As of 2016, Columbia, South Carolina is no Florence, Italy. As of yet, South Carolina, in general, is no Mecca for artists. Every year, however, the Palmetto State and its capital seem to be producing more and more artists that even the most snobbish of art communities are raising an eyebrow, and perhaps even a glass to. LeJeune, Krajewski, Chernoff, Ladymon and plenty of others have been cranking out more and more work each and every year, making the Columbia area a bit more artsy than ever before. Who knows? In a year or so, Greenville may even be forced to concede to Columbia’s earned place of prominence in the art and culture world.
One such artist people are noticing, is Stacy Morgan, proprietor of Lexington’s Paint & Pour in Columbia’s cozy but traffic-laden bedroom community. Nestled among the other locally-owned establishments in the soon-to-be-bustling Old Mill shopping district, Stacy spends her days painting art and pouring good wine, and teaching others to do the same, like an evangelist of artistic endeavors, making disciples of therapeutic painting, and generally enjoying life in a community that clearly appreciates her message.
All of the natural effects of such a presence in a community probably goes without saying. Everyone knows art makes things beautiful. It makes people think. It inspires people, and ideas will flow from the expressions of artists like honey from the comb. There is, however, a less well-known and harder to define effect of harboring an artist in a community…
…. The point is, their art inspires artists to make art! Stacy Morgan’s mural on the backside of her quaint little shop in the Old Mill is beautiful. Inside the Paint & Pour, you’ll find more of Stacy’s colorful murals and more art to gawk, and you’ll likely fine some nice wine to down! She offers parties, catering, and a great time with her classes for beginners to experienced artists, and all for a very manageable price!