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First Thursdays on Main-August 2, 2012
Frame of Mind
FOM Series presents “Sun and Sand” by Susan Lenz
Frame of Mind presents Susan Lenz and her newest body of work, Sun and Sand, for our August FOM Series. She created this exhibit in response to a month-long artist residency at The Studios of Key West. Susan spent the entire month of March balancing the outdoor beauty of this historic paradise with the mostly indoor activity of creating fiber art. The bright colors, baked textures, and culturally rich island life influenced her greatly. “I spent lots of time in Key West just looking at the vivid, tropical colors … wondering why the water was so brilliantly rich in super-saturated shades of turquoise, mint green, teal, cerulean, cyan and even shadows of deep lavender,” says Lenz. She learned that shallow, salt water over white sand reflects light quite vibrantly, like paint straight out of a tube. “The sun and the sand cause a remarkable array of color. I developed my new work with this in mind. I even started painting, which is something I rarely do.”
Susan’s painting was intended for her fiber arts. She cut the canvas into water inspired shapes and stitched them to other canvas. She also recycled an old painter’s drop cloth into works exploring the texture of the Key West beaches. Over 30 pieces have been created for the August FOM Series.
We want to congratulate Susan! She was accepted for another artist residency for the month of August and will be at the Galesburg Civic Arts Center in Illinois, and therefore will be unable to attend her opening at the FOM Series. Good news, though…her husband, Steve, and her elder son, Mathias, a newly promoted “First Soloist” with Birmingham Royal Ballet, will be standing in for her.
Outdoors, we’ve arranged for the musical stylings of the famously hot DJ Deft Key, a real live cruise in, and food that will fill you up and leave you smiling!
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Art In Motion
First Thursdays are growing!! For August, the Merchants of Main Street have decided to host their first Cruise In. That is right; Main Street is going to be taken over with classics, hot rods, custom cars and bikes. Come down and check out the “Art In Motion” on the street and the art indoors in your favorite galleries and shops.
Yes: Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse-outside service, 2 Fat 2 Fly Food Truck, Bone-In Artisan Food Truck, KC’s Hotdogs/Tacos…then right down the street to Paradise Ice for sweet treats!
Anastasia & Friends
Small Art/Big Heart: A Fundraiser for Friends of the ARC
For the month of August at Anastasia & Friends, my co-host Paul Kaufmann and I, in conjunction with some of our region’s finest artists, present Small Art/Big Heart. This exhibition benefits and promotes awareness to a non-profit organization that is tender to our hearts and important for our children and community – Friends of the ARC (Assessment and Resource Center).
For over 20 years, the ARC has been coming to the aid of children who are suspected of being physically and sexually abused. The ARC’s multi-disciplinary team includes child psychologists, forensic interviewers, a medical doctor, child life specialists and victim advocates. As one of the country’s model child advocacy centers, the ARC is a resource in our community about which all South Carolinians should be proud.
Like other service aspects of our community, the ARC has been hit with huge budget cuts in the past several years. Friends of the ARC was started to help the ARC continue its vital and comprehensive work with those who need it most – our community’s sexually and physically abused children.
Small Art/Big Heart will include paintings, sculpture and mixed media with an emphasis on work that’s 12″ x 12″ x 12″ in dimension or smaller.
Participating artists include:
Jarid Lyfe Brown
Jennifer Stephens Hill
The ARC is a nationally accredited Children’s Advocacy Center which has operated since 1990 as a partnership of the South Carolina Department of Mental Health, the USC School of Medicine, and the Children’s Hospital of Palmetto Health Richland. Services include the forensic physical examination of suspected child abuse victims, forensic interviews and mental health evaluations, individual and family therapy for victims and their non-offending caregivers, agency consultations, referrals, training and expert testimony. The ARC primarily receives its referrals from law enforcement and child protective services personnel across a 17 county region, with Richland as its primary focus. The ARC serves approximately 600 children annually.
Special thanks to Maria Kennedy Mungo for providing some delicious hors d’oeuvres for our opening reception.
For more information, contact Anastasia Chernoff via email at email@example.com or cell at 803 665 6902.
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S&S Art Supply
Big Gulp Slurpee Show: Artwork by Jarid Lyfe Brown
Funky, fresh new works by Jarid Lyfe Brown as part of First Thursdays on Main at S & S Art Supply. This artist has whipped up a new batch of incredible paintings just for the occasion, so brave the scorching summer heat and let this exhibition of daring, bold work speak for itself. DJ B will be spinnin’ some hot pumpin’ tunes out front as well!
Lyfe expresses his thoughts and observations through these works, translating sounds through phrases or words that are directly drawn into the paintings layered with anthropomorphic figures. Exposing personal ideas through transparent layers of color and form, he acts on impulse and communicates using a freestyle methodology of sorts. About his masked figures, Lyfe says, “it is easier to be exposed if your face doesn’t have to be seen, right?” The paintings will all consist of many materials such as charcoal, acrylic, spray paint, grease pencil, oil bar, crayon, and oil paint.
Born in Atlanta, GA, Jarid Lyfe Brown studied painting at the Savannah College of Art & Design, has been painting for the past 20 years, and enjoys short walks and cream horns.
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Tapp’s Art Center
“I believe that beyond having faith and talent, the true creative artist must commit himself to the ideas he wishes to express to the viewer. My art is an expression of my love, ideas, and true feelings and philosophy of life. In my paintings, I am concerned with the creative concepts, abstract ideas and patters of colors, lines, shapes, movement and feelings. The bright colors in my paintings express the way I think and feel about Mexico, where the intensity of the sunlight is so warm, strong and bright. The lines in my paintings express a continuous movement and changing of shapes, colors and forms. I think of them as lifelines that are always changing into other relevant forms. If you can see and understand the waves in the ocean or a beautiful dance in motion, then you will get the idea of what I’m trying to express in my paintings. It’s very abstract, but it’s also very recognizable.”
-Melvin Green 1934-2007
Justin Gerwe, Sarah Madison Brown, Kristyn Larsen, Charles Royster, Tisha Ward, Don Zurlo, Aura Ramirez
Noise for the Nick:
WUSC and First Thursday, Columbia’s newest sensation, are throwing a “Welcome to the Neighborhood!” benefit for the Nickelodeon! We will be celebrating the Nick’s move to the new Theatre on Main. The event is free, but we will be accepting donations to go toward completing construction of the new theatre. The party will start at 6pm in the underground Fountain Room in the Tapp’s Building with the Magnetic Flowers, Sea Wolf Mutiny, Dead Surf, and Trey Mumbles.
Imagine tons of local art, great local bands, and a good cause. It’s all happening August 2nd at 6pm!
MAGNETIC FLOWERS: They follow the lyrical path of folk and take the sonic path of rock a la The Hold Steady. Occasionally, they garner comparisons to bands like Okkervil River, Dr. Dog and The Band. (
SEA WOLF MUTINY: four piece Indie rock band based out of Columbia, SC. The Sea Wolf Mutiny has fused an Indie Folk sound to ecstatic rock. From their first house shows to their CD release of “The Last Season” their sound has been characterized by a tumble and swagger infused with a tenacious and belligerent joy that is as contagious as it is catchy. (
DEAD SURF: Combining catchy pop hooks with intertwining male and female vocal harmonies, these surf-inspired jams are perfect for any spontaneous road-trip to the beach, or equally spontaneous liquor run. (
TREY MUMBLES: One third of local Columbia’s Young Mumbles, Trey Murphy will rock your world. With a voice like a young Neil Young and some of the most intricate songwriting of our time, Trey sings songs that blur the lines of Americana, rock, and annoyingly cute.
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Amelia Mau presented by Jasper Magazine will be performing in our store next Thursday. We will also be featuring a delicious twist on nostalgic soda fountain favorites such as Cherry Coke, Banana Split, Neapolitan & the Root beer Float. Also, don’t forget to enter our Flavor Contest.
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The Wedding 101 planning studio is designed to educate and inspire brides. Located in downtown Columbia, our 3,100 square-foot studio showcases the best Columbia wedding vendors. We’re on top of the hottest current wedding trends and ideas just for you. Here, brides and grooms can taste, see, hear, and touch the products and services that will make their wedding day spectacular. They can set appointments to meet Wedding 101 consultants and vendors in the Wedding 101 studio. It’s designed to be a one-stop shop for our brides and grooms.
The studio will be open until 8 pm on August 2nd for “First Thursdays on Main”. Please come by this Thursday and enjoy one of our featured vendors, Terri Inmon owner of Famously Frozen and their signature slushies!
The Museum Shop: Columbia Museum of Art
Don’t miss The Museum Shop’s featured sale for this evening: “Make Us an Offer” sale! It is just what it sounds like. See something you like? Make us an offer. We’ll probably take it. We’ll be out on the sidewalk for August’s First Thursday on Main. See you there. We will be out from 4:00-8:30 pm.
Wine Down on Main
Works by Tariq Mix
Tariq Mix was born in Long Island, New York in the spring of 1981. When he was three, his parents moved to Durham, North Carolina. As a young boy, Tariq found that he had a love for art and sports. He was always drawing – in class, in textbooks, on tests, on homework, on his notes, everywhere! When he was not drawing, you could find him racing the boys in the neighborhood, playing football, basketball, or riding his bike through a new trail in the woods.
During his teen years, Tariq began developing his body strength as well as his artistic talent. In high school, he played football and ran track with the dream of competing in professional sports. He worked hard academically and at sports, and was accepted to Howard University in 1999. While at Howard, Tariq received a track scholarship and majored in graphic design and fine arts. It was here that he developed a love for the fine arts and began exploring various mediums. He painted, constructed illustrations and learned about the art of photography.
Tariq received numerous awards for his academic and athletic achievements. He loved competing in track and dreamed of running in the Olympics one day. That dream changed in the spring of 2001. While competing in the Pennsylvania relays, one of the major track meets of the year, Tariq collapsed after running the 100m dash. He was rushed to the hospital and diagnosed with a near-fatal ventricular arrhythmia. He returned to North Carolina and was immediately admitted to Duke Medical Center. After a nine hour procedure on his heart, he was told that he could never compete again.
Although devastated, Tariq would not let this stop him. He could not compete physically, but made up his mind to compete mentally, to keep his soul and talent alive. He would now live through his art work. With vibrant colors, energetic lines and shapes – he breathes. He tells a story in every one of his pieces.
Tariq went on to graduate magna cum laude in May 2004. Today he puts all of his energy into his art work.
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Something Special Florist
De Moda Trunk Show
Come into Something Special Florist to see De Moda LLC for the first time at First Thursday! De Moda, owned by Jessica Cabrera, sells unique affordable fashion accessories that she brings in from Chile, S.A.. All products are under $30!!! Choose from earrings, bracelets, necklaces, rings, wallets, sunglasses, bags, purses, and hair accessories. Keep your eye out for De Moda around Columbia, and visit the De Moda table at Something Special Florist on Thursday evening if you’d like to see some of the collection, to get on the email list, or consider scheduling an event!
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 Town Hall. You may contact Mark Plessinger by calling (803)988-1065 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also visit our website for additional info and happenings at www.firstthursdaysonmain.com.