Local artist completes new mural in Columbia’s Vista

“Lady Vista,” photos provided.

The Congaree Vista Guild announced Thursday that the newest mural in Columbia’s Vista has been completed. Made possible through a partnership with One Columbia for Arts & History, the mural is named “Lady Vista,” and will debut this spring. It is located on Gervais Street, between Lincoln and Park Streets (near Motor Supply and Sure Fire Tacos).

The piece was created by local artist Cait Maloney. She said her inspiration for the project came from the vibrant district of which it’s located. “I wanted to capture the funky, fresh and colorful essence of the area into one image, so I took everything that I knew the Vista to be and boiled each aspect down into its own abstract representation,” she said. “All of these elements together are what bring ‘Lady Vista’ to life.”

The Vista is home to multiple artists in residency, galleries, public art displays, and more. It was named an official South Carolina Cultural District in 2015 by the South Carolina Arts Commission.

“The Vista is meant to be a place of unity, inspiration and excitement,” Merrit McNeely, president of The Vista Guild, said. “The addition of public art such as ‘Lady Vista’ ensures that we continue in our mission to cultivate and showcase the work of talented local artists, while bringing people together. We are ecstatic to have the opportunity to work with Cait Maloney, an incredible artistic mind, on this one-of-a-kind project and to share her work with residents and daily visitors alike.”

Vista Guild representatives said they anticipate many “Instagrammable moments” to come with the new mural.

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