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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)
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 always joins the First Thursdays on Main fun. Stop in and enjoy our FToM Special, 2 for 1 Original House Margaritas.
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!
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!!!
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.
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!
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.
• 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 email@example.com.
Please also visit our website for additional info and happenings at http://www.firstthursdaysonmain.com.