Mingle and Jingle Press Releaase

November 26, 2012
First Thursdays on Main-December 6, 2012
Main Street Columbia SC


Frame of Mind

FOM Series presents Happy Holidays, Mother Earth! Featuring Kirkland Smith and Chris Carney

FOM has never been SO green! Get ready to enjoy this two-month FOM Series focused on how an artist has turned consumer waste into fine art! These items destined for landfills have found new life in 3-D paintings. And, we’ve never been SO blue. What lies beneath will fill our gallery for your viewing pleasure. Water…everywhere!

Inside:  Columbia artist, Kirkland Smith, will present a two-part exhibition of work created almost entirely from post-consumer materials collected from friends and family.

During the December FOM Series, she is asking the community to participate in an assemblage she will create by donating eyewear that they no longer need. She plans to unveil the new work as a part of the January FOM Series during First Thursdays on Main.

Kirkland Smith, a classical painter, began creating contemporary Assemblages from post-consumer materials when she entered an environmental art contest in 2008. Using discarded objects as her “paint,” she found an evocative way to deliver the message of the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling.

Her work offers an entertainment value, but also reveals the impact consumerism is creating on our environment. “Each Assemblage is a little piece of our history. It is the story of us today. What we throw away says a lot about who we are, but what we choose to cherish and protect says even more in the end.”

Without this determination to cherish and protect our community, our state, our nation, our planet by reducing, reusing, and recycling, we won’t be able to enjoy the waters which refresh and sustain us. So, as a fitting complement to Kirkland’s recycled art, Frame of Mind is proud to introduce you to the work of one of Columbia’s favorite alternative performers and renowned local grower of coral, Chris Carney. He describes his plans for this two-part FOM Series this way, “There is another world beneath the skin of the ocean. A place that covers more than half of our planet still remains a mystery. This is what I strive to capture. Vignettes of a place many will never see with their own eyes and few will be able to describe. These are not glass boxes; these are snapshots to a world I love, a place I’d like you to know. Dive in, explore.”

A graduate of the University of South Carolina’s Marine Sciences program, Chris owns A Fish Store, a full-service fish and aquarium shop specializing in saltwater fish/aquariums, freshwater fish/aquariums, corals, ponds, design/fabrication/installation/maintenance services. He is also an assistant SCUBA instructor with Wateree Dive Center. For the FOM Series installations and exhibits, he plans to showcase mostly tank-raised livestock/corals. His work will be available for purchase, but custom options are available as well.

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, and this month, we get to hear some holiday themed tunes, as well! For a sampling, check out his music onhttp://soundcloud.com/deftkey

. His CD is available for purchase at our December 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 https://www.facebook.com/deft.key.3?fref=ts or Entropy Studios on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TheEntropyStudios?fref=ts .

Food Outdoors: your favorites and a few new additions!
Paradise Ice-sweet treats/organic ice custard and Italian ice 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. For December’s First Thursday event, the classic Christmas theme will abound. As always, First Thursdays Cruise In is brought to you by Curran Stone/Cartoys Auto Spa and Mark Plessinger/Frame of Mind.

Christmas Tree/Sculpture

It is getting to be our Main Street tradition…at tree for the holidays by local artists. This year’s tree is a creation of and brought to you by Curran Stone of Car Toys Auto Spa. It is a splendid work of metal you won’t want to miss.

S&S Art Supply

Flux: Paintings by Whitney Lejeune

For First Thursday’s Mingle & Jingle event, we are super excited to have Whitney LeJeune back for another solo exhibition. We also have the very talented DJ B spinning tunes out front. Additionally, we have the Jonathan Lovett Trio, a jazz ensemble featuring two student musicians and a professional musician performing on keyboard, drums, and bass. The trio are representing Project Design, a student lead initiative on a mission to redesign and maintain the USC School of Music.

Whitney’s work is more than beautiful – it transcends the sensual and feminine quality of the human form onto another plane of artistic freedom and colorful tranquility. Believing that the female form is the essence of worldly beauty, her inspiration in her paintings flow from spontaneity. These timeless and universal truths beat from the depths of her artistic heart.

“Flux is a constant state of change….Flux celebrates the marriage of my ever changing eye with my constant heart.”

Whitney says her work is all about bringing passionate art into peoples’ lives . . . and “putting emotions on canvas that bring pleasure and intellectual energy into homes, public places, and work places is what I love to do.”

She opened her first studio in 2009, began painting full-time in 2011, and hasn’t slowed down since. “I took the leap of faith – it’s demanding but I love it. I‘ve been blessed that so many people, especially women, have embraced my work.”

She works to serve-up enjoyment on an emotional and an intellectual level, mating form, color and the power of suggestion in every effort. “I’m most satisfied when I’ve said a lot with a just a few strokes of paint”.

Whitney’s work is influenced by her early childhood home, Austin, Texas, the elegance she draws from her family’s Southern roots, and a love of pushing herself to try new approaches to her subjects. She’s a 2009 graduate of SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design, BA, Painting). Her work includes the female form, portraiture, landscapes, architecture, and cover art for published novels.

Anastasia & Friends

For the month of December at Anastasia & Friends, get ready to Mingle & Jingle! The gallery will be FILLED with art in all types of mediums, perfect for holiday gift giving at affordable price ranges by some of Columbia’s favorite artists. Our opening reception is Thursday, December 7th from 6:00 to 9:00, and we’ll even have special weekend hours that will coincide with the Soda City Farmers Market on Saturdays, from 8 am to 1 pm.

A few of the participating artists include, Bohumila Augustinova, Leslie Bennett, Jarid Lyfe Brown, Katherine Elliott, Nathan Fiveash, Michael Krajewski, Susan Lenz, and Lindsay Wiggins and more!

Tapp’s Art Center

Our December featured artist is Suzy Scarborough. Expect A BRAND NEW SHOW full of interior landscapes for your visual enjoyment.  That is all we’re going to say; come and see for yourself!
In the Skyline Room:
Holiday Crafters Fair offering all handmade holiday items for purchase

In the Fountain Room:
USC Portfolio Showcase

Paradise Ice

Tis the season for wonderful winter flavors! This First Thursday, we will be unveiling our new delicious holiday flavors like Eggnog, Peppermint, & Gingerbread. Don’t forget to try our new decadent made-to-order flavored hot chocolates. Luna Trix Arts will be here painting faces, and Evolution Through Chocolate will be here selling their holiday chocolate collection. Let’s Mingle & Jingle Baby!

Wine Down on Main

Wine Down on Main is excited to present the collective works of Andrew Thomas. “Sehnsucht is a German term that describes a feeling of unfulfilled nostalgia that has no rational foundation. It is sometimes used to refer to a craving to have a different place in the universe. This sensation can be brought on by a familiar smile or a passing thought; or when the season turns and releases a thousand memories. Everyone experiences this at some point in time.
These works attempt to capture this uncertain desperation, but never to explain it. They reach for an inaccessible future while holding firm to an imperfect past. They are frantic expressions of unfounded reflection. Each one offers a depiction of the indescribable. In other words, these works are solutions waiting for a problem.”  H. Andrew Thomas was born in 1985. He studied Literature and History at the University of South Carolina.

And of course, we will have our table outside selling beer and wine!

 Columbia Museum of Art Gift Shop

The last of the popular sidewalk sales for 2012…here is what we’re up to!  Enjoy a stroll down Main Street and stop by The Columbia Museum of Art Shop and check out our sidewalk sale! All items outside the shop are 50% OFF from 5 to 8:30 pm… items like accessories, purses, jewelry, posters, and children’s stuff.

PLUS – CMA members will enjoy 30% inside the shop all day long!

 Whig/Jasper Studios in the Arcade

We’ve decided that the one block that separates Jasper Studios and the Whig is just too far, so we’re teaming up to get down in the Arcade Mall for December’s First Thursdays on Main.

Chef Joe Turkaly will be serving up BBQ on the cheap, bring your appetite. GCSPS Spinning records all night, bring your dancing shoes. Enjoy the dancers of Tribe SK at 7:30pm and listen to The Mobros at 9:30pm.  Bring all your friends for this massive FTOM party!.

 Mast General

Mast General Store will host band members from the TRI-M society of Hand Middle School, an honorary society for band members.  Trios will be playing holiday music to lead us into the season. Hand Middle School is a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and a recipient of the Carolina First Palmetto’s Finest Award.

Enjoy Hot Spiced Cider and Raspberry Jalapeno preserves over cream cheese as you visit with friends and enjoy the beautiful holiday music.

Something Special Florist

Our Christmas Open House was such a success in November that we are doing it all over again in December at Something Special Florist for Mingle and Jingle On Main! Please stop by for some holiday cheer, a glass of wine and holiday treats! Come join us and get into the spirit of the holidays with ornaments by December Diamonds, Katherine’s Collectibles, custom quality wreathes, garlands, arrangements and that perfect gift for the hard to please on your shopping list!

For this Open House, all ornaments and decorations will be marked 25% to 50% OFF for one night only! Be sure not to miss out on these great deals!

 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: preach@preachjacobs.com

 City of Columbia: Ice Skating Rink on Boyd Plaza

Boyd Plaza in downtown Columbia has a cooler look and feels since the city opened the new ice skating rink is at the corner of Hampton and Main Streets!  City of Columbia and Magic Ice U.S.A., Inc. have partnered to bring a 50’ X 63’

synthetic ice- skating rink to the plaza, located in front of the Columbia Museum of Art. The rink will be open seven days a week. Hours of operation will be Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to10 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. The rink will be closed on Christmas Day.  Skating fees will be $10 for adults and $6 for children ages 12 and under. Special senior and military discounts will be offered. Reservations will be taken for large groups planning to visit the rink.  The rink will remain open until January 6, 2013.  For more information on the new ice skating rink, contact City of Columbia Parks and Recreation at (803) 545-3100.


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 frameofmindsc@gmail.com. Please also visit our website for additional info and happenings at www.firstthursdaysonmain.com.


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