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April 26th, 2013
First Thursdays on Main: May 2nd, 2013 on Main Street Columbia SC 6:00 pm-9:00 pm
Frame of Mind
FOM Series Fifth Anniversary: Five MORE Artists for Five Years
You know how people say your birthday only comes around once a year? Well, we don’t ascribe to that philosophy! In fact, we will continue to celebrate the FOM Series turning FIVE for the month of May, too! After a successful 5 Artists for 5 Years themed April show, we knew we had more artists to honor and more incredible work to share with you during May’s First Thursdays on Main event. Are you ready??!!!
It is our honor to welcome back Amanda Ladymon, Michael Krajewski, Whitney LeJeune, Jarid Lyfe Brown, and Jen Phelps!
Amanda Ladymon is a mixed media artist, exhibiting around the southeast, as well as internationally. Amanda is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of South Carolina and Columbia College. She is very involved in the local Columbia Arts community in many different facets, mainly as the Exhibition & Event Coordinator for S & S Art Supply. She also teaches adults and children’s art workshops at her home with her newest business, Ladybug Art Studios. Her work’s aesthetic formula is derived mostly from biomorphic abstraction. Amanda’s artwork primarily is in drawing/painting, sculpture, and installation. We are thrilled to have her creative force back at our gallery!
Michael Krajewski’s last show at FOM landed in The State’s Life & Style section revealing gallery walls packed to the max popping with colors and ideas unending. Krajewski style. Specifically, his style has been called neo-expressionist and compared to Jean-Michel Basquiat’s though Krajewski is less interested in defining, more interested in producing. We’re excited to welcome Michael back to FOM; we look forward to the rush of energy his work delivers!
Whitney LeJeune works to satisfy viewers on an emotional and an intellectual level – mating form, color and the power of suggestion in every effort. Her enchanting images draw collectors from coast to coast. Her style is influenced by her early childhood home, Austin, Texas, the southern elegance she finds in her family’s South Carolina roots, and her inescapable feminine perspective on the world. “My work as a female painter is bringing passionate art into peoples’ lives. I’m pleased when I’ve captured the easily overlooked moments and emotions in life, and said a lot with a just a few strokes of paint”.
Jarid Lyfe Brown’s creations are well-known in our community; they are filled with what we like to call “creative lyfe.”
Undefined’s 2011 article describes Jarid’s works as “thoughtful, vibrantly colored, light emulating paintings — many of which depict animals that possess human-like qualities.” Well said! To quote the artist, “Art is what I make.” Charismatic forms and colors galore!
Jen Phelps’ use of a mix of subject matter and printmaking inspires the art enthusiasts and appreciators alike. Says the artist regarding her craft, “Change is the constant in this life. Lives change but creativity and friendships make great foundations for those challenges.” In fact, she has recently experienced a change in residence and career herself. “When a career as a non-profit leader began to take up my life full-time, I always went back to Penland each summer to re-energize and get a creative grounding for whatever life-changing events that I would encounter. Some of the work that I’m contributing to the FOM Series Anniversary Show was created at Penland and some from my new home in Austin TX. I wish I could be there in person, but I send my love with my art!”
S&S Art Supply
Mixed Media Works by Amanda Ladymon
This May’s First Thursday at S & S is a last minute surprise! Amanda Ladymon, local artist extraordinaire, owner of Ladybug Art Studios, events & marketing coordinator for S & S Art Supply is coming back for a solo exhibition! Amanda is happy to be back showing brand new works, along with some older pieces ranging from 2008 to present. DJ B will be spinning some awesome family-friendly tunes out front.
Amanda’s work is continually evolving and exploratory in process, medium, and conceptual interests. Her more recent works (2011-present) address issues of women and family, along with her love for collaging in various materials, hand-drawn biomorphic abstract images, and found objects. This exhibition will also include her larger paper and wood panel abstracts.
Amanda’s most recent work deals with family imagery and the concept of motherhood. Being a new mother has had the greatest impact on her artistic approach, opening up her visual dialogue into new areas of exploration into imagery, color, and materials. Being a full-time mom and part-time teacher has become a new, exciting adventure that she will continue to address in her work. Amanda Ladymon’s earlier works involve creating a circular dialogue, with one part affecting another, creating an endless flow of biomorphic, organic forms and evolving experimentation with materials. Research on the interior workings of the human body and of plants and ocean life on the macro and microscopic level creates the initial cognitive drive for the work. Balancing a tension through visual relationships of form and color, her mixed media pieces are the product of a natural, self – organizing principle that operates intuitively. There is an endless interplay between the structured and the amorphous or between evolution and entropy.
Amanda Ladymon is a mother of 10-month old Lily, her most precious work of art. She and her husband own and run S & S Art Supply and are very involved in their local community and downtown Main Street’s revitalization efforts. Amanda earned her MFA in Sculpture from USC in 2009. She is an Adjunct Professor at USC’s Art Department and Columbia College Art Department. She is also a free-lance writer for the Free-Times. Originally from Dallas, Texas, Amanda moved to Columbia in 2006 to attend USC. She met her wonderful husband the first week his little art shop in Rosewood opened and well, the rest is history….
Anastasia & Friends
A Way With Watercolors
For the month of May, Anastasia and Friends presents “A Way With Watercolors,” featuring the works of Rachel Parker. The exhibition will be a powerful combination of animals, people, landscape and abstract paintings on paper and canvas, all created with watercolors.
Rachel Parker is a self taught artist who works mainly in watercolors. As the daughter of artist Gretchen Parker, she was raised going to art lessons and watching her mother paint. She has been drawing since she was old enough to hold a pencil and began painting professionally in 2000.
“I work primarily in watercolor because I love the sense of light this medium conveys. In all my paintings, I try to make light the central theme. Dramatic lighting can make a potato sack beautiful. Light is a life-giving force, and this is true in a painting as well – it breathes vitality and a sense of awe into the every day.”
Her motivation for creating is to capture what may otherwise go unnoticed, to reveal the beauty in simple moments and objects. Making an image come alive on the paper is her inspiration. Rachel has sold her work nationally and internationally and her work was recently juried into the Atlanta Equestrian Exhibition and was featured on the cover of national magazine “Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.” She paints at night and during weekends and works full time as a school social worker.
The opening reception at the gallery will take place as a part of the First Thursday on Main art crawl on May 2nd, from 6pm to 9pm. Special thanks to Maria Kennedy Mungo for furnishing delicious snacks for our opening event.
“A Way With Watercolors” will run from May 2nd through May 30th at Anastasia & Friends and then from June 1st through August 2nd as a part of the Anastasia & Friends Eat With Art Series at Gervais & Vine. For more information, contact Anastasia Chernoff at 803 665 6902 or email at email@example.com.
Tapp’s Art Center
2013 University of South Carolina BFA Photography Exhibition
The Bachelor of Fine Arts Photography degree candidates in the Department of Art at USC present their senior thesis exhibition. You are cordially invited to join the artists for the opening reception at Tapp’s Art Center, located at 1644 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina on May 2, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.
Artists on display: Jake Adams, Hannah Collum, David McGowan Hicks, Taylor Singmaster, Cheryl Jordan Upchurch, Caroline Weaver, Gabrielle Wingate and Rachel Wolfe.
MAIN GALLERY: USC BFA Photography Thesis Exhibition
SKYLINE ROOM: 6:30 Sneak Preview of “Miss Saigon” from Town Theater & 8:00 Gentleman of Distinction
FOUNTAIN ROOM: 8:30 The Caddy Boyz-A musical improv duo, the Caddy Boyz will be bringing all of their mojo to the First Thursday event in Downtown Columbia. If you’ve never had the experience of seeing them live, you’re in for a treat-even THEY don’t know what will happen!
Wine Down on Main
Wine Down on Main is excited to announce Brandon Faucett as our next artist! “The footsteps of the master, their angelic abilities, divine like inspirations and historical significances they have created is what inspires me. The human condition, love and spirit is my drive. I have been sketching since I was a child and continued into adulthood. As a machine gunner in 1st battalion 8th Marines I was able to use my skill of sketching in the field for drawing map overlays, landscapes for reconnaissance and range cards.”
“I also work in traditional ornamental hand engraving. I am currently attending school for a welding certification in order to broaden my work. I apply heavy contrast and detail from my sketching ability into other mediums and a more instinctual than professional process.
I believe that art is the opportunity to tap into the divine. Through the art produced by that inspiration I believe one can manifest oneness and contribute to raising the consciousness of society.”
There is always something new and exciting at Paradise Ice! Join us this May First Thursday for new delicious ice and custard flavors like Strawberry Basil, Avocado, and Chocolate Caramel Cheesecake. We will also be bringing out a new home made cookie sandwich. For our furry friends that visit, we now make doggie pops as well! All proceeds will be donated to different animal rescues each month.
Columbia Museum of Art Gift Shop
We’re breaking out one of our most popular offerings just for you this First Thursday… our Make an Offer Sidewalk Sale! Our treasures sell fast, so come see us early!
We’re thrilled to have John Scollon and Bitteroot playing at Mast in May for First Thursdays. Here’s a little background on the group from their bio. “To quote an old Jackson Browne song, John Scollon “Must’ve played in a thousand bands”. A 25+ year veteran of the Columbia SC music scene (and professional puppeteer by day), Scollon spent what he admits was way too long playing cover tunes in local bars. What he gained from his time paying dues in the honky tonks was a beat up guitar case full of road stories and near-life experiences. Now he has finally put his tallish tales to song, and assembled an eclectic group of musicians to form Bitteroot, a band capable of leaping from folksy Americana, to funky jam-rock, to haunting a capella harmonies… often within the framework of a single piece of music.”
The studio will be open late from 6-8pm, and we will feature tasty treats from Indigo Jones Catering paired with a wine tasting by Vidalco International! Browse our studio and see what our other fabulous vendors have in store!
The South Carolina Artists group & Sammi’s Deli are hosting an open mike night. Come out to sing, act, read poetry, perform and enjoy the company of other artists and lovers of art! Also, enjoy paintings & works or art by members of SCA. Participation is free so sign up early by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 6-10 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 http://www.nickelodeon.org/programs/ for the latest programming during May’s 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.
Come help welcome one of our newest vendors/guests to our neighborhood…introducing a local artist who specializes in design of handbags, accessories, and home décor. You’ll find her booth on the 1500 block near Michel’s Drugs.
Outdoors (1500 and 1600 blocks)
American Gun frontman, Todd Mathis (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.