November 2012 FTOM: Press Release


October 29, 2012

First Thursdays on Main-November 1, 2012

Main Street Columbia SC

Frame of Mind

FOM Series presents Finding Romanticism Among Grunge: Evelyn Wong and Shannon Purvis

Inside:  FOM is pleased to present our November artist, Evelyn Wong, and her show “Finding Romanticism Among Grunge” for your viewing delight. We’re also welcoming another of our favorite artists back as Evelyn’s partner in the November installation. Shannon Purvis has prepared a custom collection of lush, intricately designed terrariums, which will be available for perusal and purchase. Evelyn’s FOM Series work originally began around 2009 after she decided that she wanted to redefine herself as an artist.

“Having spent much of my life doing research on many different subjects, I found that not only am I naturally geared towards a more scientific approach, I truly enjoy research as a means to gaining as much understanding and knowledge as possible. This has manifested itself in the series of works in “Finding Romanticism” through the many hours spent on documenting the various plants in Columbia, SC—observing and studying my subjects from many different angles to gain an understanding of their growth patterns and habits—before I embark on the final portrait of each specimen.

Each of the completed works in this series reflects the nature of the environment in which the subject grows. It is important to me to document growth and change of each of the plants in relation to their respective environments because things change, and nothing is truly permanent. What is there today may not be there many years (or possibly even days) from now. My hope is that with this series, the viewer will join me in learning about and appreciating the beauty of the subtleties in nature, and follow me on my journey through wind, rain, and shine.”

OutsideFor our outdoor entertainment, 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 His CD is available for purchase at our November event. 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 or Entropy Studios on Facebook at .

Food Outdoors: your favorites and a few new additions!

Paradise Ice-sweet treats/organic ice custard and Italian ice (both their location on the 1600 block and their cart on the 1500 block), Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse-outside service, 2 Fat 2 Fly Food Truck, Bone-In Artisan Food Truck, KC’s Hotdogs, NNB Barbeque, Crepes and Croissants, and J Gumbos

First Thursdays Cruise In

Come check out what has become a signature piece of First Thursdays on Main’s activities, the official Cruise In. The 1500 and 1600 Blocks of Main Street get taken over by classics and customs of all types, shapes, and age. As always, First Thursdays Cruise In is brought to you by Curran Stone/Cartoys Auto Spa and Mark Plessinger/Frame of Mind. Check out this event on Facebook at

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S&S Art Supply

Whiskers & Tails: Photographic Works by Forrest Clonts

S & S Art Supply’s First Thursday on Main for November presents a collection of new works featuring the animals of Wescott Acres Pet Rescue, along with an eclectic mix of other photographic pieces by Forrest Clonts. For the evening’s musical entertainment, starting at 5:30 pm we have “The Boom Room presents…hosted by FatRat Da Czar”. He will be in front of S & S with other artists from 5:30-8 pm. Artists include Brandi Code, Lalisa, Los Caus, Gritz, Vo Norris, Ali-Rah, DJ Kingpin (NonStop HipHop Live), with sound provided by The Jam Room Studio.

Cats, dogs, puppies, and kittens. These are the adorable beasts that fuel the internet, and rightly so. There is no deeper meaning hidden in this collection of work. They are simply pieces created to appreciate these animals for what they are. Every animal here is a rescue animal that has either already found a home, or is waiting to find one. Clonts worked with Wescott Acres Pet Rescue to document their rescues and all proceeds from the artist’s sales go directly to their rescue efforts. In light of this special exhibition, we welcome you to bring your pets along for the event!

Forrest Clonts is a photographer born and raised in the Columbia area. He graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Media Arts where he built the foundation of his photography knowledge with chemical trays and silver gelatin. He is a working commercial and event photographer and the photo editor for Jasper Magazine. Forrest and his wife, Liz, are the proud owners of three rescues, Hemingway, Fitzgerald “Fitz,” and Roosevelt “Rosie.”

Notoriously famous local performer, Fat Rat da Czar needs no introduction. Performing countless dates at countless venues, and making certified authoritative music throughout the nineties and early millennia, Fat Rat da Czar kept moving forward but remained humble. Rooted from humble beginnings in Virginia and then onto Hopkins, SC, his lyrics and song structure are still heavily influenced from his early days.”Not just another gun-toting street guy”, Fat Rat is a proud father and family man, and all around nice guy with loads of talent.

Musical performances by artists: Brandi Code, Lalisa, Los Caus, Gritz, Vo Norris, Ali-Rah
DJ: Kingpin (NonStop HipHop Live)
Sound provided by: The Jam Room Studio

S&S Facebook Event:

Anastasia & Friends

The Narrative Figure

For November’s First Thursday opening, Anastasia & Friends presents The Narrative Figure, an exhibition of figure-related, mixed media paintings by Wayne Thornley and Lisa Gray.

Wayne Thornley’s impressionistic figures were inspired by his father’s descent into Alzheimer’s disease. When asked to describe the body of work he’ll show, Thornley states, “The figure is a form that frequently emerges in my work, usually surfacing in response to some personal experience or to convey something more universal. My latest paintings and drawings focus on the figure as vessel – one that carries and protects the memories, emotions and experiences that shape the individuals we become as we navigate through life.

As witness and companion to my father’s descent into Alzheimer’s disease, I experienced the weight and importance of memory and how it defines us. The beliefs, relationships and dreams we collect along the way define us. With these things, we live, explore and move forward. Without them, we become wanderers in an unfamiliar landscape.

These works are dedicated to the memory of my father.”

Artist Lisa Gray’s highly layered work is a combination of acrylic paint, watercolor, ink, oil pastels and varied mediums such as molding paste. Lisa describes her current body of work by stating,

“I create based on the emotions I am feeling, whether it relates directly to myself, the people in my life, or the world around me. I build upon the surface by adding texture through the application of paint and medium. The layering is part of a dominant feature in my paintings, creating dimensions of color and texture. Through this process, I am creating a mood with a sense of movement in each painting.”

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Wayne Thornley’s art will be donated to the S.C. Alzheimer’s Association. Anastasia & Friends art gallery is open to the public from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. For more information, contact Anastasia Chernoff at 803 665 6902.

anastasia & Friends Facebook Event:

Tapp’s Art Center

(HELD OVER!!!!) Suzy Scarborough

Our November featured artist is Suzy Scarborough. Expect huge beautiful portraits, oils on canvas and collages. The artist describes her upcoming show and work on her website as such:

“I am currently working on three distinct bodies of work: collage abstracts, gold leaf geometrics, and figures. Although they differ in appearance and technique, they are related in thematic content: “inner reality” as opposed to “outer reality;” the natural/organic as opposed to mathematical/abstract; material as opposed to conceptual/symbolic.”

In the Skyline Room:
Native American Film Festival Preview

In the Fountain Room:
Cancellieri and People Person

Paradise Ice

Craving sweet potatoes, cranberries & caramel apples? Stop by Paradise Ice this November First Thursday and experience all of our tasty new fall flavors. Enjoy your custard with a hot cup of locally roasted Turtle Creek Coffee or a cup of one of our delicious new teas.

Wine Down on Main

Native Art

Here at Wine Down on Main, there will be approximately 21 Native Art pieces exhibited. The celebration of American Indian culture and intertribal Powwow culture is what these art images depict. Exhibiting will be artists from the “SC American Indian Arts Project”, including ART from various artists from the region…. Artists of the Eastern Cherokee, Southern Iroquois & United Tribes, About Face Artists, Winyah Indian People and area artist Will Moreau which consists of Paintings, Archival photographs, Anthropological photographs, Native American Indian portraits; cultural traditions in action, dancers.

We will also host discussions on the films featured in this year’s festival. For more information on the Native American 15th Annual Film Festival, please visit:

Columbia Museum of Art Gift Shop

First Thursday in November will include a book signing of the newly published 100 SOUTHERN ARTISTS by E. Ashley Rooney with Paula Allen.

Stop into the CMA Gift Shop to pick up your copy.

Artists signing books during First Thursday include:
Patti Brady
Phil Garrett
Mary Walker
Linda S. Young
Toni Elkins
Mana Hewitt
Paula Yanko
Enid Williams
Jeff Donovan
and Don Zurlo

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Jasper Studios in the Arcade

Join us as we celebrate the launch of Don McCallister’s new book, “Fellow Traveler: A Rock & Roll Fable” published by Muddy Ford Press. Don will be reading from 6:30 – 7 pm and signing from 7 – 8 pm, when the party officially gets underway. Cake, drinks, and music will be provided by Stillhouse and Jellyroll & Delicious Dish. This event is free and open to the public.

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Mast General

Book Signing, Palmetto Portraits Project, Meet contributors Brett Flashnick, Kathleen Robbins, Paul Matheny and Vennie Deas Moore.  The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), in partnership with the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston has developed a multi-year collaboration called the Palmetto Portraits Project. Noted and emerging photographers from throughout the state of South Carolina have been commissioned to focus on portraying South Carolinians in the Low country, the Piedmont, and the Upstate—reflecting the full range and diversity of the state’s citizens, occupations, and recreational activities

Timshel – 6 pm – 7:30 pm   Talented Alderman Douglas, guitar cello and vocals will perform his original compositions along with Mike Schaming, Daniel Wilson and Jonas Owens.  Their energy for this acoustical set will delight audiences of all ages.

Food Tasting – Join us as we sample our unique jellies….  Moonshine, Corn Cob, Kudzu, Scuppernong, and Crabapple.

Something Special Florist

We will feature festive arrangements, ornaments, QUALITY wreaths and garlands, unique decorations by December Diamonds gifts, Katherine’s Collectibles, and others for the holidays! Catering by Cowboy Brazilian Steak House, Main St. Columbia SC

Come join us for the FIRST holiday event of the season!

Something Special Florist Facebook Event:

Hampton Street Vineyard

This Month the Music is back, and we will be featuring a young artist (Colin Henderson) who will do a live ice sculpture in front of the restaurant. We will also be featuring some seasonal beers for 3:25 and of course our usual fare!

Hope to see all soon!

Sheraton Rooftop

Just in time for First Thursdays on Main, 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, Brian Stockard/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.  For more info contact:

The Whig

Tapping of the rare keg festivities: November’s is Ommegang Rare Vos……..It is damn delightful….we’re actually getting two, because we’ve been running out before people can get down here!  Check it out at!beer_vos.


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 Please also visit our website for additional info and happenings at


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