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Monday, March 24, 2014

Kiln for Sale

Kress electric kiln with kiln sitter. Model D-24-11. 240 watts. 
Interior dimensions approximately 23 1/4" wide
22 1/2" deep, 8 shelves, 
Stilts of every shape and size
Every tool you'll ever need, Plus gloves, In good working order last time fired. Been stored almost 2 years. Package deal $500. Email. Islandgirlstu
Phone 803-509-1604

Sunday, March 23, 2014

ARTISTS AS AVATARS PETER CHAMETZKY April 2014 Modern Intellectual History, ,Volume11, Issue01, April 2014 pp 237-252

Professor from USC Columbia SC 
"Artists as Avatars" asks the hard questions...

"Are artists crazy? Are creators more likely to be mad, or madder, than the rest of us? Does mental distress deepen artistic vision? Correlate to genius? Is the drive to fashion a personal pictorial or plastic universe pathological? Bettina Gockel's hefty Tübingen Habilitationsschrift, “The Pathologizing of the Artist: Artist Legends in Modernity,” documents the significant amount of mental energy expended exploring these and related questions from the mid-nineteenth century into the 1920s. Matthew Biro's The Dada Cyborg argues that the Dadaists’ montages, assemblages, and raucous agitational activities in the public sphere of World War I-era Berlin indicate modernity's disruption of stable subject positions and suggest instead hybrid, “cyborgian” identities. These included challenges to normative notions of sanity, but also to those of gender, ethnicity, race, and national and political allegiance. James van Dyke's study of the Weimar- and Nazi-era career of painter Franz Radziwill, a World War I veteran and self-taught reactionary modernist realist, provides a detailed case study of an artist whom one might, in retrospect, suspect of a degree of grandiosity and careerism bordering on the pathological, but who was driven by a complex of motivations as political as they were personal." 

There is so much to think about in what Peter asks. Non-Artists will often site anyone that works and often does their work for free, must be crazy! Thus business organizations often seek donations of art work from visual artists, donations of books from literary artists, poets, writers and musicians are often asked to perform for free for a good cause! No one works for free...except us artists. 

And why??? 

We do it for love... or for exposure or to prove a point or 

support a cause. Yes, I can certainly understand mainstream

 thinking we must all be crazy! 

I just wanted to share the idea and the info that "Artists Are Avatars". I am showing my support for a fellow artist and writer.  So check it out  and if you are an artist and want to discuss this further or do a guest blog...  just let me know!

Yours Truly,

PETER CHAMETZKY (2014). Modern Intellectual History

">Volume 11, Issue01, April 2014 pp 237-252

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Paper Assemblage aka Collage

Today, I was just goofing off and playing with cut shapes in paper when a few friends stopped by the studio. They saw this in progress....

So.... I had to share the finished paper collage product.
I named it; "Quarterly Report". I'll admit that is an unusual name for a work of art... but I have a business degree and before I declared business I majored in (no kidding) Accounting! LOL! Now, don't faint or say BS... it is true. Jeanee's Believe It or Not! LOL!!

Let me know what you think of this type of work... should I do more? Or should I just forget about it..or maybe just try it again, next quarter. LOL!

The Pink House of Art

Throughout the past 20  (+/-) years, I have shown my art in a wide variety of places from galleries to furniture stores, coffee shops to theatres. I even had my art hanging for years (and I continue to hang art there) at Palmetto GBA, a div of BC/BS. They are avid supporters of the arts in the greater Columbia, SC area and have held art shows there for years. 

Recently, I went there and picked up about 15 pieces of art. It's funny, you would think as an artist we would remember every piece of art, but honestly as prolific as I have been over the years... I do not remember them all, anymore!

I have this mixed media piece that I had made just before hanging there and I remembered the name instantly when I saw it and was like, wow, I am kinda' glad to have this back as I had never taken a picture of it or shown it anyplace else, including facebook and my blog. LOL! 

"The Pink House of Art"

a 20x16 inch on stretched canvas in a gold frame, done in mixed media with acrylics and pastels.

This one is about the very first house I ever bought, it was pink and I always loved the idea of having a
"Little Pink House"

Yours Truly
Jean Bourque

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

ART Show at Haven Coffee opens Friday Feb 21 with Live Music Painting




Come join us Friday FEB. 21st at Haven Coffee
121 Main St Lexington SC for live music with

Original singer songwriter guitarist
8-10 PM
Feb. 19- April 18, 2014
can be viewed Monday-Fridays
Haven Coffee and Limehouse Designs
open Monday thru Thursday
until 5 pm, Fridays til 10 pm
Live music performances 
every Friday evening.
Good food, lunch, snacks and coffees
Beautiful handmade jewelry, home decor
unique art clothing and bags
Truly a wonderful place to visit, 
shop, dine and enjoy

Art by Jean Bourque now showing


Jean Bourque currently has her art on display at Best Mattress on Devine St. Columbia SC.
The show will feature a variety of works, many of the paintings were painted at live music shows and are now available to the public for the first time. The store is open til 6PM daily and Saturdays.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Seven Oaks Art League meets Thursday Feb 20th

The next meeting of the SOAL will be held Thursday Feb 20th with Michelle Podgorski  of Lowell, NC as featured artist and speaker. Michelle is currently working on her MFA and will be graduating this year. She will have an art talk followed by a demo of her watercolor techniques.  

The Seven Oaks Art League is open to amateur and professional artists interested in supporting the fine arts. They have monthly meetings, art showing opportunities and many artistic activities, including workshops, classes and painting together times. They host an annual art show at the HOFp Art Gallery on Devine St. Columbia, SC.  

Meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month, at 7 pm at Seven Oaks Park 200 Leisure Lane, Columbia, SC, USA. Leisure Lane is in between Piney Grove Rd. and St Andrews Rd. Columbia. Your first meeting is free and if you decide to join, the annual dues is $20. a year. Refreshments and fellowship time begins at 6:30 pm. The meetings are held from September through May.

 Hope to see you all there!!
Yours truly,
"Sweet Sensations" 
a Watercolor
by Jean Bourque

Friday, February 7, 2014

Mind Gravy features Keith Bates Musician Wed. Feb. 19

Keith Bates 2011

Keith Bates 2013

Mark your calendar for an evening of original music and fresh ink poetry offered at Mind Gravy hosted by Al Black at Drip Coffee in Five Points on Saluda Avenue. Keith Bates will be the featured musician with his original heartfelt songs. Bring your own poetry or songs and sign up for open mike after the featured musician and featured poet. 

This will be held on Wed Feb 19 from 8-10PM.

Art by Jeanee







all pieces are copyright by the artist cJeanBourque2013

Doodle for Google (from my mailbox)

Calling all young dreamers: Doodle 4 Google 2014 is now open for submissions. This year, we’re encouraging young artists to think big when they create their own Google doodle based on the theme: “If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place…”
The winning doodle will be featured on the Google homepage for a day for millions to see. The winner will also receive a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 Google for Education technology grant for his or her school. If that’s not cool enough, this year—for the first time ever—the winner will become an honorary Google doodler for a day and animate his or her doodle with the Doodle team.
To get your artists’ creative juices flowing, we’re partnering with Discovery Education to offer videos and activities for teachers and parents. We’re also offering interactive “Meet the Doodler” Connected Classrooms sessions where kids can meet Google Doodlers, learn about their process from idea to Doodle, and ask questions along the way.
Be sure to get all the young artists in your life doodling soon because entries must be received by March 20th 2014. Check outwww.google.com/doodle4google for more details.
Happy doodling!
Thank you,
The Doodle 4 Google Team