Anna Redwine


Anna Redwine’s artwork is experiential on multiple levels – in the conception, the making and the viewing. The New Orleans native works   in a process that sounds just as improvisational as legendary NOLA jazz greats Louis Armstrong and Jelly Roll Morton. While her response is usually based on what is an intense experience for her, it’s an experiential intensity, not a dramatic one. Her inspiration can come from something as mundane as a tiny insect crawling across her arm or the movement of a small frog through the water of a pond.  The intensity comes in the translation of that full experience, one that engages all of the senses, through what can only be described as a very meditative art making process. That full sensory [...]

Jerry Stover


Autumn in the south, slightly before the sun is realized above the horizon, brings a feeling unique to this part of the world.  It’s crisp, but not truly cold. The air smells like the rolling smoke off of smoldering apple wood logs.  Nostrils tingling and chainsaw in hand, I meet up with five other woodworkers under the autumn spell.  Early shift workers and little children aside, most people are still wisely nestled between their sheets. Still, here we are, steam swirling off the gas station coffee, gathered in a heavily wooded yard in West Columbia.  Our mission is simple:  remove the 250 year red oak that has fallen in a recent storm and turn it into lumber.   This is no average tree.   At its base [...]

Jeff Amberg


Jeff Amberg listens to the voices in his head. Well, one voice, more accurately. The photographer-turned-fine artist has spent more than 30 years shooting photojournalism and commercial images. One day in the midst of editing photos, a demanding little voice ordered Amberg to drop everything, step away from the computer, and change his life’s course. Sound crazy? If you’ve seen the captivating, gorgeous abstract works Amberg has been creating, you might start hoping your own little voice will pipe up sometime soon. How did you get your start with photography? I got my first camera when I was 12. My father was a photographer back in the 1930s as a teenager, and I got my sister’s hand-me-down camera. It wasn’t until I got to the [...]

Colin Quashie


If you’re expecting a subtle, tasteful discussion of social justice issues in contemporary American culture, then Colin Quashie is not the artist for you. But if you are moved by engaged visual criticism and see its potential to have an immediate impact on viewers then you’ll love Quashie’s unflinching examination of the lingering effects of racism in contemporary American culture. The artist uses humor and satire, mixing wit and irony, to convey a message that needs to be seen. The recent events in Florida make it painfully obvious that the conversation about race needs to continue. Quashie doesn’t exhibit his work that often, but over the last eighteen months there have been several opportunities for viewers to participate in that dialog, two in Columbia and [...]

Morey Weinstein


If Pixar made  Toy Story with the aid of a pinch of stimulants and a lick of LSD, in effect elevating each computer-generated image to new heights of realism and intricacy and pure, eye-popping color, the end result might resemble the artwork of Morey Weinstein. Or if the movie’s figurines reverted back to pre-sixties antiquity and embraced the saturation of a jam-packed circus tent, then that might look like Morey’s work. Or possibly if Disney set the lighting just so upon a carefully spaced collection of tin toys, photographed it and Photoshopped away every imperfection, yes, that just might capture some semblance of Morey’s masterpieces. Except, Morey doesn’t use computers to make his art. Morey Weinstein paints each miniscule, hyper-realistic detail with an airbrush and [...]

Marina Alexandra


Marina Alexandra’s passion to play and teach classical guitar is changing our corner of the world.  Her brainchild, the Southern Guitar Festival and Competition, held its inauguration on June 23rd and 24th, 2012.  Bringing world-caliber guitarists to this city and inspiring its current guitarists is the realization of a decade of planning.  Ms. Alexandra, by way of the city of Kharkov in the Ukraine, explains her desire to enrich our city’s culture in the following interview. What brought you to Columbia? I came to Columbia in 1996 to join my husband when he was offered a computer-programming job here. I arrived with my bachelor’s degree in guitar performance, with a minor in pedagogy and conducting. I applied to the USC School of Music and was [...]

Glenn Saborosch


Imbuing static objects with an inspiring sense of motion compels sculptor Glenn Saborosch to create. “I am challenged by taking a most solid and unmoving material and expressing the opposite with a figure that moves impressionistically through space,” said the Missouri native, recently transplanted to a Neeses farm where he and his wife, the artist Lee Malerich, live and make art. “I am interested in the physical composition and expression of the three dimensional moving figure,” In his hands, in his mind’s eye, representative pieces – human figures, equine, and most recently canine – appear freeze-framed in steel. “As I go about my day, it is almost as if I record a continual video, noticing figures and their spatial relationships as they interact with their [...]

Kent Ambler


  From his first job working for a sign company right out of college, doing anything from hand lettering, billboards, and neon design, to a move to New Mexico trying to fit into the area art scene, the most recent move seemed to set his path straight in 2000. “South Carolina was a good move for me,” said Indiana native Kent Ambler. “Ever since I’ve been here, it’s seemed like my art career has taken off.” The move has also proven to be a positive feature for Ambler’s artistic inspiration.  His eight acre Paris Mountain home in Greenville, SC provides Ambler with the ideal setting to create his art, especially since he predominantly focuses his work on everyday subjects. “It seems like when I plan [...]

The Advanced Genius Theory


  On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Bob Dylan’s first album, I would like to introduce you to the only concept that can adequately explain the arc of his career since the release of that record: Advancement. “Advancement”, or the “Advanced Genius Theory” as it came to be known in my book, came about as a result of a conversation I had in 1992 with my friend Britt Bergman about Lou Reed’s mullet, his Honda scooter commercials, and the generally dreadful music he had been making for the last several years. We wondered how someone so great could have gotten so terrible, so quickly. Somehow, we arrived at the idea that if Reed was ahead of his time in the 1960s, then maybe [...]

Off Menu with Kristian: Buenos Aires

Fierro Resto

El Federal Not to be mistaken for the touristy Bar El Federal in San Telmo, Chef Paula Comparatore’s restaurant in Retiro is an absolute gem. Specializing in Patagonian cuisine in a rustic, yet thoroughly modern environment, this has become our “go-to” BA restaurant. Start with the sublime empanadas, then blindly point your finger to any entrée. They’re ALL THAT good! San Martin 1054, between Paraguay and Alvear La Baita Based on its Spanish-Italian heritage, you’d expect a LOT of great Italian restaurants in BA, but actually, they’re few and far between. La Baita, however, hits the mark. From amazing and ample antipasti to hand-made pastas and a perfect ragu, this Palermo mainstay is the quickest way to get your Italian fix. Thames 1603 (corner of [...]

Three’s a Charm: Lee III, Thomas Phifer’s addition to Clemson University’s Lee Hall


If there is one building type that every architect knows well, it is the Architecture School.  The place where all architects are created, it is the architect incubator, the silent [...]

Lyon Forrest Hill


When an artist undergoes a great change, it is inevitable that his work will reveal the past, present and future. Lyon Hill’s portfolio reads like a narrative self-portrait that stems [...]