Light vs. Dark, Izms of Art, an Unlikely Success, and an Arcade Gallery Crawl at First Thursdays on Main!

Alright everyone…Main Street’s premiere monthly art crawl is upon us, and May’s First Thursday looks like it’s going to quite awesome and bigger than ever!

The event is free to the public with food, wine, and beer available for purchase (Don’t worry…it’s not very pricey).

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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)

• 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

Al Fowler, 24 x 36, $225

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.

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.

Don’t Call it a Comeback

Broke in Columbia is coming back.  I know…I started it and left it once, but I promise I’ll try harder this time.  I’ll do better. Fortunately, I have help!  Some of the coolest, brokest, most charming, and best-looking folks in Columbia are joining me in a quest to provide insight and commentary on things to do around town that are inexpensive and/or free.

Things. are. happening.

Broke in Columbia is about being young in Columbia; being brave and being scared; being in love and being in trouble; viewing hope for today and faith for tomorrow (Okay I totally just stole that blurb from an ad for the musical, RENT…but whatever).

Broke in Columbia is about being broke but still having an awesome time in the capital city.

Stay tuned for great content, new contributors, and this pic of my friend’s dog, Baxter:

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