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December 30, 2012
First Thursdays on Main-January 3, 2013
Main Street Columbia SC
Frame of Mind
FOM Series presents Green and Blue Extended: Featuring Kirkland Smith and Chris Carney
January will be the last chance to enjoy this intricate and living installation…FOM has never been SO green! Get ready to enjoy this two-month FOM Series focused on how an artist has turned consumer waste into fine art! These items destined for landfills have found new life in 3-D paintings. And, we’ve never been SO blue. What lies beneath will fill our gallery for your viewing pleasure. Water…everywhere!
Columbia artist, Kirkland Smith, will present a two-part exhibition of work created almost entirely from post-consumer materials collected from friends and family.
During the December FOM Series, she is asking the community to participate in an assemblage she will create by donating eyewear that they no longer need. She plans to unveil the new work as a part of the January FOM Series during First Thursdays on Main.
Kirkland Smith, a classical painter, began creating contemporary Assemblages from post-consumer materials when she entered an environmental art contest in 2008. Using discarded objects as her “paint,” she found an evocative way to deliver the message of the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling.
Her work offers an entertainment value, but also reveals the impact consumerism is creating on our environment. “Each Assemblage is a little piece of our history. It is the story of us today. What we throw away says a lot about who we are, but what we choose to cherish and protect says even more in the end.”
Without this determination to cherish and protect our community, our state, our nation, our planet by reducing, reusing, and recycling, we won’t be able to enjoy the waters which refresh and sustain us. So, as a fitting complement to Kirkland’s recycled art, Frame of Mind is proud to introduce you to the work of one of Columbia’s favorite alternative performers and renowned local grower of coral, Chris Carney. He describes his plans for this two-part FOM Series this way, “There is another world beneath the skin of the ocean. A place that covers more than half of our planet still remains a mystery. This is what I strive to capture. Vignettes of a place many will never see with their own eyes and few will be able to describe. These are not glass boxes; these are snapshots to a world I love, a place I’d like you to know. Dive in, explore.”
A graduate of the University of South Carolina’s Marine Sciences program, Chris owns A Fish Store, a full-service fish and aquarium shop specializing in saltwater fish/aquariums, freshwater fish/aquariums, corals, ponds, design/fabrication/installation/maintenance services. He is also an assistant SCUBA instructor with Wateree Dive Center. For the FOM Series installations and exhibits, he plans to showcase mostly tank-raised livestock/corals. His work will be available for purchase, but custom options are available as well.
S&S Art Supply
Resolution: Art by Alex Smith
We’re starting the New Year’s First Thursday at S & S off with one of Columbia’s most unique, eclectic artists. Alex Smith has created a series of 365 individual paintings and drawings on pages from a 100-150 year old copy of the 2nd volume of Shakespeare’s completed works, along with possibly some other “ballyhoo” as he puts it. We will also have the lovely musical stylings of Bob Benjamin inside, doing his acoustic arrangements.
The point is that there are a wealth of resolutions laid end to end in one tiny space, and you should look at them closely…perhaps one is yours. The works are intimately sized, approximately 10.5′ wide by 14″ tall. There may also be some video installation works as well.
“‘I’ is another.” -Arthur Rimbaud
Alex Smith refuses to decide. He produces, acts, designs, and directs for the stage; acts in, writes, produces directs, shoots, scores and edits film; is an accomplished and prolific visual artist; has published a book of his poetry; and (given the right circumstances) has been known to sing every now and then. His recent endeavors included a solo show at The Gallery at Trustus in August 2012, ‘guest-curating’ The Jam Room 25th Anniversary show at Anastasia & Friends Gallery, and contributing regularly to Jasper Magazine, where he is a staff writer. He is preparing to portray Jack Kerouac in the short film PRETTY PITIFUL GOD.
Anastasia & Friends
Airbrushed: by Morey Weinstein
For the month of January, Anastasia & Friends is excited to present the art of Morey Weinstein. This exhibition will feature large scale, air brushed paintings which incorporate references from art and popular culture, using acrylic on canvas.
Originally from Long Island, New York, Morey attended the Philadelphia College of Art and the Maryland Institute of Art in Baltimore. His first job was constructing models to showcase designs for clients for a trade-show design firm, which included freelance airbrush illustration for various advertising agencies in Manhattan.
After great success at product rendering and artwork for point of purchase displays, his work generated so much interest, he was offered a full-time illustrator position in Greensboro, North Carolina, which led to more freelance work illustrating tobacco industry artwork with R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company.
Then, life led Morey to Florida, where he painted custom designs on motorcycles. Morey currently lives in Columbia, South Carolina, where he spends most of his day painting in his home-studio, and caring for his elderly mother.
The exhibition will run from January 4th through 11th at the gallery on Main Street, then, move to Motor Supply Co. Bistro at 920 Gervais Street in Columbia, as a part of the Anastasia & Friends Eat With Art series from January 14th through February 28th.
For more information, please contact Anastasia Chernoff at 803 665 6902 or via email at email@example.com.
Tapp’s Art Center
Classical Ballet at Tapp’s Art Center: New dance for a New Year
Several members of the international Columbia Classical Ballet company will perform a sampling of contemporary works at the First Thursday on Main of the New Year. Yukiro Tae Kim of South Korea, Yukihiro Tamura, Tamako Miyazaki and Nana Yamatani of Japan and Christopher Miro of Cuba will dance at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the performance space at Tapp’s Arts Center, 1644 Main St. Among the pieces will be On The Way by Dai Jian and a brand new tango-inspired dance choreographed by Miro. The performance will provide a sneak peek at the company’s LifeChance: Gala of the Stars taking place Jan. 26 at the Koger Center.
About the dancers:
Last year was Tamako Miyazaki’s first with the Classical Ballet and she made a huge mark performing principal roles in Le Corsaire and The Nutcracker. Among her awards are First Prize in the Youth America Grand Prix competition in New York City and Japan, Silver Medal at the World Ballet Competition and Second Place in the All Japan Ballet Union Competition. After studies in Japan, she was awarded a scholarship to the La Scala Ballet Academy in Milan, Italy, and was with The Washington Ballet Studio Company.
Now in his third season with the company, Miro began flamenco dance training at age 7 and moved on to ballet two years later at the suggestion of teachers who recognized his potential. He attended the National Ballet School of Cuba in Havana. In 2006 he won the bronze medal at the International Ballet Competition of Havana and two years later took the gold medal. He was a member of the National Ballet of Cuba and since moving to the U.S. has danced with North Carolina Dance Theatre and Columbia City Ballet.
At Tapp’s, Christopher Miro will unveil portions of a new ballet work inspired by tango that will performed at LifeChance.
New company member Yukihiro Tamura has a won a string of awards including second place at the 2012 Boston International Ballet Competition, first place at the Junior Men’s Youth Ballet Competition in Japan, first place at the 2008 NBA Ballet Competition, and first place in contemporary dance at the Tanzolymp Berlin Competition. He was a guest artist to the 2011 International Ballet Festival of Miami.
Nana Yamatani, also in her first year with the Classical Ballet, has won First Place at the Youth America Grand Prix in Japan and Third Place at the World Ballet Competition in Orlando, Florida. She began her ballet training at 3 in Japan and later studied at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington D.C. In the fall she danced the role of lead role of Nikiya in La Bayadere with the Classical Ballet.
Tae Seok Kim, of South Korea, studied at Korea National University of Art He has been a finalist in the Beijing International Ballet Competition, Boston International Ballet Competition and Varna International Ballet Competition. This is his first season with Columbia Classical Ballet.
Trustus: Working Rehearsal for Their Upcoming Show
Trustus will be having a working rehearsal for their upcoming show in the fountain room. Everyone will get a behind the scenes look at how plays are put together and the creative process that occurs during rehearsals.
Bring in the New Year at Paradise Ice with fabulous new flavors! Not only will we be bringing out new flavors this First Thursday but we will be introducing our new ice cream sandwich of the month. Warm up with our amazing hot chocolates, hot teas and locally roasted Turtle Creek Coffee.
Wine Down on Main
Wine Down on Main is excited to present the collective works of Andrew Thomas. ”Sehnsucht is a German term that describes a feeling of unfulfilled nostalgia that has no rational foundation. It is sometimes used to refer to a craving to have a different place in the universe. This sensation can be brought on by a familiar smile or a passing thought; or when the season turns and releases a thousand memories. Everyone experiences this at some point in time.
These works attempt to capture this uncertain desperation, but never to explain it. They reach for an inaccessible future while holding firm to an imperfect past. They are frantic expressions of unfounded reflection. Each one offers a depiction of the indescribable. In other words, these works are solutions waiting for a problem.”
H. Andrew Thomas was born in 1985. He studied Literature and History at the University of South Carolina.
Also featured at the Wine Down, Amelia Mau will be playing classical guitar.
Columbia Museum of Art Gift Shop
The Museum Shop will be open with a great sale on all items for this month’s First Thursday event. Members enjoy 30% off sale all day and evening, while non-members will save 20%. Stop by and take a peek at the beautiful new inventory!
First Thursday, January 3- Major to Minor – 6 pm to 7:30 pm- Kanika (Kay Kay vocals Mario McClean vocals keyboard and guitar) and Alderman Douglas, vocals and cello are Major to Minor. Their style offers a beautiful blend of soulful vocals, heartfelt harmonies and smooth sounds from the guitar and cello. The beauty of their incredible combination extends beyond their sound and into the feeling of each song. Whether the song is an original or a cover they make it their own.
Something Special Florist
Join us at Something Special Florist for the best collection of floral offerings available in the Midlands! We’re celebrating the New Year in style…as usual. Come and check out our newest goodies!
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.