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May 31, 2013
First Thursdays on Main: June 6th, 2013 on Main Street Columbia SC 6:00 pm-9:00 pm
Frame of Mind
FOM Series: The Journey Home by Jenna Sach
With great pleasure, Frame of Mind would like to announce the return of one of Columbia’s favorite daughters and artists to our gallery, Ms. Jenna Sach! Jenna has certainly become a vital fixture to our Main Street community, and we’re excited to be a part of her latest work. For this FOM Series she is sharing images close to her heart and taking us all on “The Journey Home.”
“For this show I wanted to ‘bring it home.’ Though I have always taken photographs on my journeys to Europe, I’ve never displayed them (unless you count my mom’s walls). With this series I maintain my style, keeping the rich blacks in contrast to the cool whites. All the photos are taken from North Derbyshire, which is located in the East Midlands of England. A large portion of the Peak District National Park is within this county, as well as part of the Pennines. Within this region, there are various stately homes, castle ruins, gardens, caverns, and the beautiful rolling hills, for which it is so well known.
During a recent two week visit home, I traveled around North Derbyshire with my camera, occasionally making my family pull off to the side of the road, just so I could jump out and capture the landscape to share with you! For putting up with my artistic endeavors on this, and many others trips, I dedicate this show to them. Places featured include Buxton, Chatsworth Stately Home, Bolsover Castle, Tideswell, Castleton, Peveril Castle, Hardwick Hall and Haddon Hall.”
Born in Southampton, England, Jenna Sach immigrated to South Carolina in 1990. Ever since she was a young girl, she has shown a fondness for art. However, it was not until she was 16 that she began her passion for photography. Jenna’s high school offered a darkroom course; it was her first experience developing film, and she fell in love. Over the years Jenna took pictures of the places she visited, but it was not until she arrived at the University of South Carolina that she began to formulate her style. There, she connected with her mentor and darkroom professor, Toby Morriss. Under his guidance, she perfected her printing and found her style. He taught Jenna how to combine her two passions, photography and psychology. She obtained her B.A. in Experimental Psychology and hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.
And a little extra inside…Brian Maynor will be in-house giving his excellent advice on the right sunwear for your face. He’s built a reputation as one of the leading style coaches in the Southeast and is quickly expanding nationally and internationally. Fortune 500 Companies, celebrities, and individuals alike are regularly following Brian’s style philosophy “It Takes 3 Seconds To Make An Impression.”
For over a decade, Mr. Maynor has utilized his education and training as a broadcast journalist/commentator on various fashion events from fashion shows/expos to charity events. Find, Flatter & Flaunt is his 3-step program launched in 2011 that transforms a client’s wardrobe and image. Each step is designed to build confidence through knowledge empowering clients to embrace their bodies and work with them, not against them to create their ideal image.
Mr. Maynor is one of the most trusted and recognized style experts in the region. His approach is innovative, creative and fashion forward balanced with classic pieces to keep the look grounded. He is a regular contributor to various fashion blogs and online communities; he uses social media to help spread his message that image is crucial and controllable. In like fashion, Brian has been a style lecturer and event MC for numerous brands including Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, Chico’s, and Macy’s.
A former attorney and program director for legal aid, Mr. Maynor helped victims of domestic violence reclaim their self-esteem, dignity, and sense of self-worth through the power of image. He can often be heard saying, “Investing 5 minutes on yourself can change your life.”
Outside…For our outdoor performance, we’re so proud to feature Columbia’s own DJ Deft Key of Entropy Studios, Raymond Howard. Deft Key’s shows are full of the energy and sounds of global beats and dubstep. For a sampling, check out his music on http://soundcloud.com/deftkey. And VOTE for his latest
. His CD is available for purchase.
Entropy studios is a recording/production studio that was founded in the fall of 2011 by Raymond Howard, Timothy Miller, and Jeramie Conrad. A unique type of studio with services ranging from simple recording/tracking to full production including song creation, adding audio to film, voice overs and foley, their mission is to provide a fully operational studio capable of facilitating any and all audio needs for musicians, film producers, theatrical directors, and voice actors both regionally and internationally. Their menu of services include: recording, tracking, mixing, mastering, voice-overs, composition, songwriting, foley, DJ services, live sound/lighting, post-production audio for film and video, album art, logo design, photography services, merchandise design, band photos, business cards, and flier design. Please visit Deft Key on Facebook at
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S&S Art Supply
A Study of Self & Other: Photographs by Jessica Christine Owen
June’s installment of First Thursdays will be a special treat for Columbia, as this is her first solo exhibition in the Capital City. Jessica Christine Owen is an innovative photographer that uses herself as the subject matter. Through physical alteration as a performative aspect of the final photograph, her works are beautiful and eerie, funny and disturbing all rolled into one. DJ B will be out front spinnin’ some awesome family-friendly tunes as well!
Her Artist Statement reads:
The term grotesque has the contemporary definition of being something strange, fantastic, ugly or disgusting. The grotesque has formed an attachment to other terms proliferated to describe aspects of experience, among them, the abject. The abject is something that exists between the concept of an object and of the subject. The abject becomes a reaction to the threatened breakdown in meaning caused by the loss of distinction between subject and object or self and other. My intention is to create an emotional bond with the viewer through a combination of unlike things that challenges established realities or constructs new ones. By altering physical form through self-inflicted acts or complete physical alteration, the viewer is meant to see the blurred lines of what we perceive to be self and what is other.
Jessica Christine Owen received her BFA in Photography and BA in Art History with honors from New Mexico State University in 2010. She currently resides in Columbia, South Carolina where she is pursuing her MFA in Photography at the University of South Carolina.
Anastasia & Friends
Color Movement: Paintings by James Dwyer and Michael Dwyer
Anastasia & Friends is honored to present Color Movement, an exhibition which features paintings by father and son, James Dwyer and Michael Dwyer, who have spent a combined nine decades creating abstract paintings, rooted in Modernism, with color as a primary focus.
“I grew up in a home in which both parents were artists and paintings by them and their friends always hung on the walls. Although my mother mostly put aside her professional art career to raise a family, my father was an energetic and accomplished painter all the years I knew him, only giving up his studio work at the age of eighty-seven to care for my mother. My father also taught painting and drawing at Syracuse University for thirty-some years, including while I was there as an undergraduate. I never took a class with him, but I learned a great deal from my Dad, whether it was during dinner conversations or trips to museums. Probably, most of what I learned was just from the long-term exposure of having his paintings around the house.
As a kid, I loved to draw from the time I could pick up a pencil and I received enormous encouragement and support from both parents. Sometimes I’d visit my Dad’s studio and make little drawings while he painted. Once, when I was seven or eight, my father stretched a small canvas for me to work on (my first abstract painting!) while classical music played on the radio and he worked on a large canvas. The scale of his paintings – often seven or eight feet – made an early impression, too.
A few years before my father’s death in 2011, we had a couple of conversations about how we might be able to put together a two-man show, but we were never able to make that happen during his lifetime. Before he died my father shipped me about thirty of the paintings he’d made over the past few years. That shipment has allowed me to finally, and very happily, assemble this exhibition.” Michael Dwyer
Color Movement will open as a part of the First Thursday art crawl on Main on June 6th, from 6pm to 9pm and run through June 28th.
Special thanks to Maria Kennedy Mungo for preparing delicious food for this very special opening.
For more information, contact Anastasia Chernoff at 803 665 6902 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Since space is the fundamental characteristic of drawing, painting, sculpture, and architecture, I have long understood that eloquence in those forms is to be achieved through the structuring of space. Within the past ten years or so, I have stumbled my way into a style based on low relief as its principal component.
In low relief I have discovered that I can offer variable visual and tactile experience controlled only in part by me. The viewer is invited to share in control through physical viewpoint. Elements within a work change, or are perceived as changing when seen from different angles. This, I believe, can bring about an especially intimate and creative communication.
A sense of movement has been an important element in my work for a long time. Earlier pieces often conveyed a feeling of forms drifting in space. Then, there was a shift toward using linear composition to create direction. I wanted the viewer’s eye to move along a variety of circuits and have experiences along the way. I also found from my earlier collage work, that I like the crisp, definitive edges that result from cutting shapes with scissors, so I began using masking tape for a similar effect.
Recent works often have a sequential aspect that comes partly from a fascination with similarities between visual art and music. Thinking of musical composition as one note followed by another, and so on, I wondered if this might be a basis for a painting. Ultimately, I’m always after that transcendent moment when abstract elements come together in a way that‘s thrilling and somehow right.
Tapp’s Art Center
MAIN GALLERY: “The Animal Attraction” Art Show in the Main Gallery
A group show of animal themed art featuring many of Columbia’s favorite artists. Paintings, Photography, Sculpture and mixed media pieces representing the diversity of the animal world will fill the Main Gallery. A portion of proceeds from all art sales from this month long show will benefit two great causes. The Richland County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Division and The Animal Mission.
In the Skyline Room the USC School of Music’s Spark Laboratory will be presenting three performances from the winner, and two runners-up, from their competitive chamber music competition.
7:30 PM Clocks in Motion (Madison, WI)
8:30 PM Quintet Sirocco (Greensboro, NC)
9:15 PM C Street Brass (Pittsburgh, PA)
Wine Down on Main
Wine Down is excited to present Jessica Ream. Jessica Ream was born in Columbus, Ohio early in the year 1990, but was raised south of the Mason Dixon, in Carolina suburbia. She is a jack-of-all trades artist and incorporates her knowledge of painting, photography, print and sculpture into her mixed media pieces.
She began her studies at Columbia College but transferred to Savannah College of Art and Design where she graduated with honors and her BFA in Painting. She returned to Columbia shortly after graduation and currently works for the Columbia Art Museum while continuing her work as an artist.
“I seek emotional catharsis. My work is saturated with ideas of identity, perception, family and memory. Each thought is confessed with an unbridled honesty I find paradoxically terrifying and liberating. I am a painter, a photographer, a printmaker and a seamstress. I am a sculptor and a habitual collector of discarded objects. I am process driven. The physicality of the material appeals to my natural curiosity and fascinates the child in me. This child like act of discovery and alteration allows me to speak about what I cannot say audibly and drives me to create.”
Come cool off at Paradise Ice this June First Thursday! Look for exciting new delicious ice and frozen custard flavors like Blackberry Sage, Ginger Strawberry, and Peanut Butter Fudge Brownie. We will also unveil a new home made cookie sandwich. Don’t forget that we have doggie pops for our furry friends. All money raised for June will go to Animal Mission.
Columbia Museum of Art Gift Shop
The Shop will have its tent up and running. This month they are bringing back their famous “make an offer” sale.
We are pleased to present Pocket Buddha for June First Thursday on Main. ”Wires, Wood & Harmonies” We write and play acoustic music using guitars, a cajon (box drum) and voices. It’s a little bit country, and little bit funk. Whatever it is, we try to keep it simple and groovy.
“Come join us for Neo Soul / Spoken Word at the Deli
Come speak out, listen up, eat in, and participate. Open Mic. No fee. Receive buy one get one free deals from the kitchen. This is another way to enjoy the downtown features after dark. Organized by Kevin Drakes the manager at Sammi’s Deli, Contact Kevin for further details 803.738.5085. Sammi’s Deli 1621 Main St 7pm-9pm Sammi’s 803-255-0001
The Cigar Box Main Street
The Cigar Box Main Street is the newest edition of the Cigar Box. Awesome selection of tobaccos. Comfortable smoking lounge. BYOB! Premium Cigars – Fine Tobaccos – Pipes – Accessories – Smoking Lounge…yes…right here on Columbia’s Main Street!
Something Special Florist
Just come in and see what is new for Spring and Summer at Something Special! We are more than a flower store! We have brand new candles, gorgeous costume jewelry, and pretty new greeting cards, just to provide you with a little sneak peak.
From Marble Falls’ Main Street to Columbia’s Main Street…Michel’s Drugs will be set up and ready to see you at May’s First Thursdays on Main event THIS Thursday from 6-9 pm. Over a hundred years ago, Kyle Michel’s family started this iconic TX drug store and general store hybrid. Now, our Main Street neighbor is bringing a whole different idea to us…SO join Kyle on Main Street in front of his office (between Frame of Mind and Anastasia and Friends/Free Times).
He has the BEST vinyls around. Be prepared to shop for records at Michel’s Drugs. Open during First Thursdays on Main…now on YOUR Main Street!
South Carolina’s Non-Profit Cinema since 1979, the Nick is a 99 seat theater run by The Columbia Film Society. It is home to three film screenings daily, and special series with extra showtimes. Check them out at
for the latest programming during this First Thursdays on Main event.
Well everyone knows that The Whig is the official Afterparty locale for First Thursdays, but maybe try starting there BEFORE you begin our art crawl. Best Gouda Mac & Cheese around. It is located in the 1200 Block of Main right under ABC News.
Outdoors (1500 and 1600 blocks):
Columbia’s own Alternacirque will be here promoting their next show (IN FULL COSTUME!), 1001 Arabian Nights, being performed at Earlewood Park from June 7-15 nightly at 8 pm. Make sure you find them at First Thursdays on Main and get your picture taken. Tickets are now on sale for the performances and selling fast!
For More event details, check out Facebook:
. To purchase tickets in advance and online (recommended and all kinds of packages available), go to www.alternacirque.com .
Columbia Children’s Theatre:
The Children’s theatre will be here to highlight their upcoming show, The Commedia Rapunzel, which runs June 14-23 at its theatre in Richland Mall. This special version is presented in the traditional style of commedia dell’arte, a largely improvisational style of street theatre originating in 16th century Italy.
Amsha (a Swahili word meaning “to awaken”) is a fashion & accessories brand made by highly talented artisans in Kenya & Rwanda. Our designs speak to the modern world while respecting their African roots. We aim to address social issues through trade and believe that a business run on fair trade principles can alleviate poverty, empower women and artisans with disabilities, provide jobs, and improve access to education. Many of our pieces are made from recycled or upcycled materials, including brass, bone, horn, clay, glass, and leather. Hope you will stop by to see our debut collection of jewelry, bags, and baskets.
Entertainment and Food:
DJ Deft Key (1500 block in front of Wine Down on Main and Frame of Mind), DJ B (1600 block in front of S&S Art Supply), Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse-outdoor service, Crepes and Croissants, Columbia’s favorite KC’s Hotdogs, Wine Down-outdoor service, New York’s Famous Hot Dogs-sausage dog service with German Brats, and the nationally renowned 2 Fat 2 Fly Food Truck
First Thursdays on Main is Columbia’s monthly art crawl and streetfest hosted by the Main Street merchants on the first Thursday of every month from 6 to 9 pm. This event showcases the revitalized Main Street community and includes our merchants from the Capital to City Hall.
You may contact Mark Plessinger by calling (803)988-1065 or via email at email@example.com.
Please also visit our website for additional info and happenings at www.firstthursdaysonmain.com. ###