The beginning…

The opening of an eyewear boutique in a city that most “experts” told me it wouldn’t work in. Many people told me that Columbia is a bread and butter city, not interested in any “fancy” eyewear. But I had a dream, a dream that I could impact people’s lives thru the eyewear (wearable art) that they wear on a daily basis. So, I made a decision to take on all the naysayers and prove that the power of dreams means more than anything else. And that the power of your dreams can impact people’s lives.

6 months…

Our first Art show. It started with the need to get people in the store. Frame of Mind was still an unknown in town and needed to get some exposure in some way. The physical layout of the store is unique in the fact that we have 20 foot ceilings and a loft, a lot of space that we can’t use for displaying our eyewear. Art was an obvious fit for the space. Alicia Leeke becomes the first artist in what was originally called “Art on Main”. Small turnout of 15 to 20 people, but the adventure begins.

12 months…

The crowds have grown to 30 to 40 people. Art on Main is now changed to the Undefined Series as we decided to partner with the magazine of the same moniker. It is a great partnership as it gives the series a wider appeal and more name recognition and Undefined has its own art series to promote. Beginning to see the possibilities of where the series can go (at this point) and how it can help the Main St. community.

18 months…

The series is now called the FOM Series. It has become too big to be identified by anything other than its own name. The turnout is now at 80 people plus. There is an air of excitement surrounding the events. The possibility of expanding to the outdoors is becoming a reality. And our neighbors are joining in on the fun, meaning that there is usually more than one art show going at the same time.

24 months…

Unbelievable, the crowds are now at 200 plus. The outdoor extension of the series is a massive success. We have been able to add dancing and music into the art scene. People are loving it and wanting more. Frame of Mind has now become a major part of the “underground” arts scene and somewhere along the way, we became dedicated to the arts in Columbia. The Series has taken over and helped to define Frame of Mind.

30 months…

Successful shows at the end of the year (300 people and 500 people in attendance) set up a smaller more intimate winter series. People began to ask about the outdoors though. I had no idea that the Series would get to be this big. Our world is now different. We are the arts scene in Columbia (not that we are the only ones in the scene, but that we have become one with the scene). The store is a frequent stop for many artists, looking for an easy place to stop, talk, network, and relax.

Today…

The series is on the cusp of being one of the biggest (monthly) attractions in the city. It is now a part of the First Thursdays on Main campaign, which is designed to have the shops and restaurants on Main St. staying open late, having specials, and/or doing an event. The energy is amazing, people everywhere, all thoroughly enjoying themselves.

A note from the producer…

I had no idea that an art show would become this big and influential in Columbia. My goal was to get people in the door and show off the wearable art that we carry. We have far exceeded any ideas that I had about people coming in to see my place. In fact, it has completely changed my life. I discovered a love thru this process, a love of art that I could never have imagined. And I am happy to share my love with Main St, Columbia proper, Columbia Metropolitan, and hopefully with the entire state.

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