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)
• 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
• The Arcade- Open House
• Cantina 76- 2 for 1 Original House Margaritas
• Nest- Featured Cocktail and the Wurst Wagen
• Sheraton- Rooftop Lounge
• Outdoors- Cars n Art Custom Car Show
• 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
Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse Outdoor service
• 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
• 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.
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!
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 , firstname.lastname@example.org, 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://email@example.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.
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 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 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.
Stop in Main Streets newest restaurant and enjoy the First Thursdays Bourbon Punch Special for only $5.
First Thursday Special, 2 for 1 appetizers at the bar
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.
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.
Crepes and Croissants pairs with Wine Down on Main
Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse Outdoor service
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please also visit our website for additional info and happenings at http://www.firstthursdaysonmain.com.