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Popular arts festival returning to Vista District in Columbia

Christina Lee Knauss //March 31, 2023//

Popular arts festival returning to Vista District in Columbia

Christina Lee Knauss //March 31, 2023//

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The popular weekend-long art festival Artista Vista is returning  to the heart of Columbia’s Vista District Friday, April 14 through April 16.

Artista Vista's goal is to highlight local artists and galleries, live performance, community engagement, and the rich culture of Columbia, according to a news release.

The event will kick off with a free art gallery crawl through the Vista from 6 to 9 PM on Friday, April 14 Event-goers are also invited to enjoy live music from Ed Stephenson and the Paco Band outside of Blue Marlin on Lincoln Street, courtesy of Grace Outdoor Advertising. Live demonstrations, music, art vendors, and more will also be present in the Huger Street cluster of art galleries. 

Offerings continue on Saturday, April 15th for Art Day, a free event located at Stormwater Studios, Lewis + Clark, and One Eared Cow (1001 Huger St./13 Pendleton St.). Visitors will enjoy a day of live music while viewing collections and live demonstrations by esteemed local artists. The “Light and Lantern” parade will take place from 8 to 9 p.m. later that evening beginning at the entrance of the Lincoln Street tunnel. Participants will stroll through the Vista area with hand-made lanterns in tow led by local band Partly Cloudy.

The weekend winds up on Sunday, April 16 with two offerings. Crafty Feast, a free juried craft fair, takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  on the corner of Lincoln and Lady Streets (1300 Lincoln St.), where art-lovers can purchase local art and other gifts from local makers. The weekend rounds out with Live on Lincoln from 5 to 8 p.m., featuring a dinner by Blue Marlin paired with an outdoor live performance of music and dance. Tickets are required for Live on Lincoln.

During Artista Vista, local artist Brittany Watkins will create multiple outdoor public art installations using found objects in various locations around the Vista including the Columbia Visitors Center and the Lincoln Street Tunnel.

The complete schedule and information about Artista Vista can be found online.