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What's Hot This Weekend: Blonde Redhead, Soda City Comic Con Oct. 2 - 4
Posted on October 1, 2015 at 11:23AM by Dayna Cantelmi
From festivals and Halloween frights to exhibits and on-stage delights, this weekend offers a little bit of everything! Continue reading for our roundup below, then go through our calendar of ...
What To Do in Columbia, MO This Game Day Weekend
Posted on October 1, 2015 at 9:18AM by Guest Blogger
      We're so excited to have some fellow ‘Columbians' visiting this weekend! You may be coming for the game but we hope you'll take some extra time to explore our town and get ...
Top Concerts in Columbia, SC through December
Posted on September 29, 2015 at 6:16AM by Kelsey Carmichael
The fall and winter in Columbia, SC are hot with concerts! From major headliners to regional or tribute bands, this lineup is sure to get your feet dancing and your heads rocking. Ready to catch a ...
What’s Hot This Weekend: Julius Caesar, SC Gamecocks Football, Irmo Okra Strut Sept. 25 – 27
Posted on September 25, 2015 at 6:13AM by Dayna Cantelmi
The weather may be getting cooler, but there's still a bunch of famously hot things to do this weekend! Keep reading for our roundup below, then take a look at our calendar of events for even more ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Fall Festival, Jubilee: Festival of Heritage, Oktoberfest Sept. 18 - 20
Posted on September 16, 2015 at 1:49PM by Dayna Cantelmi
Columbia is full to bursting with festivals, concerts, plays, new exhibits and more this weekend. Take advantage of the beautiful fall weather and jump right in to all that's happening around the ...
What's Hot This Weekend: SC Gamecocks Football, From Marilyn to Mao Sept. 11 - 13
Posted on September 11, 2015 at 6:34AM by Dayna Cantelmi
There are exhibits, events, concerts and games galore this weekend, so get out and enjoy them! Read on for our roundup below, then peruse our calendar of events for all that's happening ...
What’s Hot This Weekend: Year of the Shag Celebration, Labor Day Festival & Parade Sept. 4 - 7
Posted on September 4, 2015 at 8:50AM by Kelsey Carmichael
Fill up your Labor Day Weekend with events to make it feel like fall! From football to shag lessons, to Labor Day celebrations, you will have no trouble keeping busy this holiday weekend. Don't be ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Freeway Music Festival, Woodcreek Classic August 28 - 30
Posted on August 27, 2015 at 1:05PM by Dayna Cantelmi
This weekend you can enjoy symphonic sounds or rock n' roll, watch a game of golf or just wear golf attire in Five Points or indulge in burgers and brews or boiled peanuts. Whatever your ...
Eight places celebrate 352 years of business in Columbia, SC
Posted on August 27, 2015 at 7:22AM by Kelsey Carmichael
The new and "tried and true" in Columbia, SC celebrated anniversaries over the past few weeks with a collective 352 years of business. No matter how old, each has unique qualities that give customers ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Rise N' Slide, Latin Festival, Reggaetronic August 21 - 23
Posted on August 21, 2015 at 8:47AM by Dayna Cantelmi
School may be back in session, but summer isn't over yet! Spend your weekend soaking up the sun and spending time outdoors at various events around town. Keep reading for our roundup below and then ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Arts & Draughts, "Big City" August 14 - 16
Posted on August 14, 2015 at 7:27AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Soak up the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of summer this weekend! Visit an exhibit at one of our museums, listen to some live music at this year's Summer Concert Series finale or get wrapped up ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Soda City Market, Summer Sidewalk Sale August 7 - 9
Posted on August 6, 2015 at 1:26PM by Dayna Cantelmi
The school year is quickly approaching, so make the most of your remaining summer days! Check out the exhibits at our museums, go see a show or snag deals at the Summer Sidewalk Sale and fresh ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Summer Concert Series, DOKO Rodeo, Ratstafest July 31 - Aug. 2
Posted on July 30, 2015 at 6:48AM by Dayna Cantelmi
The summer days are not drifting away - they're just warming up! Enjoy the season and get outside in the sun and fresh air this weekend. Check out our roundup below and then take a look at ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Blaktastik, Blowfish Baseball July 24 - 26
Posted on July 23, 2015 at 12:40PM by Dayna Cantelmi
There's much to do both indoors and out this weekend! Read our roundup of weekend activities below for inspiration on how to either beat the heat or soak up the sun. Be sure to also check out ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Tasty Tomato Festival, Repticon July 17 - 19
Posted on July 16, 2015 at 8:47AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Fun in the sun, live music and tomato bobbing await the whole family this weekend at the Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival. Read on for our roundup below or take a look at our calendar of ...

Ernest Lee | "The Chicken Man"

  • Lady and Harden Street
  • Columbia, SC 29204
  • Phone: 803-348-5282

Folk artist Ernest Lee is best known as "The Chicken Man." He describes his unique brand of folk art as a process that "I do [paint] from my heart, not from pictures." "Be what you are, don't be what you ain't. Because if you be what you ain't, then you ain't what you are." - Ernest Lee.

A native of Edgefield, South Carolina, Ernest Lee has been drawing since he was 5 years old and painting since he was 12. While considered an "outsider artist" Ernest has studied art at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art in Alexandria, VA., and the Rose Hill Art Center in Aiken, SC. A prolific artist he is currently best known for his dancing chicken paintings though he also paints dogs, cats, flamingos, and celebrities.

Ernest is well known in Columbia, SC, where for many years he maintained an outdoor street corner gallery with his van and trailer. Ernest's work has been exhibited in such places as the South Carolina State Museum, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library in Washington, DC.

Looking for a one-of-a-kind gift item to take back with you while visiting Columbia? Custom "Chicken Man" magnets are available exclusively at Columbia Regional Visitors Center for $10.00.


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