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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)
• 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
• The Arcade- Open House
• Cantina 76- 2 for 1 Original House Margaritas
• Nest- Book Signing, Featured Cocktail and the Wurst Wagen
• Sheraton- Rooftop Lounge
• Outdoors- Cars r Art Custom Cruise In
• 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
Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse Outdoor service
• Tapp’s Art Center-Figure Out
• Mast General- Performances by Jedd
• Paradise Ice- Unveiling of the new cookie sandwich
• One Columbia- Open House
• 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
The Second Annual Figure Out is a figurative art show (benefitting Planned Parenthood) featuring Painting, Drawing, Sculpture, Photography, and Mixed Media.
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!
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.
“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).
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 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.
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 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 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.
Stop in Main Streets newest restaurant and enjoy the First Thursdays Bourbon Punch Special for only $5.
Oak Table offers a First Thursdays Special, 2 for 1 appetizers at the bar…just for YOU!
Art Inspiring Art: Music Made Visible
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
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 email@example.com.
Please also visit our website for additional info and happenings at http://www.firstthursdaysonmain.com.