Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Stain Glass ART Quilt Class by Lynn Buske

Art Quilts such as Stained Glass Quilt created by Lynn Buske are not your old time style quilt. The looks are fresh, interesting and many times innovative. Lynn Buske is one of the founders of the quilt group called "The Fringe Sisters" which meets in the St. Andrews area of Columbia, SC and has art shows all over SC.

Lynn Buske will teach a class Sept. 29th, on stained glass quilts. Learn to make a wall hanging of a fish or a flower scene. The technique involves machine applique and machine quilting.
Lynn will be teaching the class at Pieces of Patches 711-D E Main Lexington, SC 29072
Call them for further info at 803-359-3442

Deadline Extended for Art Donations to SPCA


"Furry Affair" is a juried show; looking for pieces which reflect,

“Animals and our world of beauty.”

Artist's who donate to the event will receive an invitation for themselves and a guest to the event. Just two more days to get into the event which offers the opportunity to show in a Charleston Gallery. * See post about 6 or so back, scroll down for more details.

e-mail mailto:info@jaspca.com;
Kay Hyman Director of Outreach and Communications
John Ancrum SPCA 3861 Leeds Ave. NORTH Charleston, S.C. 29405
Phone: 843-747-4849 x 206 or fax 843-747-1012

Monday, July 30, 2007

Readers, Poets, Writers & Artists are welcome

" Bring it on" a 36 x 24 inch acrylic painting...
a work in progress; on museum quality canvas
by Jean Bourque c 2007
The writ has been around for quite some time now. I have written things on it over the years. (back before my blogging days) It just occurred to me to share the venue with all of you.
If you like to write and do not want the commitment of a blog the writ offers a great alternative.
If you love to read; there is plenty here to read. It's fresh content with something for everyone to enjoy. There are poems, short stories, true stories and artwork, too.
The writ , click on any link to get there; but if you are one that likes to know the exact URL; here it is:

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Go to The Starving Artist Cafe Tues.-Sat.

Just got word from Tom Wood at The Starving Artist Cafe at 1103 B Ave in West Columbia, SC
Phone for directions and info (803) 791-3770. Here's what's happening at the cafe:

Tuesday lunch time July 31 is the final day to see artwork by Jean Bourque at the Starving Artist Cafe. So if you haven't made your lunch plans for Tuesday; they are open noon until 2:30 PM plan to go. Bourque has all original art on display including "On Broadway" and "Yellow Brickroad" which will look great with many decors.

Artists and theater types love the cafe with it's photo albums of some of the area plays that you can browse in and even pictures of the various local plays in the menu as well. You will see that they have many old games like; "Careers" "Operation" "CandyLand" "Spirograph" (the original one!!) and even "Etch a Sketch" in their game room. The decor is eclectic and yet filled with nostalgic charm with it's collector's salt and pepper shakers on every table and mismatched silverware and plates. There is no place else like this; you must see this place.
If you have not been there yet; now is the time to go.

Please show your support for a new venue, so we can have a great place to go and play games, drink Sobe and eat cake! This is not just a trendy artsy place; this is a place with seriously good food, great prices and friendly faces. If you want to have fun and be entertained; consider some of this week's upcoming events.

Thursday August 2 will be Taco Night. 6PM until...

Friday August 3 will be The Scrabble Tournament
$5. entry fee; if you pay before Friday only $3. entry fee

Saturday August 4 will be Broadway Karaoke Night 8:30-11 PM

Special for this week; every late evening they will have the brunch . So go see the movie"Hairspray" starring John Travolta as a woman (which he does amazingly well!!) then come by The Starving Artist Cafe and dine on great food. They have a wonderful selection of desserts, appetizers, dinner entrees, and of course the brunch. Try it; you'll like it. Now is the time to go to the Starving Artist Cafe; hope to see you there!

Saturday, July 28, 2007

SC Giclee Printing by Jean Ehler @ Hillview Art

Giclée Printing?

Now you can order fine art prints at Hillview Art! They can print anything from a digital image onto high quality archival paper or canvas
with their Roland Hi-Fi Jet Large Format Printer.
You can order prints in any size, from 5x7" up to 3.5' x 10'. You can order any number of prints from 1 on up.
Optimizing your digital image to make the best prints possible - Restoring old photographs - Note Cards - digital photographs of your art - and much more.
This is the Giclée printing business that was located in 'A Carolina Gallery' on Bush River Rd. in Columbia, SC. The owner is also a professional artist and understands the quality an artist expects with art reproduction. Jean Ehler (owner) will meet you at your convenience in many SC areas such as Columbia, Orangeburg, or Sumter, SC to do business. Complete price list and details on the Hillview Art website.
Contact Jean Ehler at Hillview Art for details.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Saluda Shoals Park Accepted Artist List Oct. 7th

Congratulations to all the artists listed below. Each artist has been selected to participate in the Saluda Shoals Park event on Oct. 7, 2007 open to the public from 1:30-4 PM. Please mark your calendars now to come out and see all the beautiful art being created by so many talented people; all in one place!!!

Through the Eyes of Art 2007

Visual Artists

Jean Bourque Abstract Painting
Jennie Branham Pastel, Watercolor, Oil
Betsy Clem Brown Watercolor, Pencil, Prisma Colors, Pastel
J. J. Casey Mixed Media, Watercolor
Beth Cavanaugh Watercolor
Jean Ehler Visual Painting

Julianna Gillespie Watercolor
Howard Hunt Oil Painting/Photography techniques in Nature
Alicia Leeke Batik Silks & Surface Designs

Susan Lenz Machine Embroidery
Barbie Mathis Oil Painting
Michel McNinch Oil Painting
Roy Paschal Oil Painting
Melinda Smith Watercolor & Collage Demo

Performance Arts

Columbia College Dance Company, Martha Brim, Site specific Choreography

Vickie Say Henderson Improvisation

Invasion Performance Group, Barbara Anderson, Interpretive Dance

Tina Milhorn Stallard Vocal Performance

Eboniramm, Poetry Reading w/Flute Accompaniment

Ruby DeLoach Haiku Poetry & Watercolor Art

Saluda Shoals Park Art News & Call for Video

My latest art news:
I have been selected as one of the artists that will be doing an art demo painting at Saluda Shoals Park on Sunday October 7, 2007 from 1:30-4 PM in the Saluda Shoals Park, Columbia, SC.
I plan to do an abstract acrylic painting inspired by the sights and sounds of nature. Come out and watch me paint...and while there enjoy the sights of other artists creating art work and the sounds of music and the poetry readings and dancers dancing and the river running and flowing. Bring a picnic basket or rent a canoe; make a day of it at Saluda Shoals Park. It will truly be an interesting and inspiring day filled with nature and the joys of the artistic world. Come one; Come all...Mark your calendars now!
Wanted: Video Volunteer
Film this event and put it on youtube, USC, my blog and website, yours, Saluda Shoals Park's website and Columbia's various other websites. This creates high visibility for you as the artist and for Saluda Shoals Park as a sponsor of a great event! We will do everything we can to keep this event alive in SC. The vision for Saluda Shoals Park is to create a unique environment where art and nature continue to inspire each other everyday. Email me with Video Volunteer in the subject line.

Yours Truly;
Jean Bourque

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Art by Josh Vassallo

Meet "Mac"
created by Josh Vassallo Josh created "Mac", who bears a striking resemblance to his creator...
using Illustrator in Adobe CS2. He has created other characters and even a
comic series on his website at
Oops... I almost forgot to tell you, Josh Vassallo has written a book too!
If you like to laugh, you will really ENJOY!!!!

Call for Artists from the SPCA

For Immediate Release Call for Entries

Art is in the air! It’s that time of year when the JASPCA asks local artists to donate artwork to help carry out our mission to save animal’s lives. It is also the time of year when we give you the unique opportunity to have your art displayed in the most prestigious art showplace: The City Gallery at Waterfront Park in Charleston, SC.
The John Ancrum Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (JASPCA) is planning the 3rd annual “Furry Affair” an art event. The event has raised over $40,000. each year for the abused, neglected and abandoned animals in our care. Each year, JASPCA takes in more than 10,000 animals as well as operating two adoption centers, we have a low-cost spay/neuter clinic, have taken a leadership role in prosecuting dog-fighting rings in SC, and offer a range of educational programs. This past Feb. we broke ground on our new 31,000 sf humane facility to be completed in Jan. 08 at a cost of nearly $10 Million.
Your donation is so important to us and to our show that we are hoping you will consider giving a gift of your artistic talents this year! This premier juried art exhibit and auction will take place on Friday, the 24th of August from 6 PM to 9 PM. All mediums will be accepted. Artist's original works of art will be exhibited at the prestigious City Gallery for several days prior to the event and then auctioned at the gala.
"Furry Affair" is a juried show and we are looking for pieces which reflect our theme, “Animals and our world of beauty.” Artist's who donate to the event will receive an invitation for themselves and a guest to the event. The deadline for works of art entries is Monday July 30th. Any questions, please e-mail info@jaspca.com
Thank you;
Kay Hyman Director of Outreach and Communications
John Ancrum SPCA; 3861 Leeds Ave. Charleston, S.C. 29405
Phone: 843-747-4849 x 206 or fax 843-747-1012

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Two weeks can really Fly with "Traveling Pursuit"

Two weeks can fly...oh my;

where have I been and what have I been up to?

Wouldn't you like to know...

Here is Traveling Pursuit; this painting is an oil painting and it sold a few months back; but doesn't it just make you feel like time is flying. I know every time I see this image I think; where does all the time go?


I won't proceed to tell you every little detail just suffice it to say; I have my art show at The Starving Artist and they have a new website. Whoa...check it out and check them out at lunch, dinner, or on a Friday or Saturday for late night brunch. Eggs Benedict, never tasted so good as they do when someone else makes them for you after a long night on the town.

The art show at Thee Matriarch was well attended and many of my dearest friends came all the way to Orangeburg...You know who you are and I truly thank you!!!! Thank you to the new friends I made while in Orangeburg at the last two events. A special shout out to my new friends from the library...and all the HAT ladies!!!!

By now; you probably have figured I must have gotten busy with something...well yes, besides painting and having art shows I also have been taking some continuing ed classes at the local college as a summer student. What; am I learning? Well so far, I have learned Illustrator and Javascript. Prior to my classes starting I had been learning all about Photo Shop from someone in the giclee business. I will soon be taking a class in that as well. In fact before you even know it; I will be a certified web designer and a certified Project Manager!

Oh...learning computer software skills and programming languages is in many ways just like art; it doesn't matter if it's fine arts, graphic arts, Internet art, or just playing art....there is always so much more to learn. You can never know it all...but you can try. That's what keeps life so entertaining; learning more and expanding your vision and your world view! FUNNY!

Let's have a cappuccino on that thought and I am running off to go do some drawing with one of my friends and I can't decide what medium. My car is loaded down now; I have my traveling easel; my acrylic paint and brush bag; my l'crayons and even my collection of Sharpies. Besides all that I have pastels and a small canvas, several sheets of drawing paper and my drawing "Art" book. I just won't know what I will need til I feel the mood of the muse. The inspiration of the water; the sun going down and the smell of coffee in the air. Yummy...I am going to heaven...see ya' later.

yours truly,



Jean Bourque

pronounced like Burke

Who is this Guy? Anyone know....3 guesses

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Jean Bourque Art Show 7-17, Thee Matriarch 5-8PM

Art Reception for Jean Bourque, Book Signing for author Clemmie Webber and Live Music with The Four Steps Band PLUS Gourmet Food and Wine Tasting at Top Chef Tuesday all newly renovated property "Thee Matriarch" at Rachelle's Island at 1170 Fischer St. Orangeburg, SC.
Top Chef Tuesdays Vote for Your Favorite Chef!

Tuesday, July 17th Drop-In: 5pm - 8pm $5.00 Featured Chefs:

Savory Bites by Chef - John Rice of Boss Catering
Pastry Chef - Marian Jennings of Marian Cakes
Wine Tasting Greg Waters -Piggly Wiggly

Live Entertainment The Four Steps
Allen Homes
Kenneth Smith
Avery Brown
Otis Wright
Devin Jenkins

Clemmie Webber

Every 3rd Tuesday of the month, Rachelle's Island will feature a different chef.

Come sample the food each month until December, then cast your vote for your favorite chef!

For directions Email: rachellesisland@yahoo.com or Call 803-531-6226
Painting Info: "Free Forever" by Jean Bourque, a mixed media painting on a 16x20 inch canvas

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Intellectual Pursuits and a Passion for Art

My regular readers probably realize that I am on the web way too much, but they forgive me as I do provide interesting sites from time to time. On occasion, I look at art sites like I have all the time in the world. It is one of my many intellectual pursuits. My art is an intellectual pursuit as well; but it's not just that; it is so much more. I have this fire; this drive; I cannot "not" paint. I dream of paintings, I visualize paintings, I think in paintings, why I even write in paintings! When you read, what I write can you see the paintings? I mean; like in your mind's eye, even if they are not shown on the blog?

A few posts back; I shared the painting Yellow Brickroad and then went on to write about some of the paintings I am showing at The Starving Artist Cafe in West Columbia, SC. In my story I wrote little essays on several of the paintings and hoped to give you a glimpse inside the creation process for those works of art. So many things are going on at all times and to be totally focused on a painting while creating something that has never existed in the world is really an act of passion. Whereas web surfing and researching for this artist, are like the kindling to the fire... like reading or listening to music...the kindling to the fire. These are intellectual pursuits; which I do for the inspiration of the passion fueling the artist within me.
Some kindling to think about; read this "Seven Levels of Artists" by Rockwell. Although; he made this up and it does have a touch of humor; a lot of what he says makes great sense...read it and see.

yours truly;
Painting info: "Hello" by Jean Bourque an original art work on paper 2005 c

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Statement for Jean Bourque at Starving Artist Cafe

Wonderful original artwork by talented international artist Jean Bourque is now showing at The Starving Artist Cafe in West Columbia, SC. Uniquely designed oil paintings; such as this one from the "Sailing" series are the work the artist is perhaps best known for. She was one of the artists that did a steel palmetto tree named "Op Art Tree". She also painted in the door project naming her art the "Mondrian Door" done in primary colors reminiscent of Mondrian's best known work, for the Cultural Council, Columbia, SC USA.

Statement from the Artist Jean Bourque....

My artwork has been influenced by a multitude of artists. In my prior career as an art rep; I had the opportunity to study wonderful historical pieces of art. Prior to that I worked as a studio assistant for Guy Lipscomb, a distinguished Southern artist with a national workshop following. Everyday, Guy would paint abstract paintings in acrylics and water color and explain the techniques while working. I really was fortunate to have worked with such an experienced art educator. He taught me so much more than I could have ever learned in workshops. It was not uncommon for Guy to complete as many as fifteen paintings a week.

Bourque has been involved in many art events where she played a leadership role. Her prior posts have included being former President of the Seven Oaks Art League, Art Director for the WWTP Silent Art Auction, Librarian at the Crooked Creek Art League. She has trained in oil painting with television star, Ilona Royce Smithken for several years, Jason Chang in Pastels and Gerald Brommer in collage. Jean has her degree in Business Management and considers herself a life long student. She has never "finished" school since every year of her life she has taken at least one course, typically she takes 3-5 a year. 'Student' is just one of the many hats she wears. She is an avid reader, writer and artist. She loves music of all kinds and is greatly influenced by music selections when creating works of art.
Although her work has been influenced by many artists; Bourque, has a style all her own. Many people are able to recognize her work as a Jean Bourque original. If you need directions to the July art show; would like to call in a "To Go" order or inquire about menus or open hours; please call The Starving Artist Cafe at (803) 791-3770. To read more about the Cafe see the post below.

yours truly;

Painting by Jean Bourque

"Heart Series #2" Painting by Jean Bourque c

Put ARTSAILS1 blog in your favorites and be sure to check back often for more details on upcoming art shows!

The actual URL is http://artsails1.blogspot.com/

Sunday, July 1, 2007

The Starving Artist Cafe Showing Jean Bourque Art

During the month of July art work by international artist Jean Bourque will be on display and for sale at The Starving Artist Cafe at 1103 "B" Ave. West Columbia, SC . (not too far from Zesto's) The oil painting above is "Yellow Brickroad" inspired by the book and movie "The Wizard of Oz". Emerald City is shown to the far right of the painting and since this is just a small slice of the yellow brick road; there is no clear cut path as to how one gets there. This 24 by 18 inch piece of art was part of the SC Oil Painters Invitational and was juried to tour 12 venues for a year. Besides that it was also juried by Dean Mitchell into an Art Show at Fort Walton Beach, FL. Since the owners of The Starving Artist Cafe had a poster up about "The Wizard of Oz" it was only natural that the artist would exhibit this special piece.
Jean Bourque has selected 17 pieces of art for this wonderful multi room art show, filling the entire restaurant. The art collection includes six oil paintings, and other paintings include the use of mixed mediums such as silk, paper and gold collages, acrylic paintings, a large mixed media neon colored pastel under glass called "Night Lights at the Fair", and even an enhanced monotype print on an acrylic background with pastels; entitled "Pink House of Art" a rather unique take on the artist's first home purchased, which was a pink house.
The largest piece is a 3 foot by 2 foot silver aluminium framed work entitled 3-3-3. The piece was done as an emotional release; when the artist's son Adam had to leave USA to go to Kuwait with the US Army on March 3, 2003, before the war was declared. The piece is set on a sky colored background and one can feel the strong emotions evoked looking at the work. Although the work is about something as unpleasant as a son going off to war, it is felt that many people can relate to the emotional traumas of life and feel a sense of unity with this painting. The painting is pleasant to look at with its pastel colors and pretty clear blue sky.
While enjoying the art work at The Starving Artist Cafe you can have lunch or dinner, dine on the nightly specials or have one of their great desserts; perhaps Red Velvet cake. You may want to try the delicious Chicken Salad Montage with fruit and walnuts a special old fashioned recipe like mamma used to make. Their Tuesday evening special is an entree called; "Country Style Steak". My dining companion enjoyed it so much; she got an extra one to go. The wait staff tells us this is the house favorite. The menu says they also have daily vegetarian specials.
Tom Wood (co-owner) had been involved with the theater at The Village Square Theatre in Lexington. With that in mind; he decided to include late night hours for Friday and Saturday nights. The Starving Artist Cafe stays open until 2 am. They feature a late night brunch from 11:30 pm to 2 am which is the perfect alternative to existing late night places. So after a night of theater, a night on the town or after dancing and clubbing stop in and have a delicious Eggs Benedict or the yummy Bananas and Pecan French Toast.
You can call ahead for "You Go Girl Gourmet" or for directions at 803-791-3770.
Hope to see you there....
yours truly;

Art & Books Happen; But Movies; Maybe Not

Painting by Jean Bourque c July 2007

Last night; I wanted to see Michael Moore's "Sicko". I was very disturbed to find it was only playing way up Forest Dr. near 77; with a start time of 7 PM. All week long I saw him talking about it on talk tv. It's odd too; because I rarely watch tv; but everything I watched, it seemed he was on. Since I was house and dog sitting; I did watch more than normal.

A plan to go to Damon's restaurant; normally would have gotten us out in time; however a crowd came rushing in, within minutes after we placed our appetizer order. Needless to say; it made for a noisy and distracting dinner and the wait and cook staff obviously had a huge increase in work loads. We left there at 7:20. Since our plan had been foiled; we scanned the papers for another time; the next viewing was at 9:45. This meant we had time to explore art and books!

I had been wanting to go to the Rita Smith Gallery and of course Barnes and Noble at Richland Mall in Columbia, SC so decided that would be a good way to spend some time. At B&N; I couldn't resist getting a Starbucks coffee and a huge peanut butter cup cookie. I ate that up and then decided to go to the gallery.

The gallery had a lone worker and she appeared to be reading a book; but greeted me with a cheerful; hello. I said hello as well and proceeded on my mission to see what artists and what art was being shown at Rita's. Fellow blogger; Harriett Hilton of Artistic Musings had recently told me she would be starting to show her work at this gallery; so I had to check it out. The worker got busy with a potential client and I wandered around for awhile. Eventually, I found my way back to B&N and purchased a book on ads from the 60's; which I strangely found very inspirational, especially the car ads. Then I left and headed up Forest Dr. to the show.

While waiting in line, I noticed it didn't say the movie was playing on the little signs above the sales box; but I waited patiently and proceeded to request tickets for the "Sicko" movie and was told they didn't end up getting the movie. They were slated to get it and for some reason the movie was pulled from their roster. Why? She didn't know. The people behind me in line were disappointed too. I have seen this happen over other controversial movies in the past year and felt really disheartened. Hopefully I will get to see the movie; without having to leave town.
Yours truly;

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