It’s known as a unique gallery experience and a center for high, creative art in the Aiken area.
Art and Soul of Aiken is located downtown in The Alley. Local artists Stacy O’Sullivan and Kimberly Rising created Art and Soul back in 2016. Stacy is a stained and leaded glass artist, and Kim is a sculptor.
They have some 50 local artists in their space.
“We do, we have a number of artists that instruct as well as create, so there are many mediums that are represented in our classroom and workshop schedules. We have anywhere from watercolor and oil, acrylic painting to stained glass of course and sculpting. It’s a really great opportunity to just affordably try a new medium even if you haven’t really been an artist before and to try new things.”
Art & Soul of Aiken is open Tuesday through Saturday from 12pm-7pm.
“We open kind of late. But Aiken is a really vibrant and busy town, especially in the downtown area, so we have live music in the evenings. And on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays it’s not uncommon for us to stay open until 9 o’clock just because there’s such a fun vibe in downtown Aiken.”
Saturday, May4th, is another big day for Art & Soul. It’s the first Art the Alley street party.
Art and music lovers will gather at The Alley in downtown Aiken from 10 am to 7 pm.
Five five bands are set to perform, along with 25 artists exhibiting, a flash mob, a yarn bombing, a cooking demonstration and a ‘Legally Blonde’ skit.
The performing groups will be the Digital Vinyl band, Aiken Brass, the Bells Canto band, the South Boundary Singers and Bill Karp jazz vocalist. Artists will be selling a variety of paintings, pottery, jewelry, candles and wood creations. The “Legally Blonde” skit will be performed by actors from the AECOM Theatre. The flash mob will be a surprise. A yarn bombing is street art that employs colorful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn or fiber rather than paint or chalk. The cooking demonstration will be by Seeds Café.
Food and beverage will be available at restaurants in The Alley and others close by in downtown Aiken.