“Art on State” a true showcase of talent and the character of West Columbia
West Columbia, SC (Jimmy Poluszek) - The corner of State and Meeting Streets was buzzing with activity last Friday when the city held its second annual “Art on State” event. This event was conceived to showcase the artistic merit of local artists in the West Columbia area. Organized by Mark Plessinger in conjunction with city council, the event lasted from 6 to 9 pm and was free for everyone to come out and enjoy the music and art.
Ten artists, four of whom live in West Columbia right now, were commissioned by Plessinger to come out and paint 5’ by 5’ foot murals on the road. Each had its own unique design and style. However, these murals were made using washable paints, so people were encouraged to come and see them before they were washed away in the next rainstorm.
Similar to the “Soiree on State” Festival which was held by the city of Cayce in April, this event was meant to promote retail and businesses in the city of West Columbia while also encouraging people to get together and share the experience. Plessinger runs a business on Meeting Street called “Frame of Mind” which is both an eyeware vendor and an art gallery. Every artist was a local talent who Plessinger was familiar with or was recommended to him by someone in the community. He encourages other artists to contact him and get involved as well.
The event was mostly funded by the revenue obtained from the “hospitality tax” that was implemented back in September of 2016. The 2% tax acquired from common purchases on prepared meals and beverages is reinvested in free events such as these. This is the second time “Art on State” has taken place and there are already plans to have it again next year. Planning has already begun for another “Fallback-Fest” sometime in autumn, an event that has already been held several years in a row, and the Art on State seems to be becoming a nice spring sister event for that.
To get involved in the next event, be a part of next year’s Art on State, or find out more about Frame of Mind and Mark Plessinger, call him at (803) 988-1065.