COLUMBIA, 12/22/11 (Beat Byte) -- Richard Buchanan invented an entirely new mixed-medium art form. Paula Curry is a real-life shaman whose spiritual visions appear on her stunning woodwork. Everyone loves Liz Mitchell's photographs -- so much so that they routinely borrow her images, sometimes without credit or payment, most notably for Roots and Blues events (naughty naughty, Santa says).
All this I learned and more from TieDye Queen Karen, as we rounded Columbia's catacombs, gazing at pottery by Marsha Ely, Dana Hartgrove, and Lynn Woodward; apparel by Peace Kitty, where every sale helps the Humane Society; more photography by Jennifer Market and Marcella and Charles Feagans, where "capturing God's beauty is our business"; and more woodwork by Kandace Larissa and Samantha Kay Mullins, aka Metah Wonders."In all, we have roughly 57 artists in Artlandish and the Catacombs," Lisa Bartlett told me. Fifty seven artists who, as Karen told me, share their love -- with each other and their customers. It's a visual holiday feast with an old-fashioned festive atmosphere that transports shoppers back to Columbia's past.
SANTA'S WRAP: A Gift-Giver's Guide to Columbia's CatacombsPaintings, Sculpture, Fiber and Mixed MediaLisa Bartlett's Artlandish GalleryIncluding jewelry, quilts, prints, and sculptures by:N. KautzPeg Craig's SquarePeg PotteryPatty DoyleArtrageous Mixed Media artistsMerri HunterPhotographyLiz MitchellFashionCeramics and PotteryJacqueline and Jodianne PepperMarsha ElyDana HartgroveLynn WoodwardWoodworkCecil Nuzum