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