Squishaus is the Columbia-based creative partnership of Nikolas Swaner and Magnus Hoopes. They work in a variety of mediums, primarily paper and textiles and have exhibited at many previous Lakefests over the last decade. Squishaus’ work focuses on the intersection of the whimsical and the monstrous; traditional folk arts and modern concerns; and things soft and cute for their own sake.
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What is The Columbia Festival of the Arts?
The Columbia Festival of the Arts is a multi-weekend event that celebrates music, art, and entertainment. Each Festival kicks off in June with Lakefest, a free, three-day outdoor celebration at the Downtown Columbia Lakefront. Lakefest includes live performances, children's creative activities, a juried fine arts and crafts show, a variety of hands-on workshops for all ages and outdoor festival food fare.
The days following LakeFest are comprised of a variety of free and ticketed events, including performances in multiple disciplines, master classes, workshops, fine art exhibitions, literary offerings, film and frequent opportunities to interact directly with artists.