September Press Release

Aug 22, 2012
First Thursdays on Main-September 6, 2012
Main Street Columbia SC

Frame of Mind
FOM Series presents “Finding Common Ground” by Nikolai Oskolkov

Wow! We have been working on this one for the better part of two years. Frame of Mind is so excited to present “Finding Common Ground” by Nikolai Oskolkov.

Russian-born artist, Nikolai Oskolkov, has been active in the Midlands art scene for the better part of the past decade. As an “independent” contemporary fine artist, Nikolai strives to renounce the idea of surrendering creative artistic desire to the conformism of a particular audience and clientele. Influenced by numerous artists and art movements,
Nikolai seeks to find common ground between the development of his technical abilities and diverse thematic exploration. This exhibition showcases Nikolai’s current explorations of the interrelation among symbolism, history, sociological ideals, patriotism, mythology, and sexuality. He presents themes that he sees as strongly appealing, yet often forgotten or overlooked by what he considers as a manipulated, self-contradicting, and technology-obsessed modern society.

And, back by popular demand, a First Thursday “Cruise In.” Last month’s newest First Thursday feature was so well-received by attendees, neighbors, and car owners/enthusiasts, that the Main Street Merchants have decided to add it into the First Thursday line-up for the rest of 2012.

Our FOM series would not be complete without the musical backdrop and stylings of Columbia’s own, DJ Deft Key. Please come and enjoy the show!

Food Outdoors?
Yes: Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse-outside service, 2 Fat 2 Fly Food Truck, Bone-In Artisan Food Truck, KC’s Hotdogs…then right down the street to Paradise Ice for sweet treats!

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Anastasia & Friends
“Perpetuating the Myth” by Mathew Kramer

For September’s opening, Anastasia & Friends is thrilled to present the first ever, solo exhibition of artist Matthew Kramer … Perpetuating the Myth.

“Throughout time, humans have used their mythologies to explain the origins of their own nature. This show will begin exploring some of these myths by focusing on reinterpreting classic Greek mythos with modern iconology. By overlaying modern themes on classic symbolism, this show will explore the enduring elements of human nature and how we are continually Perpetuating the Myth.” Matthew Kramer

Although it’s his first solo exhibition, Kramer has been consistently involved in Columbia’s art scene through public art installations, group exhibitions at Anastasia & Friends and charity events. If you’ve been downtown and driven past 1136 Washington Street (in front of the City of Columbia’s Parking Payment Center), you may have seen his sculpture, Lovely Rita the Meter Maid. In Five Points, at the corner of Santee Avenue and Harden Street, there stands a collaborative sculpture, created out of stainless steel and granite, which he and Chris Stuyck co-created which honors the band, Hootie and the Blowfish. If you attended The Painted Violins exhibition at Anastasia & Friends this past March, you couldn’t miss his giant grasshopper and ants created out of a violin.

Matthew Kramer is a sculptor who has training in fine art from Pennsylvania State University whose primary media are metal, wood and objects from nature. His art melds traditional ways of working in metal with modern conveniences. With respect to the craftsmanship inherent in the traditional arts of metalwork, utilizing modern techniques allows him to expand the boundaries of what can be accomplished. For example, he’ll often use welding not only for its structural utility, but also for the interesting textures one can make with it.

The gallery is very appreciative of Maria Kennedy Mungo, as she will return with some of her delicious hors d’oeuvres for folks to enjoy as they take in this magnificent exhibition.

For more information, contact Anastasia Chernoff at 803 665 6902 or email at

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S&S Art Supply
“Emptied”: Paintings by Gwyn Pevonka

September’s First Thursday on Main event welcomes back more than just the incoming Freshmen Invasion. Gwyn Pevonka’s powerful paintings have also invaded S & S Art Supply!

Experimenting with paint as an object, she is interested in the Heroic Gesture of a woman as she creates large-scale paintings that are just as much about line and color as they are about texture. Applying hundreds of layers of color, these completely abstract pieces are vibrant with movement. Through gouging and carving, the paint is physically removed from the surface. Digging deeper in some areas, while more shallow in others, psychedelic colors are revealed, evoking emotion and excited contemplation. Her Artist Statement simply reads, “I have emptied myself, and made myself nothing, chasing the sweet satisfaction of an identity I created through a single gouge.”

Gwyn Pevonka is originally from Indiana. She graduated with a BFA in Painting from Appalachian State University in 2011. Moving to Columbia quickly after graduating, she began renting a studio space at Tapp’s Art Center in downtown, where she still currently works. Gwyn’s migration to South Carolina has been an exciting ride as a newly budding artist to the Columbia Arts Scene.

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Tapp’s Art Center
Featuring: Michel McNinch

Michel McNinch followed her creative desires to pursue a life as a professional artist. She has seen the artistic inclinations she had as a child grow into a successful career.

Michel specializes in portraits, landscapes, and works in series. She enjoys painting realistically with an interpretive style. In her portraits, she strives to create figures that are realistic and uses symbolism to reflect the personality of her model. Constantly inspired by the life and beauty found in everyday surroundings, McNinch conveys that inspiration onto the canvas and seeks to connect with her viewers in the resulting images.

She has been educated largely by inspiration. While many art classes in high school and college taught her the basic elements and principles of art, other artists and the world around her continue to teach her how a painting communicates. “I am hoping that the viewer will connect emotionally to my paintings.”

McNinch has been included in many regional and national shows and won numerous awards. Her work received “Best in Show” awards at the Hub City Exhibition – Spartanburg County Museum and the Belton Center for the Arts Annual Standpipe Exhibition. She is represented in corporate and private collections all along the eastern seaboard from Maine to Florida and also in Germany, Sweden and the Cayman Islands.

Other Artists: Justin Schmidt / Amanda Tatum / Kristyn Larsen / Jen Rose / John Monteith

The Fountain Room:  Tom Hall and the Plowboys will be playing from 8 until…

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Wine Down on Main
Lauren Maurer

For September’s First Thursday on Main Street, Wine Down on Main presents Lauren Maurer as the featured artist. She’ll be bringing her trademark vintage dress paintings, as well as a new line of Argentine tango paintings, and hand painted and etched Mr. B’s wine bottle glasses.

A self taught artist, Lauren has shown in the Columbia area at many popular art events, including First Thursday, Artista Vista, Vista Lights, City Art, Art with a Heart, Color the Arts, and many more. Her art is displayed in homes and businesses here in Columbia as well as across America and internationally.

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Mast General
6 pm – 7:30 pm – Post Timey String Band –This duo creates an eclectic mix of ragtime, folk, blues and soul with the aid of the banjo bass guitars and voice…and Kazoos…yes, they like Kazoos.

Something Special Florist
Fall & Halloween Open House.  Come join us (our witches, ghosts,and goblins too) for what promises to be a fun night!

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 September’s First Thursday on Main. See you there. We will be out from 4:00-8:30 pm.

Sheraton Rooftop
Just in time for Main St.’s First Thursdays, Preach Jacobs will be spinning the best in indie hip-hop, soul, funk and more at Sheraton’s Rooftop (1400 Main St.).
To make it even better The Cigar Box will sponsor the event for all the cigar aficionados out there with special deals and prizes. The Sheraton will offer wine, beer and liquor tastings to compliment your cigar.
Enjoy the evening on the rooftop at one of the most coveted partying spots in Columbia.

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The Whig
There is ALWAYS an afterparty at the Whig.  Stop in after the crawl and enjoy the fun.

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 Please also visit our website for additional info and happenings at

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