberson lead a double artistic life. You’ll find them in films like “Forrest Gump” and “Radio,” and you’ll find their stained-glass work in churches throughout the area, at a Georgia vineyard and at Fort Jackson, among other places. By Kathryn Duggan April 24, 2014 As sunlight… Read More Columbia couple doubles studio time – stained glass and movies

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Howard Hunt finds the artist in everyone at Elmwood Park studio

Local artist Howard Hunt juggles many roles, among them being a mentor to the students in his “Paint Your Bum Off Wednesday” classes. He helps amateurs and experts alike explore new artistic territory and get their art in the public eye.

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Rosewood Art Alley brings public art to neighborhood

To Clay Wooten, Columbia’s public art scene left something to be desired. His creation, Rosewood Art Alley, gives “public art” a new meaning, with the people as both the artists and the audience. In fact, he hopes someone will paint over his work.

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