Monday, July 18, 2005

Article: Columbia Star, January 21, 2005

Five Points sets stage for artists
David Yaghjian submits paintings for Paint Five Points
By Rachel Haynie

Artist David Yaghjian reveled in the rationale behind the current Paint Five Points project. “I grew up cutting through here on the way to school every day,” said the native Columbian whose artist parents reared him in the University neighborhood. “I have a history with these buildings and an affinity for them.”

When Yaghjian and his wife Ellen, a fountain sculptor, moved back to Columbia from Atlanta, “I took up painting buildings around here that I particularly liked when I was growing up. I have tried to get away from painting buildings,” said Yaghjian, “but I keep coming back to them.”

In search of new perspectives and light, Yaghjian and fellow artist Stephen Chesley wandered around Five Points, looking for subjects of interest. “We hung out for a while on the roof at Village Idiot. We found some good subjects from up there,” he said.

Yaghjian has submitted several paintings to the first round of art to be put on view soon in a Five Points shop or business. Part of the proceeds from the sale of the art will stimulate a second phase that will bring more artists and art onto the scene. The goal is to capture Five Points’ village essence while affording shoppers and art patrons opportunities to see artists at work.

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