Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Hear the Talent Dec. 3rd 7:30 PM Columbia SC

2008-2009 Southern Exposure New Music Series season
Wednesday, on December 3rd, at 7:30 p.m. in
USC's School of Music Recital Hall
Featuring Phillip Bush
Located at 813 Assembly Street 2nd Floor in Columbia, SC
- next to the Koger Center - Admission is free.

Southern Exposure is especially pleased to feature the remarkable talents of Phillip Bush, an internationally renowned pianist and much sought-after chamber musician who performs around the world, but calls Columbia home. Since making his critically acclaimed Carnegie Hall debut with the London Sinfonietta (replacing an ailing Peter Serkin on short notice).

Mr. Bush has performed with the Houston Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Bargemusic, as well as members of the Emerson, Guarneri, Tokyo, Orion, and St. Lawrence string quartets, among many others.

Columbia's Got Talent; Come hear it!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Columbia Has Got Talent- Come See!!

The longer I live in Columbia, the more I realize how many talented people we have here. We have a very large visual arts community. I probably know over 500 visual artists just in Columbia. By visual I mean artists that paint, draw, sculpt, blow glass, make beads, do photography, graphic arts and design, altered books, fiber artists, wearable arts such as fashion design, home arts such as bowl turning, wood working, assemblage, wall hangings and quilts. We also have a large clay community.

Photograph "Five Points at Night" by Jean Bourque (prints available)

(Taken the night of Advertisers Bail Out)

I know there is the Gourd Art group, a design Group, a live drawing group and the Decorative Art group, not to mention at least 6 professional art associations with at least 50 members or more. I mean the sheer abundance of art here is amazing. This city should be known the world over for its art community. We have more artists here than anyone realizes I am sure of that! Now that I have really thought about this;I probably know closer to 1000 artists.

We have a great music diversity and range of talents; in Columbia at USC, at night spots and outdoor festivals with many bands, groups, soloists and performances all over the City. Just about any night during the week and of course weekends you can find live entertainment. We have poets that publicly preform every week like John Starino in at least 3 different venues that I know of. Go to Verseworks at the Art Bar or Open Mic at H20, Macs on Main, Jammin Java, and many more.

We have legendary musicians like Skipp Pearson performing weekly at Hunterer Gatherer playing the Sax every Thursday night. We have Jeff Liberty on harmonica and guitar singing the blues. That man can sing too. Both of them have been willing to work with new performers and help them get going. There's Danielle Howle playing guitar and singing. This is just to name a few. I mean Columbia has GOT talent. We have a huge artistic community here.

Theater: We have several great theaters such as Trustus is a great venue and sometimes they have alternative features and they are reasonably priced. We have three historic theaters as well as a huge Convention Center and so much more. The Workshop Theater, the Town Theater and much much more. Columbia's Visitors Bureau attracts visitors from all over the world.

Ballet: We have a world class ballet and several other ballet and dance companies. This town is bursting with Talent. You can find ballet and dance performances or take lessons any week in Columbia.

People say they don't know where to find out about what's going on; there should be someplace where all things could be posted. I agree. ARTSAILS1 is my volunteer effort to put out the info I know about. So if you have something for me to post; email me by clicking here at ARTSAILS1. If you applaud my effort; want to add this blog as a link to your site, have news to share or be added to the email list or make a purchase (art and photography is for sale) that would be wonderful as well.

Columbia has got Talent...in every area of the arts...think art, think Columbia!!!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

History of Art Connections using the Internet

Okay; admittedly this is not a SC competition; but I can tell you; I was in an art show with Larry many years ago in Soho (NYC, USA) and I have the old 35mm camera pictures to prove it. This was when very few people were using the internet. We were kindred spirits as we pioneered our way through the web with our art. I even had a web site and it was at a time when that was unheard of among the local artists that I knew in SC. In fact, very few galleries outside of NY and Paris were on line at that time.

Larry and I have stayed friends and I was honored to be his very first featured artist when he opened his first gallery in the mid 90's called Period Gallery. He has since gone on to develop other galleries and this is one of them. Professor Larry Bradshaw had been with the University of Nebraska over 20 years as an Art professor. He literally knew and trained thousands of artists. Here I am with a Business Management degree and he asked me. So...indeed I was honored. In fact I still am.

So here is the latest competition:

Upstream People Gallery http://www.upstreampeoplegallery.com/
5607 Howard Street
Omaha, NE 68106-1257 U.S.A.

is pleased to announce the
“6th Annual Color: Bold/Subtle International
Juried Online Art Exhibiton”

February 1, 2009 - January 31, 2010
(12 month’s show and gallery representation for greater sales and exposure;
artists may exhibit and sale in other venues at the same time)
to apply send the following by Dec. 8, 2008 for early entry (postmark deadline)

•5 slides/CD (or jpegs/tiffs via email)
•List of works with: Name, Postal Address (& email),
Titles, Media, Sizes (HxWxD) & Prices
•Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope (if submitting via postal mail)
•$25 entry/jury/webmaster fee (add $2 using PayPal)

Cash Awards of Excellence, Special
Recognitions and Press Releases published worldwide
and sent to specially recognized artists’ newspaper(s).

NOTE: Several artists have had articles written in their newspaper(s).

Early entry notifications sent: December 15, 2008

Questions: shows@upstreampeoplegallery.com
Or you may download the prospectus at

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Seven Oaks Art league Meets Tonite






6:30 PM

Arts Commission Budget CUTS....FYI

Arts Commission Receives Mid-Year Budget Cut
The Arts Commission has received a 14.2 percent cut
to its FY2009 appropriation, totaling $508,548.
Because the agency began the year with a 2.7 percent reduction
from the previous year, the total reduction for FY2009
stands at 16.9 percent...

Monday, November 17, 2008

Art Reception Monday Nov. 17 at Trenholm Plaza

Trenholm Artists Holiday Market
Members of Trenholm Art Guild
Now offering

Limited Opportunity to view and purchase
original artwork by local TAG artists.
November 17-December 23
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Opening Reception
Monday, November 17, 6-8 pm
Sip and Shop
Friday, November 28, 10 am - 6 pm
Friday, December 12, 10 am - 6 pm
Located in the former Oreck Vacuum Store at Trenholm Plaza
Forest Drive at Trenholm Plaza Home to Publix Supermarket
Special Sunday hours for last minute shopping -
Sunday, December 21, Noon - 4 pm.
See you there!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Membership Drive and Members Swap Art & Sale

Artists Round Table Art Swap and Sale Second Annual Holiday Event

2nd Annual Artists Round Table Christmas Sale, Social & Membership Drive

Join us for an evening of creative gift ideas, networking with artists & light refreshments at Columbia’s Ensor - Keenan House located at 801 Wildwood Avenue in the Eau Claire Community.

Thursday, December 4, 2008 from 6:00pm - 9:00pm

For more information about A.R.T. visitwww.theartistsroundtable.org

Artista Round Table Holiday Show Nov. 20th

Artists Round Table Members Exhibit
Vista Lights Thursday, November 20, 2008

1213 Lincoln Street 5:00pm - 10:00pm

The Members Exhibit will run Thursday through Sunday.
Friday: 12pm - 9pm & Saturday 12pm-9pm.

Please check our website www.theartistsroundtable.org

Phaup's Gallery of Fine Art Thur Dec11 from 5-8PM

Top Row: Oil Paintings by Jean Ehler and Denby Singley Gorman
Next row: Photography by Sandra Phaup;

and Midnight on the Saluda by Jean Bourque

One of Columbia's newest galleries is hosting their first Holiday Market Sale and having a Grand Opening to introduce "Phaup's Gallery of Fine Arts" to Columbia SC holiday shoppers, art buyers and party goers. It will be held from 5-8PM on Thursday Dec. 11th. It will be like an "After Hours" event; similar to those sponsored by the Chamber however this is sponsored by Sandra and Bud Phaup and hosted by the actual artists. We will have a lively spirited group featuring many new art works and little gifts as well as large. We are all a friendly bunch so come on by and have a good time. We look forward to seeing you that Thursday night Dec. 11, 2008 anytime.

If you cannot make it to the reception you can come to NE Columbia; drop in anytime the gallery will be open from 10-6 Mon thru Sat. We are within 2 blocks of the Columbia Mall; not far from I20; I26 and I77. It's easy to get to and well worth the trip. Many of the artists will be selling small works, photography, paintings, pottery as well as prints and greeting cards. We have modern, contemporary, and traditional paintings. The artists will be there and it would be a great time to meet them. Have you been wanting something special for that house with the empty walls? Do you have someone that is impossible to buy a gift for? Let us help you out.This season for our Holiday Market and Grand Opening reception we will have ornaments hand created by our artists as a fundraiser to benefit the gallery and to make it's official debut into the art world.

My heartfelt thanks to our founders; Sandra and Bud. It has been very generous of the Phaup's to support the artists in this way. The Phaup's truly have the Holiday Spirit; not just this year; but every year. Thank you Sandra and Bud!

Yours truly;

Jean Bourque


The Charleston Arts Coalition

This information was found on FACEBOOK...

The Charleston Arts Coalition; their slogan is:

create. sustain. unite.

The CAC is a newly established Charleston based arts group, working for a broad public understanding of, and appreciation for, the positive impact the arts play in enriching cultural, economic, and intellectual life in our community. The CAC provides a network of arts information and resources, which connects all sectors of the community life, and is accessible to the general public. The CAC promotes and helps to create avenues to foster a dynamic arts enviroment by: broadening public access, appreciation, participation, and education in the arts and culture of the area. Mission Statement: The Charleston Arts Coalition aspires to unite, enhance, and sustain the greater Charleston Arts Community.
Charleston, SC

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Frida Kahlo fans shop at Belladonna's

One of my favorite paintings of all time is the one I did called "Frida Excitement". It is a 3 ft x 2ft framed art piece with a surrealistic flair. In the oil painting besides a picture of Frida, I incorporated things that were important to the artist. She loved small animals and was known to have numerous chihuahuas and one is represented in the painting along with a jukebox and a Central American plant native to Mexico.

It is now on display and for sale at Belladonna's on Pendelton St. just below Cornell Arms. If you get a chance to see it; please stop by. "Frida Excitement" will only be there until Dec. 15th. This painting had previously shown at Noonah's on Gervais.

Jean Bourque is a visual artist and writer residing in Columbia SC. She is a member of Trenholm Art Guild, Back Porch Painters and American Writers and Artists Institute. She has previously been published in Carolina Arts and AveNews.

Jean has started a new blog in addition to artsails1. This will allow her to write about health, nutrition, healing, aging, longevity, supplements, experiences as a consumer, various products; going green, teaching art to the elderly and dementia sufferer and other interesting tidbits of life.
She currently is attending various online and evening courses studying herbs, going green, artistic brain fuel, nutritional supports, sound, crystal, energy and aroma therapy, holistic healing, and will become a certified natural health consultant upon completion.

Look for her newest blog at: http://alove4health.blogspot.com/

Wishing you all great health, healing energy, peace and love!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Artsy Happenings In Columbia SC Nov & Dec 08


So much is happening in the art community this fall it's hard to keep up with it all even for the ARTSAILS1 Blog.

The painting here is loaded with holiday colors and even a touch of snow for the complete effect. "Healing" is a mixed media texturized painting on a 20x16 canvas; featuring, burgundy, gold, and green. I was on a second story loft painting with a great friend at her Mountain home in front of floor to ceiling windows with a breathtaking panorama view overlooking the NC mountains. "Healing" by Jean Bourque c 2008 for purchase inquiries click here.

The Trenholm Art Guild will host a Holiday Art Market from Nov. 17 to Dec. 23, 2008. The Opening reception will be Monday evening Nov. 17th 6-8 PM at 18 Trenholm Plaza Columbia. (in the former Oreck store). The gallery hours will be 10-6 Mon thru Sat. We will have a special Sunday opening on Sunday Dec. 21st from noon to six pm. Come on out and show your support for our Art League and our artists. TAG is Columbia's longest running art league the Trenholm Artists Guild. We meet once a month ; our next meeting is Nov. 10th.

The Back Porch Painters Gallery will be open on a daily basis throughout the months of Nv and Dec. They will be hosting a special holiday event with refreshments and new art for your holiday gift giving. If you are a member of Back Porch Painters Art Studio; we have our next meeting on Thursday Nov. 6th. This will be one of the most important meetings of the year; we will discuss the Holiday plans and gallery coverage. Please check back with ARTSAILS1 blog for details of upcoming events with the Gallery at BPP on Two Notch Rd. just down from Columbia Mall near "Fine's Philly Cheese Steak" restaurant. Yours truly is one of the artists in this showcase.

Columbia Museum of Art Holiday Sale Nov 14

It is a busy season for artists without a doubt. We can all take a break; well except for those working this market; and go to the Art Museum Friday Nov. 14 for the Museum Shop Artisans’ Fair and Sale from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Add excitement and art to the holiday season with unusual one of a kind gifts that inspire creativity and make our homes and lives more interesting. The Art Museum will provide Free gift wrapping.

Artists showing and selling their creations are John Benton, Clay Burnette, Anne Cimballa, Melissa Crook, Karen Dickey, Mary Anne Ehasz, Steve Harrell, Patty Hatch, Jennifer Hill, Toni Kelly, Alicia Leeke, Erin-Margaret Moize, Paul Moore, Bohumila Owensby, David Russell, Cindy Saad, Sabine Snykers.

There is no admission fee for the Holiday Market; however refreshments will be available and regular admission applies for entry in Museum galleries. For details phone 803.343.2159