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Friday, September 5, 2014

Inspiration is Everywhere on Main St. Columbia, SC

The new school year has kicked off and so has this season's art year!
In downtown Columbia SC on Main St. every First Thursday, is an
event where many stores, restaurants, museums and other businesses
stay open and celebrate the arts. Everything from visual arts to live
music by area musicians, poetry readings, dance, entertainment of
all kinds abounds and every First Thursday is different.

As a visual artist myself, I do try to attend these First Thursday events
when I can. I did go tonight and saw lots of great art, lots of friends
and heard lots of music. I was really thrilled about the show at Tapps
as I am now attending USC and I have an opportunity to attend a
figure section tomorrow and I saw lots of art that inspired me for Friday

So tomorrow I shall grab my sketch pad and charcoal...

Sunday, August 31, 2014

"Sweet" Art Show First Thursday Sept 4 2014

Sweet by Jean Bourque

Thursday, September 4, 2014 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Where: CertusBank 1241 Main St. Columbia SC
Cost: Free
Description: A collaboration of inspired artistic interpretations opens at Columbia's First Thursday event. Featuring artworks of area artists inspired by USC School of Music composer Jesse Jones' "In Dulcet Tones." Jones will jury the works, and the winners will be announced at 7:30. The North American premier of “In Dulcet Tones” will be performed by Rebecca Hunter and Lynn Kompass on the Cornelia Freeman Concert Series Sept. 28 at 3:00 p.m. in the School of Music. The winning artworks will be displayed on stage during the performance.
Contact: School of Music 803-576-5763 frontoffice@mozart.sc.edu

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Jean Bourque Art Show at Old Mill Main St. Theatre Rowe Lexington, SC

Haven Palm c2014
by Jean Bourque
20x16 inch on canvas
Painted live to Keith Bates

New art show for 

Jean Bourque Art at the newest theatre

 in Lexington, SC. 

Now, you can see 12 new works at 

The Old Mill Shopping Center Main St. 

(aka Rt 1) Lexington, SC

on the first floor, at the 

NEWEST Theatre Rowe Productions. 

They are all for sale!

The prices are on the back. 

Just see Philip Rowe to purchase

or contact me, direct.

Thank you!!!

Hope you enjoy my art show

and the new dinner theatre!

Announcing Artwork by Jean Bourque is now available for you to enjoy at Alala on Harden St Columbia SC (USA) Across the street from the Palmetto Richland Hospital. Work on display throughout the summer season. Alala is open Mon. - Fri. 9 AM-6PM. They take MC/Visa and of course cash or check. If you want to buy direct through the artist she can take PayPal


All paintings will be for sale with the price on the back of each one. All are original one of a kind works of art created by Jean Bourque. Prices start as low as $35. for small original art and as high as $750. for larger art. There are pieces in a wide variety of sizes, colors and designs. You will have over 35 pieces to select from. There will also be several 
large pieces if you are looking for something big for your home or office.

Much thanks to Kim Neel and Sherry Norris and the Alala team for this wonderful opportunity to showcase my artwork.

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.

Addition.... June 2014 Jean Bourque has added a selection of larger works on the walls of Best Mattress
on Devine St. Columbia, SC. All works are for sale. The business has my cards, inventory price list and all are priced on wall. Hope you enjoy this large display of art by Jean Bourque!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Dubber, Keith Bates and John Starino Will Perform June 6 2014

The Dubber
Wendell Culbreath

Keith E. Bates

John M. Starino

The Dubber,  
Keith Bates 
and John Starino 
will perform
 June 6 2014
in Edgefield SC

Oil or Acrylic Painting Classes Starting Thursday May 28th


A 4 week oil/or acrylic class 

will begin this 

Thursday, May 28th  
 (1:30 - 3:30). 

 Studio, 207 Savannah Br. Tr., Irmo, SC 
Fee:  $60

For more information please call:  (803) 749-9501  

Saturday, May 3, 2014

A Surprise at the Old Mill in Lexington SC

Yesterday, I decided to explore the Old Mill on Main St. in Lexington, SC.  I hadn't been there since the Chartier's closed their coffee shop over a year ago. It was beside the Watershed, which has now expanded into their former area. We all had so much fun there with poetry readings, musical events, open mics and art shows. I even painted live there. They had wonderful treats, delicious food and a cool vibe and were also reasonably priced.

Parking was for sure easier than I remembered and I didn't have to walk far to get in. It was early evening but it seemed everything was closed on the lower level of the Old Mill. But... I could hear voices and that was when I discovered Theatre Rowe's new location! I peeked inside wanting to be discreet but they heard me and even though I was behind the curtain and they didn't know who was there, they invited me in!

They are in the location where the old dance studio was and they were having a rehearsal for their play tonight, "Who Killed the Boss".  It's a dinner theater and it felt really cozy and it is a true black box theatre. I found myself wanting to see the play and Phil himself invited me to attend. 

So... if you are not doing anything tonight and you miss attending events at the Old Mill or would love to see a good comedy... go there! I know this is short notice but the play starts at 7PM and doors open at 6...so get there as soon as you can. 

Yours Truly,

Thinking about the Art Process

Have you ever looked at an abstract painting and said how do they think up those things? So many people have asked me that over the years. After 20+ years I have realized I do not actually "think up those things". It's all about the art process and I love sharing that. Will be sharing more about this with the art community. Subscribe to this blog now and follow me on Facebook so we can share with each other. What would you like to know?

Sometimes I just use paint, like in the top photo but that is actually a rare event. Usually
I use many mediums and other things this is why I am more of a Mixed media artist than an abstract or impressionistic artist. In the middle photo, I painted this live to Keith Bates music at The Red Door three year party in 2013. The animal looking shape is actually made out of netting material. besides acrylic paint, I also used pastels and charcoal and most of the works are on canvas, like these two above. 

Not long after this event I purchased a Gelli plate and OMG, ya'll I have fallen in love with the things that I can make now!! Here is just one photo of a new process I am working with the plate and other odd mark makers...on paper ... sorry for the glare it is under glass.  Will get better pics. :) 

Yours Truly,

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Yuengling Acoustic Challenge at Carolina Ale House Lady St Columbia Tonight at 8 PM


Keith Bates performing at Red Door State St W Columbia SC with
yours truly painting in the background 

Scott Rife (left) performing at Outt Saloon with S&M March 2014
Oh,, that is my easel in front... I painted to them, last gig they did. 

Keith Bates performing in Lancaster, SC
Dec. 2013 I often paint live to Keith Bates music!

Join us for LIVE FRESH MUSIC by talented singer guitarists like Keith Bates and Scott Rife and several others at Carolina Ale House on the rooftop at 708 Lady St. Columbia, SC for the Acoustic Challenge sponsored by Yuengling starting at 8 pm. All my friends are invited.... Come show your support for our local talents!! 

Keith Bates performing at Conundrum Dec 2013

Come out to Carolina Ale House Vista location 
at 708 Lady St. Columbia SC tonight April 29, 2014
Starts at 8PM!
This is the painting I did live to Keith's performance at Conundrum.
I have had this over my work space ever since. It's one of my favorite recent paintings!
help me come up with a name... if you want.

Thank You!!