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)
firstthursdaysonmain.com
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
firstthursdaysonmain.com

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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February’s 1st Thursday, Beginning a Bright New Year on Main St

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 24th, 2014
First Thursdays on Main:  February 6th, 2014 on Main Street Columbia SC 6:00 pm-9:00 pm
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  • Frame of Mind- See It My Way by JJ Ohlinger and Jarid Lyfe Brown
  • Carolina Hair Studios- Dreamers Never Sleep Art Tour
  • Wine Down on Main- Left My Mind on Bull Street by Emily Hazelwood
  • Anastasia & Friends- Columbia Museum of Art spotlights the “From Geisha to Gatsby” Gala
  • Tapp’s Art Center- The Columbia Broadside Project
  • The Gallery at City Hall- Freedom Now: Columbia, SC and the Modern Civil Rights Movement
  • One Columbia for Arts and History- One Book One Columbia Open House

 
Frame of Mind

See It My Way by JJ Ohlinger and Jarid Lyfe Brown

2014…A New Year…A New Season…The Year of Collaboration

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

“From Geisha to Gatsby”

The Columbia Museum of Art is taking over the space in Free Times to highlight its upcoming Gala. Stop by We will go with  various options from the museum for the promotion of the Gala including origamies, promotional signage in the windows, sake and sushi tastings and we will have WACH Fox live there filming interviews. We are also considering models featuring costume design and make up artists for the Geisha and Gatsby look.

Wine Down on Main

Left My Mind on Bull Street by Emily Hazelwood

 The South Carolina Insane Asylum, “affectionately” referred to by locals as “Bull Street,” has off and on been a hot topic of discussion for our state.  Thanks to a course offered through the University of South Carolina’s Art History program, this site has become one of my true passions.  Due to the many hours and days spent on this site, I have developed a strong bond with the landscape and the buildings of Bull Street.  Though my time with the USC course has ended, my relationship with this site remains strong.  I have had the opportunity to return as a photographer for historic preservation purposes; though, in truth, I am and will be forever drawn to the mystery and beauty of the place that was the South Carolina Mental Institution.

 Carolina Hair Studios

Dreamers Never Sleep Art Tour
First Thursday’s at CHS Gallery Dreamers Never Sleep Art Tour (In Memory of Carlleena Person) Closing Reception
New Contemporary Art from regional artists:

Carlleena Person
Cedric Umoja
Oscar Arango
Michael Krajewski
Whitney LeJeune
Jarid Lyfe Brown
Clayton Wooten
John Pundt
Victor Garcia
Faith Mathis
Crosby Jack
Switch

“Dreamers never sleep” is an axiom Carlleena Person, a sister, friend and Charlotte based artist lived by. This tour beginning in Columbia is an expansion of the original exhibition which featured Carlleena Person, Switch, Oscar Arango and Infamous JeanClaude, who are all Charlotte based artists as well, combined with some of The Soda City Young guns such as Faith Mathis, Michael Krajewski, Whitney LeJeune, Clay Wooten, Dalvin Spann, Jarid Lyfe and myself. We also have our Charleston brothers coming through, Crosby Jack and Ras Jahsun Thynkfree, so this should be a very dope show!
All in attendance will have the pleasure of viewing and experiencing something this city hasn’t seen before, emerging artists in the New contemporary style!

For more information contact: 803.315.5920 www.izmsofart.com

 Tapp’s Art Center

The Columbia Broadside Project

 Join us for the opening night of The Columbia Broadside Project‘s month-long exhibit at Tapp’s Arts Center.

Twenty-eight poets and artists from Columbia and other cities throughout South Carolina paired up and collaborated to create 14 original broadsides, each comprised of an image and poem that correspond to one another. Many of the poets and artists will be present, and we will be having a closing reception on February 28th that will include readings by some of the poets and a panel discussion with some of the poets and artists.

The participating poets and artists are:

Gil Allen and somethingRed
Betsy Breen and Ashley Berendzen
Jonathan Butler and Alejandro Garcia-Lemos
Juan David Cruz and Thomas Crouch
Worthy Evans and Allan Anderson
Will Garland and Alex Coco
Keith Higginbotham and Kristyn Larsen
Julia Koets and Dre Lopez
Ed Madden and Rachel Parker
Ray McManus and Josh Drews!
Susan Laughter Meyers and Matt Catoe
Brandi L. Perry and Michael Krajewski
Nicola Waldron and Lee A. Monts
Susan Levi Wallach and Sammy Lopez

*This project is funded by the Cultural Council of Richland & Lexington Counties and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC.

 One Columbia for Arts and History

The One Columbia office will be open at 1219 Taylor Street. Stop in to learn more about the One Book, One Columbia events in February and to pick up free tickets for the author event with Pat Conroy. Also, 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. And, the City’s Public Relations Office will be announcing the winners of the #LoveColumbia photo challenge at 6pm. Refreshments will be available.

City Hall is located at 1737 Main Street, on the corner of Main and Laurel Streets.

Paradise Ice

Paradise will be open and keeping you warm with locally roasted coffee, hot teas, our gourmet hot chocolates, and our home made chai latte!  Also, we will be unveiling a new cookie sandwich…they have become legendary, so don’t miss it.

Something Special Florist

Columbia’s premiere florist will be open and offering their usual high quality and lovely selection of flowers and other treats for Valentines Day.  It will the perfect time to select a gift for your sweetheart!  You’re always welcome to call them for more info: 803-407-7123.

The Cigar Box Main Street

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

The Whig

Well everyone knows that The Whig is the official Afterparty locale for First Thursdays, 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.

Grapes & Gallery

Grapes & Gallery Wine Bar Grand Opening during First Thursdays on Main!
Location: Grapes & Gallery 1113 Taylor St (behind Mast General)
Date: Thursday, February 6th
Time: 5PM-9PM
Details: Open to the public
Contact: 803-728-1278

The Grapes are joining the Gallery! After almost two years of offering artist-led painting sessions, Grapes and Gallery) is introducing a wine bar to complement the existing services.

Following the Grand Opening of the wine bar on Thursday, February 6th, patrons will be able to purchase wine and beer while painting in the art studio or while relaxing in the upstairs bar area or downstairs lounge. In addition, Grapes and Gallery will have expanded hours (11AM-9PM Monday-Saturday). Whether you paint or not, check out the selection of wines from around the world and local craft beers. Stop in for a drink and a snack, purchase art supplies and wine from the retail offering, paint on your own in the art studio, or sign up for one of the artist-led painting sessions.

GRAPES AND GALLERY STILL PAINTS! For more information and to see the calendar of scheduled painting sessions, visit grapesandgallery.com or facebook.com/grapesandgallery.

Open House & Art Show at 1530 Main Street (former White Mule space)

Resource Realty Group is having an open house at the former White Mule space- 1530 Main Suite D.  Britt Hunt and Alejandro Garcia-Lemos will be working with local photographers to coordinate the art show and have secured well-known and up-and-coming artists.  In addition to purchasing visual art, listening to music, socializing, and cocktails, you can preview commercial spaces for sale in the heart of Columbia’s art district and gather information on residential units for sale.  We are not only showing the historic contemporary building, but also showing an appreciation for the artists.

The old White Mule space is for sale at an unbelievable price of $260,000, which includes a back patio/courtyard for outdoor flex space.  This property is located in the historic Canal Dime Bank building. Above the basement, the restaurant space at a street level (commercial property) is available for only $385,000.  On the top floor of this historic landmark is a residential condo for purchase for $498,885.  All the beautiful properties are marketed by Resource Realty Group and we will be on hand to tell you more about them…so please inquire.   We will have music, food and drinks for guests to enjoy.

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 www.firstthursdaysonmain.com.  

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January 2nd Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 28th, 2013

First Thursdays on Main:  January 2nd, 2014 on Main Street Columbia SC 6:00 pm-9:00 pm

firstthursdaysonmain.com

  • Frame of Mind-Everything Falls Apart Too, art by Kristina Stafford and Andrew Coombs
  • Carolina Hair Studios-Dreamers Never Sleep Art Tour
  • Wine Down on Main- art by Kristyn Larsen
  • Anastasia & Friends-Trichotomy art by Nathan Fiveash, Clayton Wooten, and Whitney LeJeune
  • Tapp’s Art Center-Collaborative art show

 

Frame of Mind

Everything else falls apart too – Kristina Stafford and Andrew Coombs

Aaahhhhh, it’s January. Time to take a break, breath easy, get cozy and warm, and fall in love with your local art scene and artists. Kristina and Andrew have reloaded the shop with new pieces and a little “collaborative” surprise.

Frame of Mind’s FOM Series is excited to welcome artists, Kristina Stafford and Andrew Coombs, to our gallery for the December show. Allow our artists to explain a little more of whom they are and what they’re going to show you…
“Of course, fired clay is an extremely durable material, capable of surviving for thousands of years, while other materials naturally disintegrate. Since we both have full time jobs, carving out studio time and making our work is a challenge.”

Andrew: When I have work in progress I often find myself working on it to the exclusion of other things… and when it seems like everything else is falling apart we have each other.

Kristina: Preparing for any show in addition to a job is so overwhelming for me – I literally feel like the rest of the world falls away – usually to my detriment.

Even when I feel like I am spinning out of control – he is with me in my bubble.

Our work remains unrelated despite having studied and worked together since 2006 – we have clay and …us in common – everything else falls apart.

Kristina works mainly in earthenware clay, creating surfaces on which she can explore intricate yet playful decoration – including wall hung sculpture, jewelry and pots. Andrew works in porcelain, making functional pottery decorated with blue and white text that investigates the relationship between maker, pot, and user. This collection of their work represents their most recent creative efforts.

Married since 2011, Kristina Stafford and Andrew Coombs currently live and work in Columbia, SC. She works at the Columbia Museum of Art, and he teaches at the University of South Carolina in the Art Department. They met while earning their MFA’s in Ceramics at SAC Rochester Institute of Technology.

Kristina Stafford staffordsculpture@hotmail.com www.kristinastafford.com Twitter: @makeratlarge facebook page: www.facebook.com/kristinastaffordsculpture

Andrew Coombs acpottery@hotmail.com www.andrewcoombspottery.com Twitter: @acpottery facebook page: www.facebook.com/andrewcoombspottery

Anastasia & Friends

tri·chot·o·my [trih-kot-uh-mee]
noun
1.division into three parts, classes, categories, etc.
2.an instance of such a division, as in thought, structure, or object.
3. the three-part division of human beings into body, spirit, and soul.
(dictionary.com)

For the month of December at Anastasia & Friends, we present Trichotomy, an exhibition of paintings by Nathan Fiveash, Whitney LeJeune and Clayton Wooten. Our opening reception will take place from 6pm to 9pm as a part of Mingle & Jingle during the First Thursday art crawl on Thursday, December 5th, and the show will run through December 27th.

Nathan Fiveash specializes in original custom fine oil paintings by commission. He graduated from Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, in 2003 and is continuing to develop his talents in portrait art of all types and subject matter.

Whitney LeJeune works 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 into peoples’ lives. I’m pleased when I’ve captured the easily overlooked moments and emotions in life, and said a lot with a just a few strokes of paint”.

She 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 (Bachelor’s 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.

Clayton Wooten is a mostly self-taught artist and craftsman from Elgin, South Carolina, currently making a transition from a detailed and subjective style of painting to a looser, more unconfined approach. He draws his inspiration from what he sees and experiences in my everyday life, particularly from music and images that make an impression on him. Art was at first a hobby among many interests, but has developed into a passion that now takes precedence over other activities. The more time he spends creating, the more he is able to trust my instincts and confidently paint based on what appeals to his own eye. This has allowed him to focus less on perfection within a particular piece and enabled him to paint freely in a more expressive way. In addition to his studio work, he enjoys doing murals and other public artwork.

Maria Kennedy Mungo has graciously agreed to provide delicious food for the evening.

For more information about Trichotomy, contact Anastasia Chernoff at 803 665 6902 or anastasiachernoff@gmail.com. Anastasia & Friends art gallery is located at 1534 Main Street in the front of the Free Times’ building and is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm

Wine Down on Main

Kristyn Larsen

Wine Down on Main is thrilled to have Kristyn Larsen returning to our walls for her new show “Productive non-progression”.  She explains “The body of work is about the humanity of self-expression. The contours and colours may represent the balance within self, or the community that is enhanced when open minds connect, or the distance it creates with barriers of communication and culture. Constantly striving for the goal of an almost impossible clear headed mind, with due dates and deadlines, I am perpetually dealing with battles of clustered thoughts and stress overload while trying to reach the goal of the complete opposite. Mostly my art represents my multifaceted truth.”  We will have our outside tables for you to enjoy all the sights and sounds of Mingle and Jingle!

Carolina Hair Studios

Dreamers Never Sleep Art Tour

Carlleena Person / Cedric Umoja
THE Dubber / Oscar Arango
Michael Krajewski / Whitney Lejune
Jarid Lyfe Brown / Clayton Wooten
John Pundt / Infamous JeanClaude
Faith Mathis / Crosby Jack / Switch

Dreamers never sleep is an axiom Carlleena Person, a sister, friend and Charlotte based artist lived by. This tour beginning in Columbia is an expansion of the original exhibition which featured Carlleena Person, Switch, Oscar Arango and Infamous JeanClaude, who are all Charlotte based artists as well, combined with some of The Soda City Young guns such as Faith Mathis, Michael Krajewski, Whitney LeJeune, Clay Wooten, Dalvin Spann, Jarid Lyfe and myself. We also have our Charleston brothers coming through, Crosby Jack and Ras Jahsun Thynkfree, so this should be a very dope show!
All in attendance will have the pleasure of viewing and experiencing something this city hasn’t seen before, emerging artists in the New contemporary style!

 

Paradise Ice

Paradise will be open and keeping you warm with locally roasted coffee, hot teas, our gourmet hot chocolates, and our home made chai latte!  Also, we will be unveiling a new cookie sandwich, they have become legendary, so don’t miss it.

The Cigar Box Main Street

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

The Whig

Well everyone knows that The Whig is the official Afterparty locale for First Thursdays, 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.

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 www.firstthursdaysonmain.com.   ###

 

It’s time to get your Mingle and Jingle on!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 27, 2013

First Thursdays on Main:  December 5th, 2013 on Main Street Columbia SC 6:00 pm-10:00 pm

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  • Frame of Mind-Everything Falls Apart, art by Kristina Stafford and Andrew Coombs
  • Carolina Hair Studios-art by Blue Sky X
  • Wine Down on Main- art by Kristyn Larsen
  • Anastasia & Friends-Trichotomy art by Nathan Fiveash, Clayton Wooten, and Whitney LeJeune
  • Tapp’s Art Center-I Am Not Invisible, art by Susan Lenz, Handmade Holidays and Resonance by GodArtist
  • S&S Art Supply-Final First Thursday, Group Exposition with performances by The Plow Boys
  • Paradise Ice-Food Drive for Harvest Hope, Introducing Christmas flavors…including homemade Chai Latte
  • The Arcade-Holiday Open House with Eric Causey playing live
  • Something Special Florist-Holiday Open House and 25% off Sale (Mark Roberts, December Diamonds, Melrose and Winward Collections, and more)
  • Outdoors: vintage and custom car show, Columbia’s own outdoor skating rink, gift/accessories/art vendors, food and beverages, local bands, DJ Deft Key’s Holiday Dance Party

Frame of Mind

Everything else falls apart – Kristina Stafford and Andrew Coombs

Frame of Mind’s FOM Series is excited to welcome artists, Kristina Stafford and Andrew Coombs, to our gallery for the December show. Allow our artists to explain a little more of whom they are and what they’re going to show you…

“Of course, fired clay is an extremely durable material, capable of surviving for thousands of years, while other materials naturally disintegrate. Since we both have full time jobs, carving out studio time and making our work is a challenge.”

Andrew: When I have work in progress I often find myself working on it to the exclusion of other things… and when it seems like everything else is falling apart we have each other.

Kristina: Preparing for any show in addition to a job is so overwhelming for me – I literally feel like the rest of the world falls away – usually to my detriment.

Even when I feel like I am spinning out of control – he is with me in my bubble.

Our work remains unrelated despite having studied and worked together since 2006 – we have clay and …us in common – everything else falls apart.

Kristina works mainly in earthenware clay, creating surfaces on which she can explore intricate yet playful decoration – including wall hung sculpture, jewelry and pots. Andrew works in porcelain, making functional pottery decorated with blue and white text that investigates the relationship between maker, pot, and user. This collection of their work represents their most recent creative efforts.

Married since 2011, Kristina Stafford and Andrew Coombs currently live and work in Columbia, SC. She works at the Columbia Museum of Art, and he teaches at the University of South Carolina in the Art Department. They met while earning their MFA’s in Ceramics at SAC Rochester Institute of Technology.

Kristina Stafford staffordsculpture@hotmail.com www.kristinastafford.com Twitter: @makeratlarge facebook page: www.facebook.com/kristinastaffordsculpture

Andrew Coombs acpottery@hotmail.com www.andrewcoombspottery.com Twitter: @acpottery facebook page: www.facebook.com/andrewcoombspottery

 

S&S Art Supply

Final First Thursday-Group Exhibition

 Well friends, all good things must come to an end. Please join us in S & S Art Supply’s final First Thursdays event and art exhibition. We have eight fabulous local artists participating, along with music by The Plowboys, wine from Rosso Trattoria Italia, food, friends, and plenty of art supplies for sale at great deals.

Artists include:
Thomas Crouch – featured artist
JellyKoe
Evelyn Wong
Andrew Thomas
Sabrina White-Mackin
Amy Windland
Gwyn Pevonka Jones
Robin Gadient

Our featured artist for December, Thomas Crouch is presenting his series of works titled “As the Crow Flies”, exploring the physical and conceptual environment shared between crows and humans. The crow is one of the most inquisitive animals that humans symbolically and metaphorically reference to explain different human conditions and situations. These references appear consistently throughout history in language, literature, and visual art.

Thomas Crouch is a Columbia SC visual artist who shows in Columbia and Charleston SC and was a part of the inaugural Art Fields Festival in Lake City, SC. He Studied figurative drawing, oil painting, art history and theory in Florence Italy at Lorenzo De Medici School of Art 1990-1992 and finished with a BA in Art Studio at The University of South Carolina in 1997. His work lately has incorporated both drawing and painting using mixed media on discarded blueprint paper as well as treated wood and traditional canvas. An example of this work on blueprint work recently won first place premium/drawing at the SC State Fair, the largest juried art exhibit in the Southeast.

Anastasia & Friends

tri·chot·o·my [trih-kot-uh-mee]
noun
1.division into three parts, classes, categories, etc.
2.an instance of such a division, as in thought, structure, or object.
3. the three-part division of human beings into body, spirit, and soul.
(dictionary.com)

For the month of December at Anastasia & Friends, we present Trichotomy, an exhibition of paintings by Nathan Fiveash, Whitney LeJeune and Clayton Wooten. Our opening reception will take place from 6pm to 9pm as a part of Mingle & Jingle during the First Thursday art crawl on Thursday, December 5th, and the show will run through December 27th.

Nathan Fiveash specializes in original custom fine oil paintings by commission. He graduated from Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, in 2003 and is continuing to develop his talents in portrait art of all types and subject matter.

Whitney LeJeune works 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 into peoples’ lives. I’m pleased when I’ve captured the easily overlooked moments and emotions in life, and said a lot with a just a few strokes of paint”.

She 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 (Bachelor’s 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.

Clayton Wooten is a mostly self-taught artist and craftsman from Elgin, South Carolina, currently making a transition from a detailed and subjective style of painting to a looser, more unconfined approach. He draws his inspiration from what he sees and experiences in my everyday life, particularly from music and images that make an impression on him. Art was at first a hobby among many interests, but has developed into a passion that now takes precedence over other activities. The more time he spends creating, the more he is able to trust my instincts and confidently paint based on what appeals to his own eye. This has allowed him to focus less on perfection within a particular piece and enabled him to paint freely in a more expressive way. In addition to his studio work, he enjoys doing murals and other public artwork.

Maria Kennedy Mungo has graciously agreed to provide delicious food for the evening.

For more information about Trichotomy, contact Anastasia Chernoff at 803 665 6902 or anastasiachernoff@gmail.com. Anastasia & Friends art gallery is located at 1534 Main Street in the front of the Free Times’ building and is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm

 Tapp’s Art Center

I Am Not Invisible:  Susan Lenz

I Am Not Invisible is a defiant mantra and the exhibition title for new work by Susan Lenz.  Opening at the Tapp’s Art Center, 1644 Main Street in Columbia during the monthly “First Thursday” art crawl on November 7th, the work investigates the nature of memory, the tendency to forget over time, and the artist’s fervent hope to create art with a lasting impression.  “The last thing any of us will ever do is die”, says Lenz.  “Like everyone, I have so many ideas, too many things to do and objects to make and not enough days in which to accomplish half of it.  What really worries me is the possibility that none of it will matter in the years to come.  I might not be remembered; my work might not be kept by future generations.  With time, I might fade away, become invisible.  I’m working to avoid this fate.”

The centerpiece of the exhibition is a stitched grid of anonymous vintage photographs.  At fifteen feet in length and over five feet in height, it is easy for viewers to get sucked into the lives and times of the unknown families and the days they sought to remember through snapshots.  Related work includes a collection of framed, antique portraits displayed as if a family’s wall of ancestors.  Each image includes a collaged phrase, such as “I Was Someone’s Mother”, “Once a Pillar of the Community”, and “The Stories We Could Tell”.  Other work repurposes scraps of crazy quilts, rusted nails, celluloid buttons, plastic greenery off discarded artificial cemetery flowers, and a plethora of vintage ephemera.

Susan put herself into her time-capsule concepts by posing nude atop sprays of funeral flowers and in barren landscapes.  She also used her own life-sized silhouettes as a stitched outline on sheer chiffon and suspended this floating material in front of densely collaged canvases.  The resulting images make obvious the shortness of life on earth and the inevitable blur of slipping into history.

While most of Susan’s extensive stash of materials is vintage and scavenged at estate auctions, she has also incorporated more modern items. Connected, Shared, Saved is a triptych of assorted cords, cables, Internet connectors and electrical devices.  The individual words have dual meanings, half suggesting a network of human relationships and half suggesting similar computer functions.  Gathering My Thoughts, a mass of unwound thread in suspended baskets, also draws on word associations. “Thread” is fundamental to fiber arts but is also a word used to describe conversations, common bonds, and Internet correspondence.

Collectively, the work uses every day, found materials and explores the way people try to remember and attempt to be remembered.  The exhibit is the artist’s effort to do both while admitting the likelihood of failure.  Journal entries are scattered through the exhibit and include:  These truths are always with me: I am a female lacking an academic arts education in a male dominated world bent on high-brow approaches to art-making underscored with critical words written by trained professionals.  I am a postmenopausal woman with years of experience and mountains of visual expressions waiting to take form.  I work and will continue to work because I have something to say in spite of the many obstacles.  I work with the faint hope that “something”, perhaps just one little work of art, might be kept through coming generations, cherished … admired … remembered … regarded for its quality… something to mark my existence on this planet.  I work because I AM NOT INVISIBLE.

For more information, please visit Susan’s website at www.susanlenz.com or call (803) 254-0842.

Other Artists Include:

Daveion Lashley | Sean McGuinness | Amanda Ladymon | Fairoozan Abdalla | Leanne Kelley | John Starino | Art Gomez | Veronika Leath

Resonance by GodArtist

Barbadian by birth and Columbia resident, GodArtist (Daveion Lashley) presents “Resonance” – a representation of what occurs when the power of scripture is reverberated through art. Lashley’s art takes an avant-garde approach to conventional Christian art and this exhibition is no exception. Each painting is an interpretation of Biblical scripture, but its execution is far different from what most would expect. His radical approach can be described as a translation of sorts that takes what was once obscure and difficult to comprehend and literally paints it in a different light to expose what was always there, but just out of sight.

Check out SCA member/artists Abstract Alexandra & Jason Freeman pop up gallery in Tapp’s Arts Center courtyard for Mingle & Jingle on Main Streets 1st Thursday Dec. 5. 6-9 pm.

Wine Down on Main

Kristyn Larsen

Wine Down on Main is thrilled to have Kristyn Larsen returning to our walls for her new show “Productive non-progression”.  She explains “The body of work is about the humanity of self-expression. The contours and colours may represent the balance within self, or the community that is enhanced when open minds connect, or the distance it creates with barriers of communication and culture. Constantly striving for the goal of an almost impossible clear headed mind, with due dates and deadlines, I am perpetually dealing with battles of clustered thoughts and stress overload while trying to reach the goal of the complete opposite. Mostly my art represents my multifaceted truth.”  We will have our outside tables for you to enjoy all the sights and sounds of Mingle and Jingle!

Carolina Hair Studios

Blue Sky
Blue Sky was born Warren Edward Johnson in Columbia, South Carolina, on September 18, 1938. He attended Dreher High School before his acceptance at the University of South Carolina, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in art and education.

At the prestigious Springs Mills show, he was judged “best of show” by Henry Geldzahler, then curator of the Metropolitan Museum, whereupon Sky was invited to move to New York to study at the Art Students League.

Sky has been painting professionally for over 45 years, and has been solely supported by his art since 1970. In 1974, he legally changed his name to Blue Sky, and engraved it across his most famous work, Tunnelvision, a year later.

Tunnelvision was featured in the February 1976 issue of People Magazine, and it has appeared in dozens of publications since. Sky has exhibited alongside such artists as Robert Rauschenberg, Andrew Wyeth, Isamu Noguchi, Louise Nevelson, George Tooker, and Winslow Homer.

In 2000, Sky received the “Order of the Palmetto” – South Carolina’s highest civilian state honor.

The Arcade

Columbia’s Historic Arcade Building located at 1332 Main Street will be open for Mingle and Jingle!  The latest addition to the building, Blue Avenue marking firm, is Toasting the Season by hosting an inaugural client celebration that will feature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and musical guest, Eric Causey.

Stop by and visit the many art studios, like Bettye Rivers Studio, Tish Lowe Studio, Bonnie Goldberg Studios, Beth West Studio and much more…

Over The Top Boutique, Frances Lowe Designs, Reel2Real Productions, Balancing Energies Massage Studio and many others will all be offering holiday specials! So don’t miss any of these great deals happening Downtown at the Arcade!

Reel2Real Productions and DigiXpressions will be setting up a photography booth in the main lobby to take holiday pictures for $10!!!! They will be printed on the SPOT. So stop by and get your mug taken by yourself or with the family!

Mast General

Prairie Willows 6 pm – 7 pm

Washtub bass, guitar, banjo, kazoo, washboard, fiddle, and 3 part harmonies- the Prairie Willows join you at Mast General Store for a special Christmas celebration. A clever mixture of intimate carols, hootin’ and hollerin’, and perhaps a jingle or two. You don’t wanna miss it.

Paradise Ice

The holidays are for giving! Bring a non perishable food item for Harvest Hope Food Bank and we will give you 10% off your Paradise Ice order. We will be making all of your favorite Christmas flavors as well as unveiling a new cookie sandwich. We also have locally roasted coffee, hot teas, our gourmet hot chocolates, and our home made chai latte to help keep you warm!

CMA Museum Shop

We’ve bringing back our most popular “make us an offer sale.”  Come by our tent and enjoy the goodies!

One Columbia

This month, stop in for a warm Winter beverage as you’re making your way to the open galleries on Main. Also, check out all the ideas we’ve got to help you give the gift of local art this season.

USC Pop-Up Photography Show

University of South Carolina Pop-Up Show 2013!

December 5th from 5 to 9 p.m. at 1113 Lady Street

 For ONE NIGHT ONLY!

22 students from USC’s photo department have been selected by juror Dennis Kiel, Director of the Light Factory, and will put up a Pop-Up show for the public on first Thursday, December the 5th from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 1113 Lady Street off Main between Moe’s Levy and the Palms. Free entry, refreshments and food available, framed prints and catalogues for sale. Family friendly! Come out and support the young local artists from USC’s photo area. Contact: Meg at 512-940-8486 with questions.

The Cigar Box Main Street

What could be better for Christmas that a good cigar and a visit from Santa?  How about a great Cigar and a visit from Santa’s little helpers!!  Stop in during Mingle and Jingle to peruse our selection of fine cigars and get your picture taken with two of Santa’s “good” little helpers, provided by Southern Deviant.

Something Special Florist

Christmas Open House and Sale!  Come in and enjoy 25% off Christmas Merchandise, Mark Roberts, December Diamonds, Melrose and Winyard Collections and much, much more!

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.  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 Whig

Overall it’s a shout out to Charlotte beer…out in the street we’re doing Olde Mecklenburg Brewery’s Dunkel, and down in the basement we’re doing NoDa Brewing Company’s Coco Loco.

http://www.oldemeckbrew.com/Beer/beer.php?Winter—Dunkel-7

http://www.nodabrewing.com/the-beer

Cantina 76

Main Street’s newest restaurant (below The Palms), Cantina 76, is open and DELICIOUS!  We are offering a FTOM special…2 for 1 original house margaritas. YUM.

We’re a locally owned and operated restaurant offering a taqueria based menu in a lively, cantina atmosphere. Taqueria is a Spanish word meaning taco shop. These taco shops originated as street vendors, however, many today operate as restaurants. Taquerias have been around for years in Spanish culture serving as a basis for cuisine in countries around the world. Today we bring this concept to you as Cantina 76.

Our goal is to offer gourmet border cuisine at affordable prices in a casual, upbeat atmosphere. What does that mean? It means our menu is a combination of flavors found throughout North, Central, and South America, and even the world, brought to you in an authentic Tex-Mex style meal. Our Cantina also offers some of the finest beer, wines, and tequilas to compliment your meal and to enjoy while relaxing with friends old and new.

The Downtown YMCA: Sumter Street

Join the folks from the “Y” out at their tent at First Thursdays for more info!  You’ll get to see a cycling demo.

Since opening in 1854, the Y’s emphasis has been on creating a community where individuals can come together in a spirit of common fellowship. Today, the YMCA of Columbia includes five branches, in Downtown Columbia, Lexington, Irmo, Northeast Columbia and Orangeburg and is a partner with the Palmetto Center for Women (formerly the YWCA). The Downtown YMCA is located at 1420 Sumter Street on land originally donated by Woodrow Wilson’s family, and it has been a cornerstone in the downtown community for over 150 years. We are joined together by a shared commitment to nurture the potential of kids, promote healthy living and foster a sense of social responsibility. We believe that lasting personal and social change can only happen when we all work together to invest in our kids, health and neighbors.

Hub at Columbia

Hub At Columbia will be out and about at Mingle and Jingle with a “special guest”…Santa perhaps?! Shhhh…

Hub At Columbia will feature one, two, three, four and five-bedroom apartments with 60 different floor plans to choose from, an unprecedented blend of amenities and will truly be a place where you can work/study by day and mix and mingle at night. All units will be fully furnished with custom designed furniture and a 42” HD flat screen TV. Rent includes furniture, full access to amenities, cable, Internet and trash services.

Amenities will include an outdoor amenity deck on the rooftop of the parking garage behind the Hub building with a multi-depth swimming pool, hot tub, sand volleyball court and a 20 foot Outdoor LED TV Screen. Indoor amenities will include a 2200 square feet fitness center with state-of-the-art fitness equipment; spa with sauna, steam room and indoor hot tub; study lounges, conference and business centers and more. The top two floor of the building will host special VIP and SPA units with private amenities including a hot tub and/or pool table, an upgraded Smart TV, a steam room for Spa residents only and more.

For more info, check out our website: www.HubAtColumbia, email us at Leasing@HubAtColumbia.com or search for Hub At Columbia on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

First Thursdays Cruise In

Have you missed the First Thursdays Cruise In?  Well, here’s your chance to enjoy these beautifully restored cars once again!  Hey, these cars ARE art.  Come on down to Main Street and see why.

Krampusnacht

Although some parts of Austria celebrate Krampus day on the 6th, the 5th of December has traditionally been the day that devil-like Krampus roam the streets punishing those for their bad doings throughout the year. They are often accompanied by St. Nicholas and can be found in parades in the evening. The Krampus often wear wooden masks, are dressed in animal furs, and often carry bells, chains, whips, and baskets with them.

Feel free to dress up as a Krampus or not – either way you are invited to join.

Meet AT THE STATEHOUSE at 8:00 p.m. The huge tree is down there and will be a great place to shoot some video and take some pictures and run around like crazy people.

Next, we’ll run down to THE WHIG and get a drink. This festival is a traditional night of revelry, so we will start reveling there. REVEL HARD.

We will MARCH from there onfoot down Main Street where this year it is FIRST THURSDAY. We will steal souls and from there journey to THE VISTA where we will drink more and take more pictures and whip more people and run around like CRAZY.

After that, who knows? We can wing it from there.

Note – this event is not sponsored by anyone and therefore costs zero dollars to attend. It doesn’t benefit anyone while simultaneously siphoning money into anyone’s pockets. No permits have been sought from the City of Columbia to make it official. You show up or don’t. It’s a thing or not.

Feel free to tell your friends and invite everyone to get whipped and spanked!

THE NAUGHTY WILL ATONE!

Entertainment and Food:

The Whig and KC’s Hot Dogs=team effort=YUM, Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse-outdoor service, Crepes and Croissants, Paradise Ice, Bourbon & Rosso’s-Gumbo and Italian Stew along with gift certificates for purchase, Wine Down

DJ Deft Key’s Holiday Dance Party

Laser lights, holiday music, and dancing…YEP!  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 .

Holiday Vendors:

  • J.Beads: JB Marple, handcrafted jewelry and prayer beads, tailored to tastes and beaded to budgets

www.etsy.com/shop/jbeadsbyjb  803-665-5179

  • Alicia Leeke: Fine Art, Original paintings, prints, and gifts

www.alicialeeke.com  803-429-5456

  • Lamp D Lighting:  George Stankus, Artisan Lampmaker

www.lampedlighting.com  803-260-0283

  • De Moda: Jessica Cabrera, accessories that are unique and affordable, every item has been hand selected from Chile

www.demoda-accessories.com

  • HHuntArt:  Howard Hunt, Fine Art Painting and Photography, Commercial Photography, Sculpture

www.hhuntart.com  803-348-5707

  • The Nest: Emile DeFelice, goods from Soda City Market (Farmers, Artisans, Local Retailers, Collectors, Produce, Ethnic Foods and Grocery, Baked Goods, and Ready-to-Eat Food)

http://sodacitysc.com  803-250-5801

  • Marina’s Design Studio: Marina Ponomareva, jewelry: elegant and dainty ranging more into the antique/Victorian look with use of natural stones (agate, jade, jasper, onyx, etc), Swarovski crystals, Czech glass, gold and silver plated metals, as well as brass for the antique pieces and art: photography and water colors

www.etsy.com/shop/mponomareva  803-446-9288

 

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 www.firstthursdaysonmain.com.   ###

 

Fall hits Main Street with First Thursdays on Main

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 31, 2013

First Thursdays on Main:  November 7th, 2013 on Main Street Columbia SC 6:00 pm-9:00 pm

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Frame of Mind

FOM Series: Turnbuckle by Whitney LeJeune
One more time…
Whitney LeJeune…
Turnbuckle…
October FOM Series/First Thursdays on Main…

You all know her and her art…
the introspective moments that she creates…
the unique color fields that are interlaced within the female forms body language…

She is truly one of Columbia’s brightest young stars…
Whitney LeJeune

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 . 

 S&S Art Supply

The Art of Recovery

With the countdown of just two First Thursdays left for S & S, we are continuing to engage the most important artists within our community. We are happy to be exhibiting for the second time, the artists under the South Carolina Department of Mental Health’s Art of Recovery Program. Art is a powerful representation of the person within – his or her pain, fear, recovery, triumph. The Art of Recovery is dedicated to sharing the works of its clients – giving them a means to find their voices – and make them heard. The vibrant, striking pieces each artist creates not only reflect the breadth of skill and range of experience of individuals living with mental illnesses, but also bring a message of hope to those who view them. All proceeds of sales go directly to the artists. For more information, go to www.scdmh.org

Since its inception, pieces from The Art of Recovery have traveled across South Carolina, featured in public galleries, libraries, community centers, and at meetings and conferences across the state. The Art of Recovery, a program of the South Carolina Department of Mental Health (DMH), gives individuals living with mental illnesses the opportunity to exhibit and sell their works of art.

DMH unveiled The Art of Recovery to showcase the talents of those receiving services and the role that art can play in the recovery process. Pieces are submitted from across South Carolina by participants who use a variety of artistic media as a means of expression and recovery. The program seeks not only to empower clients, but also educate the public about, and dispel the stigma associated with, mental illness.

DMH staff volunteers mat, frame, hang, transport, and display pieces in venues throughout the state. Works rotate on a frequent basis, creating an ever-changing, living gallery. A widely acclaimed program, The Art of Recovery received the 2006 Elizabeth O’Neill Verner Governor’s award for the arts, the highest Arts honor in South Carolina.

 Anastasia & Friends

CMA PDA Hosted by Anastasia Chernoff and Bohumila Augustinova CMA PDA

 It just so happens that many employees of the Columbia Museum of Art are artists, and they are passionate about their art.  For the month of November at Anastasia & Friends, Museum Shop Manager/Buyer and dear friend, Bohumila Augustinova and I will co-host an exhibition featuring work created by artists who are employees of the Columbia Museum of Art called CMA PDA, Columbia Museum of Art Public Display of Art.

 CMA PDA will open as a part of the First Thursday on Main art crawl on Thursday, November 7th from 6pm to 9pm.  The show will consist of an array of paintings, ceramics, sculpture, photography and other mixed media created by the following museum employees:

 Bohumila Augustinova, Museum Shop Manager & Buyer

Shannon Burke, Adult Programs Manager

Matt Catoe, Education Intern

Victoria Cooke, Curator

Andrew Coombs, Security

Mike Dwyer, Exhibition Designer/Preparator

Bob Evans, Development Coordinator

Jonathan Goley, Digital Media Manager

Danielle Kelly, Education Assistant

Sara Kennedy, Manager of Visitor Services & Technology

Lowndes Macdonald, Director of Development

Constance Manley, Visitor Services Representative

Sarah Martin, Visitor Services Coordinator

Jimmy Miller, Community Programs Coordinator

Jordan Morris, Previously Marketing and PR Assistant

Leslie Pierce, Director of Public Arts & Partnerships

Will South, Chief Curator

Kristina Stafford, Education Program Coordinator

 Museum employees, Danielle Kelly and Bob Evans will perform as a duet during the opening reception as Danielle plays the flute and Bob plays the bassoon.

 The exhibition will run from November 7th to December 2nd.  Anastasia & Friends is located in the front of the Free Times’ building at 1534 Main Street, just across the street from the Columbia Museum of Art and is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm.  For more information, contact Anastasia Chernoff at 803 665 6902 or anastasiachernoff@gmail.com.

Tapp’s Art Center

COLUMBIA, S.C. (October 24, 2013)—Tapp’s Arts Center, Columbia’s Center for Visual and Performing Arts at 1644 Main Street, announces its November 2013 First Thursdays on Main lineup. The public is invited to mingle with the featured artists and see their work, as well as visit Tapp’s resident artists’ studios.

 WHEN: First Thursday on Main Thursday, Nov. 7 from 5:30 to 10 p.m.

SPECIAL THIS MONTH: Tapp’s Art Center will celebrate its second anniversary and host   “My Father’s House,” a site-specific musical performance at 7:30 p.m. And feature the works of Columbia Artist, Susan Lenz. The multidisciplinary performance will feature new and original music by local composer Patrick Dover, adapting poetry by University of South Carolina faculty member Ed Madden, performed by both orchestra and chorus.

 The poetry comes from My Father’s House, a book of poems Madden published earlier this year, based on the 13 weeks he spent helping with his dying father’s home hospice care in 2011. Dover has set many of the poems to music for the performance at Tapp’s, which will make use of many areas of the building and feature both live and recorded performances and a sonic installation that will culminate with a choral performance in the Skyline Room. The event will also include visual art by Michaela Pilar Brown, Heidi Darr-Hope and Amanda Ladymon, with work echoing the performance themes of family, grief, and ritual.

 “I Am Not Invisible” is a defiant mantra and the exhibition title for new work by feature artist, Susan Lenz. The work in this exhibit investigates the nature of memory, the tendency to forget over time, and the artist’s fervent hope to create art with a lasting impression. The centerpiece of the exhibition is a stitched grid of anonymous vintage photographs.  Related work includes a collection of framed, antique portraits displayed as if a family’s wall of ancestors.  Other work repurposes scraps of crazy quilts, rusted nails, celluloid buttons, plastic greenery off discarded artificial cemetery flowers, and a plethora of vintage ephemera.  Collectively, the work uses every day, found materials and explores the way people try to remember and attempt to be remembered.  The exhibit is the artist’s effort to do both while admitting the likelihood of failure.

 The event is sponsored in part by the Cultural Council of Richland and Lexington Counties and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC. Other sponsors include Tapp’s Art Center, the Ballast Group, Thomas Hammond Photography, and the Christine Concert Series.

.Wine Down on Main

“Creepy Trees” by Amy Windland

 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 lie 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.”

Carolina Hair Studios


First Thursday’s at CHS Gallery – Blue Sky Gallery – Performance by Vicky Saye Henderson & THE Dubber

Blue Sky
Blue Sky was born Warren Edward Johnson in Columbia, South Carolina, on September 18, 1938. He attended Dreher High School before his acceptance at the University of South Carolina, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in art and education.

At the prestigious Springs Mills show, he was judged “best of show” by Henry Geldzahler, then curator of the Metropolitan Museum, whereupon Sky was invited to move to New York to study at the Art Students League.

Sky has been painting professionally for over 45 years, and has been solely supported by his art since 1970. In 1974, he legally changed his name to Blue Sky, and engraved it across his most famous work, Tunnelvision, a year later.

Tunnelvision was featured in the February 1976 issue of People Magazine, and it has appeared in dozens of publications since. Sky has exhibited alongside such artists as Robert Rauschenberg, Andrew Wyeth, Isamu Noguchi, Louise Nevelson, George Tooker, and Winslow Homer.

In 2000, Sky received the “Order of the Palmetto” – South Carolina’s highest civilian state honor.

Vicky Saye Henderson
I am a working actor and teaching artist. I find great purpose and passion in what I do, and I enjoy finding new ways to make my art form more enterprising and relevant within my community. My performance projects include live stage, film, TV, commercials, voice-overs and vocalist work. As a teaching artist, I am approved by the SC Arts Commission and listed on their teaching artist roster, offering arts residencies to schools K-12 and colleges. A strong believer in career cross-pollination, I design and facilitate professional development opportunities for businesses, organizations, churches and individuals using the “up-on-you-feet,” versatile, perspective-shifting and solution-oriented mediums of improvisation and theatre arts. I oversee a variety of actor training programs for several theaters in the Midlands of SC. I am in my 11th season as a company member and instructor at Trustus Theatre, the professional theatre house in Columbia, SC. I look for performance projects that afford me opportunities to work with highly creative, collaborative and knowledgeable artisans who are focused on crafting works with extraordinarily high production values and societal relevance. I relish my role as an educator of other actors, equipping them with the tools needed to be effective in achieving their career goals.

THE Dubber
THE Dubber is a Washington, D.C., musician with roots in funk and hip-hop from his years in Los Angeles. His more recent work is anchored in the worldview and sounds of reggae, taking the socio-political side of Bob Marley…The Original Rockstar, baby.

In the tradition of the Mississippi Delta Bluesmen, THE Dubber confronts the world with only his words and a guitar. The self- taught singer/songwriter reinvents himself by infusing the styles of a 30 year musical journey. America’s Rock, Jazz and Funk, flavored by the International sounds of Reggae, Middle Eastern and Afro Beat, are the complex stew that helps him express his blues and completes such a distinctive sound.

Since 2005, the Washington DC born/Columbia SC based artist has been trailblazing the U.S. with an honest and intimate stage show. His sophisticated one man band guitar style and universal message of Oneness, keeps THE Dubber booked year round. Always a crowd favorite, he has played prestigious events such as South by Southwest Music Conference (Austin TX) and Mid-Atlantic Music Conference (Charlotte NC).

With radio airplay here and abroad, three U.S. tours and two albums “In the Temple of…” 2005, “Global Warning” 2010 under his belt. THE Dubber recently embarked on his first European tour in the fall of 2011, which went over with rave reviews throughout London and Paris.

 The Arcade

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR NEXT THURSDAY NOV. 7th from 6-9pm we will be celebrating FIRST THURSDAY with KBC Jazz Trio!!! (Awesome, Awesome, Awesome)

 Light refreshments will be served and there will be special drawings throughout the evening!!! Come early so you can explore all the great Art Studios and Businesses in The Arcade Building Downtown!!!

 Columbia Museum of Art Gift Shop

The Museum Shop will be open for the evening for shopping.  Come and discover the unique gifts and collectibles they offer!

 Mast General

Ladies of Pickin Parlor 6:30 pm-7:30 pm

Ladies of the Pickin’ Parlor   play a wide variety of music; Gospel, Traditional, Bluegrass, Old Blues, Old Country, Public Domain and Old folk songs with a kick.   This incredible group ranges in ages from 10 up and enjoys playing a variety of venues including festivals.   Debra Watkins is the founding member of the group and plays with original members, Misty Harley, Anna Speare and  Cindy Lampley.  Cathy Dawson, Debbie McCoy, and Tammy Wolfe finish out the group.

 Paradise Ice

The party is at Paradise Ice!  DJ B will be spinning some tunes and will be serving up delicious fall flavors. Sweet Potatoes, Carrot Cake, & Cranberries! We will also be unveiling our new home made cookie sandwich of the month. Locally roasted coffee, gourmet hot chocolate and hot tea, we’ve got you covered!

 One Columbia

One Columbia will be hosting an open house of the office. Check out the new sign, visit our bathroom to find your picture on the wall and pick up or drop off promotional materials for local arts events. Stop by and visit on your way to the Before I Die interactive art project or as you head over to the Gallery at City Hall.

 The Gallery at City Hall

The City of Columbia’s Gallery at City Hall will be open for visitors. The current exhibit, entitled “A Look Inside,” combines two popular exhibitions from the South Carolina State Museum’s “Traveling Exhibits Program” (TEP), both focusing on fine crafts produced in South Carolina.

 The Cigar Box Main Street

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

 Something Special Florist

Our Christmas Open House this year will feature great specials on our Christmas merchandise, an amazing array of (free) delectable foods catered by Cowboys Brazilian Steakhouse, free wine and some good ol’ fashioned holiday cheer!

 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!  Christmas records and some new titles, such as The Beatles, will be making appearances!

The Whig

Aside from being FTOM’s official afterparty venue…The Whig is rolling out a brand new Stout from Greenville to Colatown: Kaldi Coffee Stout!  Named for an Ethiopian goat-herder who discovered the coffee plant as the legend goes, this stout is brewed with West End Coffee Company’s freshly-roasted beans and cacao nibs.  What will you taste?  A smooth beer that is sure to intrigue the palette.

The Downtown YMCA: Sumter Street

Join the folks from the “Y” out at their tent at First Thursdays for more info!  Since opening in 1854, the Y’s emphasis has been on creating a community where individuals can come together in a spirit of common fellowship. Today, the YMCA of Columbia includes five branches, in Downtown Columbia, Lexington, Irmo, Northeast Columbia and Orangeburg and is a partner with the Palmetto Center for Women (formerly the YWCA). The Downtown YMCA is located at 1420 Sumter Street on land originally donated by Woodrow Wilson’s family, and it has been a cornerstone in the downtown community for over 150 years. We are joined together by a shared commitment to nurture the potential of kids, promote healthy living and foster a sense of social responsibility. We believe that lasting personal and social change can only happen when we all work together to invest in our kids, health and neighbors. 

 Entertainment and Food:

Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse-outdoor service, Crepes and Croissants, Columbia’s favorite KC’s Hotdogs, Wine Down-outdoor service, K&K, and the nationally renowned 2 Fat 2 Fly Food Truck along with Pawley’s Front Porch Truck.

 

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 www.firstthursdaysonmain.com.   ###

 

 

October brings in the cool…

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September 27, 2013
First Thursdays on Main: October 3, 2013 on Main Street Columbia SC 6:00 pm-9:00 pm
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Frame of Mind
FOM Series: Turnbuckle by Whitney LeJeune
You all know her and her art…
The introspective moments that she creates…
The unique color fields that are interlaced within the female forms body language…
She is truly one of Columbia’s brightest young stars…Whitney LeJeune!

Face Book event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1379767822257741/

S&S Art Supply
Zodiac/Icons: Photography by Kirill Simin & Thomas Hammond
We have many beloved local photographers in Columbia, but two of the ones that are nearest and dearest to our hearts are Kirill and Thomas. Aside from shooting our own wedding, these two incredibly talented blokes are world travelers presenting two very different and unique perspectives on the versatility of digital photography. This exhibition features a series of photographic pursuits from each that are worlds apart. Distinctively different in content and composition, they are equally talented in their own digital photographic methods.

“In my work, I merge the real and objective with the imaginary. It is important to recognize that both are essential to surviving and thriving in today’s world.” – Kirill Simin

“The camera is the vehicle I use for communicating my point of view to the rest of the world.” – Thomas Hammond

Kirill Simin Artist Statement:
KIRREALISM is an art movement that is both contemporary and traditional in that it requires the artist and the viewer to be aware of the changing world around them, and on the part of the artist – to use the most up-to-date technology available, and also in that its foundation is based in ancient philosophies as well as numerous art schools all over the globe and through time.

Thomas Hammond Artist Statement:
These images are the result of photo assignments for various print media in town. I have chosen to bring them together in one exhibition to highlight iconic people or moments that I believe demonstrate the energy of this town through the people who live here or (in the case of pop icons) have merely passed through. . There may be some cases where I am trying to express a particular statement or narrative. But, mostly I just want to show people the things that I believe are interesting, important, and/or beautiful.

Kirill Simin was born in St. Petersburg Russia. After moving to the USA in 1998, Kirill continued with his technical training, working in a microelectronics laboratory in the Electrical Engineering department at the University of South Carolina while pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering. He began pursuing his interest in photography in 2003 via the Photography Department at USC. Through this addition to his professional repertoire, he has fused a robust technical background and a photographer’s eye to create a strong portfolio of work and skill in design. Kirill now develops powerful visually striking web applications and interactive designs that meet industry’s growing dependence on multi-media presentation and communication.

Thomas Hammond was born on top of a mountain on Hong Kong Island. The son of international journalists, he was brought up early with a 35mm camera in his hand and a thirst for bearing witness to the events of the greater world around him. He is currently in the Syria area photographing and documenting the Civil struggles along with David Axe, local writer/journalist.

Face Book event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/475782115852843/

Anastasia & Friends
Letizia
For the month of October, Anastasia & Friends presents Letizia, an exhibition of portrait, still life and figurative oil paintings in the classic realist style by award-winning American artist, Letitia “Tish” Lowe.

“My name, Letitia, derives from the Latin word, laetitia and translates in Italian to Letizia. As an Italian friend once explained, Letizia means glorious joy like that of the angels!

Letizia! That’s what I feel when painting! That’s what I feel when I see the incredible colors of the world: brilliant red tomatoes; tangy golden lemons; rich purple, lavender and pink dark skins; delicate green, blue and orange light skins. Letizia is what I feel when creating on canvas the contrasting textures of sleek pottery and rough boards, dripping candles and velvety rose petals, cool marble and dry, flaky garlic cloves. It’s what I feel as I marvel at the miraculous anatomy beneath the lumps, bumps, curves and kinks of the human figure. What incredible diversity God has granted us to stimulate the imagination, if only we stop to see and appreciate it!

I am a contemporary realist. What you see on canvas is recognizable as an object or person. That being said, I hope that you will see in my work more than a copy of nature or objects made by human hands. In creating a portrait or a painting I try to reflect something deeper, something spiritual, something which connects us to each other and to God, a zest for life pulsating with energy, beauty, vitality, and the peace that is always available if we take the time to be still and listen to the voice within.”
Tish Lowe

The opening reception will take place on October 3rd, from 6pm to 9pm as a part of the First Thursday art crawl, and the show will run October 3rd – November 1st at Anastasia & Friends Gallery. Entertainment will be provided by The Palmetto Opera with selections from operas and musicals. Lou Whittington Ousely (soprano), Johnnie Felder (tenor), and Meagan Balsom (pianist) will perform sets of 2-3 arias and hits from musical theatre at 6:30, 7:15 and 8 pm.

Maria Kennedy Mungo will create some delicious hors d’oeurves especially for this evening.

Tish Lowe is an award-winning American artist whose work is represented in museum and private collections in Europe, Canada, and the USA. She captured the Chairman’s Choice Award for her still life, “The Pram,” at the International 2007 ARC Salon, competing with over 1600 entries, and won Best of Show for her “Portrait of a Young Woman” in a citywide competition in Florence, Italy. She took an Award of Merit for her painting “Spanish Bowl” at the 2011 South Carolina State Fair, participated in 2012 by invitation in an international still life exhibition in Leipzig, Germany, and in a juried exhibition at McKissick Museum in Columbia, SC, also by invitation, in 2013. Her portrait, The Shoe Groom, was selected for the 2013 Artfields regional competition and exhibition in Lake City, SC.

After completing five years of training in classic painting techniques, a solo exhibition in Florence, Italy, and several commissioned portraits of prominent Italians, in 2009 Lowe moved from Italy to Columbia, SC, to be near family and in 2010 opened a studio in the historic Arcade Building on Main Street in the heart of the city. Specializing in portrait, figurative, and still life oil paintings, she quickly became recognized for her rich brushwork and classic technique. Lowe recently executed the official portrait of former President Charles F. Teague of Spartanburg Methodist College in Spartanburg, SC (SMC) and has been commissioned to paint the portrait of Dr. Edgar H. Ellis for SMC’s new academic building, Ellis Hall. A highly respected workshop leader, Lowe gladly shares her knowledge of classic painting methods and in 2013 conducted a two-week course at Columbia Museum of Art on “Painting in the Style of the Old Masters” that was very well received.

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

Face Book event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1386550724911730/

Tapp’s Art Center
USC Faculty Art Show
A free, month-long exhibition of recent artwork by visual arts faculty from the Department of Art at the University of South Carolina will open at Tapp’s Arts Center on October 3, 2013. The exhibition features an extensive and varied body of work including sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, prints, and time-based installations. The Department of Art faculty includes many well-recognized artists exhibiting in numerous galleries and museums throughout the nation and internationally. The works, in various media, will be on display October 3- October 31, 2013, with a public reception at Tapp’s Arts Center from 5-9pm on October 3.

Exhibiting artists include: Virginia Scotchie, Bob Lyon, Simon Tarr, Evan Meaney, Kathleen Robbins, Sara Schneckloth, Marius Valdes, Laura Kissel, Meg Griffiths, Eliot Dudik, Dawn Hunter, Mary Robinson, Kara Gunter, Stephanie Nace, Laurel Steckel, Amanda Ladymon, Ansley Adams, Jimmy Henderson, and Mana Hewitt among others.

In addition to individual artworks in the main gallery space, there will be a time-based art installation in the screening room representing work by a number of faculty artists.

Tapp’s Arts Center hours are 10am- 7pm Tuesday through Saturday.

Face Book event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/235376073282137/

Wine Down on Main
J. Spencer Shull
Wine Down on Main is thrilled to present “A Real Maroon” by J. Spencer Shull.

The art of J. Spencer Shull is best described as a cartoon fever dream. It is 70′s schlock cinema filtered through a candy colored palette. At times, it is saccharine sweet. At times, it is morbidly funny. Most of the time, it walks a delicate balance between the two. Spencer is influenced just as much by Lynch, Vonnegut, and Ionesco as he is Looney Tunes, underground comics, and Japanese Kawaii culture. He believes that the cartoon style is the perfect vehicle for parodying society. There is something about a cartoon that people naturally find innocuous. They may seem cute at first, but the spoonful of sugar hides the medicine. Our vices, our joy, our humor, our evil, and our good can all be found in Spencer’s art. And just like looking into a carnival mirror, don’t be surprised if the initial fun turns into a lurking feeling that the bizarre twisted visage you’re looking at is just another version of you.

J. Spencer Shull was born and still resides in Columbia, SC. He is lead designer for the indie toy company Jellykoe. Jellykoe was founded in 2009 by Spencer and his wife Kelly. They have been featured twice in STUFFED magazine, as well as on designer toy sites Tomopop and the award-winning Spanky Stokes. Spencer’s art and toy designs have been shown in galleries in New York City, Sacramento, St. Petersburg, Pittsburgh, and Providence to name a few. His first international gallery showing will take place in November in Taipei. Spencer’s comic artwork has found a home in the illustrated horror anthology Filthy Cake, the zine series Save the Bedbugs, Bray Comics anthology Too Much Michael, and even a guest comic for Lionsgate Films’ Gangsters, Guns, and Zombies. Spencer travels full time with his wife Kelly, appearing at over 40 art festivals, comic conventions, and gallery openings a year.

Face Book event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/525820160821480/

Carolina Hair Studios
Featuring Art & Photography by Headliner Barnwell, Jeff Salter, Rasa Don and Performance by Duel of the MPC

Tim “Headliner” Barnwell: Visual Artist / DJ
Tim “Headliner” Barnwell, is a DJ and former member of the hip hop ensemble Arrested Development. Lead vocalist Speech met Headliner at the Art Institute of Atlanta, where they were both students.

Jeff Salter: Photographer, “To Speak Through the Lens”
A photographic image communicates. It can capture us, entrance us, makes us cry or make us smile. Most importantly, it makes us think. It is a moment in time that can have a profound effect. There is so much around us that can awaken and invigorate our senses, yet do we really notice them? In my work, I try to capture the inner beauty and inner emotion of my subject. I do not intend to tell the viewer what to see or how to see. It is my hope that my art opens the viewer’s eyes a little wider. I want the viewer to become one with an image so that he or she may become an extension of that image. There can be great energy in the space between one and what one sees.

Rasa Don: Visual Artist / Drummer / DJ

Face Book event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/622632084448835/

Columbia Museum of Art
Members’ Opening Party celebrating Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage
Unlike her staged and carefully lit portraits made on assignment for magazines and advertising clients, these photographs were taken simply because Leibovitz was moved by the subject.

This exhibition is an evocative and deeply personal statement by a photographer whose career now spans more than 40 years. The work shows Leibovitz at the height of her powers and pondering how photographs, including her own, shape a narrative of history that informs the present.

The Arcade
We are bringing October in with a German Fest!!!! The Wurst Wagen will have Germany dogs, potato salad, sauerkraut and pretzels for sale in the Arcade. Also, German beer and wine will be available, plus music and our FABULOUS BUSINESSES AND GALLERIES! We can’t wait…

Mast General
Chris Compton and the Ruby Brunettes
6 pm – 7:30 pm – Mast General Store – Columbia, South Carolina’s Chris Compton and the Ruby Brunettes are a six piece Indie Folk band whose sound is largely defined by the intertwining of the male and female voices of Chris Compton (guitar) and Catherine Allgrim (trombone) and the three and four part harmonies created by the rhythm section of Chris Paget (bass) and Ken Mixon (percussion). Classically trained keyboardist Ashleigh Morse brings subtle complexity to the arrangements and is perfectly offset by the soulful phrasing and often sparse ambient guitar work of Jason Switzer. The group released their debut album in early 2013, before the addition of a rhythm section, and received tremendous reviews with Jasper magazine saying “this self-titled sticks out in a major way among music released in Columbia this year.”

Paradise Ice
Pumpkin, Caramel, and Peanut Butter…OH MY! Come visit Paradise Ice this October First Thursday to experience these amazing fall flavors. We will also be unveiling our new home made cookie sandwich of the month. Locally roasted coffee, gourmet hot chocolate and hot tea, we’ve got you covered!

One Columbia
One Columbia will be hosting an open house of the office. Check out the new sign, visit our bathroom to find your picture on the wall and pick up or drop off promotional materials for local arts events. Stop by and visit on your way to the Before I Die interactive art project or as you head over to the Gallery at City Hall.

Before I Die Wall
Through a partnership with Karl L. Larsen, Agape Senior and Mashburn Associates, One Columbia has hosted a global, grassroots interactive art initiative in the 1600 block of Main Street for the past month. The October First Thursday will mark the final night to share your dreams and aspirations before the wall comes down.

Karl L. Larsen is bringing this very intense and poignant installation to Main Street. As Jasper Magazine’s featured artist for September, please enjoy this excerpt from his article therein, in which he describes this project. “In March this year, after stumbling upon this amazing project and its undeniable ability to capture the hearts of many, I made it my mission to bring it here to the Capital City. With the help of OneColumbia, Mark Plessinger of First Thursdays on Main and many others, “Before I Die” is officially coming to downtown Columbia. The location? The 1600 block of Main Street in front of the future Agapé Senior Headquarters. Set to be unveiled at a 2 p.m. press conference held by Mayor Steve Benjamin, Columbia will have its chance to build the “Before I Die” legacy for the duration of September and, perhaps, longer. As part of an installation for September 5th’s First Thursday on Main, it is expected to attract a considerable crowd, possibly making it the largest and most-anticipated First Thursday ever.”

The Gallery at City Hall
City Hall as Art and the Gallery at City Hall
The City of Columbia Planning and Development Services, the Historic Columbia Foundation and One Columbia for Arts and History have partnered to offer tours of Columbia’s City Hall, located at 1737 Main Street. The building was constructed between 1871-1875 and designed by federal Architect Alfred B. Mullett, who designed around 40 government buildings, including the Executive Office Building in Washington DC. The City of Columbia recently completed an extensive refurbishment of the original court room, now Council Chambers, in September of 2013.

Guided tours will take place between 6-8 pm starting on the half hour. Take a tour to learn the rich history of the building, see the newly refurbished rooms and then Visit the Gallery at City Hall. The current exhibit, entitled “A Look Inside,” combines two popular exhibitions from the State Museum’s “Traveling Exhibits Program” (TEP), both focusing on fine crafts produced in South Carolina.

Face Book event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/683030661725713/

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

Something Special Florist
First Thursday Fall Open House is taking over Something Special Florist! It is gonna be a SCREAM when we creak open our doors for this Fall/Halloween Open House. New merchandise and great specials…just for you!

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 Whig
FTOM’s official Afterparty place…but THIS First Thursday, The Whig is tapping a super awesome like radical totally rare and awesome! Here’s the official review of it: “as dark as the winters that once engulfed Westeros, as robust as the men who swear their oaths at the Weirwood Tree. Chocolate and caramel sweetness are balanced by hop bitterness. Roasty, woodsy notes, and an earthy finish.”

Hub at Columbia
Hub At Columbia will be participating in downtown Columbia’s monthly event, First Thursday. At the event, Hub At Columbia representatives will be available to answer questions, give leasing info and direct interest parties to the Hub building. The leasing office will remain open for guest to view the virtual tour and model unit in the leasing office. In fact, they’ll have a full on open house at the office on October 4 from 1-4 with food and tours…and signing leases like crazy!!
Hub At Columbia will feature one, two, three, four and five-bedroom apartments with 60 different floor plans to choose from, an unprecedented blend of amenities and will truly be a place where you can work/study by day and mix and mingle at night. All units will be fully furnished with custom designed furniture and a 42” HD flat screen TV. Rent will include furniture, full access to amenities, cable, Internet and trash services.
Amenities will include an outdoor amenity deck on the rooftop of the parking garage behind the Hub building with a multi-depth swimming pool, hot tub, sand volleyball court and a 20 foot Outdoor LED TV Screen. Indoor amenities will include a 2200 square feet fitness center with state-of-the-art fitness equipment; spa with sauna, steam room and indoor hot tub; study lounges, conference and business centers and more. The top two floor of the building will host special VIP and SPA units with private amenities including a hot tub and/or pool table, an upgraded Smart TV, a steam room for Spa residents only and more.
For more info, check out our website: http://www.HubAtColumbia, email us at Leasing@HubAtColumbia.com or search for Hub At Columbia on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
The Downtown YMCA: Sumter Street
Join the folks from the “Y” out at their tent at First Thursdays for more info! Since opening in 1854, the Y’s emphasis has been on creating a community where individuals can come together in a spirit of common fellowship. Today, the YMCA of Columbia includes five branches, in Downtown Columbia, Lexington, Irmo, Northeast Columbia and Orangeburg and is a partner with the Palmetto Center for Women (formerly the YWCA). The Downtown YMCA is located at 1420 Sumter Street on land originally donated by Woodrow Wilson’s family, and it has been a cornerstone in the downtown community for over 150 years. We are joined together by a shared commitment to nurture the potential of kids, promote healthy living and foster a sense of social responsibility. We believe that lasting personal and social change can only happen when we all work together to invest in our kids, health and neighbors.

Entertainment and Food:
Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse-outdoor service, Crepes and Croissants, Columbia’s favorite KC’s Hotdogs, Wine Down-outdoor service, K&K, and the nationally renowned 2 Fat 2 Fly Food Truck along with Pawley’s Front Porch Truck.

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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