The Arts in Columbia, SC X Andy Smith


Columbia is growing. The sight of new development popping up all over the city, shows Columbia is set to expand to new horizons in the near future and the arts have had a major contribution to that growth and for years Andy Smith, Nickelodeon Theater Executive Director, has focus on bringing the arts throughout the city with one of the top independent film festivals with the “Indie Grits” and diverse programs that are apart of the Nickelodeon Theater. Andy is continuing that vision with his campaign for City Councilman with the plan to make sure that the arts continue to remain a fixture in the City of Columbia. For Columbia to continue it’s renaissance, we have to make sure all walks of live have a voice and an outlet where that voice can be heard within the circles of liked minds.
Lets make sure who ever wins the nod for City Councilman, that we make sure the arts play a major part of the planning for future of Columbia.


ArtLinc Arts Festival at Lincoln Tunnel, Columbia,SC


On Saturday, November 7, 2015, the Lincoln Street Tunnel will transform into an open-air gallery with colorful works of chalk art. The festival will run from 12-5pm. Art spaces will be sectioned in squares throughout the tunnel and each entrance, and 51 squares will be available to create a body of work. Each artist or artist group will be assigned one square. Each artist will receive one box of chalk. This is not a competition; it is a festival to showcase our talented artists.

There is no fee to enter, but you must register by October 24, 2015. To register, send email to info@onecolumbiasc.com with “Artist for ArtLinc” in the subject line. In your email, please include your name and contact information, including phone number and email address.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact one of the following:





Robots and Other $*}%!!!


Robots and Other $*}%!!! is an Izms of Art Show highlighting the works of Izms of Art member Victor Garcia (Uncle VIC) Brooklyn born artist now living in Austin, TX.

Music by: DJ BSAM • THE Dubber

Victor Garcia, Illustrator / Artist

Happy Tuna Creative is the ethically-fished, tuna loving, brain child of Victor Garcia. The illustrating, graphics creating, custom branding, weekend artist that entered this world drawing.

Starting out with a hobby sketch book that ushered me through the doors of New York’s Fiorello H LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts, I focused on Fine Arts, balancing a love of Caravaggio, Fauvism, oils, inks, and pastels, with a love of street artists Keith Haring and Cope, and illustrator, Moebius. From there, the Marion Effing Portfolio Scholarship took me to SCAD, the Savannah College of Art & Design in Savannah, GA, majoring in Graphic Design, the consummate pivot act between structure and organic art, between fine arts and commercial art. SCAD was four years of learning, enjoyment, art, music, growth, and laying the foundation of the creative that I am today. Just what college should be.

Graduation and the dot.com era lead to the rapidly shifting NYC internet advertising scene and the beginning of a commercial and freelance graphic design adventure with roots in The Lone Star State. This adventure, and the growth and proliferation of the internet, has allowed me to expand and refine my commercial print production background, while simultaneously developing a niche of, small business focused, custom logo design and branding, reaching and maintaining clients on the West and East coasts, and throughout the Midwest and Gulf Coast regions.

Now that we’ve got the fun stuff out there, let’s roll up our sleeves and get serious.



Paris x Saraph Sunman x Urban Groove Unit


PechaKucha Night V

PechaKucha Night V @SOCO in Columbia, SC

Photos by Michael Dantzler x Dalvin Spann


First Thursday’s at CHS Gallery in Columbia, SC

CHS Gallery
February 1st-28th

featuring photography by
Charles Hite
Opening reception
Feb 5th 6-9pm
Music By DJ B-Sam

Charles Hite is a life-long resident of Lexington County, in South Carolina. His professions have included, the U.S. Army (serving in Germany), licensed professional land surveyor, sales/customer service rep, and right-of-way agent with the SCDOT. In addition to photography, his hobbies include astronomy and landscape gardening. His venture into serious photography began in 2009 at age 60. At the encouragement of family and friends, he began selling his photos in late 2012 at Soda City Market in Columbia, SC. His love of nature in all aspects can be seen in his photos. He enthusiastically enjoys sharing the stories of his photos with others, and listening to their stories. Most of his scenic photos are from SC and the Midlands, including nature, old buildings, historic sites, and astronomy related events. He’s also done commissioned photos for some local businesses.

Mr. Hite’s awards include;
• In January 2015, his B&W image of “Old Sheldon Church” was juried into ArtFields 2015, held in Lake City, SC, April 24 through May 2.
• Arts at the Airport…a 36 piece exhibit at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport that ran from November through December 2014. Charles, the only photographer, was one of six artists chosen in the event’s inaugural year.
• One of five artists juried into AHA! A Celebration of Arts and Humanities, sponsored by The Cultural Council of Richland and Lexington Counties, in October 2014.
• His B&W image titled, “Old Sheldon Church” was juried into the 2014 SC State Fair.
• In September 2014, 3 of his photographs were chosen to hang in the new Hyatt Place in the Columbia Vista on Gervais Street. The photos are; Congaree River RR Trestles, SC State House Dome, Venus & Crescent Moon, and Brookland-Cayce HS at Twilight.
• In 2013 he was juried into the Trenholm Artists Guild Rosewood Arts Festival as a vendor and returned in 2014.
• His image of Issaqueena Falls placed second in the Saluda Shoals judged Nature Photography Contest in 2013.
• City of Cayce Calendar cover twice, with Congaree River RR Trestles and Congaree River at Dawn, and has had photos published in the calendar for four years.
• Winner of several Midlands Astronomy Club judged photo contests.

Sponsored by: OnPointwithCythniaHardy and Izms of Art

Carolina Hair Studio – 1537 Main Street, Suite A, Columbia, SC.
For more info – email: info@izmsofart.com
or call: Tahirah Spann 803-315-5920
or Tia B 803.779.5001
CarolinaHairStudios.com or Izmsofart.com


CHS Gallery Nov/Dec Exhibition

CHS Gallery Nov-Dec Exhibtion

Featuring Artists
Keith Tolen & Tariq Mix
Showing from Nov 6th, 2014 through Dec 2oth, 2014

Performances by:
Mario McCLean & THE Dubber

CHS Gallery, Izms of Art and On Point Media present visual artists Keith Tolen and Tariq Mix. The opening reception will be at CHS Gallery during November’s First Thursdays on Main – Nov 6, 2014, 6 pm – 9 pm. The closing reception will be at CHS Gallery during December’s First Thursday on Main, Dec 4, 2014, from 6 pm – 9 pm.

About Keith Tolen

Spending time observing the surrounding is easy, the challenge comes when you try to chop life into moments that you can share and remember. This is the goal of Keith Tolen through his artwork. The journey started with a Christmas gift, a camera. This tool placed him on the opposite side allowing him to record in images his story.
He was born in rural South Carolina during a time when there were limited options for young teens. Life could be spent outside in the fields planting and harvesting a variety of fruits and vegetables of spent in the local cotton mill. Keith wanted more, and with the help of his parents was able to open and travel through a door that led to a different path.
Keith Tolen is the second of five children born in Batesburg, South Carolina into a hardworking Christian family. He received his education and first taste of art in the public school of Lexington County. In 1975, he travelled to Orangeburg, SC and studied art education at then South Carolina State College, where he later received a bachelor degree in that field. While at SCSU, now South Carolina State University he met and studied under Dr. Leo Twiggs who was the head of the art program and Dr Terry K. Hunter, educator and printmaker. “The two individuals played a major role in shaping me into the artist I continue to strive to become each day” states Tolen.
Tolen has continued his artistic studies throughout the state with workshops and classes in printmaking, painting and photography.
Tolen has worked, for the past twenty-five years, teaching art to children. He believes that this process has keep him connected to some of the best, brightest and most talented artist of today. As it is said in the book of Proverbs, “Iron sharpens Iron, and so a brother sharpens the continents of another” working with youthful minds has constantly challenged the creative energy that defines this artist.

About Tariq Mix

Tariq Mix was born in Long Island, New York in the spring of 1981. When he was three, his parents moved to Durham, North Carolina. As a young boy, Tariq found that he had a love for art and sports. He was always drawing – in class, in textbooks, on tests, on homework, on his notes, everywhere! When he was not drawing, you could find him racing the boys in the neighborhood, playing football, basketball, or riding his bike through a new trail in the woods.
During his teen years, Tariq began developing his body strength as well as his artistic talent. In high school, he played football and ran track with the dream of competing in professional sports. He worked hard academically and at sports, and was accepted to Howard University in 1999. While at Howard, Tariq received a track scholarship and majored in graphic design and fine arts. It was here that he developed a love for the fine arts and began exploring various mediums. He painted, constructed illustrations and learned about the art of photography.
Tariq received numerous awards for his academic and athletic achievements. He loved competing in track and dreamed of running in the Olympics one day. That dream changed in the spring of 2001. While competing in the Pennsylvania relays, one of the major track meets of the year, Tariq collapsed after running the 100m dash. He was rushed to the hospital and diagnosed with a near-fatal ventricular arrhythmia. He returned to North Carolina and was immediately admitted to Duke Medical Center. After a nine hour procedure on his heart, he was told that he could never compete again.
Although devastated, Tariq would not let this stop him. He could not compete physically, but made up his mind to compete mentally, to keep his soul and talent alive. He would now live through his art work. With vibrant colors, energetic lines and shapes – he breathes. He tells a story in every one of his pieces.