The State’s FToM Article TODAY…Giving Main Street Some LOVE!

The State’s FToM Article TODAY…Giving Main Street Some LOVE!


Mingle and Jingle on tap for First Thursday in Dec (Dec 1st)

The month of December brings one of the largest First Thursday events of the year, Mingle and Jingle.  The concept of Mingle and Jingle is very similar to a regular First Thursday except that it is designed around the holidays, and that means a ton of fun, holiday style.

This year we have our (first) Christmas Tree, dancers from Eau Claire High, a singing Santa, rolling elves, a photo booth, Alternacirque dancing in the sky in Free Times, art shows, an eyewear trunk show, and much much more.

So stay tuned for the official lineup (press release) and be ready to have some fun at Mingle and Jingle on Main, Dec 1st from 6-9.

October FOM Series

Continuing the push to show that art is more than just canvas or marble, Frame of Mind is proud to present “Ink”. The show is featuring about 10 local (Columbia, SC) tattoo artists and will give them the ability to show their “fine” art as well as their “commercial” art (the human canvas version). Stop in and check it out and feel free to peruse the “art for your face” that is on display.

“Ink” is more than just skin deep; it is about the deeply meaningful art that is produced by some of the most talented (and underappreciated) artists in Columbia. Darcy Del Priore, Dave Iaquinta, Franklin McKenzie, Jeremy Lewis, Jonathon Cheston, and Shannon Purvis will represent the deep talent pool of Columbia artists who bring people’s dreams and passions to life. Stop in to experience the power of “Ink.”

And of course, Gervais and Vine will be in house serving up the wine, while the outdoor stage will be rocking with the music of DJ Deft Key and the usual showcase of fire and sideshow extravagance featuring Kendal Turner, Chris Carney, James Raley, Gina Wolfe, and Serpentine Bellydance.

Fascebook event page here:!/event.php?eid=199662840099490

This month, we are taking on the establishment with Linda Toro’s “Society and the Self: A Photographic Study of Gender.” We figured since this weekend is Pride Weekend, we might as well join the fun by bringing you a cutting edge photographic view of gender versus what society views as the norm. The images you’ll see in Society and Self: A Photographic Study of Gender explore the complexities of identity related to the sexual self, whether female, male, neither, or both. These photos break the rules regarding gender roles and invite conversation and speculation about social and societal norms. They examine the provocative and intriguing nature of our selves, and our desire for each other, without limits or taboos. They are an exercise in discovering who we are, regardless of our gender. All we ask is that you come in, and check it out with an open mind.

Outdoor entertainment will be Fire In Motion, James “Wild Man” Raley, DJ Guy L, and Kendal Turner, with a special collaboration with Kendal, Guy and Fire In Motion. Also, John Tudor will be here to amaze you with his magic.

Refreshments will be provided inside by Gervais and Vine.

Facebook invite is here:!/event.php?eid=219631741417892

August First Thursday

Here is the press release covering the events for this month’s First Thursday and a link to a wonderful article in the Free Times magazine.

First Thursdays on Main: August heats up Columbia’s Arts Corridor!

July 25th, 2011
Columbia SC 

 Frame of Mind: Twisted

The August FOM Series is all wired up with the return of Bohumila Augustinova to our little gallery. Bohumila will be making her third appearance with her new show Twisted, a collection of wire works inspired by an old Moravian technique called “tinkering.” Of special interest will be the current collection of wire dresses she has been working on for the last year. The warrior motif pieces will be shown on live models on the night of the FOM Series; one of these meticulously woven wonders takes the artist approximately three months to complete. She expects to complete this collection within the next year or so. We’ll also have some of her recycled dresses on display from Runaway Runway, along with other custom wire pieces (kite, masks, and jewelry). 

 She’s collaborated with Columbia photographer, Mark Green, and videographer, Jason Stroud, to make this a truly dynamic installation and to help deliver the high energy that her shows have become known for. And the energy will continue outside with our usual assortment of entertainment including DJ Deft Key spinning his signature electronic deep beat, Fire In Motion keeping it hot for you viewing pleasure, local slam poet Kendal Turner emceeing the event and spitting her latest creations, and James Raley awing you with his best sideshow trickery.

 Gervais and Vine will be in the house (of course) to bring you some great wine.  

 Anastasia & Friends:  VESSELS!

For the August at Anastasia & Friends, Katherine Elliott, Kara Gunter, Paul Kaufmann, Matthew Kramer, Paul Moore, Virginia Scotchie, Roe Young, and I have collaborated with three of the area’s award-winning and most innovative floral and plant artists, Sandra Crosland Chastain, Candace Engel and Rudy Goff to create a show like you’ve never seen on Main Street! VESSELS is an art exhibition where organic meets and becomes sculpture. The exhibition will include ceramic, metal and mixed media in conjunction with a vast variety of exotic flowers and plants. The works of art that have been created will include openings for plant and floral artists to create organic sculptures that harmonize with the vessels. 

 Many thanks to Florida State Wholesale Flower Farm for sponsoring the incredible flowers that you’ll see in the show, and to Verde Garden for being the succulent and exotic plant sponsor for this innovative show. Special thanks to Roe Young (with Roe Young State Farm) who continues to spoil us every month with his generous sponsorship of wine and cheese. He’s been our sponsor for a year and half now, and we appreciate him so much. 

 S&S Art Supply: Impremio: Exploratory Prints by Grace Rockafellow

Watch a whole lineup of Hip Hop performances, make a print with this month’s artist Grace Rockafellow, watch live art making outside, and more at S&S’s show this month! Playing with Surrealism and Nature, Grace Rockafellow also implements personal memories and images of her family. “I am finding printmaking to be my visual language….I try to let the image tell me what to do next,” she says. She is a very process-oriented printmaker, working mostly with mono prints this past year. She will have a little setup inside the store where you can make a simple print to take home! This will be happening throughout the evening, so stop in and get creative!

 We’re also proud to announce the “New Edition Block Party.”  The New Edition Block Party is a microcosm of NSHHL’s & Luis Skye’s newest venture especially designed for S&S Art Supply store’s First Thursdays on Main event. This live event will be bringing hiphop LIVE in full effect RIGHT in front of the store! Hosted by Luis Skye’s own Angel, this live event will feature the soaring DJ Peoples (Luis Skye/Cut Fresh Crew) & DJ Kingpin (NSHHL/Official Block Banga) on the wheels of steel; b-boys & bgirls including breakers from 3rd Dimension & Tribe SK, as well as a live piece presented by Izms of Art’s own Carlos Bilal!! 

 Tapp’s Art Center: Novam Project: Pilot

Meet us at the Tapp’s to experience the opening performance of Novam Project: Pilot. Produced by Bonnie Boiter-Jolley and Margey Bolen in collaboration with Robert Michalski, Jessica Stroupe and Keith Mearns. Pilot showcases the fresh vision of Columbia’s upcoming dance talent, featuring choreography by Mearns and Michalski. Come together in celebration of a novel movement brought to you from the heart of Columbia’s next generation of dance.

Show times are at 7 and 8 p.m. and are free to the public.

 Mast General Store

The “Where in the Midlands is Morihiko?” Series gets a reprise to enjoy the “Famously Hot” summer and give more of its popular ensemble performances, the next to be performed at Columbia’s newest hotspot – the recently-opened Mast General Store, Thursday, Aug. 4th from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.

The quartet will include flutes, clarinet and cello, along with Maestro Morihiko Nakahara.

 White Mule

The Mule will feature singer/songwriter Jimmy Dasher.  Jimmy says that he draws his unique sound from many sources to create an original amalgam of rock’n’roll, current indie music, soul and funk, blues, jazz, folk and country. Come out and let his music bring a smile to your face! No cover!

Hampton Street Vineyard

August is almost here, and once again we’ll be celebrating First Thursday with the “Main Street Merchants”! “Total Denial” will be entertaining us once again, only this time inside the air conditioning!  Come and kick back to the bluegrass sounds and enjoy a break from the heat.  They will be starting around 7:30 – 8:00. Michelle will be mixing up some drink specials as well and always some fabulous food for your pallet.

Frame of Mind is open Tuesday through Friday 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday 12 pm to 4pm, and is located at 1520 Main Street across from the Art Museum in Columbia, South Carolina.  You may contact Mark Plessinger by calling (803)988-1065 or via email at


July FOM Series: Jenna Sach “Box”/ First Thursday on Main

July. FOM Series. Main Street Columbia SC. What do all of these have in common? Heat, that’s right! The hottest series in town continues through the heat of the summer with a bevy of options for your pleasure.
Indoor: First and foremost, we are breaking out of our box with the July artist, photographer Jenna Sach, who is bringing “Box” to the walls of FOM. You may have seen a couple of elements of this show at this year’s What’s Love event at 701, but this time you get to see the whole concept in its entirety. Jenna will be sharing her vision of how sexuality is often put in a box, but doesn’t need to be. Her transcendental style reveals the stunning beauty of women from outside the box of societal stereotypes. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BA in Experimental Psychology with a minor in Studio Art focused in Photography. And, don‘t forget that Gervais &Vine will be providing wine for the evening.
Outdoor: It seems as though we have put together a small sideshow of entertainment for you! We will have fire spinning and fire eating by Fire in Motion, hooping by Luna Trix Hooping, some good old-fashioned “bed of nails” and “walking on glass” by James “Wild Man” Raley, and tied together by Ringmaster, Nick “Danger” Dunn and the sounds of DJ Deft Key. We’ll feature a multimedia presentation by Kendal Turner (spoken word poet), Chris Carney (fire spinner), and Guy Lugenbell (DJ). Workshop Theatre will premiere their new play “Cinderella”. And, I am hearing a rumor that there might be some 4th of July antics lighting up Main Street as well!


Growing a business from a little idea into reality and into a place that changes the way people see things, is hard.  But the process can teach you a tremendous amount.  It has taught me to look hard at myself, at the principles which I hold dear, and at the world around me and what it represents. 


Are we allowed to think for ourselves?  That is the question that kept (keeps) coming to mind.  It seems that in order to get anywhere in life, you have to learn to think like everybody else, to talk like everybody else, and to walk like everybody else.  I have to say that these beliefs are issues which I have argued against and resisted all my life and which caused me to start a small business with the strangest of motives and intentions (that seem to fly in the face of these beliefs):

  1. Stay small.
  2. Do not use any influence gained to oppress others.
  3. Change people’s lives with my chosen path (eyewear/art).
  4. Show that a community is not built on politics but on people and relationships.
  5. Keep in mind that even the strangest and most unique ideas have merit and can be successful.


Frame of Mind (FOM)was born well before it ever opened its doors on Main Street, Columbia SC.  It was born the moment that I learned that life is a struggle and that we humans have the capacity to create and to be some of the most amazingly beautiful things on the planet, but often choose not to.  It was born as I watched a father figure struggle to prove that his desire was the right desire and that his way of supporting us was the best way of supporting us, even when all the signs pointed to him quitting his dream.  It was born when I saw how hard it is to work for people who can’t stand their own jobs and could care less about how you feel about doing yours.  Yes, it was born out of the pain and fear that life brings.  But, it was born to show that we are truly beautiful, despite how ugly the world gets.


Thus, a crazy little idea called Frame of Mind opened up on Main Street.  Skepticism and sarcasm followed, proven by statements like, “We shall see how long they last on the street.”  Frame of Mind stayed the course; it kept pushing the idea that community is what people are all about, not negativity.  FOM has excelled way beyond expectations. It has even begun to create a community on Main Street, one based on art and the beauty of people’s uniqueness.   At the core, FOM is about accepting and supporting people.  Along the way this has meant personal sacrifice and having to place immediate business interests to the side.  All of this was done to build a long lasting community by giving art and beauty a very necessary platform to expose itself to the city at large. 


But even here, there can be ugliness.  Even here, there are the expectations that everyone must think alike and that you have to believe and say the same thing as your neighbor.  And this is what I call “politics.”  When a person (citizen, shop owner, business person, artist, etc.) can’t have their own opinion and be able to voice it without that fear that somebody may be offended and thus stop working with you or try to interrupt your way of life, well that’s “politics”. “Politics” is the place where community ends and oppression begins, a place of fear and anger, a place that is not needed in the human experience. 


It is funny how people view each other no matter what they know (or don’t know) about them.  We humans have a tendency to project ourselves, our fears, and our expectations onto those around us without trying to understand others, how they work, or how they feel.  And, this is something that is so confusing to me…that we can’t put ourselves in the other person’s shoes. 


Alas, it seems that this is where we came in and exactly where Frame of Mind was born( at this point of pain in life).  So, FOM will champion on some more.  It will continue to espouse its unique view of humans, of beauty, and of community.  It will persevere…to be a reminder to the city that we are human, not perfect…that the only limitations to our dreams are ourselves.

First Thursday starts the “slow” season with a bang


May 27th, 2011

Columbia SC

 Frame of Mind: …Together

This month is the follow up to May’s FOM Series (Two Halves of a Whole…).  DR and Kelsey Granger are continuing the show from last month with a few additions.  We figured that one month for a pair of Grangers isn’t enough.  Besides, FOM knows that quite a few people missed the show last month due to the awesome Young Contemporaries Soiree and Auction.  Now is your chance to come out and see what you missed.
Oh, and the usual suspects will be here:  Gervais and Vine with some awesome wine, Fire In Motion to light the evening on fire, and DJ Deft Key to keep it all grooving.  And, I am hearing rumors that we will have an appearance from the “bed of nails” trickery, so don’t miss that. 

Anastasia & Friends:  Go Figure!

Go Figure! will be a group exhibition comprised of oil and acrylic paintings, mixed media, and sculpture that relates to the human form.  This will be Lisa Gray’s debut show and the first time Leslie Bennett has shown on Main Street.  Michael, Paul, and Matthew (and their creative genius) will return to the gallery with some outrageous pieces.  Roy Paschal and Lauren Gregory (whose work I’ve admired for years) will be showing in the gallery for the first time.

The work in this month’s upcoming exhibition is both provocative and thought-provoking.  Leslie Bennett, Michael Bolin, Lisa Gray, Lauren Gregory, Paul Kaufmann, Matthew Kramer, Roy Paschal, and Anastasia Chernoff have created an exhibition that they’re super excited to share with you!

Roe Young with State Farm has graciously agreed to provide the libations for the evening to add to the festivities.  He’s our good neighbor on Main Street, for sure!

Opening reception is from 6 to 9, and the exhibition will run from June 2nd to June 30th.  The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 to 5.

S&S Art Supply: Exploratory Abstraction, Order vs. Chaos: Paintings by Jamie Blackburn

S & S Art Supply is proud to present a new series of abstract works by Jamie Blackburn for June’s First Thursdays on Main!  We will have Preach Jacobs DJ’ing outside live!  This is an evening you won’t want to miss!

Jamie Blackburn was born and raised in Columbia SC.  He has been a professional artist for nearly three decades and has been painting since 1998, with the release of the Lake Murray print “5 Towers”.  He received his BA from Lander University in Fine Arts.

The artist enjoys painting different forms of representation and abstraction; however, he most enjoys abstract or modern art.  Jamie says, “With abstract painting I’m able to explore new approaches to making art with no limitations or impossibilities.”  He loves the freedom found in formalism and enjoys experimenting with color and form, often placing elements of cloth and texture on the canvas…even carving lines right into the paint.

The paintings in this collection of work are the result of a free flowing process of art making.  Blackburn uses many unconventional tools, pushing and pulling paint and mixing medium right on the canvas.  Blackburn states, “My inspiration comes from the work itself; the process is what excites me.”

Tapp’s Art Center: Ophelia

“Ophelia”, the tragic Shakespearean character from Hamlet who drowns while gathering flowers and a favorite subject for Pre-Raphaelite and associated Arts & Crafts artists, will be depicted with a 21st Century twist as a tableaux for FIRST THURSDAY at the Tapp’s Art Center. The scene will open at 5:30 PM and exist as performance art through 8 PM. The “scene of the crime” will continue as a window installation through July. This is a collaboration between artists Susan Lenz, Heather Bauer, and Michael Krajewski.

 For FIRST THURSDAY, Susan Lenz will be using heaps of artificial flowers collected from cemetery dumpsters and a vintage porcelain bathtub on loan from Chic Antiques. Lenz, posing as Ophelia, will be modeling herself after Jane Morris, muse to the artists William Morris, whom she married, and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, who embodied the Pre-Raphaelite ideals of feminine beauty.

The suicide note, “I LOVE YOU, HAMLET” will be expertly “scrawled” in red by well known “radical evolutionary” artist Michael Krajewski. Heather Bauer will be photographing the scene for its continuation as a window installation.

Mast General Store: Grand Opening Celebration

Mast General will continue its momentum from the recent ribbon cutting by joining in on First Thursdays on Main with its official Grand Opening Celebration this Thursday.  Don’t miss the chance to stop in and welcome Main Street’s newest (and largest) retail stop.

 Frame of Mind is open Tuesday through Friday 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday 12 pm to 4pm, and is located at 1520 Main Street across from the Art Museum in Columbia, South Carolina.

 You may contact Mark Plessinger by calling (803)988-1065 or via email at


The View of Main Street from 1520

What a beautiful street Main Street Columbia is. We have been here for four years (before the streetscaping, through the construction, and during the rebuilding)…four years of hard work and tenacity. I am proud to be a part of the Main Street community, a community which is full of a lot of wonderful, hard working people who are willing to put in a lot of time and energy to see their street thrive again.

All the work has finally paid off. There have been some great things that have happened in the past, but the events of the last couple of weeks are truly exciting. A couple of weeks ago, we lost a great friend and neighbor (Kickstand Studio). Before the move out was even completed, our new neighbors were moving in…an awesome and established salon (Pia’s). Yesterday, the news was delivered that a new restaurant (Cowboys Brazilian Steakhouse) is set to open by the end of July in to the old Gotham location (on the other side of us). The Brazilian steakhouse concept is gaining popularity nationally and is well-known internationally, but is an unfilled niche within the Columbia Metro area. To finish off the run of great progress, the old Lourie’s Building will be reborn with the opening of Mast General Store next Wednesday. Mast General is a monster of a local, community-based retailer that will instantly impact the street with its amazing draw of tourists and locals alike.

Alive with Art on Main Street, First Thursday in May

April 28th, 2011
Columbia SC

Frame of Mind: Two Halves of a Whole
This month, we have decided to bring back one of our favorite artists from last year, D R Granger. And, he has decided to bring his wife along with him. So we get twice the Grangers for one show. Gotta love it.

D R will be bringing in many pieces from his newest series of pop art called “In the Absence of Color.” However, he has also decided to try his hand at landscapes. (I think he is inspired by his wife, but don’t tell him I said that.) So, he will be showing something totally new for him. An art major from Presbyterian College, Kelsey Granger specializes in landscapes (now you see why I think D R is inspired).

So don’t miss this event! Two new emerging artists, a special sneak peek of “Hairspray” by members of Workshop Theatre, wine by Gervais and Vine-a crowd favorite, music spun by the hip hop artist and always effervescent Preach Jacobs, and (as usual) special guest performers from Fire In Motion will be here to wow you.

Art reception Thursday May 5th, and the display runs through July 2nd.

S&S Art Supply: Natural Feminine Sensuality
S & S Art Supply and First Thursdays on Main present Natural Feminine Sensuality: Paintings by Whitney Lejeune.

The diverse, artistic energy of Whitney Lejune’s early childhood home, Austin, Texas, fueled her creative instincts at a young age. Whitney’s style today blends colorful Austin memories, her South Carolina roots, and a love of working outside the norm. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts/Painting in May 20…09 from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Active in art across the Midlands, she currently resides in Lexington SC and works out of “Studio 112” at 112 Main Street, Lexington.

“The reality of my life has allowed me to find my artistic voice rather quickly; reality also shapes and drives that voice every day. Mainly working in oil, acrylic and charcoal, I use the natural beauty of the female form to express the intangible depths of the feminine soul. My figures capture the internal and external reality of life through body language, color, and emotion.”

“My desire is for my viewers to enjoy my work on an emotional and an intellectual level. I work to mate form, color and the power of suggestion in every effort. Though often emphasizing the feminine human form, my work includes portraiture, landscapes, architecture, and cover art for published novels.”

This show promises to be even bigger and better than the last. It represents all areas for 80’s pop culture as shown through paintings, apparel, digital prints, and more. 80’s tunes will be provided by DJ PRINCE ICE! WEARING YOUR BEST 80’s ATTIRE GETS YOU FREE ART!

Columbia Museum of Art: Contemporaries Artist of the Year Soiree and Silent Auction
The Contemporaries’ Artist of the Year (CAY) annual Soiree and Silent Auction provides a venue for emerging artists across the state of South Carolina to gain exposure and promote their artwork. Additionally, it provides a unique opportunity for attendees to preview the next generation of South Carolina artists and to acquire original artwork that will be in their collection for generations, without breaking the bank.

2011 Contemporaries Artists are:
Alicia Leeke, Amanda Ladymon, Amber Quattrini-Keitt, Anne Cimballa, Ben Grant, Bill Sander, Bryan S. Burgin, Catherine Baker, Chad Cole, Colin Dodd, Conrad Guevara, Darlene Fuhst, Diana Farfan, Dorothy Netherland, Dre Lopez, Emily Clarke, Fred Townsend, Gennifer Carragher, Ginny Maki, Grace Rockafellow, Harry Uchin, Howard Hunt, Jim Bradshaw, Jimmy Higgs, Joshua Drews, Kara Gunter, Karin Olah, Kathy Casey, Kenton James, Kirill Simin, Kirsten Moran, Lauren Maurer, LeAnn Cannon, Leslie Pierce, Libby Bussinah, Lila Shull, Lisa Puryear, Lucy Bailey, Margaret Demarest, Marius Valdes, Marshall Thomas, Michael Brodeur , Michaela Pilar Brown, Miranda Mims Sawyer, Myrna Spurrier, Neil Cowley, Pat Wright, Peggy Nunn, Rachel Thomason, Renea Eshleman, Richard M. Glover, Ryan McClendon, Sammy Lopez, Sarah Boyts Yoder, Susan C Gregory, Susan Haynsworth, Tom Supensky, Whitney LeJeune, Xiao Xin Lu, Yisha Wang, Zachary Breitengross

Frame of Mind is open Tuesday through Friday 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday 12 pm to 4pm, and is located at 1520 Main Street across from the Art Museum in Columbia, South Carolina.

You may contact Mark Plessinger by calling (803)988-1065 or via email at