Saturday, August 30, 2008

unearthed at Saluda Shoals in October

Discover Saluda Shoals Park

Be inspired by nature's bounty at the shores of the Saluda River in Saluda Shoals Park in Columbia SC. Featured artists include award winning artists: Barbie Mathis best known for her beautifully detailed rose renderings in watercolor and Alicia Leeke: best known for her lovely impressionistic street scenes with her unusual perspective; taking the audience to Paris. She also creates beautiful hand painted batiks used in her scarves and ties in silk and they must be seen and felt to appreciate how wonderful they are. Alicia was one of the founding members and former president of The Artists Round Table in Columbia, SC.

Also painting will be Michelle McNinch. She has been an art teacher in the Adult Division of Midlands Technical College and has taught many local artist to paint. In addition, Michelle also teaches teenagers the fine arts on a full time basis in the greater Chapin area. Michelle was one of the founding members of the Crooked Creek Art league and one of its first presidents. A gifted artist with many top awards for her paintings; she works in oils and water media and always in a very photo-realistic way.

Artsails1 will post more info about the event and the artists that will be doing demos that day in future editions of this stay tuned.

Alicia Leeke Art Reception in Charleston this Week


Paintings by Alicia Leeke
copyright belongs to the artist

The Charleston Artist Guild Gallery in Charleston, SC, will present the exhibit, Coastal Inspirations, featuring works by South Carolina artist, Alicia Leeke. The exhibition will be marked with an opening preview reception from 5-8 p.m. held Friday September 5. The exhibit will continue until September 30. Using the term she coined for a new era of art, called “Fabaism,” Leeke offers her personal interpretations of Charleston and transforms familiar scenes into modern-day masterpieces. This new body of work focuses on the impact color and abstraction has on landscape painting. The artists' love of the coast extends back into early childhood where family vacations were spent exploring the woods, dunes and tides of South Carolina’s coast. Called a Contemporary Master, her creativity is inspired by the French Salon painters and how they captured history, social conscience and architecture by painting the people and environments surrounding them.

Complementing each painting is a robust combination of dry brush painting techniques to create texture. She manipulates acrylics to capture the thick rich texture of oils and mixes a palette full of rich reds, vibrant oranges, shocking blues and sharp white accents.

Her gentle distortions of linear perspective are a fundamental element to the overall design of her creations and are a necessary ingredient in the composition of her pieces. In fact, they create such a positive visual response that many viewers want to step inside each painting.

The gallery is open Monday through Saturday 10 am to 5 pm and is located at 6 North Atlantic Wharf, off East Bay Street and across from a convenient parking garage. You may contact Alicia about her paintings by calling (803) 429-5456, 888-429-5456, via email at or by visiting her website at

Thursday, August 28, 2008

It's Art Season and I will be Painting!!!


I know I didn't write much this summer and that's okay. Columbia's art scene pretty much dries up for the summer. Fall is almost here now and I hope all ya'll that wanted to enter the SC State Fair Juried Fine Art Show have remembered to do so on line.

A long weekend is upon us and I will be painting. One of my Charlotte NC friends has bought a new home and needs more art. I will be painting in Chroma Interactive Acrylics. These have a longer dry time; making it possible to paint wet on wet which is typically an oil painting thing. I love oil painting but it has very toxic chemicals and the paint takes forever to dry. Not so good for an artist that likes to work multiple paintings at times. I can't tell you how many smeared paintings I had in oil.

With Fall; comes beautiful colors...the colors burst onto the leaves before they fall. The pumpkins, squash and cantaloupes adding new colors to our landscapes. The air smells different and hurricane season is upon us. School has started and after this weekend; vacations will end until we get closer to Thanksgiving.

I'll paint my geometric painting outside without rulers; without lines; without tape and just go freely into the blinding light and follow it where ever the brush takes me. This piece will be filled with feeling and that is what my friend in Charlotte makes me think about. We have been friends for nearly 20 years and visited each other in various states and kept in touch. Feelings... someone that has feelings; that cares and loves geometric art. So to my friend in Charlotte...this is your weekend. I dedicate it to you. I will have to follow up with a visit of course and I can't wait to see the new house; custom built for you; my friend.

Have a GREAT Labor Day Weekend...ya'll.

yours truly;

Jean Bourque

August 29 "if" Art Gallery Opening (Email Bag)

if ART
presents at
Gallery 80808/Vista Studios
808 Lady St., Columbia, S.C.

Roland Albert – Mary Gilkerson – Sjaak Korsten
& Kees Salentijn

August 29 – September 9, 2008

Artists’ Reception: Friday, August 29, 2008, 5 – 10 p.m.
Opening Hours:
Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sundays, 1 – 5 p.m.
Weekdays, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and by appointment

For more information, contact Wim Roefs at if ART:
(803) 238-2351/255-0068 –

For its August – September exhibition, if ART presents at Gallery 80808/Vista Studios The Line According to Roland Albert, Mary Gilkerson, Sjaak Korsten & Kees Salentijn. German artist Albert will present mixed media, mostly wood-based sculptures, and Columbia’s Gilkerson, a new series of monotypes. Dutch painter Salentijn will show paintings, mixed media works on paper, painted ceramic plates, lithographs and silkscreens. Korsten, another Dutch artist, will show mixed media works on paper. Korsten has recently joined if ART Gallery, and the upcoming exhibition will be his first in the United States.
Albert (b. 1944) is a widely respected painter and sculptor in Germany. He is part of the artists’ exchange between Columbia and its German sister city of Kaiserslautern. Albert studied with the famous Greek-American sculptor Kosta Alex in Paris in 1964. In 1970, he graduated from the prestigious Munich Academy of Fine Arts. Albert’s work overall fits European post-World War II contemporary traditions. He shares Joseph Beuys’ love for rough and unfinished materials. Like Art Informel artists such as Spaniard Antoni Tapies and fellow German Emil Schumacher, Albert considers not just forms and shapes important but also the tactile and physical quality of his materials. Gilkerson (b. 1958) has recently completed monotypes for her Three River series based on Columbia’s Congaree, Saluda and Broad rivers. The sometimes strongly abstracted works are based on photos and drawings Gilkerson made earlier this year during walks along the riverbanks. Gilkerson for many years has been prominent on the art scene of the South Carolina Midlands as an artist, critic and curator. She teaches art at Columbia College in her hometown of Columbia. Gilkerson holds BFA, MA and MFA degrees from the University of South Carolina.
Korsten (b. 1957) is widely known and respected in the Netherlands. Not unlike Albert, he works in established post-World War II European modern and contemporary traditions. His work is related to Art Informel artists such as Tapies, Jaap Wagemaker, Wols, Jean Fautrier and Manalo Millares. Much of the focus in their work and that of Korsten is on materials and surface. While Korsten’s work is heavily abstracted, he typically includes representative elements. Korsten’s work has been shown at major European fairs, including TEFAF Maastricht, PAN Amsterdam and the Cologne Art Fair.
Salentijn (b. 1947) is among The Netherlands’ most prominent painters. The initial inspiration leading to his mature style came from post-war American art and from Spanish painters such as Tapies, Antonio Saura, and later Millares. Salentijn developed a personal style that combined the expressionist, painterly swath with smaller but equally expressionist marks that are quick and slightly nervous but sure. Combining vigorous painting with often-childlike imagery, Salentijn’s work eventually placed him in the Northern European, post-war CoBrA tradition of strongly expressionist, abstracted art that containes representational elements. Salentijn’s increased use of figuration in the 1990s confirmed this link. His work is in several European museums. In addition to the 1982 Chicago Art Fair, his work has been represented at major European art fairs, including Art Fair Basel, TEFAF Maastricht, Kunstmesse Cologne and KunstRAI Amsterdam. =

Friday, August 22, 2008

Golden Acrylics Demo held at City Arts

A group of artists recently attended City Arts Golden Acrylic Demo by Mr Garrett; a Golden Rep. It felt like an art league meeting in some ways. Maybe in part because Mr Garrett had done a similar demo at Crooked Creek back a few years ago plus there were artists from a variety of art leagues.

I loved where I was sitting; not so much because I could hear or see the speaker but more because I quickly learned my seat had an artistic advantage. I could clearly see several large works by Bruce Nellsmith. I had the opportunity to look at them from a comfortable seat and contemplate. Although I have always loved his work; I had never had the opportunity to stare at his work. It was almost like peeking inside his brain. Heaven knows I want to paint with Bruce.

Wake up... skins of acrylic paint peeled off freezer paper were being passed around the room. Interesting little pieces of plastic. Clipboards with a shot of medium and a color along with palette knife or a brush were going around too. The prints were pretty cool. Suddenly; I realize I am blessed and I am so happy. Discovery has always been in abundance and among my highest creative gifts. The experience of seeing the things I experimented being shown to the group was a bit of a shock. was fun to hear peoples thoughts on these things.

I did in fact learn a few things and there were a few things I would have loved to share; but at last I was not the teacher nor was I the lead student.(smile) I was just a paying guest at City Arts. I did get my money's worth being able to stare at Bruce Nellsmith's paintings for nearly an hour. Had Bruce been among the group surely he would have taught us even more. He is a professor of art at Newbury College in Newbury, SC.

Since I have not been able to get permission to show his art...I suggest you go to City Arts website and see the art there. Tell Randy; Jeanee says hi.

yours Jeanee

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Dennis Olson - A self taught artist

Every now and then someone will email me and we will become email friends even though we are total strangers. Some of you have actually met me that way. It is fun and I love to write. Of course, now a days I am working so I don't answer every day like I used to. I can't say for sure how long Dennis and I have been writing to one another; probably a year would be my guess.

Dennis emailed me a painting and every now and then he emails me again. He has invited me to participate in shows in his part of the world and I just know we will be in art shows together at some point. Anyway; I am real excited about his latest work and he has agreed I could show it on my blog. Presenting...The work of Dennis Olson.

PrismaColor Portrait Class with Gretchen Parker

Colored Pencil Classes by Gretchen Evans Parker
Class at Pilgrim Church in Lexington this fall.
Two afternoons a week Tuesdays and Thursdays for three weeks,
Sept 16- to Oct 2. from 1:30 PM to 3:30PM Cost $60.
We will focus on portraits but if you can do a still life or landscape

You will need a set of Prismacolor pencils - the largest set you can afford.
Anyone doing portraits will need to get all the pencils in Ann Kullberg's skin palette.

Contact Gretchen with any questions. Phone: 803-238-3714 please visit her new website:
And blog:

Posted from an email sent by Gretchen Parker; edited for length and to 3rd person.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Art Classes by Ingrid Carson Register Now!

Have you been wanting to learn some more new art skills???
Get yourself geared up for 6 week art classes in greater Columbia SC.
Meet and learn from one of ARTSAILS 1 favorite painters;
Award Winning Artist Ingrid Carson

Ingrid says; "Hope you have had lots of wet brushes this summer. "

The classes are held at Ingrid Carson's Studio; at 207 Savannah Branch Trail, Irmo. They are small, and the space is limited. The 6 week class fee is $80. She gives lots of individual instruction.

The schedule is as follows:

Oil Painting Classes:

Tuesday evenings 6 - 8 PM August 12 - September 16.
Wednesday Mornings 9:30 - 11:30 August 13 - September 17.
Thursday Mornings 9:30 - 11:30 August 14 - September 18.
Thursday Afternoon 1:30 - 3:30 August 14 - September 18.

Mixed Media Class:

Friday Morning 9:30 - 11:30 August 15 - September 19.

E-mail me at or call 749-9501

Hope to hear from you.

Ingrid Carson

Flying Without a Plane!

by Jean Bourque

Art Commentary.... "Flying Without a Plane!"

I really love to fly. The idea of waking up in Columbia SC and in several hours being in Bermuda; just entices me. This feeling of flowing with a change into another land or perhaps dimension; is something I have found in creating art.

One of the many wonderful things about being an artist is having the opportunity to continue to learn more as time goes on. We refine our skills and ourselves with every exposure to another art instructor or sometimes even to another art portfolio. Each of us works differently. Some artists are highly experimental; while others are very illustrative and precise. To each their own and sometimes we find we cross paths even in this widely divergent world of art; with all its possibilities.

What we think we know now; later becomes replaced with updated info or a new piece of self found in the puzzles of life. What keeps an artist up to date isn't so much just having a college degree or learning to paint from one or two instructors. Its not just about perfection in one technique, one style, or one medium. No, no, no, it's about so much more. Open your eyes; and see; really look deep. Now close your eyes and see; look real deep. Breathe in breathe out; now do you see? Keep trying...

Throughout art history you see the greats; the well knowns; the famous and the infamous artists all had a common link. That link was being open to experiment with their ideas and techniques, the willingness to expand one's horizons. The fearless moving forward while flying with out a plane; a journey into the unknown. We find out selves through our art; it can be your greatest joy!

All on board; let's fly!

Yours Truly;

Jean Bourque

About the Painting: This is "Jagged Edges" by Jean Bourque an oil painting that measures 36 by 24 inches on Linen. One of my personal favorites.