November First Thursday Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 24, 2014
First Thursdays on Main: November 6th, 2014 on Main Street Columbia SC 6:00 pm-10:00 pm
EXPANDED! From State House to City Hall (1200-1700 blocks of Main Street)
firstthursdaysonmain.com

1200 Block
• Bourbon- First Thursdays Bourbon Punch Special
• Oak Table- 2 for 1 appetizer Special
• The Whig- Tapping of the Special Keg featuring Redhook Winterhook

1300 Block
• The Arcade- Open House
• Cantina 76- 2 for 1 Original House Margaritas

1400 Block
• Nest- Book Signing of “Claws” by Archibald Rutledge, Featured Cocktail
• Sheraton- Rooftop Lounge
• Marriott Plaza (Outdoors)- Rocks at Midlands, Pie-Zano’s Main Pizza, Wurst Wagen

1500 Block
• Frame of Mind- Inked, A Graphic Novel Affair part 2 featuring Sanford Greene and Mark Poole
• Wine Down on Main- Creepy Trees by Amy Windland
• Anastasia & Friends- Two (group exhibition) and A Different Reality (book signing reception) by Dr. Fredric Mau
• Something Special Florists- Holiday Open House
• Carolina Hair Studios- Art by Keith Tolen and Tariq Mix, performances by Mario McClean &The Dubber
• Hampton Street Vineyard- First Thursdays Drink Special
• Outdoors- Mo Betta Soul featuring performances by DJ Preach Jacobs and special guests, Crepes and Croissants pairs with Wine Down on Main, KC’s Hotdogs, Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse Outdoor service .

1600 Block
• Tapp’s Art Center- Ephemera by Kimi Maeda
• Mast General- performance by Kelley Douglas
• Paradise Ice- Unveiling of the new cookie sandwich
• Michael’s Café- Live Music outdoors
• Good Life Café- Music by the Flat Out Strangers (inside)
• Cigar Box on Main
• Grapes and Gallery- Red Carpet Art Show featuring Guillermo Navarro & Allison C. Fowler
• One Columbia- Open House

1700 Block
• The Gallery at City Hall- New exhibit featuring collected historical photographs by Russell Maxey
• Villa Tronco- Palmetto Opera Night

The Gallery at City Hall
The Gallery at City Hall will hosting an opening reception of a new exhibit assembled by the Walker Local and Family History Center at Richland Library of collected photographs by Russell Maxey of Columbia’s public art. City Hall is located at 1737 Main Street, on the corner of Main and Laurel Streets.

Tapp’s Art Center
Ephemera
Kimi Maeda, Ephemera, November 6 through November 29.
November 15 and 16, Maeda will perform Bend, a performance and sculptural experience.

Mast General
Kelly Douglas-
As a member of The Post-Timey String Band and the Prairie Willows, Kelley Douglas is no stranger to the Columbia music scene. Conjuring both the spirit of Joplin and Regina Spektor, she writes songs that tug the hearts strings while occasionally allowing them to snap.

The Cigar Box Main Street
The Cigar Box Main Street is the newest edition of the Cigar Box shops. Awesome selection of tobaccos. Comfortable smoking lounge. BYOB! Premium Cigars – Fine Tobaccos – Pipes – Accessories – Smoking Lounge…yes…right here on Columbia’s Main Street!

Paradise Ice
There’s never a shortage of goodies to enjoy around Main Street’s happiest shop…it’s THE PLACE for iced custards, Italian ices, homemade and organic…quality and taste! Come by on First Thursdays to find out our newest flavors plus our latest cookie/iced custard. As always, we will have the usual local coffee, tea, home made chai & hot chocolates. Come see us for the YUM!

Grapes & Gallery
Red Carpet Art Show
The Red Carpet Art Show featuring paintings by Guillermo Navarro & Allison C. Fowler will be held Thursday, November 6th 5-9PM.

Come out and be dazzled by the talent of these two amazing artists.

One Columbia for Arts and History
Visit the One Columbia office at 1219 Taylor Street to pick up a Cultural Passport and to talk more about what you’re working on, what we’re working on, and how much art and culture there is in our great city.

1441 Main Street
Drip on Main (Outdoors)- Bang the drums on Columbia’s newest public art installation.

The Nickelodeon
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 this First Thursdays on Main event.

Frame of Mind
FOM Series presents Inked, a Graphic Novel affair, part 2

Frame of Mind is proud to present Inked, a Graphic Novel affair, featuring Sanford Greene and Mark Poole.
We have known for many years that some of the top talent in the graphic novel industry (and yes, that means comic books) resides right here in Columbia SC. So, for the last dual collaboration of Frame of Mind’s Year of Collaboration, we are putting together two incredible talents of the industry. Thousands have experienced their work from The Hulk and Superman all the way to Magic, the gathering. Stop in to experience the magic of Sanford and Mark as we celebrate the art of the graphic novel.

Anastasia & Friends
Two (group exhibition) and A Different Reality (book signing reception) by Dr. Fredric Mau

November’s opening at Anastasia & Friends will be a group exhibition called “Two” combined with a book signing reception for our beloved Dr. Fredric Mau’s latest book, “A Different Reality.” “Two” will feature a combination of painting, sculpture and mixed media created by artists who have never shown at Anastasia & Friends. Each artist will show two selected works. Some of the artists who will be featured in this exhibition are Khris Coolidge, Dylan Fouste, Stephanie Keel, Richard Lund and Dave Robbins. Dr. Fredric Mau will read some excerpts from his fascinating new book, “A Different Kind of Reality” and be on hand to autograph copies of his book.

Dr. Fredric Mau is a Columbia therapist with an international reputation. He was recognized by his peers with the HypnoScience award for research advancing the profession at the International Hypnosekongress in Zürich, Switzerland in 2013, and will return to speak there again this month. Mau is a frequent, engaging presenter at professional conferences in the U.S. and abroad. He brings a decade of successful clinical work and his own examples of life-changing conversations with clients to this book. “The book originates with the metaphors I use to help people change the way they experience stress at a core emotional level. Then I added some frank commentary on how they work to help people change. But the book takes on life and color through the examples of change conversations. There really is power in the stories we tell ourselves, and everyone can see it in this book.” -Fredric Mau

Our opening reception will take place on Thursday, November 6th 6pm-9pm. The exhibition will run from November 6th. Anastasia & Friends art gallery is located at 1534 Main Street, in the front of the Free Times’ building, just across the street from the Columbia Museum of Art and is open Monday – Friday, from 9am-5pm. For more information, contact Anastasia Chernoff at 803 665 6902 or
anastasiachernoff@gmail.com.
Wine Down on Main
Amy Windland “Creepy Trees”

Wine Down is pleased to present Amy Windland’s “Creepy Trees”
“I was asked at a show recently, “Are you a Tree-Hugger?” The thoughts circled in my mind about what it means to be one. And, at first you think about hippies chaining themselves to trees. Nope, never done that. Then quite literally a person that hugs a tree. Nope, can’t say I have ever embraced a tree. Then I thought to myself, maybe I should. My answer went something like this, “I am enchanted by them. Can you imagine in their time what change and growth happens all around them as they stand still watching us. They are rooted as deep as they are tall. Their branches forever reaching forwards and backwards, like they are trying to grasp something just out of reach. I could lay underneath of one for hours on end and just steady the twists and curves of its armature. As beautiful as they are in their blooming season, they can be equally as creepy in the winter months. Am I a Tree-Hugger, yes, I think I am.”

I spend much of my time in the studio trying new color combinations on my subjects trying to push the boundary of what it means to be a landscape. Early works of mine tended to be very neutral using oil paints, while the more recent pieces are acrylic, vibrant, and without rules of color in nature”- Amy Windland

Crepes and Croissants
We are looking forward to another phenomenal pairing by Main Street/Sumter Street power duo, Crepes and Croissants and Wine Down! Look for the deliciousness in front of Wine Down on Main.

Carolina Hair Studios Gallery
First Thursday’s on Main at CHS Gallery November/December Exhibition Featuring Artists Keith Tolen and Tariq Mix with performances by Mario McClean & THE Dubber.

Something Special Florists and Gifts
On November 6, First Thursday On Main Street is going to be Something Special with our annual Christmas Open House! Starting at 6pm with catering by our friends at Cowboy Brazillian Steakhouse, free wine and refreshments, and SOME OF THE BEST DEALS ON MAIN STREET, Something Special is sure to be one of your favorite stops of the First Thursday festivities!

In addition to our full-service fresh floral delivery and pickup service and our reputation as Columbia’s best Wedding Specialists, we have a great retail shop where you will find:
• A full assortment of the famous Tyler Candle Company candles and accessories
• The highly-sought-after Mark Roberts collection of Fairies, Santas, and Elves
• A fabulous collection of fashion jewelry
• Fashion Handbags, Scarves and other accessories
• The always popular December Diamonds collection of ornaments
• Our quality line of Winward and Melrose ornaments and accessories
• Seasonal Home Decor
• and, of course, ready-to-go Silk Floral Arrangements, or, if your prefer, we can make custom arrangements to suit your needs.
While on Main Street, check out (and support) your local artists at Tapp’s, visit the street vendors and have a blast with the festival atmosphere on First Thursday! Watch for a press release of First Thursday fun at http://firstthursdaysonmain.com/

DON’T FORGET, TWO MONTHS FROM TODAY IS CHRISTMAS EVE! IT’S TIME TO SHOP!

Outdoors (1500 block)
Mo Betta Soul at First Thursdays
Mo Betta Soul and First Thursdays on Main, it goes together like peanut butter and jelly. So, we are putting the two together on a permanent basis.
Preach Jacobs will be DJaying along with some special guests.

Plus Food by:
Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse
Crepes and Croissant
KC’s Hotdogs

The Nest
November’s signing is for “Claws” by Archibald Rutledge. “A new illustrated edition of an outdoor adventure story by South Carolina’s first poet laureate”–USC Press.

Outdoors (1400 Block)
A portable roll out bar from our bar, Rocks at Midlands, featuring our Signature moonshine cocktails and local craft beers and we also sell pizza by the slice from our new partner Pie-Zano’s Main, a NY Style pizza shop.

The Arcade
The Arcade open house will be in full swing. Several of the artists and businesses will be open and happy to show you what they are all about.

Cantina 76
Cantina 76 always joins the First Thursdays on Main fun. Stop in for our FToM Special, 2 for 1 Original House Margaritas.

Bourbon
Stop in Main Street’s newest restaurant and enjoy the First Thursdays Bourbon Punch Special for only $5.

Oak Table
First Thursday Special, 2 for 1 appetizers at the bar

The Whig
Tapping of the Keg
As usual, we’ll have something special tapped for the night. This month we are bringing out the Redhook Winterhook. You know you love it, so come out and make a toast to Main Street with us.
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 10 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 firstthursdaysonmain@gmail.com.

Please also visit our website for additional info and happenings at http://www.firstthursdaysonmain.com.

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October press release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 24th, 2014
First Thursdays on Main: October 2nd, 2014 on Main Street Columbia SC 6:00 pm-10:00 pm
EXPANDED! From State House past City Hall (1200-1800 blocks of Main Street)
firstthursdaysonmain.com

1200 Block
• Bourbon- First Thursdays Bourbon Punch Special
• Oak Table- 2 for 1 appetizer Special
• The Whig- Tapping of the Special Keg
• First Citizens Café- Preview of Pages by Laurie McIntosh
1300 Block
• The Arcade- Open House
• Cantina 76- 2 for 1 Original House Margaritas
1400 Block
• Nest- Book Signing, Featured Cocktail
• Sheraton- Rooftop Lounge
• Marriott Plaza (Outdoors)- Rocks at Midlands
Pie-Zano’s Main Pizza
Wurst Wagen
• Drip on Main (Outdoors)- The Next Door Drummers will be playing on and around the Columbia’s newest public art installation (provided by One Columbia).
1500 Block
• Frame of Mind- Inked, A Graphic Novel affair featuring Sanford Greene and Mark Poole
• Wine Down on Main- Meanderings by Jessica Ream
• Anastasia & Friends- Sense of Self by various artists
• Something Special Florists- Fall Open House with 25% off storewide
• Carolina Hair Studios- Frank Heflin, John Starino and The Girl from Nowhere (Camille Clifton), performance by King Amin
• Hampton Street Vineyard- First Thursdays Drink Special
• Outdoors- Mo Betta Soul featuring performances by DJ Preach Jacobs, The Abbey Elmore Band, and the Secret B-Sides
Palmetto y Luna Arts in Motion, creating a Mayan Pyramid
Sweat –Spin fitness display
Crepes and Croissants pairs with Wine Down on Main
KC’s Hotdogs
Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse Outdoor service .
1600 Block
• Tapp’s Art Center- Meat me at Tapp’s – A Happiness Bomb Art Show Rummage Sale
• Mast General- Performance by Bennett and Coolidge
• Paradise Ice- Unveiling of the new cookie sandwich
• Michael’s Café-
• Good Life Café-
• Cigar Box on Main
• Grapes and Gallery- Preview of the Sacred & Profane exhibit by Matt Mattox
• One Columbia- Open House
1700 Block
• The Gallery at City Hall- Faculty Art Exhibit- Columbia College and Benedict College
• Villa Tronco- Palmetto Opera Night

1800 Block
• Main Street United Methodist Church- USC Choral Concert featuring USC Concert Choir and the University Singers

Main Street United Methodist Church

We will be hosting a USC Choral concert featuring both the USC Concert Choir and the University Singers. The concert will begin @ 7:30 pm and is free to the public. We anticipate 140 performers and 300+ in attendance.

The Gallery at City Hall
The Gallery at City Hall will be open featuring an exhibit of collected works by faculty members from Columbia College and Benedict College including Stephen Nevitt, Gina Moore, Tyrone Geter, Mary Bentz Gilkerson, Mary Carlisle, Wendell Brown, Jacqueline Adams, Brian Rego, Amanda Ladymon and Ute Wachsmann-Linnan. City Hall is located at 1737 Main Street, on the corner of Main and Laurel Streets.

Tapp’s Art Center
Meat Me at Tapp’s
Join us for a Fancy @$$ Happiness Bomb Art Show Rummage Sale. Featuring a Rock’n’Roll BBQ Puppet Dinner Theater presenting George Orwell’s, “Hungry Times at Animal Farms”, perfectly stupidified by Happiness Bomb!

Mast General
Bennett and Coolidge
Performance by Steve Bennett and Tom Coolidge.

The Cigar Box Main Street
The Cigar Box Main Street is the newest edition of the Cigar Box shops. Awesome selection of tobaccos. Comfortable smoking lounge. BYOB! Premium Cigars – Fine Tobaccos – Pipes – Accessories – Smoking Lounge…yes…right here on Columbia’s Main Street!

Paradise Ice
There’s never a shortage of goodies to enjoy around Main Street’s happiest shop…it’s THE PLACE for iced custards, Italian ices, homemade and organic…quality and taste! Come by on First Thursdays to find out our newest flavors plus our latest cookie/iced custard. As always, we will have the usual local coffee, tea, home made chai & hot chocolates. Come see us for the YUM!

Grapes & Gallery
First Thursday, October 2nd: Preview of the Sacred & Profane art show. Paint Your Pet in the painting studio. Interested painters should sign up at grapesandgallery.com and email a picture of their pet to anna@grapesandgallery.com.

The Sacred & Profane Art Show: October 10-11th featuring art by Matt Mattox. Grapes & Gallery is proud to host Mattox’s first show in Columbia, SC. The Sacred & Profane show features paintings on custom built wood panels using acrylic, ink, enamel, and epoxy. Also, Mattox is debuting a jewelry line which combines semiprecious stones and cultivated antlers.

Mattox, a Columbia native, has shown his art across the United States, including Los Angeles, CA, West Palm Beach and Sarasota, FL. His work has also been featured on Extreme Makeover Home Edition. He is a graduate of Ringling College of Art and Design and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

One Columbia for Arts and History
Visit the One Columbia office at 1219 Taylor Street to pick up a Cultural Passport and to talk more about what you’re working on, what we’re working on, and how much art and culture there is in our great city.

1441 Main Street
The Next Door Drummers will be smacking the propane tanks creating music on the newest piece of public art in the City of Columbia.

The Nickelodeon
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 this First Thursdays on Main event.

Frame of Mind
FOM Series presents Inked, a Graphic Novel affair

Frame of Mind is proud to present Inked, a Graphic Novel affair, featuring Sanford Greene and Mark Poole.
We have known for many years that some of the top talent in the graphic novel industry (and yes, that means comic books) resides right here in Columbia SC. So, for the last dual collaboration of Frame of Mind’s Year of Collaboration, we are putting together two incredible talents of the industry. Thousands have experienced their work from The Hulk and Superman all the way to Magic, the gathering. Stop in to experience the magic of Sanford and Mark as we celebrate the art of the graphic novel.

Anastasia & Friends
Sense of Self
October is Domestic Violence Awareness month, and this month I’ve teamed up with Al Black, Bonnie Goldberg and other visual and performing artists to bring you a show called, “A Sense of Self.”

“A Sense of Self” is a three-part series that will be a combination of visual works created by female artists who will exhibit art that empowers and exemplifies the strengths and vulnerabilities of women and performance art by poets and singer/songwriters in response to the topic.

This show is in response to Domestic Violence Awareness month, but is not specifically about domestic violence. It’s about women who have experienced tremendous, difficult times in their lives and, rather than becoming victimized by their experience, they have become stronger, wiser and more empowered.

Our opening reception will take place on Thursday, October 2nd, from 6pm to 9pm, as a part of the First Thursday on Main Street art crawl and will feature an exhibition of paintings, sculpture, audio visual and mixed media created by 11 female artists with performance of new, original works by three female poets and three female singer/songwriters.

The second part of the series will take place on Tuesday, October 14th, from 6pm to 8pm, with performance of original works related to the topic by three male poets and three males singer/songwriters.

The closing reception for the series will fall on October 28th, from 6pm to 8pm, and will feature a combination of 6 male and female poets and singer/songwriters who will create new pieces based on their response to the exhibited art being shown.

The visual artists who will create new work for the exhibition are Michaela Pilar Brown, Anastasia Chernoff, Bonnie Goldberg, Molly Harrell, Mana Hewitt, Heidi Darr-Hope, Dawn Hunter, Lee Ann Kornegay, Laurie McIntosh, Virginia Scotchie and Kirkland Smith.

The poets and singer/songwriters who will perform throughout the month are Ron Baxter, Al Black, Debra Daniel, Mason Diction, Pretty Feet (Alexander Madison Hoffman), Hope, Anna Howard, Katera, Susanne Klapper, Ed Madden, Mario McClean, Deb McQueen, Jerlean Noble, John Scollon, Tammaka Staley, Cassie Premo Steele, Tabu, Kendal Turner, Tonya Tyner and Rev. Marv Ward.

Big thanks for the generosity of Maria Kennedy Mungo of Villa Maria’s Kitchen, our beloved #palmettofoodie, for creating the delicious food for our opening reception.

“A Sense of Self” will run from October 2nd through October 31st. Anastasia & Friends art gallery is open to the public Monday through Friday, from 9am to 5pm and located at 1534 Main Street in Columbia, in the front of the Free Times’ building, across the street from the Columbia Museum of Art. For more information, contact Anastasia Chernoff at 803 665 6902 or via email at anastasiachernoff@gmail.com.

Wine Down on Main
Meanderings by Jessica Ream
All are invited to the opening of Meanderings. This latest collection of work was created with a spirit of exploration as its foundation and curiosity as its navigator. My travels lead me through repetitive mundanity, to the enigma that is memory and perspective and onward in search of a freedom that only honest questioning can produce.

Crepes and Croissants
We are looking forward to another phenomenal pairing by Main Street/Sumter Street power duo, Crepes and Croissants and Wine Down! Look for the deliciousness in front of Wine Down on Main.

Carolina Hair Studios Gallery
First Thursday’s on Main at CHS Gallery Photography Exhibition Featuring Artist Camille Clifton, John M. Starino and Frank Heflin with performances by King Amin.

Something Special Florists and Gifts
Something Special will be hosting a holiday Open House with a 25% off storewide sale.

Outdoors (1500 block)
Mo Betta Soul at First Thursdays
Mo Betta Soul and First Thursdays on Main, it goes together like peanut butter and jelly. So, we are putting the two together on a permanent basis.
Preach Jacobs will be DJaying along with bringing musical acts:
the Secret B-Sides (Asheville, NC) a funk-soul infused live band celebrating their latest release “Welcome to Soul City”.

Check out their music: http://supersolarrecords.com/album/welcome-to-soul-city

Also performing: Abbey Elmore Band (Spartanburg, SC) led by 14-year-old singer songwriter Abbey Elmore with her latest video “Us Undaunted”.

Palmetto y Luna
Come and help us build the Mayan Pyramid! Learn about Mayan culture and its traditions. Choose a Mayan glyph to represent you -or create your own glyph with Mayan signs!, and color it in whatever combination of colors you want. Then place it on the pyramid to help us build it square by square. Also witness a painter creating a Mayan warrior on site!

Plus Food by:
Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse
Crepes and Croissant
KC’s Hotdogs

The Nest
Rachel Haynie signing “First You Explore” and Mark-Sibley Jones signing “By the Red Glare,” a fall cocktail, and Wurst Wagen.

Outdoors (1400 Block)
A portable roll out bar from the Marriott bar, Rocks at Midlands, featuring our Signature moonshine cocktails and local craft beers and we also sell pizza by the slice from our new partner Pie-Zano’s Main, a NY Style pizza shop.

Drip on Main and One Columbia will have the Next Door Drummers playing on the newest public art piece to hit Main Street.

The Arcade
The Arcade open house will be in full swing. Several of the artists and businesses will be open and happy to show you what they are all about.

Cantina 76
Cantina 76 always joins the First Thursdays on Main fun. Stop in for our FToM Special, 2 for 1 Original House Margaritas.

Bourbon
Stop in Main Street’s newest restaurant and enjoy the First Thursdays Bourbon Punch Special for only $5.

Oak Table
First Thursday Special, 2 for 1 appetizers at the bar

First Citizens Cafe
Pages by Laurie McIntosh

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 10 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 firstthursdaysonmain@gmail.com.

Please also visit our website for additional info and happenings at http://www.firstthursdaysonmain.com.

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September Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 22nd, 2014
First Thursdays on Main: September 4th, 2014 on Main Street Columbia SC 6:00 pm-10:00 pm
EXPANDED! From City Hall to the State House (1200-1700 blocks of Main Street)
firstthursdaysonmain.com

1200 Block
• Bourbon- First Thursdays Bourbon Punch Special
• Oak Table- 2 for 1 appetizer Special
• The Whig- Tapping of the Special Keg
• Outdoors- Onomatopoetic Art Inspiring Art: Music Made Visible hosted by Certus Bank

1300 Block
• The Arcade- Open House
• Cantina 76- 2 for 1 Original House Margaritas

1400 Block
• Nest- Book Signing, Featured Cocktail and the Wurst Wagen
• Sheraton- Rooftop Lounge
• Outdoors- Cars r Art Custom Cruise In

1500 Block
• Frame of Mind- Lost and Found by Darlene Fuhst and Alicia Leeke
• Wine Down on Main- Coloring the Darkness with Life by Dave Robbins and J Michael McGuirt
• Anastasia & Friends- I’m Not Good with Words by Lauren Maurer
• Something Special Florists- Fall open house
• Carolina Hair Studios- Photography Exhibition Featuring Artist Camille Clifton, John M. Starino and Frank Heflin Poetry by John Starino
• Hampton Street Vineyard- First Thursdays Drink Special
• Outdoors- Columbia Monologue- Presented by Piensa Art and One Columbia
First Thursday Jamboree/ Benefitting the Congaree River Keeper
Crepes and Croissants pairs with Wine Down on Main
KC’s Hotdogs
Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse Outdoor service

1600 Block
• Tapp’s Art Center-Figure Out
• Mast General- Performances by Jedd
• Paradise Ice- Unveiling of the new cookie sandwich
• One Columbia- Open House

1700 Block
• The Gallery at City Hall- Columbia College and Benedict College Faculty Exhibition
• Villa Tronco- Palmetto Opera Night

The Gallery at City Hall
The Gallery at City Hall will be open featuring an exhibit of collected works by faculty members from Columbia College and Benedict College including Stephen Nevitt, Gina Moore, Tyrone Geter, Mary Bentz Gilkerson, Mary Carlisle, Wendell Brown, Jacqueline Adams, Brian Rego, Amanda Ladymon and Ute Wachsmann-Linnan. City Hall is located at 1737 Main Street, on the corner of Main and Laurel Streets.

Tapp’s Art Center
Figure Out

The Second Annual Figure Out is a figurative art show (benefitting Planned Parenthood) featuring Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Photography, and Mixed Media.

Mast General
Jedd

This four member group Charlie Haraway, David Prosser, Don Ashley, and Katie Miller, call their style Bluegracid Rock (traditional Bluegrass twist with popular hits).

Good Life Cafe
Good Life Cafe will have two artists showing off their portfolios. Noelle Brault uses oils in her impressionist art that depict southern landscapes and cityscapes and whose paintings have graced the walls of the Governor’s mansion. Jonathan Inkley uses the painting process as a communication with the self and believes it to be a visual conversation that is searching for the familiar. Our guest musician is Robin Adell, a captivating and talented entertainer for over 20 years playing cover songs and her own originals that are rock inspired with a taste of blues. Not to be outdone by the artistic lineup we will be providing Flat Bread Pizza Samplers and some hopefully inspiring Garnet & Black-berry Sangrias.

The Cigar Box Main Street
The Cigar Box Main Street is the newest edition of the Cigar Box shops. Awesome selection of tobaccos. Comfortable smoking lounge. BYOB! Premium Cigars – Fine Tobaccos – Pipes – Accessories – Smoking Lounge…yes…right here on Columbia’s Main Street!

Paradise Ice

There’s never a shortage of goodies to enjoy around Main Street’s happiest shop…it’s THE PLACE for iced custards, Italian ices, homemade and organic…quality and taste! Come by on First Thursday to find out our newest flavors plus our latest cookie/iced custard. As always, we will have the usual local coffee, tea, home made chai & hot chocolates. Come see us for the YUM!

One Columbia for Arts and History
One Columbia will have a table on the 1500 block to hand out their new Cultural Passport. Find out what it’s all about and start collecting stamps by getting a First Thursdays on Main stamp. Also, the One Columbia office will be open at 1219 Taylor Street. Stop by to chat about what you’re working on, what we’re working on, and how much art and culture there is in our great city.

The Nickelodeon
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 this First Thursdays on Main event.

Frame of Mind
Lost and Found (part 2) by Darlene Fuhst and Alicia Leeke

An art exhibition by Darlene Fuhst and Alicia Leeke, Lost & Found explores random objects as metaphors to educate people about the sheer volume of consumer goods being produced to suit changing consumer tastes. Each artist collaborated long-distance to create and showcase a body of work from objects lost in junk yards or found in antique stores.

Darlene Fuhst’s oil paintings focus mainly on discarded neon signs and industrial items from our recent past in a composition designed to encourage the viewer to take a closer look at objects that are often ignored.

“These objects evoke the notion of nostalgia and question the idea that the past was better. At one time these things were expensive, shiny and new – and in many cases were the proud visual emblems of the companies they represented. Now, just a few decades later they are out of fashion and are rusty heaps relegated to a junk pile. I think it’s an interesting metaphor for the American psyche.”

Alicia Leeke’s work uses digital photographic manipulation of antique store figurines and memorabilia as metaphors to educate people about the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling consumer goods.

“We live in a throw-away society,” says Leeke. “Landfills tower with consumer waste that could be avoided by making initial purchases of quality goods that people would want to pass down to other generations.”

Leeke added that from her experience as both buyer of antiques for resale and case goods at AmericasMart in Atlanta she realized that the life-cycle of much of what we buy eventually makes its way to a landfill. “Basically we buy it, display it, tire of it or have buyer’s remorse and discard it.” Her purpose in this conceptual body of work is to make consumers more aware of their purchases.

Lost and Found will be on view through September 29, 2014.

Anastasia & Friends
“I’m Not Good With Words” by Lauren Maurer

On Thursday, September 4th, Anastasia & Friends presents “I’m Not Good With Words” a solo exhibition of mixed media, abstract paintings created by artist Lauren Maurer. The opening reception will take place from 6-9pm, and the show will run through September 28th. (Big thanks to Maria Kennedy Mungo of Villa Maria’s Kitchen for the delicious food she will create for the opening.)

We’re super excited that Lauren and dance instructor Harby Gonzalez will perform some very special dance during our opening night to tie into the work being shown!

After I read Lauren’s artist statement about her upcoming show, it struck a big chord in my heart, and I felt it important to publish it without any edits or abbreviations.

Lauren Maurer
Artist Statement: I’m Not Good With Words

Someone asked me recently how I got started painting abstracts. The answer is this – I have used art my entire life as an escape, a medium for my feelings, and a coping mechanism and at some point, I forgot that and was lucky enough to find my way back to it through my most recent series of abstract paintings.

When I first decided to become a professional artist, I painted many subjects to gain traction in the market, and when my marriage to my ex-husband ended, the need for my art to be lucrative was more important than ever. I ended up with a contract to license my art through many big box retailers- including Bed Bath & Beyond, Pier 1, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and more, but my art wasn’t my escape anymore. My feelings weren’t written down in this visual language that we call painting. It was my job, and I had this hole. I didn’t journal. I didn’t confide. I’m not good with words.

Somehow, I found tango. It changed my life. It was communication without saying a single word. It was total release and somehow, even though my part of the dance was as the “follower,” I found my voice and the strength to be myself. My venture into abstract art was an avenue to discover the same feeling I found through dance, only found through my art again. I wanted to put down colors and shapes; I wanted to blend and splatter and not worry about staying in the lines or painting something that someone would buy or that appealed to their life or was of a subject that they would like to see in their home. It was personal, raw and the barest need to create without the confines of subject matter.

Georgia O’Keefe said it best, “I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.” I didn’t show these pieces until I got the nerve to submit one for the Contemporaries’ Artist of the Year Soiree. The piece was extremely well received, and a bidding war ensued.

At this point, the intersection of art and dance is where I stay. It’s how I am learning my words again, how to tell the people I love my feelings, and how I give words to and simultaneously lay to rest my past.

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” Thomas Merton

(Anastasia & Friends art gallery is open to the public Monday through Friday, from 9am to 5pm. For sales inquiries or more information, contact Anastasia Chernoff at anastasiachernoff@gmail.com or 803 665 6902. We look forward to seeing you on the 4th!)

Wine Down on Main

Coloring the Darkness with Life by Dave Robbins and J Michael McGuirt

Life is an adventure filled with smooth sailing, rough seas, beautiful sunrises, stormy weather and uncertain
outcomes……

The exhibition explores the use of colors, textures, and layering techniques as metaphors for relating the personal
struggles, conflicts and emotions that we all experience as human beings. The process of creating art is a very
personal undertaking for any artist and captures within a moment of time the mood, feelings, and personal
journey of that artist. You will see darkness, light, sadness, boldness, subtleness, fogginess, as well as brightness
and motion all captured with paint to reflect the complexities of life we experience during our individual journeys.

Dave Robbins
“My paintings are a way for me to express what I
truly see in nature. As a native to the south and a
landscape designer by trade, I naturally gravitate
towards attempting to portray my natural
surroundings. I find beauty in subtlety, therefore I
prefer less colors and lean more towards a cold
palate. Much like life, my art is constantly evolving.
I just hope to enjoy the ride. “

J Michael McGuirt
Bind my hands and I will paint with my feet.
Bind my feet and I will paint with my teeth.
I want to paint. I need to paint. I have to paint.
For me, the process of creating art brings great joy and peace. I hope in some way my work will have a positive
impact on your life and you will see something that engages your imagination and draws you into each and every
one of my paintings.
Feel…be moved…enjoy…have an opinion

Coloring the Darkness with Life will be on display through September 29.

Carolina Hair Studios Gallery
Featuring Artist Camille Clifton, John M. Starino and Frank Heflin Poetry by John Starino

Camille will be selling her book “Urban Eyes”, A Photo Exhibition by the Girl from Nowhere (Tokyo-born French-American artist/photographer Camille Clifton).

Outdoors
Get the picture?! A Columbia Monologue
It got rained out during our July FToM event, so we brought it back, in its entirety, for September!!

The greatest cities in the world are compilations of many elements that are effectively what makes them great. One extremely important element they all share, perhaps its most important, are its people. A city, even a town, can be measured efficiently by the quality of the people that reside within its walls. Columbia is no different. What do Columbians have to say? What makes them tick? What makes them great? What makes them special?

Join us in a visual conversation about life in general with Columbia through its residents’ eyes. GTP?!ACM is a public project combining the visual story telling that graphic novels bring to the table and the engaging sensibilities that come with autobiographical books. Think of GTP?! ACM as if it was a conversation with Columbia as an individual; an individual sharing his/her life experience with you. A life experience built off the many lives of Columbia’s magnificent and unique residents.

The project will be broken down into three “chapters”:

Chapter 1- Failure & Success

Chapter 2- Love

Chapter 3- Life: The Unexpected

Each chapter will consist of 12 images or panels each, prepped, laid out and ready for walkers-by to collaborate and share their thoughts on the subjects inside of conventional graphic novel word bubbles. Inside of each panel there will also be dialogue boxes with cues and suggested themes that will direct the walker by, the collaborator, the Columbian to express their thoughts into the traditional word bubbles.

Added to the public’s collaborations, Piensa Art Co.’s resident visual artists, Sammy and Dre Lopez will work simultaneously on another piece which will essentially be the “cover image” to this engaging “book” about what makes Columbians and therefore Columbia fantastic.

In the end there will be 36 panels plus one “cover”, exhibiting “conversations” with people, Columbians, who will share some of their thoughts, opinions and experiences with the rest of us; establishing just how great Columbians are even on a random Summer afternoon on Main Street USA, Columbia SC.

First Thursdays Jamboree/ Benefitting the Congaree River Keeper
Join us at FirstThursdays OnMain for an awesome FREE show from the Mustache to help raise money for the Congaree Riverkeeper.

$1 from the purchase of any beverage goes to support the Congaree Riverkeeper’s ongoing mission to protect and improve water quality, wildlife habitat, and recreation on our three rivers through advocacy, education, and enforcement of environmental laws.

Beers by River Rat Brewery, Goose Island Beer Co., and more.
Wine by Advintage Fine Wine & Craft Brews Distributors.
Food by The Wurst Wagen(corner by Marriott)
KC Hotdogs (in front of Free Times).

Columbia Museum of Art Shop
It’s time for the Museum Shop’s Make An Offer Sale! Here’s how it works: come by our tent at First Thursday. See something you like, then make an offer that we might be crazy enough to accept!

Richland County Library Bus
Check out Richland Library’s newest addition – The Play Freely Bus! Assembled in Charleston and delivered to Richland Library Main on August 5, the bus is equipped to streamline and modernize community outreach services. Some of our favorite features include:
· Push-button awning for pop-up programming
· A puppet stage
· Carts for circulating materials outside the library
· Exterior speakers and a PA system
· Mobile Wi-Fi hotspot
· Roof-mounted solar panels to run the outside lights, Wi-Fi and other electronics.
Stop by and chat with our friendly librarians about the new and innovative ways Richland Library is serving your community!

Crepes and Croissants
We are looking forward to another phenomenal pairing by Main Street/Sumter Street power duo, Crepes and Croissants and Wine Down! Look for the deliciousness in front of Wine Down on Main.

The Nest

The Nest will be wide open and will feature a signature cocktail to go with a book signing. They will also be partnering with the Marriott and the Wurst Wagen to bring the Marriott Plaza to life.

Outdoors
Cars r Art Custom Cruise In/Car Show

Mark your calendar for our next downtown Colatown rod run . Thursday
September 4th 2014 , 6-9 pm 1400 block of Main Street in front of the HUB.
This will be our next to last event downtown for 2014 . So of you missed the last two ? Don’t miss this one .
Rain or Shine it’s on !!

The Arcade
The Arcade open house will be in full swing! Lots of the artists and businesses will be open and happy to show you what they are all about. Visit the beautiful Historic Arcade Building and enjoy the plethora of unique shopping within!

Cantina 76
Cantina 76 always joins the First Thursdays on Main fun. Stop in for our FToM Special, 2 for 1 Original House Margaritas.

Uptown on Main
Featuring photography by John Powell. John operates Blue Collar Studio here in Columbia and provides commercial photography services for use in advertising and marketing. His free time is spent outdoors mountain biking, hiking and camping. Wandering and photographing what he finds is what he likes best.

Bourbon
Stop in Main Streets newest restaurant and enjoy the First Thursdays Bourbon Punch Special for only $5.

Oak Table
Oak Table offers a First Thursdays Special, 2 for 1 appetizers at the bar…just for YOU!

Outdoors
Onomatopoetic
Art Inspiring Art: Music Made Visible
Opening Night
Hosted by Certus Bank, 1241 Main Street

Dr. Jesse Jones, USC Composer
In Dulcet Tones
Featuring: Inspired works of the Trenholm Artist Guild and area artists
Recording Artists: Dr. Rebecca Hunter(violin) USC School of Music
and Dr. Lynn Kompass(piano) USC School of Music

Opening Night: First Thursday, September, 4th, 2014
From 6-10pm
Live Music by the Prairie Willows-6pm
Silent Auction for a painting created during this event by Abstract Alexandra
Awards Announcement: 7:30pm

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 10 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 firstthursdaysonmain@gmail.com.

Please also visit our website for additional info and happenings at http://www.firstthursdaysonmain.com.

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August Lineup

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 27, 2014
First Thursdays on Main: August 7, 2014 on Main Street Columbia SC 6:00 pm-10:00 pm
EXPANDED! From City Hall to the State House (1200-1700 blocks of Main Street)
firstthursdaysonmain.com

1200 Block
• Bourbon- First Thursdays Bourbon Punch Special
• Oak Table- 2 for 1 appetizer Special
• First Citizens Café- Mo Betta Soul featuring Preach Jacobs, Oxy X Moron, Marcus Kiser,Wolly, Jason Woodberry
• The Whig- Tapping of the Special Keg featuring Swamp Cabbage Brewery
• Outdoors- SC Philharmonic First Thursdays Summer Concert Series hosted by Certus Bank
1300 Block
• The Arcade- Open House
• Cantina 76- 2 for 1 Original House Margaritas
1400Block
• Nest- Featured Cocktail and the Wurst Wagen
• Sheraton- Rooftop Lounge
1500 Block
• Frame of Mind- Lost and Found by Darlene Fuhst and Alicia Leeke
• Wine Down on Main- Art by Noelle Brault
• Anastasia & Friends- Small Art, Big Heart
• Carolina Hair Studios- Art by Brad Grizzle, Frank Heflin, Jarrett Jenkins with Venecia Running and Tommy Altair
• Hampton Street Vineyard- First Thursdays Drink Special
• Outdoors- Crepes and Croissants pairs with Wine Down on Main
KC’s Hotdogs
Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse Outdoor service
• Latin Festival Demos- Join the hosts of the Main Street Latin Festival as they show off their skills at salsa dancing and Zumba. There will also be an opportunity to sign up for door prizes that will be awarded during the Main Street Latin Festival which will be held on Main Street on August 23 between 11am – 10pm. The festival is free to the public.
1600 Block
• Tapp’s Art Center- Last Words by Susan Lenz and Hiroshima: Never Forget
• Mast General- Performance by the Juniors
• Paradise Ice- Unveiling of the new cookie sandwich
• Michael’s Café-
• Good Life Café- Rockabilly in the Caribbean
• Cigar Box on Main
• Grapes and Gallery- Art Fire Sale with Beer Tasting
1700 Block
• The Gallery at City Hall- New exhibit featuring local artists
• Villa Tronco- Palmetto Opera Night

The Gallery at City Hall
The Gallery at City Hall will be hosting an opening reception of the newest exhibit featuring collected works by faculty members from Columbia College and Benedict College. City Hall is located at 1737 Main Street, on the corner of Main and Laurel Streets.

Tapp’s Art Center
Last Words by Susan Lenz

Due to its popularity, Tapp’s Arts Center is pleased announce the extension of Last Words, a solo exhibition by Susan Lenz.
Susan Lenz incorporates modern aesthetics and traditional techniques to solicit an emotionally charged and visually stunning display of fiber-based art. Featuring Crayon on silk grave rubbings, vintage household linens, recycled material, stitched epitaphs, artificial cemetery flowers, and angel images, Last Words causes reflection of one’s own existence, inviting viewers to ponder on themes of mortality, connectivity, community and family. The work investigates the concept of personal legacy and our common human frailty, asking the questions:

What are your final wishes?
How do you want to be remembered?
What last words will mark your life?

Generally using needle and thread for self-expression, Susan Lenz works to articulate the accumulated memory inherent in discarded things. She seeks a partnership with her materials, their purposes, values, and familiar associations. Memory, universal mortality, and personal legacy are central themes. Vintage and recycled materials are combined with meticulous handwork. Susan is drawn to textiles for their tactile qualities and often makes work that is meant to touch and be touched.

Susan Lenz is a full time, professional studio artist in Columbia, South Carolina. She has both a “home” studio for 3D sculptural and installation work and a fiber art studio at Gallery 80808/Vista Studios. Her work has been juried into numerous national and international exhibits, featured in solo shows all over the United States, and shown on television and in print. She has been awarded four full scholarship art residencies and several “Best of Show” ribbons.

“Hiroshima: Never Forget” featuring art from Jeri Burdick, Susan Lenz, That Godzilla Guy, Kimi Maeda. and others, with posters from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and the short film “Witness to Hiroshima”.

The public is invited to make peace cranes from 5:30 pm till closing.

We are also launching our frame shop and hosting an ‘After Party’ on First Thursday to celebrate the launch of our new website and full studios!

Mast General
The Juniors
Local Indie-Folk trio The Juniors are made up of Justine Shelton (vocals/keyboards), Robert Dew (vocals/guitars), and Samantha Scollon (vocals/guitars/percussion). They have been together since December 2013 and are already making their mark on the Columbia music scene.

Good Life Cafe
Rockabiliy in the Caribbean
Renea Eshleman will be showing off her representational to abstract portfolio of bold, vibrant, watercolor paintings. Vegan, RAW samplers for the evening will be the Jerk Burgers and Cilantro Lime Martinis will be the special libation. Rockabilly? Why not, we’re RAW. Our special musical guest will be Flat Out Strangers. Twisting, Jiving, & Jerking in a RAW way on Main Street.

Michaels Café and Catering

The Cigar Box Main Street
The Cigar Box Main Street is the newest edition of the Cigar Box shops. Awesome selection of tobaccos. Comfortable smoking lounge. BYOB! Premium Cigars – Fine Tobaccos – Pipes – Accessories – Smoking Lounge…yes…right here on Columbia’s Main Street!

Paradise Ice
There’s never a shortage of goodies to enjoy around Main Street’s happiest shop…it’s THE PLACE for iced custards, Italian ices, homemade and organic…quality and taste! Come by on First Thursday to find out our newest flavors plus our latest cookie/iced custard. As always, we will have the usual local coffee, tea, home made chai & hot chocolates. Come see us for the YUM!

Grapes & Gallery
First Thursday (August 7th) there will be a Fire Sale on artwork. Paintings will be greatly reduced with some pieces available for as little as $10. Be sure to stop by early and stake your claim.

Additionally, we will have a beer tasting ($10), featuring some of our new arrivals. Craft beer lovers or those who are unsure of what craft beer is should not miss this event.

In the painting studio, we will have Paint Your Pet beginning at 6PM. Those interested in painting should sign up online at grapesandgallery.com and email a picture of their pet to anna@grapesandgallery.com by Monday, August 4th.

One Columbia for Arts and History
The One Columbia office will be open at 1219 Taylor Street. Stop by to chat about what you’re working on, what we’re working on and how much art and culture there is in our great city.

Frame of Mind
Lost and Found by Darlene Fuhst and Alicia Leeke

Lost & Found, an art exhibition by Darlene Fuhst and Alicia Leeke will open during the First Thursday Art Walk August 7, 2014 at Frame of Mind in Columbia, South Carolina.

The Lost & Found exhibition explores random objects as metaphors to educate people about the sheer volume of consumer goods being produced to suit changing consumer tastes. Each artist collaborated long-distance to create and showcase a body of work from objects lost in junk yards or found in antique stores.

Darlene Fuhst’s oil paintings focus mainly on discarded neon signs and industrial items from our recent past in a composition designed to encourage the viewer to take a closer look at objects that are often ignored.

“These objects evoke the notion of nostalgia and question the idea that the past was better. At one time these things were expensive, shiny and new – and in many cases were the proud visual emblems of the companies they represented. Now, just a few decades later they are out of fashion and are rusty heaps relegated to a junk pile. I think it’s an interesting metaphor for the American psyche.”

Alicia Leeke’s work uses digital photographic manipulation of antique store figurines and memorabilia as metaphors to educate people about the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling consumer goods.

“We live in a throw-away society,” says Leeke. “Landfills tower with consumer waste that could be avoided by making initial purchases of quality goods that people would want to pass down to other generations.”

Leeke added that from her experience as both buyer of antiques for resale and case goods at AmericasMart in Atlanta she realized that the life-cycle of much of what we buy eventually makes its way to a landfill. “Basically we buy it, display it, tire of it or have buyer’s remorse and discard it.” Her purpose in this conceptual body of work is to make consumers more aware of their purchases.

Lost and Found will be on view through September 29, 2014.

Anastasia & Friends
Small Art, Big Heart Opens at Anastasia & Friends

For the month of August at Anastasia & Friends, co-hosts Paul Kaufmann, Maria Mungo and Anastasia Chernoff, in conjunction with some of the area’s finest artists, present Small Art/Big Heart. This exhibition benefits and promotes awareness to a nonprofit organization that is essential to the welfare for our children and community – Friends of the Assessment and Resource Center (ARC).

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. The opening reception will take place as a part of the First Thursday art crawl on Main Street on August 2nd from 6 to 9pm and run through August 31st.

Participating artists include:

Bohumila Augustinova
Savannah Bethea
Jarid Lyfe Brown
Anastasia Chernoff
Toni Elkins
Nathan Fiveash
Bonnie Goldberg
Lisa Gray
Kara Gunter
Caroline Hatchell
Howard Hunt
BA Hoffman
Paul Kaufmann
Michael Krajewski
Matthew Kramer
Whitney LeJeune
Ron Marsh
Lauren Maurer
Rachel Parker
Lindsay Wiggins

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.

For more information, contact Anastasia Chernoff via email at anastasiachernoff@gmail.com or 803 665 6902.

Wine Down on Main
Art by Noelle Brault

Noelle Brault is an impressionist artist who utilizes a unique blending of vibrant colors to capture the beautiful light and shadow found in South Carolina’s low county and her native home of Columbia. She won the first art contest that she ever entered and Noelle’s work became the poster for the 2010 Central Carolina Food and Wine Festival. Since then Noelle has won several other awards (to include South Carolina State Fair awards and a prestigious first place plein air award given by her fellow artists.) One of her works is also hanging in the small drawing room of the South Carolina Governor’s Mansion as part of its permanent collection. Whether she is painting a busy downtown nocturnal street scene or the morning sunlight as it drenches a majestic live oak, her artwork makes one feel as if they are there to share the moment. She is represented by Spencer Fine Art Gallery along Broad Street in Charleston’s famous “Gallery Row” and in downtown Columbia at Paul Sloan Interiors gallery in the old Arcade Mall. You may also find her work in many juried shows and public collections in Columbia and the surrounding areas. Noelle has studied for several years under Lifetime Achievement artist Michel McNinch as well as nationally known artists Dee Beard Dean, Rick Reinert, James Richards, Bill Davidson and Larry Moore. Her work is also influenced by artists such as Shannon Smith Hughes, West Fraser and Roger Dale Brown. Noelle currently resides in historic Elmwood Park in downtown Columbia, South Carolina with her husband Ed and their pets Cheyenne and Cyrus.

Crepes and Croissants
We are looking forward to another phenomenal pairing by Main Street/Sumter Street power duo, Crepes and Croissants and Wine Down! Look for the deliciousness in front of Wine Down on Main.

Carolina Hair Studios Gallery
Brad Grizzle, Frank Heflin, Jarrett Jenkins and Performances by vocalists Venecia and Tommy Altair
Brad Grizzle, Frank Heflin, Jarrett Jenkins Performance by vocalists Venecia Running and Tommy Altair Showing from July 3rd, 2014 through August 30th, 2014 CHS Gallery and Izms of Art present visual artists Brad Grizzle, FRANK HEFLIN AND JARRETT JENKINS. The opening reception will be at CHS Gallery during JULY’S First Thursdays on Main – JULY 3, 2014, 6 pm – 9 pm. The closing reception will be at CHS Gallery during August’s First Thursday on Main, Aug 7, 2014, 2014, from 6 pm until 9 pm.

The Arcade
The Arcade open house will be in full affect. Several of the artists and businesses will be open and happy to show you what they are all about.

Cantina 76
Cantina 76 always joins the First Thursdays on Main fun. Stop in for our FToM Special, 2 for 1 Original House Margaritas.

First Citizens Café
Mo Betta Soul at First Citizens
Music by Preach Jacobs and Oxy x Moron and art by Marcus Kiser, Wolly, and Jason Woodberry. Plus art on display inside by Jennifer Edwards.

Bourbon
Stop in Main Streets newest restaurant and enjoy the First Thursdays Bourbon Punch Special for only $5.

Oak Table
First Thursday Special, 2 for 1 appetizers at the bar

The Whig
Tapping of the Keg
Come down to FirstThursdays OnMain and check out everything that’s happening from the 1200 to the 1700 block. As usual, we’ll have something special tapped for the night. This time, we welcome our first round of kegs from Columbia’s newest brewery Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company. We’ll be tapping both their ESB and Golden Blonde.

One Columbia for Arts and History
The One Columbia office will be open at 1219 Taylor Street. Stop by to chat about what you’re working on, what we’re working on and how much art and culture there is in our great city.

The Nickelodeon
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 this First Thursdays on Main 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 10 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 firstthursdaysonmain@gmail.com.

Please also visit our website for additional info and happenings at http://www.firstthursdaysonmain.com.

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July 2014 Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 27, 2014
First Thursdays on Main: July 3, 2014 on Main Street Columbia SC 6:00 pm-10:00 pm
EXPANDED! From City Hall to the State House (1200-1700 blocks of Main Street)
firstthursdaysonmain.com

1200 Block
• Bourbon- First Thursdays Bourbon Punch Special
• Oak Table- 2 for 1 appetizer Special
• First Citizens Café- Art by Jennifer Edwards and performance by Daniell Pollock
• The Whig- Tapping of the Special Keg
• Outdoors- SC Philharmonic First Thursdays Summer Concert Series hosted by Certus Bank
1300 Block
• The Arcade- Open House
• Cantina 76- 2 for 1 Original House Margaritas
1400Block
• Nest- Featured Cocktail and the Wurst Wagen
• Sheraton- Rooftop Lounge
• Outdoors- Cars n Art Custom Car Show
1500 Block
• Frame of Mind- Curves & Edges/Universoul Languages Part II by SHE & HIM
• Wine Down on Main- Art by Art
• Carolina Hair Studios- Art by Brad Grizzle, Frank Heflin, Jarrett Jenkins Performance by Venecia Running
• Hampton Street Vineyard- First Thursdays Drink Special
• Outdoors- Piensa Art and One Columbia present “Get the Picture?! A Columbia Monologue”
Crepes and Croissants pairs with Wine Down on Main
KC’s Hotdogs
Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse Outdoor service
1600 Block
• Tapp’s Art Center- Last Words by Susan Lenz
• Mast General- Performance by Marty Lopez and Friends
• Paradise Ice- Unveiling of the new cookie sandwich
• Michael’s Café- Art by Amanda Ladymon
• Good Life Café- Art by Dawn Buskard Faber and Vennie Deas Moore
• Cigar Box on Main
• Grapes and Gallery- Collision: an art show
1700 Block
• The Gallery at City Hall- Columbia Museum of Art’s About Face exhibit
• Villa Tronco- Palmetto Opera Night

The Gallery at City Hall

The Columbia Museum of Art About Face Exhibition at The Gallery at City Hall
“About Face” is a classroom, a studio, a support network, and a circle of friends centered at the Columbia Museum of Art for over a decade to hone artistic skills during live-model and outdoor drawing and painting gatherings. The exhibition features 31 portrait and landscape pieces by 23 artists created during the group’s sessions at the Museum. The group’s participants are as diverse as the personal styles in this showcase, exemplifying their individual creativity, discipline, and dedication. Artists include Gerard Erley, M. Susan Edwards, Cindy Connor, Alice N. Marcel, Letitia “Tish” Lowe, Claire K. Farrell, Mina Tedder, Pamela Bulak, Glenda Keyes, Pete Holland, Trahern Cook, Barbara Alston Yongue, Karen Jamrose, Franklin Miller, Bonnie Shiah, Mark Conrardy, Jim Finch, David K. Phillips, Roy Paschal, Robert H. Kennedy, Margie Nation, Alicia Leeke, and Anne Marie Cockrell. City Hall is located at 1737 Main Street, on the corner of Main and Laurel Streets.

Tapp’s Art Center
Last Words by Susan Lenz

Tapp’s Arts Center is pleased to announce Last Words, a solo exhibition by Susan Lenz.
Susan Lenz incorporates modern aesthetics and traditional techniques to solicit an emotionally charged and visually stunning display of fiber-based art. Featuring Crayon on silk grave rubbings, vintage household linens, recycled material, stitched epitaphs, artificial cemetery flowers, and angel images, Last Words causes reflection of one’s own existence, inviting viewers to ponder on themes of mortality, connectivity, community and family. The work investigates the concept of personal legacy and our common human frailty, asking the questions:

What are your final wishes?
How do you want to be remembered?
What last words will mark your life?

Generally using needle and thread for self-expression, Susan Lenz works to articulate the accumulated memory inherent in discarded things. She seeks a partnership with her materials, their purposes, values, and familiar associations. Memory, universal mortality, and personal legacy are central themes. Vintage and recycled materials are combined with meticulous handwork. Susan is drawn to textiles for their tactile qualities and often makes work that is meant to touch and be touched.

Susan Lenz is a full time, professional studio artist in Columbia, South Carolina. She has both a “home” studio for 3D sculptural and installation work and a fiber art studio at Gallery 80808/Vista Studios. Her work has been juried into numerous national and international exhibits, featured in solo shows all over the United States, and shown on television and in print. She has been awarded four full scholarship art residencies and several “Best of Show” ribbons.

Mast General
Marty Lopez and Friends – Marty enjoys many different kinds of music. Although classically trained, she is a weekly fixture at Bill’s Music Shop. Marty can be heard singing and playing the gamut from bluegrass and country to jazz standards and rock with friends, Tommy Thomas, Fredrick Ingram and Tyler Cook

Good Life Cafe
Dawn Buskard Faber, and Vennie Deas Moore.

Good Life Cafe will have not one but two rawsome artists displaying their portfolios. Vennie A Deas Moore captures Southern Magnolias in different lighting and at various stages of blooming. Dawn Buskard Faber’s various pieces range from abstract watercolor to nature scenes and palm trees. We are also excited to announce that we will have live music for the first time in the Cafe. Chris Compton will mesmerize the art connoisseurs by vocalizing his own songs in an alt folk rawking way from 7:30-9:30pm. And Good Life? Well we will provide Sundried Tomato Pizza Samplers, raw of course and our special spirit for the evening will be Lemongrass Martinis.

Michaels Café and Catering
Michael’s will be featuring art by Amanda Ladymon.

The Cigar Box Main Street
The Cigar Box Main Street is the newest edition of the Cigar Box shops. Awesome selection of tobaccos. Comfortable smoking lounge. BYOB! Premium Cigars – Fine Tobaccos – Pipes – Accessories – Smoking Lounge…yes…right here on Columbia’s Main Street!

Paradise Ice
There’s never a shortage of goodies to enjoy around Main Street’s happiest shop…it’s THE PLACE for iced custards, Italian ices, homemade and organic…quality and taste! Come by on First Thursday to find out our newest flavors plus our latest cookie/iced custard. As always, we will have the usual local coffee, tea, home made chai & hot chocolates. Come see us for the YUM!

Grapes & Gallery
Collision: an art show

As part of FirstThursdays OnMain please join us for an evening of art and fun at Grapes and Gallery at 1113 Taylor St. Featured in the first floor Main Gallery and downstairs Cellar Gallery will be original works by Dave Robbins and J Michael McGuirt as well as 3 collaboration pieces by the two artists. A melding of style and technique.

As the head landscape designer for Woodley’s Garden Center Dave draws inspiration from nature and its surroundings and incorporates these aspects into his paintings. Minimal color palettes and attention to detail are common themes that run throughout his work. He can be reached at http://www.daverobbinsart.com , mr.david.robbin@gmail.com, facebook.com/drobbins.art , and daverobbin.tumblr.com (803)237-5185

Concentrating mainly on abstract geometrics Michael creates illusion and motion using simple shapes and designs in primarily black and white. Although surprises do tend to appear in his work. Michael can be reached at http://www.heritageofcamden@aol.com (803)669-0230

Hors d’oeuvres will be provided by Heritage Catering in the Cellar Gallery and a cash bar of specialty wine and beers available at the wine bar on the Main Floor.

Frame of Mind
SHE & HIM present Curves & Edges/Universoul Languages Part II

SHE…Curves & Edges…exploring the ins and outs of the female and her soul.

HIM…Universoul Languages…straddling the thin line between Fine art and Street art…shining a light on the concept that relevant works are being produced by artists who combine contemporary themes and applications found on the street.

SHE…working to satisfy viewers on an emotional and intellectual level-mating form, color, and the power of suggestion in every effort. “My work as a female painter is bringing passionate art to peoples’ lives. I am pleased when I’ve captured the easily overlooked moments and emotions in life, and said a lot with just a few strokes of paint.”

Whitney LeJeune is a full-time working painter, who calls South Carolina home. 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. She studied at Savannah College of Art and Design (Bachelors Degree Fine Arts, Painting, May 2009).
Leveraging her view of the world, she loves to build her work on the feminine form. However, inspired by many subjects, her work includes portraiture, landscapes, architecture, and cover art for published novels.

HIM…Born and partly raised in California, but having spent most of his adult life in the Southeast, Cedric Umoja has been influenced by the likes of Dondi White, Sam Kieth, Max Beckmann, Amedeo Modigliani and Hans Hoffman.
The elements of Graffiti, Modern European art, American art, Comic sequential art, and Japanese manga have played a role in his artistic development and can also be found in his work. Cedric Umoja developed his style under the instruction of Tony Cacalano, a Yale MFA and veteran Fine artist, whose own teachers included Jack Tworkov, one of the founders of the now Famed New York school.

Their work will be ready for you at Frame of Mind’s FOM Series for this First Thursdays on Main event. It’s a must see.

Wine Down on Main
Art by Art

Wine Down on Main is Please to Present Art by Art. We will also have our outside bar and tables and of course Crepes and Croissants serving up something delicious!

“My name is Art Gomez, born in California. However, I’ve been an eight-year resident of the south—starting in Georgia, and now South Carolina where I call home.

Though Latin, my mom, an Apache with bloodlines from Arizona—always told me I was her “cheapest baby” since my birth took place at home… She called me, “the talented one,” for helping her save money!

Although I toyed with drawing as a child, by high school that talent was shelved when I became a father at sixteen. In short, I never realized my potential until my Army infantry days. Before going overseas, in my barracks, I created a cartoon poster with color pencils that a Major saw, which he purchased for his daughter. Although I offered the piece for free, the officer handed me $35—and ordered me to take it!

Three years ago, I finally found the time to indulge more actively in painting and guitar. I admit, I wish I have had some art schooling. In fact, I’m still exploring to find my true forte. But then again, I once heard: “Art is anything you can get away with…” I hope that’s true!

To date, I have held four art exhibits! And the best part is—I sold three paintings at my first show in 2011, the year I learned to use paints! My art inspiration seems to surface when I witness the reality of life, or the influences of Hollywood.
While I continue to improve my craft, I’m honored to be Wine Down on Main’s July 2014 Exhibit. You are welcome to contact me anytime by visiting my website: intwoart.net”

Crepes and Croissants
We are looking forward to another phenomenal pairing by Main Street/Sumter Street power duo, Crepes and Croissants and Wine Down! Look for the deliciousness in front of Wine Down on Main.

Carolina Hair Studios Gallery
Brad Grizzle, Frank Heflin, Jarrett Jenkins Performance by Venecia Running

Brad Grizzle, Frank Heflin, Jarrett Jenkins Performance by Venecia Running Wolf Photo Wall by Michael Dantzler Showing from July 3rd, 2014 through August 30th, 2014 CHS Gallery and Izms of Art present visual artists Brad Grizzle, FRANK HEFLIN AND JARRETT JENKINS. The opening reception will be at CHS Gallery during JULY’S First Thursdays on Main – JULY 3, 2014, 6 pm – 9 pm. The closing reception will be at CHS Gallery during August’s First Thursday on Main, Aug 7, 2014, 2014, from 6 pm until 9 pm.

Outdoors
Get the picture?! A Columbia Monologue

The greatest cities in the world are compilations of many elements that are effectively what make them great. One extremely important element they all share, perhaps its most important, are its people. A city, even a town, can be measured efficiently by the quality of the people that reside within its walls. Columbia is no different. What do Columbians have to say? What makes them tick? What makes them great? What makes them special?

Join us in a visual conversation about life in general with Columbia through its residents’ eyes. GTP?!ACM is a public project combining the visual story telling that graphic novels bring to the table and the engaging sensibilities that come with autobiographical books. Think of GTP?! ACM as if it was a conversation with Columbia as an individual; an individual sharing his/her life experience with you. A life experience built off the many lives of Columbia’s magnificent and unique residents.

The project will be broken down into three “chapters”:

Chapter 1- Failure & Success

Chapter 2- Love

Chapter 3- Life: The Unexpected

Each chapter will consist of 12 images or panels each, prepped, laid out and ready for walkers-by to collaborate and share their thoughts on the subjects inside of conventional graphic novel word bubbles. Inside of each panel there will also be dialogue boxes with cues and suggested themes that will direct the walker by, the collaborator, the Columbian to express their thoughts into the traditional word bubbles.

Added to the public’s collaborations, Piensa Art Co.’s resident visual artists, Sammy and Dre Lopez will work simultaneously on another piece which will essentially be the “cover image” to this engaging “book” about what makes Columbians and therefore Columbia fantastic.

In the end there will be 36 panels plus one “cover”, exhibiting “conversations” with people, Columbians, who will share some of their thoughts, opinions and experiences with the rest of us; establishing just how great Columbians are even on a random Summer afternoon on Main Street USA, Columbia SC.

The Arcade
The Arcade will be having an open house, featuring live music from Bobby Houck of The Blue Dogs 6-9pm and Greg Holden will be signing his debut novel POTUS from 5:30-8:30pm. Greg will offer special pricing on hardback and paperback during signing. Also various artists and shops will be open for your perusal and enjoyment.

The Gallery at Main, Richland Library
All The Worlds A Stage: Original Book Illustrations

All The Worlds A Stage: Original Book Illustrations by renowned artist Anita Lobel.” View this exhibition on the library’s garden level. While there enjoy an artful scavenger hunt. All the World’s a Stage” offers an opportunity to see original book illustrations from one of the most notable illustrators of an era. These vibrant, colorful and detailed illustrations will mesmerize art and book lovers of all ages.

Cantina 76
Cantina 76 always joins the First Thursdays on Main fun. Stop in for our FToM Special, 2 for 1 Original House Margaritas.

First Citizens Café
We’ll have a bar set up in the courtyard, Bourbon will be selling small plates/appetizers, and we have Daniell Pollock playing live from 7-9 p.m. Our featured artist is Jennifer Edwards.

Bourbon
Stop in Main Streets newest restaurant and enjoy the First Thursdays Bourbon Punch Special for only $5.

Oak Table
First Thursday Special, 2 for 1 appetizers at the bar

The Whig
Tapping of the Keg

One Columbia for Arts and History
One Columbia for Arts and History
The One Columbia office will be open at 1219 Taylor Street. Stop by to chat about what you’re working on, what we’re working on and how much art and culture there is in our great city.

The Nickelodeon
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 this First Thursdays on Main event.

Outdoors
1500 Block
Crepes and Croissants pairs with Wine Down on Main
KC’s Hotdogs
Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse Outdoor service
1400 Block
Wurst Wagen
1200 Block
SC Philharmonic First Thursdays Summer Concert Series hosted by Certus Bank
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 10 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 firstthursdaysonmain@gmail.com.

Please also visit our website for additional info and happenings at http://www.firstthursdaysonmain.com.

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June 2014 Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 28, 2014
First Thursdays on Main: June 5, 2014 on Main Street Columbia SC 6:00 pm-10:00 pm
EXPANDED! From City Hall to the State House (1200-1700 blocks of Main Street)
firstthursdaysonmain.com

1200 Block
• Bourbon- First Thursdays Bourbon Punch Special
• Oak Table- 2 for 1 appetizer Special
• First Citizens Café- Art by Heather LaHaise
• The Whig- Tapping of the Special Keg
• Outdoors- SC Philharmonic First Thursdays Summer Concert Series hosted by Certus Bank

1300 Block
• The Arcade- Open House featuring a performance by Bobby Houck and book signing by Greg Holden
• Cantina 76- 2 for 1 Original House Margaritas
1400Block
• Nest- Featured Cocktail and the Wurst Wagen
Fill In the Blank community art project and sale hosted by That Godzilla Guy
• Sheraton- Rooftop Lounge
1500 Block
• Frame of Mind- Curves & Edges/Universoul Languages by SHE & HIM
• Wine Down on Main- Art by Howard Hunt
• Anastasia & Friends- Unlikely Success Redux by Marvin Chernoff
• Carolina Hair Studios- Art by J. Spencer Shull & Jonathan Inkley with performance by Cassie Renee
• Hampton Street Vineyard- First Thursdays Drink Special
• Outdoors- Palmetto y Luna presents “Arts in Motion”
Crepes and Croissants pairs with Wine Down on Main
Jamie Scott Fitness spin demos
KC’s Hotdogs
Cowboy Brazillian Steakhouse Outdoor service
Music by Preach Jacobs
1600 Block
• Tapp’s Art Center- Cola:Inked, Action Chamber Music Spotlight, Evil Dead, the Musical sneak peek
• Mast General- Performance by Stillhouse
• Paradise Ice- Unveiling of the new cookie sandwich
• Michael’s Café- “Excess” by Gwen Pevonka
• Good Life Café- Art by Nick Bozard
• Cigar Box on Main- B’woy Leven album release party
• Grapes and Gallery- Wine Tasting and Paint Your Pet
1700 Block
• The Gallery at City Hall- Columbia Museum of Art’s About Face exhibit
• Villa Tronco- Opera Night

The Gallery at City Hall

The Columbia Museum of Art About Face Exhibition at The Gallery at City Hall
“About Face” is a classroom, a studio, a support network, and a circle of friends centered at the Columbia Museum of Art for over a decade to hone artistic skills during live-model and outdoor drawing and painting gatherings. The exhibition features 31 portrait and landscape pieces by 23 artists created during the group’s sessions at the Museum. The group’s participants are as diverse as the personal styles in this showcase, exemplifying their individual creativity, discipline, and dedication. Artists include Gerard Erley, M. Susan Edwards, Cindy Connor, Alice N. Marcel, Letitia “Tish” Lowe, Claire K. Farrell, Mina Tedder, Pamela Bulak, Glenda Keyes, Pete Holland, Trahern Cook, Barbara Alston Yongue, Karen Jamrose, Franklin Miller, Bonnie Shiah, Mark Conrardy, Jim Finch, David K. Phillips, Roy Paschal, Robert H. Kennedy, Margie Nation, Alicia Leeke, and Anne Marie Cockrell. City Hall is located at 1737 Main Street, on the corner of Main and Laurel Streets.

Tapp’s Art Center
Cola: Inked

Cola: Inked is a group exhibition organized by Jim Dukes, Artist In Residence at Tapp’s Arts Center and award winning Cell Phone Photographer. As a celebration of the permanent art of skin, Cola: Inked will showcase Columbia SC residents, their unique tattoos and the stories behind them. The exhibition will also feature original works by artists influenced by or part of the tattoo community.
Our goal is to expose the masterful art of tattooing to a broad audience and demonstrate, through compelling back stories, that there is more to a person with ink than what you see on the surface.

The Savvy Musician in ACTION Chamber Music Spotlight will present five innovative chamber music ensembles, winners of the 2014 Savvy Musician In Action Chamber Music competition. Musicians from across the country have been selected, and this year’s event has shaped up to present quite an array of unique acts, including a choreographed musical performance from their first place winners, The Fourth Wall Ensemble. The show starts at 7:15, and will alternate between the Skyline room and the Fountain Room bar!
7:15 Ensemble 39 (Skyline Room)
7:45 Warp Trio (Skyline Room)
8:15 Duo Anova (Fountain Room)
8:35 Invoke (Fountain Room)
9:00 Fourth Wall Ensemble (Skyline Room)

Cast members from Evil Dead: The Musical are providing a sneak preview of the much anticipated production that is sure to strike hilarious fear into the hearts of Columbia! The performance starts promptly at 6:45 and runs for about 20 minutes, so arrive early, but please, leave your chainsaws at home!

Mast General
Stillhouse – 6 pm to 7:30 pm- Stillhouse was formed in Columbia SC in early 2004 with core members Greg Bates, Jenn McCallister, and Mike Mahoney. Drummer Chris Jones joined the band later in 2004, and recently they have recruited long-time local performers John and Karri Scollon into the mix. The result is an eclectic blending of styles and philosophies that is nothing less than stellar. Each member brings unique talents and experiences to Stillhouse. Now with five capable vocalists in the band that share the spotlight, they are creating intricate harmonies and arrangements that have been leaving audiences wide-eyed and amazed.

Good Life Cafe
Nick Bozard

Good Life Café is excited to announce that Nick Bozard will be our featured artist for First Thursdays on Main, June 5th, 2014. Nick concentrates heavily on specific emotions he has felt during different moments in his life, translates them into abstract concepts and presents them on the canvas. Each painting is an immensely personal experience of his past. We look forward to you visiting and sharing Nick’s interpretations on the canvas. We will be serving mini tacos, white wine sangrias, as well as all your other bar favorites.

Michaels Café and Catering
Excess by Gwen Pevonka

Simplicity, at its heart, comes down to eliminating the excess in our lives. Excess needs, wants, possessions. Over the last couple of years what I have seen is art has consumed me, dissolved within me, and piled up outside of me. “Excess” has encouraged me to peel back and eliminate what didn’t matter, extracting the layers of my paintings with little to no interest. This method revealed the honesty within the piece and the simplicity of the marks, and gave me an increased sense of flexibility, empowerment and freedom within my work. There has been room to be more playful and slightly unconventional by modern standards. This body of work explores how get rid of excess and scale back to “Enough”
Gwyn Pevonka is originally from Indiana. She graduated with a BFA in Painting and Sculpture from Appalachian State University in 2011. Moving to Columbia quickly after graduating, her work ethic has made her well recognized in the local art scene-creating an excess amount of work. Gwyn’s migration to South Carolina has been an exciting ride as a newly budding artist to the Columbia Arts Scene. Gwyn Pevonka was recently married and has been waiting patiently to bust back into the art scene!

The Cigar Box Main Street
The Cigar Box is hosting talented Jazz and R&B artist B’woy Leven’s album release and party. The Cigar Box Main Street is the newest edition of the Cigar Box shops

Paradise Ice
There’s never a shortage of goodies to enjoy around Main Street’s happiest shop…it’s THE PLACE for iced custards, Italian ices, homemade and organic…quality and taste! Come by on First Thursday to find out our newest flavors plus our latest cookie/iced custard. As always, we will have the usual local coffee, tea, home made chai & hot chocolates. Come see us for the YUM!

Grapes & Gallery
Grapes & Gallery will have a wine tasting featuring summer wines, including a Rosé and a Pinto Gris. For those interested in painting, Thursday, June 5th is Paint Your Pet. Painters should register by Monday, June 2nd at grapesandgallery.com

Frame of Mind
SHE & HIM present Curves & Edges/Universoul Languages

SHE…Curves & Edges…exploring the ins and outs of the female and her soul.

HIM…Universoul Languages…straddling the thin line between Fine art and Street art…shining a light on the concept that relevant works are being produced by artists who combine contemporary themes and applications found on the street.

SHE…working to satisfy viewers on an emotional and intellectual level-mating form, color, and the power of suggestion in every effort. “My work as a female painter is bringing passionate art to peoples’ lives. I am pleased when I’ve captured the easily overlooked moments and emotions in life, and said a lot with just a few strokes of paint.”

Whitney LeJeune is a full-time working painter, who calls South Carolina home. 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. She studied at Savannah College of Art and Design (Bachelors Degree Fine Arts, Painting, May 2009).
Leveraging her view of the world, she loves to build her work on the feminine form. However, inspired by many subjects, her work includes portraiture, landscapes, architecture, and cover art for published novels.

HIM…Born and partly raised in California, but having spent most of his adult life in the Southeast, Cedric Umoja has been influenced by the likes of Dondi White, Sam Kieth, Max Beckmann, Amedeo Modigliani and Hans Hoffman.
The elements of Graffiti, Modern European art, American art, Comic sequential art, and Japanese manga have played a role in his artistic development and can also be found in his work. Cedric Umoja developed his style under the instruction of Tony Cacalano, a Yale MFA and veteran Fine artist, whose own teachers included Jack Tworkov, one of the founders of the now Famed New York school.

Their work will be ready for you at Frame of Mind’s FOM Series for this First Thursdays on Main event. It’s a must see.

Anastasia & Friends
Unlikely Success, Redux Marvin Chernoff

How did a kid who bootlegged meat on the streets of Brooklyn during World War II end up eating ice cream with a future president and making ads for one of the world’s largest companies?

Marvin Chernoff shows us this and more in his book “Unlikely Success,” the story of how he built a multi-million dollar advertising and public relations agency, despite knowing little about making ads and never attending business school.

For the month of May, Anastasia & Friends is thrilled to host a book launch and multi-media exhibition for “Unlikely Success: How a Guy Without a Clue Built One Helluva Business” by Marvin Chernoff. Marvin will be present in the gallery on May 1st, from 6pm to 9pm during the opening reception to sign copies of his book, and we’ll also have a display of memorabilia from episodes of the book and some of the art he has collected over the years will be for sale.

Before his retirement, Chernoff/Silver became an industry powerhouse with $80 million in capitalized billings and nearly 100 employees that used musical comedies for public relations, baked a world-record-breaking cake and nabbed the corporate image campaign for a major oil company – and did it all with pets in the lobby and kids in an office nursery.

“Chernoff/Silver as an organization derived some serious benefits from our support for the arts. Our support for the arts enhanced our ability to express.
It did make us more interesting. It did build bridges to the community.
It did help give us vitality … and soul.”
Marvin Chernoff

Unlikely Success is an engaging, enlightening, and thoroughly entertaining collection of recollections that let us follow Marvin Chernoff from his days playing stickball on the streets of Brooklyn to winning the Shell Oil corporate advertising account away from the Madison Avenue “big boys” for his ad agency in Columbia, South Carolina.

Whether this book is a curriculum of study for budding entrepreneurs is debatable; how could there possibly exist a roadmap to the kind of success that Marvin built largely on the very idea of having no roadmap?

Even in today’s world of management consultants, executive trainers, corporate coaches and online MBA degrees, “Unlikely Success” is a first-rate, first-person motivational memoir that will enflame the can-do spirit in anyone who has even an ounce of that spirit to begin with.

Anastasia & Friends is located at 1534 Main Street in Columbia, inside the Free Times’ building, just across the street from the Columbia Museum of Art. For more information, contact Anastasia Chernoff at 803 665 6902 or email at anastasiachernoff@gmail.com.

Wine Down on Main
Howard Hunt

I will be showing mostly new work at Wine Down on Main for First Thursday. I am excited to be introducing at least 3 different painting styles/techniques this month along with select photography. Additional work will be at Michael’s Cafe on Main. For a sample of my work please visit: http://www.facebook.com/Howard.Hunt.Art

Crepes and Croissants
We are looking forward to another phenomenal pairing by Main Street/Sumter Street power duo, Crepes and Croissants and Wine Down! Look for the deliciousness in front of Wine Down on Main.

Carolina Hair Studios Gallery
J. Spencer Shull & Jonathan Inkley

CHS Gallery Presents J. Spencer Shull & Jonathan Inkley closing reception with a performance by Cassie Renee. CHS Gallery (at Carolina Hair Studios) 1537 Main Street Columbia, SC Izms of Art Columbia, South Carolina For information call: (803) 315-5920 or e-mail: info@izmsofart.com

The Arcade
The Arcade will be having an open house, featuring live music from Bobby Houck of The Blue Dogs 6-9pm and Greg Holden will be signing his debut novel POTUS from 5:30-8:30pm. Greg will offer special pricing on hardback and paperback during signing. Also various artists and shops will be open for your perusal and enjoyment.

Cantina 76
Cantina 76 always joins the First Thursdays on Main fun. Stop in for our FToM Special, 2 for 1 Original House Margaritas.

First Citizens Café
Drop in from 6-9pm to enjoy the works of local artist, Heather LaHaise while sipping your favorite beverage.

Bourbon
Stop in Main Streets newest restaurant and enjoy the First Thursdays Bourbon Punch Special for only $5.

Oak Table

First Thursday Special, 2 for 1 appetizers at the bar.

The Whig
Tapping of the Keg

One Columbia for Arts and History
The One Columbia office will be closed, but look for us on the street as we will be out supporting all of our local artists and art venues.

The Nickelodeon
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 this First Thursdays on Main event.

Outdoors
1500 Block
Palmetto y Luna presents “Arts in Motion”
Crepes and Croissants pairs with Wine Down on Main
Jamie Scott Fitness spin demos
KC’s Hotdogs
Cowboy Brazillian Steakhouse Outdoor service
Music by Preach Jacobs
1400 Block
Wurst Wagen
Fill In the Blank community art project and sale hosted by That Godzilla Guy
1200 Block
SC Philharmonic First Thursdays Summer Concert Series hosted by Certus Bank
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 10 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 firstthursdaysonmain@gmail.com.

Please also visit our website for additional info and happenings at http://www.firstthursdaysonmain.com.

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May 2014 First Thursdays Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 17, 2014
First Thursdays on Main: May 1, 2014 on Main Street Columbia SC 6:00 pm-10:00 pm
EXPANDED! From City Hall to the State House (1200-1700 blocks of Main Street)
firstthursdaysonmain.com
Frame of Mind- Ciclo Colorido: Where Two Worlds Touch by Amanda Ladymon and Heidi Darr Hope
• Carolina Hair Studios- Art by J. Spencer Shull & Jonathon Inkley
• Wine Down on Main- Home Is Where The Voices Are by Thomas Crouch
• Anastasia & Friends- Unlikely Success by Marvin Chernoff
• Tapp’s Art Center- Smaller Becons exhibit
• The Arcade- Open House with Live Music
• The Gallery at City Hall- About Face exhibition
• Grapes and Gallery- Light vs. Dark featuring Al Fowler and Dave Robbins
• First Citizens Café- Art by Heather LaHaise
• Cantina 76- 2 for 1 Original House Margaritas
• The Whig- Tapping of the Keg, River Rat Broad River Red Ale
• Mast General- The Randy Lucas Trio
• Al Amir- open
• Bourbon- open
• Michael’s Café- open
• Good Life Café- open
• Outdoors- TBA

Frame of Mind
Ciclo Colorido: Where Two Worlds Touch, Amanda Ladymon and Heidi Darr-Hope

Amanda Ladymon and Heidi Darr-Hope came into this collaboration with complete and total faith in what the creative process would bring. Both artists launched their ideas from an initial conversation around Mexico. The colorful vibrancy and rich spiritual traditions of Latin culture and traditions fueled the work, along with the human connections felt through love, birth, and loss. The cyclical nature of both artists’ processes made for an easy partnering. Heidi had been inspired by her numerous travels there and Amanda, being born half Mexican has had an estranged yet inert connection with her roots.

The colors they associated with Mexico formed the initial springboard for the work in this exhibition. Ciclo Colorido (colorful cycle). The colors of the Day of the Dead are: Red, Orange, Purple, Pink, Yellow, and Black/White. All colors were utilized to connect with the spiritual and emotional qualities and their role in ceremonial rituals.

Several years ago Heidi traveled to the Mexican state of Chiapas, home to the ancient Mayan ruins of Palenque, and Bonampak. Enthralled with the indigenous Mayan beliefs and traditions, she began this series of works around the physical shape of the Mayan cyclical calendar – a circular mandala. The work evolved into a study of the layers of our human and spiritual existence.

A great deal of Amanda’s current work revolves around the theme of growth and motherhood. While her work continues to evolve from its roots in biology and nature’s connection into the unconscious, this new body of work also explores the physical and emotional cycles of gestation to birth. Partnering the colors, symbols, and patterning of Day of the Dead ceremonial imagery with her own invented biomorphic forms, the work attempts to exude power yet fragility.

“We write, we make music, we draw pictures because we are listening for meaning, for feeling, for healing. And during the writing of the story, the painting, or the composing, or singing, or playing, we are returned to that open creativity which was ours when we were children. We cannot be mature artists if we have lost the ability to believe that which we had when we were children. An artist at work is in a condition of complete and total faith.” Madeleine L’engle

Intensely interested in a creative process that respects intuition and introspection, Heidi Darr-Hope views her art making as a means of self-discovery, an intuitive expression of her inner being.
My art is my life and my life is my art. Overlapping experiences fold over and into each other – the mundane and the sacred: my home, my garden, my stacks of books to read, my drawers of found objects and cut out images, my husband and children and grandchild, my yoga, my grocery list, my oncology art and healing students, the long list of places I want to travel, my longing to find the quiet within the roar…
My life and my art follow an intuitive path influenced by it all. Having worked as a professional artist and teacher for over thirty years, my hands and eyes and soul are trying their best to absorb it all, striving to live within the magical realm where the outer world melds with the inner.

Heidi Darr-Hope has received numerous honors and awards and has exhibited her work both nationally as well as internationally. Heidi Darr-Hope received the Elizabeth O’Neil Verner Awards from Governor Haley on May 5, 2011. That same year, The Palmetto Center for Women awarded Heidi the 2011 Twin (Tribute to Women in Industry) Award in Health and Wellness for her work in the field of Art and Healing. In 2009, she formed Healing Icons®, a 501C3 non-profit whose mission is to facilitate healing through creating art from the trauma associated with a cancer diagnosis.

Amanda Ladymon’s most recent work deals with family imagery, local history, 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, artist, and part-time teacher has become a new, exciting adventure that she will continue to address in her work. She has a two-year old daughter, Lily, a wonderfully supportive husband, Eric, and is expecting another baby girl in June.

Her 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 owner of Ladybug Art Studios, a home-based creative center for art and education, working with local non-profits and the community. She was the recipient of the Artist Ventures Initiative Grant in 2013 from the SC Arts Commission, which is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. Amanda is an Adjunct Professor for the University of South Carolina Department of Art. She is also the art teacher at the Montessori School of Columbia. Visit her new website at http://www.ladybugartstudios.com for more information.

Anastasia & Friends
Unlikely Success, Marvin Chernoff

How did a kid who bootlegged meat on the streets of Brooklyn during World War II end up eating ice cream with a future president and making ads for one of the world’s largest companies?

Marvin Chernoff shows us this and more in his book “Unlikely Success,” the story of how he built a multi-million dollar advertising and public relations agency, despite knowing little about making ads and never attending business school.

For the month of May, Anastasia & Friends is thrilled to host a book launch and multi-media exhibition for “Unlikely Success: How a Guy Without a Clue Built One Helluva Business” by Marvin Chernoff. Marvin will be present in the gallery on May 1st, from 6pm to 9pm during the opening reception to sign copies of his book, and we’ll also have a display of memorabilia from episodes of the book and some of the art he has collected over the years will be for sale.

Before his retirement, Chernoff/Silver became an industry powerhouse with $80 million in capitalized billings and nearly 100 employees that used musical comedies for public relations, baked a world-record-breaking cake and nabbed the corporate image campaign for a major oil company – and did it all with pets in the lobby and kids in an office nursery.

“Chernoff/Silver as an organization derived some serious benefits from our support for the arts. Our support for the arts enhanced our ability to express.
It did make us more interesting. It did build bridges to the community.
It did help give us vitality … and soul.”
Marvin Chernoff

Unlikely Success is an engaging, enlightening, and thoroughly entertaining collection of recollections that let us follow Marvin Chernoff from his days playing stickball on the streets of Brooklyn to winning the Shell Oil corporate advertising account away from the Madison Avenue “big boys” for his ad agency in Columbia, South Carolina.

Whether this book is a curriculum of study for budding entrepreneurs is debatable; how could there possibly exist a roadmap to the kind of success that Marvin built largely on the very idea of having no roadmap?

Even in today’s world of management consultants, executive trainers, corporate coaches and online MBA degrees, “Unlikely Success” is a first-rate, first-person motivational memoir that will enflame the can-do spirit in anyone who has even an ounce of that spirit to begin with.

Anastasia & Friends is located at 1534 Main Street in Columbia, inside the Free Times’ building, just across the street from the Columbia Museum of Art. For more information, contact Anastasia Chernoff at 803 665 6902 or email at anastasiachernoff@gmail.com.

Wine Down on Main
Home Is Where The Voices Are, Thomas Crouch

Wine Down is excited to have Thomas Crouch back on our walls in “Home is Where The Voices Are”. Thomas Crouch is a Columbia, SC native that has paintings in private collections throughout Europe, Asia, South America and the US. Having studied figurative oil painting, figurative drawing and art theory under Rose Shakinovsky and Claire Gavronsky at Lorenzo De Medici School of Art in Florence, Italy, Crouch obtained a BA/Art Studio degree from The University of South Carolina under Phillip Mullen and Jim Steven in 1997. He has shown in group or solo shows in Columbia at Gallery at Dupre, Bank Of America, Colonial Life, Anastasia and Friends, Tapp’s Art Center, S&S Art Supply, Wine Down, Gallery 80808, Gallery 701, Art Bar, The Kraken Gastropub, Hunter-Gather Brewery, Red Door and Redbird Studio Gallery with live painting demos at Columbia Museum of Art. He was a featured artist at the 2013 Lexington and Richland County Cultural Commission Founders Dinner and he Spoke at City Art’s “High Noon Artist Talk” . He was Nominated Artist of the Year – Jasper Magazine 2012,13, voted “Best Artist” writer’s pick Columbia Free Times, won first place premium drawing SC State Fair 2013, and created Art Bar Agora; an outdoor art, music and food showcase with five successful Agoras since 2011.

Crepes and Croissants
We are looking forward to another phenomenal pairing by Main Street/Sumter Street power duo, Crepes and Croissants and Wine Down! Look for the deliciousness in front of Wine Down on Main.

Carolina Hair Studios Gallery
J. Spencer Shull & Jonathan Inkley

CHS Gallery Presents J. Spencer Shull & Jonathan Inkley Thursday, May 1, 2014 through Friday, June 27, 2014 CHS Gallery and Izms of Art present visual artists J. Spencer Shull and Jonathan Inkley. The opening reception will be at CHS Gallery during May’s First Thursdays on Main – May 1, 2014, 6 pm – 9 pm. The closing reception will be at CHS Gallery during June’s First Thursday on Main, June 5, 2014, 2014, from 6 pm until 9 pm. CHS Gallery (at Carolina Hair Studios) 1537 Main Street Columbia, SC Izms of Art Columbia, South Carolina For information call: (803) 315-5920 or e-mail: info@izmsofart.com

Tapp’s Art Center
Smaller Becons

Tapp’s Arts Center is pleased to present Smaller Becons, a group show of artists’ works no larger than 12”. This is an open-call opportunity so please submit your proposals to Tapp’s by Saturday, April 26th, 2014. (Refer to the submission guidelines below for further details.) Small work fosters intimacy, it compels you to cross boundaries, investigate and relate. Smaller Becons represents the strong artistic presence in Columbia in small doses. The show includes a variety of media—painting, photography, sculpture, installation, and video and encourages you to get up-close-and-personal with creativity. Tapp’s Arts Center is Columbia’s community center for visual and performing arts located at 1644 Main Street. Tapp’s identifies that a thriving city is one rich in cultural activity. Our mission is to provide communal space, studios, and exhibition opportunities to strengthen artistic voices and enrich the lives of Columbia’s diverse communities. Smaller Becons Open Call for Submissions This is an open call opportunity in any media under 12”. We will only accept original artwork and all submissions must be for sale. Work must be ready to hang or display. Works not ready to hang will not be included in the show. Submission Guidelines: Please email images of works to TAPPSARTS@gmail.com. A maximum of 3 pieces may be submitted for consideration. Image filenames must be labeled with the artist’s name and numbers corresponding to a list of works (Example:John_Smith_01_Title.jpg). Files must be in .jpg format at 72 dpi. The total size of the attached files should not exceed 2 MB. Images should be high quality, clear, accurate representations of the artist’s work. Notification: Artists will be notified of selection results by email during the week of April 26, 2014. Please refer to the website for full details of the open call Process- http://www.tappsartscenter.com or call us at 803-988-0013. We look forward to your submissions!

Grapes & Gallery
Grapes and Gallery presents the Light v. Dark Art Show & Wine Tasting, featuring pieces by Al Fowler and Dave Robbins. There will also be a wine tasting consistent with the Light v. Dark theme of the evening. The event is open to the public. There is no entry fee, but there will be a charge for the wine tasting.

The Arcade
Get ready to enjoy the shops and artist galleries of Columbia’s Historic Arcade. Over The Top boutique will be bringing in a Jazz band, and Roe Young will be providing food and drinks! The Wurst Wagon will be right outside, as well.

One Columbia for Arts and History
The One Columbia office will be open at 1219 Taylor Street. Stop by for a chat and have a draft beer on us.

The Gallery at City Hall
About Face at the Gallery at City Hall

This new exhibit at the Gallery at City Hall is composed of portraits and plein air paintings by About Face participants. About Face is a group of artists that share a figural model in the Columbia Museum of Art’s studios. This group, representing a wide range of ages and abilities, offers a supportive and friendly atmosphere in which to hone artistic skills. The portrait sessions meet twice a month with a model and once a month the group gets together and goes out to a farm or historic home to paint outdoors. Many of the people participating are brand new to painting and drawing while others have been involved for over two decades! City Hall is located at 1737 Main Street, on the corner of Main and Laurel Streets.

First Citizens Café
Stop in from 6-9pm to enjoy the works of local artist, Heather LaHaise.

Michaels Café and Catering
Miles Away by Molly Harrell

I am a commercial photographer in Columbia, SC, residing on Main Street. Although I am known for my work as a portrait photographer, I am in awe of the beauty of the palm tree. To me, they are majestic, sexy, and symbolic of happy times on holidays in the tropics. The mere sight of a palm tree photograph takes me miles away, I can hear the breeze blowing. My goal, with this series, is to transport the viewer to a tropical coast, away from the hustle and bustle of busy life, and to experience, through all his/her senses, the endless sounds of those haunting trade winds, blowing through the fronds of these magnificent palm trees.

Cantina 76
Cantina 76 always joins the First Thursdays on Main fun. Stop in for our FToM Special, 2 for 1 Original House Margaritas.

Paradise Ice
There’s never a shortage of goodies to enjoy around Main Street’s happiest shop…it’s THE PLACE for iced custards, Italian ices, homemade and organic…quality and taste! Come by on First Thursday to find out our newest flavors plus our latest cookie/iced custard. As always, we will have the usual local coffee, tea, home made chai & hot chocolates. Come see us for the YUM!

The Whig
Tapping of the Keg- River Rat Broad River Red Ale

Mast General

Randy Lucas Trio – 6 pm to 7:30 pm- Columbia area acoustic group, Randy Lucas, Jim Graddick and Dave Holder, combine their amazing talents playing bluegrass, pop and some old standards.

Something Special Florist
Columbia’s premiere florist will be celebrating First Thursdays on Main for May; come see our new spring merchandise. You’re always welcome to call for more info, to order flowers, or book events: 803-407-7123.

The Cigar Box Main Street
The Cigar Box Main Street is the newest edition of the Cigar Box shops. First Thursdays on Main Specials include Padilla and Carlos Torano: buy 3 and get 1 free or buy 7 and get 3 free.

Michel’s Drugs
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 6-9 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!

The Nickelodeon
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 this First Thursdays on Main event.

Outdoors
To be announced…

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 10 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 firstthursdaysonmain@gmail.com.

Please also visit our website for additional info and happenings at http://www.firstthursdaysonmain.com. ###

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 21, 2014
First Thursdays on Main: April 3rd, 2014 on Main Street Columbia SC 6:00 pm-10:00 pm
EXPANDED! From City Hall to the State House (1200-1700 blocks of Main Street)
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Frame of Mind- Ciclo Colorido: Where Two Worlds Touch by Amanda Ladymon and Heidi Darr Hope
Carolina Hair Studios- Closing Exhibit, Rodgers Boykin and Dalvin Spann
Wine Down on Main- A Few of My Favorite Things by Jenna Sach
Anastasia & Friends- A Magician, a Scientist, a Rockstar and Some Girls by Dawn Hunter
Tapp’s Art Center- Imagine If: Sexual Assault Awareness Month Kickoff
The Arcade- Open House featuring Paul Sloan Interiors, Circa 1332, and much much more
The Gallery at City Hall- Freedom Now: Columbia, SC and the Modern Civil Rights Movement
Grapes and Gallery- Paint Your Pet and Cookie and Beer Pairings
First Citizens Café- Art by Tim Floyd and Open Mic night
Michael’s Café- Miles Away by Molly Harrell
Cantina 76-2 for 1 Original House Margaritas
The Whig- Tapping of the Keg, Westbrook Gose
Mast General- Z.Z. Jones, The Punctual Troubadour
Outdoors- Monsters on Main, Reel2Real: filming First Thursdays for OneColumbia, DJ Deft Key

Frame of Mind
Ciclo Colorido: Where Two Worlds Touch
Amanda Ladymon and Heidi Darr-Hope

Amanda Ladymon and Heidi Darr-Hope came into this collaboration with complete and total faith in what the creative process would bring. Both artists launched their ideas from an initial conversation around Mexico. The colorful vibrancy and rich spiritual traditions of Latin culture and traditions fueled the work, along with the human connections felt through love, birth, and loss. The cyclical nature of both artists’ processes made for an easy partnering. Heidi had been inspired by her numerous travels there and Amanda, being born half Mexican has had an estranged yet inert connection with her roots.

The colors they associated with Mexico formed the initial springboard for the work in this exhibition. Ciclo Colorido (colorful cycle). The colors of the Day of the Dead are: Red, Orange, Purple, Pink, Yellow, and Black/White. All colors were utilized to connect with the spiritual and emotional qualities and their role in ceremonial rituals.

Several years ago Heidi traveled to the Mexican state of Chiapas, home to the ancient Mayan ruins of Palenque, and Bonampak. Enthralled with the indigenous Mayan beliefs and traditions, she began this series of works around the physical shape of the Mayan cyclical calendar – a circular mandala. The work evolved into a study of the layers of our human and spiritual existence.

A great deal of Amanda’s current work revolves around the theme of growth and motherhood. While her work continues to evolve from its roots in biology and nature’s connection into the unconscious, this new body of work also explores the physical and emotional cycles of gestation to birth. Partnering the colors, symbols, and patterning of Day of the Dead ceremonial imagery with her own invented biomorphic forms, the work attempts to exude power yet fragility.

“We write, we make music, we draw pictures because we are listening for meaning, for feeling, for healing. And during the writing of the story, the painting, or the composing, or singing, or playing, we are returned to that open creativity which was ours when we were children. We cannot be mature artists if we have lost the ability to believe that which we had when we were children. An artist at work is in a condition of complete and total faith.” Madeleine L’engle

Intensely interested in a creative process that respects intuition and introspection, Heidi Darr-Hope views her art making as a means of self-discovery, an intuitive expression of her inner being.
My art is my life and my life is my art. Overlapping experiences fold over and into each other – the mundane and the sacred: my home, my garden, my stacks of books to read, my drawers of found objects and cut out images, my husband and children and grandchild, my yoga, my grocery list, my oncology art and healing students, the long list of places I want to travel, my longing to find the quiet within the roar…
My life and my art follow an intuitive path influenced by it all. Having worked as a professional artist and teacher for over thirty years, my hands and eyes and soul are trying their best to absorb it all, striving to live within the magical realm where the outer world melds with the inner.

Heidi Darr-Hope has received numerous honors and awards and has exhibited her work both nationally as well as internationally. Heidi Darr-Hope received the Elizabeth O’Neil Verner Awards from Governor Haley on May 5, 2011. That same year, The Palmetto Center for Women awarded Heidi the 2011 Twin (Tribute to Women in Industry) Award in Health and Wellness for her work in the field of Art and Healing. In 2009, she formed Healing Icons®, a 501C3 non-profit whose mission is to facilitate healing through creating art from the trauma associated with a cancer diagnosis.

Amanda Ladymon’s most recent work deals with family imagery, local history, 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, artist, and part-time teacher has become a new, exciting adventure that she will continue to address in her work. She has a two-year old daughter, Lily, a wonderfully supportive husband, Eric, and is expecting another baby girl in June.

Her 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 owner of Ladybug Art Studios, a home-based creative center for art and education, working with local non-profits and the community. She was the recipient of the Artist Ventures Initiative Grant in 2013 from the SC Arts Commission, which is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. Amanda is an Adjunct Professor for the University of South Carolina Department of Art. She is also the art teacher at the Montessori School of Columbia. Visit her new website at http://www.ladybugartstudios.com for more information.

Outside…For our outdoor performance, 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 http://soundcloud.com/deftkey. And VOTE for his latest https://beta.indabamusic.com/opportunities/how-to-destroy-angels-welcome-oblivion-remix-contest-strings-and-attractors/submissions/26220000-c752-11e2-976d-12313b0b1241?sort=hottest. His CD is available for purchase.

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 .

Anastasia & Friends
A Magician, a Scientist, a Rockstar, and Some Girls by Dawn Hunter

For the month of April, Anastasia & Friends presents, A Magician, a Scientist, a Rockstar, and Some Girls, featuring the works of Dawn Hunter. The opening reception will take place from 6pm to 9pm on Thursday, April 3rd, during First Thursdays on Main.

Hunter pursued her undergraduate studies at the Kansas City Art Institute, Parsons School of Design, and the Yale Norfolk Summer School of Art & Music. As a Regents Fellow, she received her MFA from the University of California, Davis where she studied with Robert Arneson, Roy DeForest, and Irit Rogoff. She has participated in numerous solo and multiple artist exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe. Additionally, she has also received many awards and grants for her artwork, most notably, a Starr Foundation Fellowship, enabling her to be the first American woman to serve as Artist-in-Residence at the Royal Academy of Art, London.

The production and distribution of her Spectacle Spectacular has been supported by a University of South Carolina Research and Productive Scholarship Grant, a Josephine Abney Research Fellowship, special funding from the University of South Carolina Research Foundation, a Puffin Foundation Ltd. Grant, Cultural Council of Richland and Lexington Counties Quarterly Grant, and a University of South Carolina Research Opportunity Program Grant Category III. Hunter began this series through the award of a summer residency at The Cooper Union, New York, NY. She is currently an Associate Professor of Art and Head of Foundations at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC.

I create visual representations of our complex and ambivalent psychological relationship with the messages about gendered identity that are disseminated through popular culture. I am interested in how young females are shaped psychologically through the consumption of mainstream cultural symbols. I analyze narratives of fashion photography and their ability to mold behavior through the symbolic portrayal of models. Utilizing the models as surrogates and stereotypes, I deconstruct their unobtainable status through narratives that question the status quo. The images address political and gender issues while simultaneously serving as personal testimony. Fashion photographers rely on basic shapes in set design and model positioning to create a sense of harmonious balance that discourages viewers’ interrogation of the message behind the image, I use techniques to achieve the opposite effect—discordant messages, tension of shape, and psychological unrest.

The exhibition will run from April 3rd through April 25th. Gallery hours are from 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday. Anastasia & Friends is located at 1534 Main Street in Columbia, inside the Free Times’ building, just across the street from the Columbia Museum of Art. For more information, contact Anastasia Chernoff at anastasiachernoff@gmail.com or 803 665 6902.

Wine Down on Main
A Few of My Favorite Things: Jenna Sach

Wine Down is proud to present Jenna Sach’s “A Few of My Favorite Things,” a collection of work dating back to the beginning. Here is a chance to see the evolution of the artist from paintings to photography. We will also have our outside tables and outside bar service (weather permitting, of course). Please look for our special pairing table with Crepes and Croissants, as well.

Crepes and Croissants
Crepes and Croissants are partnering with Wine Down on Main to bring a taste of France to us on Main Street. So, look for our pairing at Wine Down on Main…exclusively for First Thursdays on Main: April event!

Carolina Hair Studios
Rodgers Boykin and Dalvin Spann Art Exhibition
Performance by: SheemOne TheMc Midlands Capoeira Angola

Tapp’s Art Center
Imagine If: Sexual Assault Awareness Month Kickoff

What would a world without violence look like? Join us Tapp’s Arts Center and Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands as we kickoff Sexual Assault Awareness Month with the opening of the Imagine If display–a collection of visual art and writing that envision a world without violence. The night will also feature live music by Daddy Lion, The Cocktails, the Allen University Choir, and other local performers, as well as an open mic portion. For more information, visit http://www.stsm.org/ImagineIf.

Grapes & Gallery
All month we will be celebrating our 2nd birthday. The $10 Girl Scout Cookie and Beer pairing was so popular that it will be back this First Thursday from 5 to 9PM. We will also have $5-off bottles of wine from 4-7PM and Paint Your Pet at 6PM. Those interested in painting can register at grapesandgallery.com.

The Arcade
Columbia’s Historic Arcade is OPEN for First Thursdays on Main this month featuring: Paul Sloan Interiors Grand Opening celebration, Blue Avenue, Over the Top boutique, Circa 1332 and artists studios including Michael Krajewski, Bryce Dixon, Whitney LeJeune, Lindsay Wiggins, Nathan Fiveash, Bonnie Goldberg.

One Columbia for Arts and History
Instead of you coming to us, we’re coming to you! We’ll have a booth out on the 1500 block this month. Stop by to chat about what you’re working on, what we’re working on and how much art and culture there is in our great city.

The Gallery at City Hall
Freedom Now: Columbia, SC and the Modern Civil Rights Movement

In the decades leading up to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, African Americans in Columbia and around South Carolina waged an intense campaign for self-determination and equality. Many of the stories of these contributions have been lost or forgotten. With material drawn from archival collections and images taken by Orangeburg native Cecil J. Williams and Columbia businessman David Wallace, as well as Vic Tutte and other staff photographers of The State newspaper, this exhibit is part of ColumbiaSC63′s larger effort to chronicle critical moments in Columbia’s long struggle for civil rights and social justice. City Hall is located at 1737 Main Street, on the corner of Main and Laurel Streets.

First Citizens Café
We will be open from 6-9pm, and we’re excited to feature the works of local artist, Tim Floyd. We’re going to host an open mic night, too.

Michaels Café and Catering
Miles Away by Molly Harrell

I am a commercial photographer in Columbia, SC, residing on Main Street. Although I am known for my work as a portrait photographer, I am in awe of the beauty of the palm tree. To me, they are majestic, sexy, and symbolic of happy times on holidays in the tropics. The mere sight of a palm tree photograph takes me miles away, I can hear the breeze blowing. My goal, with this series, is to transport the viewer to a tropical coast, away from the hustle and bustle of busy life, and to experience, through all his/her senses, the endless sounds of those haunting trade winds, blowing through the fronds of these magnificent palm trees.

Cantina 76
Cantina 76 always joins the First Thursdays on Main fun. Stop in and enjoy our FToM Special, 2 for 1 Original House Margaritas.

Paradise Ice
There’s never a shortage of fun and goodies to enjoy around Main Street’s happiest shop…it’s THE PLACE for iced custards, Italian ices, homemade and organic…quality and taste! Come by on First Thursday to find out our newest flavors plus our latest cookie/iced custard. As always, we will have the usual local coffee, tea, home made chai & hot chocolates. In short, come see us for the YUM!

The Whig
Tapping of the Keg- Westbrook Gose
Just in time for Spring we’ve got the arrival of everyone’s favorite sour beer, Westbrook Gose on draught. Need we say more!!!

Mast General
Please stop in from 6 pm to 7:30 pm to enjoy Z.Z. Jones, The Punctual Troubadour…a folk singer and mandolinist focused on preserving the performance of live, acoustic Americana music. This native South Carolinian has traveled the country, gathering songs along the way.

Something Special Florist
Columbia’s premiere florist will be celebrating First Thursdays on Main for April; come see our new spring merchandise. Have a glass of wine with us. You’re always welcome to call for more info, to order flowers, or book events: 803-407-7123.

The Cigar Box Main Street
The Cigar Box Main Street is the newest edition of the Cigar Box shops. First Thursdays on Main Specials include Padilla and Carlos Torano: buy 3 and get 1 free or buy 7 and get 3 free.

Michel’s Drugs
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 6-9 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!

The Nickelodeon
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 this First Thursdays on Main event.

Outdoors
Monsters on Main: A collaboration of artists comes together to turn commonplace traffic barrels into city-destroying monsters to show popular culture’s influence on art. This celebration all takes place one month before the Legendary Pictures release of the 2014 GODZILLA movie.

Featuring: That Godzilla Guy, J Spencer Shull, Nancy Marine, Shirley Caduhada McGuinness, Deec Cummings, Leia K. Cain, Scott Horn, Sarah Macklin,Bobby Sutton, and Elizabeth Broadbent!

• Main Street’s Reel2Real Productions will be filming First Thursdays on Main April event for OneColumbia! So come out and get some face time! Look for their film crew anywhere between City Hall and The Statehouse.

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 10 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 firstthursdaysonmain@gmail.com.

Please also visit our website for additional info and happenings at http://www.firstthursdaysonmain.com.

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March First Thursdays comes in like a lion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 27, 2014
First Thursdays on Main: March 6th, 2014 on Main Street Columbia SC 6:00 pm-10:00 pm
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Frame of Mind- See It My Way (Part II) by JJ Ohlinger and Jarid Lyfe Brown
Carolina Hair Studios- First Thursdays at CHS Gallery
Wine Down on Main- Paint Your Bum Off
Anastasia & Friends- Painted Violins 2014
Tapp’s Art Center- Youth Art Month
The Arcade- Open House
The Gallery at City Hall- Freedom Now: Columbia, SC and the Modern Civil Rights Movement
One Columbia for Arts and History- Open House
Grapes and Gallery- Painting and Beer Pairings
Al Amir- Grand Opening celebration
Cantina 76- Margarita Special
Bourbon- Sneak Peek before the Opening
The Whig- Tapping of the Keg

Frame of Mind
See It My Way (Part II) by JJ Ohlinger and Jarid Lyfe Brown

See It My Way (Part II). Jarid and JJ are back, with a couple of new pieces as surprises.

From Jarid and JJ:
There are a lot of ways to define what it means for two artists to collaborate on a project. But what do those artists do when circumstances make it difficult for them to work in close proximity? Sure, we live in a world of instant exchange of ideas, but the paintings process requires time. We no longer live in a world where time is a resource of abundance. Painting requires time in a studio. But how are two artists suppose to collaborate when there studios are in separate area codes?

These are the challenges we were presented with for this exhibition. While many of the artists collaborating over the next year will certainly create pieces that formed with the labor of their mutual involvement on a single surface, that was not the process that interested us. What we were interested in, was exploring the concepts and process behind the others daily works. What we chose to collaborate on was the process of inspiration. We chose to find inspiration in the others’ body of work. By taking work that the other had already created we each chose to explore our own way of reinterpreting the piece through our own stylistic choices. This was not simply an attempt to copy each other, but our goal was to explore the ideas behind the piece and to discuss and display how we would present the subject matter. This exhibit represents a process to this overall project, the results of the real collaboration won’t be realized until we have time to examine how this experience influences our work in the future.

Maybe you will come back for that show.
Jarid and JJ

Anastasia & Friends
Painted Violins 2014

Anastasia & Friends has partnered with the SC Philharmonic for the Painted Violins exhibition. Fifteen artists were given a violin to paint, deconstruct and/or reconstruct into a work of art, to benefit the SC Philharmonic.

This is one of our favorite exhibitions of the year. The caliber of work in these transformed instruments is outstanding! You don’t want to miss this show.

These transformed instruments will be silent auctioned from March 6th to March 24th, with proceeds benefiting the South Carolina Philharmonic.

The opening reception will take place as a part of the First Thursday art crawl on March 6th, from 6 to 9pm at Anastasia & Friends, located in front of the Free Times’ building at 1534 Main Street in Columbia. All instruments will be accompanied with a bid sheet so the bidding process is convenient. Bids can be placed from March 6th to March 21st, Monday through Friday, from 9am to 5pm at Anastasia & Friends.

The artists who have generously donated their talent for the 2014 exhibition are:

Bohumila Augustinova, Jarid Lyfe Brown, Thomas Crouch, Cindia Deith, Dylan Fouste, Lisa Gray, Doni Jordan, Michael Krajewski, Matthew Kramer, James Lalumondier, Whitney LeJeune, Laurie McIntosh, Curran Stone, Lindsay Wiggins, Roe Young

Special thanks to our food sponsor and gallery goddess, Maria Kennedy Mungo, for creating our magnificent food for the opening. When you have a moment, check out her FB page, Villa Maria’s Kitchen.

The closing reception will be held on Monday, March 24th, as a part of Tasting Notes, a wine and food celebration at the SC State Museum, located at 301 Gervais Street, from 6:30 to 9:30pm. For more information on Tasting notes, click on this link: http://www.scphilharmonic.com/theconcerts/calendar.aspx?event_id=65

For more information, contact Anastasia Chernoff at 803 665 6902 or anastasiachernoff@gmail.com. See you there!

Wine Down on Main
Paint Your Bum Off

Wine Down on Main is pleased to present Howard Hunt’s class “Paint Your Bum Off”. PYBOW is a group of people coming together to learn for the first time about painting or seasoned artists getting into a great atmosphere to create. Some come out this First Thursday and enjoy some delicious wine and beer while looking at some amazing art!

Crepes and Croissant
Wine Down and Crepes and Croissants bring a taste of France to the streets of Main. Enjoy a beef bourguignon crepe and a glass of Cotes du Rhone for $11.

Carolina Hair Studios
CHS Gallery and Izms of Art present Visual Artists, Rodgers Boykin & Dalvin Spann with performances by Midlands Capoeira Angola.

Tapp’s Art Center
Youth Art Month

As part of our March 2014 Art Exhibit, Tapp’s Arts Center is celebrating the youth art in our community. We are looking for art created by the blossoming artists in our local community. Youth Art Month is about cultivating and inspiring a love and appreciation for the arts in the youth of today. Submissions will be accepted from children in K through high school.

PalmettoPride
This year Tapp’s is partnering with PalmettoPride, the state’s anti-litter and beautification organization. They are having an art contest for elementary students and for middle/high school students, based on the theme of “Litter Trashes Everyone.”

• K – 5: T-shirt Design Contest
Contest is open to all South Carolina students in grades K – 5
Students across South Carolina will have the opportunity to have their artwork featured on the PalmettoPride t-shirt for 2014. All submissions must be based on the theme “Litter Trashes Everyone.”. The state winning artwork will be featured on PalmettoPride t-shirts for the duration of 2014.
• 6 – 12 Recyclables Art Contest
Contest is open to all South Carolina students in grades 6 – 12
Middle and high school students are asked to submit art of any medium made from recyclable materials. Artwork may be created as a group project, with a maximum of 10 students per group.

Brookland-Cayce High School AP Students
Artwork will be exhibited by the Advanced Placement Art Students at Brookland-Cayce High School. Their submissions will include 2D, 3D, drawings and possibly a Rangoli!

The Arcade
The Arcade will be open with many of its artists and shops available for you to browse and enjoy.

One Columbia for Arts and History
The One Columbia office will be open at 1219 Taylor Street. Check out our newly updated conference space and have a draft beer on us.

The Gallery at City Hall
Freedom Now: Columbia, SC and the Modern Civil Rights Movement

In the decades leading up to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, African Americans in Columbia and around South Carolina waged an intense campaign for self-determination and equality. Many of the stories of these contributions have been lost or forgotten. With material drawn from archival collections and images taken by Orangeburg native Cecil J. Williams and Columbia businessman David Wallace, as well as Vic Tutte and other staff photographers of The State newspaper, this exhibit is part of ColumbiaSC63′s larger effort to chronicle critical moments in Columbia’s long struggle for civil rights and social justice. City Hall is located at 1737 Main Street, on the corner of Main and Laurel Streets.

Grapes & Gallery
Grapes & Gallery wine bar will be open from 1PM to 9PM with beer and wine by glass and bottle available. We will be doing a Girl Scout Cookie & Beer Pairing (5PM-9PM) for $10. The pairing includes 5 cookies and 5- 4oz beers. This is a great way to try the beers on our menu and satisfy your Girl Scout Cookie fix. We will also be offering Paint Your Pet at 6PM. Those interested in painting should sign up by Monday, March 3rd at grapesandgallery.com.

Al Amir
Grand Opening Celebration
Al-Amir is joining First Thursdays on Main! Stop by the newest Al-Amir location on the corner of Main and Laurel and be the first to check out the new location. When you come by that night, you are also invited to try selections from the menu, including samples of hummus, baba ghanoush, damascus bread, kabobs, and grape leaves.

Cantina 76
Cantina 76 is joining the First Thursdays on Main fun. Stop in and enjoy our FTOM Special, 2 for 1 Original House Margaritas.

Bourbon
Sneak Peek before the Opening
Here is your chance. Stop in and take a look at the brand new Bourbon restaurant before it opens! Don’t miss this opportunity to get in the doors of one of the most anticipated restaurants on Main Street before it actually opens.

Paradise Ice
We’ll be celebrating our 2nd birthday! We’re rolling out new flavors plus a new cookie. As always, we will have the usual local coffee, tea, home made chai & hot chocolates.

The Whig
Tapping of the Keg- River Rat Hazelnut Brown
Well everyone knows that The Whig is the official Afterparty locale for First Thursdays on Main, 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.

Something Special Florist
Columbia’s premiere florist will be open and offering their usual high quality and lovely selection of flowers and other treats. You’re always welcome to call them for more info, to order flowers, or book events: 803-407-7123.

The Cigar Box Main Street
The Cigar Box Main Street is the newest edition of the Cigar Box shops. Awesome selection of tobaccos. Comfortable smoking lounge. BYOB! Premium Cigars – Fine Tobaccos – Pipes – Accessories – Smoking Lounge…yes…right here on Columbia’s Main Street!

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 firstthursdaysonmain@gmail.com.

Please also visit our website for additional info and happenings at http://www.firstthursdaysonmain.com.

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