Wednesday, December 31, 2008

"Embrace" Roger Hutchison's Artwork

Artwork is in acrylics on Canvas

by Roger Hutchison of Columbia, SC

"Embrace" c 2008 Roger Hutchison

I had the opportunity to meet Roger just recently. He absolutely loves doing art and is very passionate about working with his hands and found objects. He has a warm personality and you can tell not only does he love art but he really cares about people. Roger is a newcomer to the art scene yet he has made wonderful strides and taking Columbia by storm with his hand painted brightly colored canvases. Roger has quickly become one of the top selling artists in Columbia, SC. I will be interviewing Roger soon so you can all hear about his wonderful adventures in the Columbia art world and more about the man behind the art.

Happy new year!

January 10 2009 Concert with Dance

SC Philharmonic and VISTA Ballroom
In Concert Together,
January 10 , 2009
@ The Koger Center For The Arts.
For Tickets Please Call
Capitol Ticket Office: 803-251-2222

Monday, December 29, 2008

Preview of Interview with Barbie Mathis

Barbie Mathis is by far one of the top selling Columbia SC artists. She is also very well liked and respected in the art community. Everyone admires Barbie's work. She has a gentle understated way about her that draws people to her and her art. Her art is very detailed and often features beautifully rendered flowers. People have asked me if Barbie's art is done with colored pencil. I have specifically asked Barbie and this group are all watercolors. On occasion she does do landscapes in oil.
Recently; I had the opportunity to interview Barbie. Watch my blog this week as I will be posting it soon. Happy New Year!!!

Barbie Mathis: Enlightened Eloquence

Watercolor by Barbie Mathis "Enlightened Eloquence" c 2008.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

MUSIC: Fallen Kings Headliners Jan 2, 2009

Fallen Kings to perform at Headliners Jan 2, 2009. Celebrate the return reunion of former band members from the 90's in an all new group with a new drummer. They have a great sound and they are as yet unsigned; but with this sound; they should land a contract soon... given the right support locally and the talent to network; these guys will be national headliners! Come out and show your support for our local musicians. They have created new songs and you can listen to them or buy the single at myspace. Click above link. Take a listen on search Fallen Kings if the above link isn't live on your screen.
Request line at 93.5 FM Radio!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Amazing Art Sales in this Economy

Columbia, SC. Recently, two artists have proven economy doesn't matter when you have art that has mass appeal and a personality combined with talent, determination and faith. Barbie Mathis of Lexington, SC has single handedly sold 14 originals, had numerous consignments and sold several prints all in the past 4 weeks. These sales were all made at the Sand Hills Village Gallery in the former Bombay Company Store, in Columbia, SC. This has made Barbie the highest selling artist at Sandhills. Barbie's paintings are highly detailed flowers ranging from photo realistic roses to irises with a minimalist background. They are stunning and I think what captures people's attention is the crisp spring feel and everyone loves flowers. Barbie's work can be seen at SandHills Village Gallery.

Then there is Paintings by Roger; featuring the artwork of Roger Hutchison. He is currently having a show at Frame of Mind on Main St in Columbia SC. On his opening night ten pieces sold and I have heard several more have sold since then. Rogers work is bright, eye catching and takes you to a place of playful freedom. I can understand the appeal as I am also attracted to Roger's artwork. He does all his acrylics without brushes. He actually uses his hands to hand paint the canvases in bright colors with some geometric qualities. You can still see Rogers work at Frame of Mind until January 8, 2009.
What is so amazing about Barbie and Roger's sales is that prior to this month as a professional artist in Columbia SC for well over a decade; I had never heard of any artist in Columbia having this kind of sales and to hear of two in one month in a bad economy really makes me stand up take notice. My hat goes off to both of them. Congratulations Barbie and Congratulations Roger!!! Great job! Watch ARTSAILS1 Blog for interviews with Barbie Mathis and an interview with Roger Hutchison and more visuals of their work.
NOTE: Photo of Barbie Mathis Artist at Sandhills Village in the NE section of Columbia, SC. *

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Arts Action Fund Newsletter

The Tapestry of Life by Jean Bourque
a fiberart mixed media assemblage

Are you an Art Lover? Are you an Advocate for the Arts?
Do you do whatever you can to show your support for the arts? Now is the time to take Action! Here is an Arts Action Fund newsletter. Recently US funding for the arts had been cut at the National level which has had a ripple effect in SC and locally in Columbia.

Artists, art lovers, art buyers, art museum attendees, museum staff, musicians, painters, poets, writers, dancers it has effected all of us.
Here is... the news with a ray of hope:

"Dear Jean;
As your voice on the national stage, the Americans for the Arts Action Fund advocates for the arts and arts education policies that affect all of us. Now, as a new administration prepares to take office, we have a once in a lifetime opportunity to ensure that the arts prosper for generations to come.

Join the Arts Action Fund as an Arts Advocate, and make your voice heard. It’s free and easy!Our members made support of the arts an important part of this historic election—and that work is now coming to life in the presidential transition. In a recent interview on Meet the Press, President-elect Obama discussed his plans to make an impact through arts and culture at the White House, saying that he is "thinking about the diversity of our culture and inviting jazz musicians and classical musicians and poetry readings in the White House so that, once again, we appreciate this incredible tapestry that's America." We’ve made amazing strides, but our most important opportunities are still ahead of us. Now is the time to send the message that we expect the new administration to enact arts-friendly policies as part of their sweeping economic and education plans. Add your name to thousands of others who have gone on the record with their support, and play your part for the arts! As an Arts Advocate, you’ll receive:• Coaching, tips, and easy-to-use tools to effectively voice your support for arts issues;• The email edition of Arts Action News, which provides the most up-to-date information on shaping arts advocacy;• Special alerts when your participation can make a critical difference on an urgent vote;• Members-only reports like our just-released 2008 Election Impact on the Arts (click here to download), our biennial Candidate Arts Survey, and our Congressional Arts Report Card.

You will also be eligible to participate in and contribute to the members-only Arts Action Fund Political Action Committee (PAC), dedicated exclusively to electing pro-arts federal candidates. Just look at the results of this last election cycle to see the difference this support can make! By becoming an Advocate Member of Americans for the Arts, you can help nourish the creativity and innovation that makes our nation thrive. Become an Arts Advocate today!


Robert Lynch
President & CEO
Arts Action Fund

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Call for Performing Talent; New Venue Columbia SC

A new opportunity to showcase your talent...
on Main Street USA.... Columbia, SC

Fresh new business with a big city flavor....
Looking for local talent; musicians, singers, and spoken word artists...

Venue will be smoke free and well lit. Venue anticipates start up mid January.

Contact ARTSAILS1 for email sign up or to sign up contact info for your fave group or performer. More details to follow in January.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Do you want to be on Dancing with the Stars?

Columbia and Greenville...Here is your chance to learn some great moves and or watch some great moves....

Tango Dreams in the Vista ...
has a website now at
Would you like a night in Buenos Aires
I know I would...
Coming to Greenville, SC in Feb.
Want to learn to Dance....Really Dance
Find out more at Tango Dreams

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Pottery by Paul Moore at Hart Gallery

Hart Gallery of Fine Art

6729 Two Notch Rd. Columbia SC

Photograph: Pottery by Paul Moore. Photo by Jean Ehler.

Need Two or more Strong People for Jan-Mar 2009

I need two strong people willing to work some overnights and or super early morning (starting at 2, 3 or 4AM) in grocery stores assisting with changing out huge coffee displays including grinder and bulk coffee. Hours would depend on each store's management team.

Must be strong and able to lift heavy equipment that is tall. Must be in good health and have good back, knees and hands. Must be organized, good with paperwork and follow up, able to schedule with store managers, have a cell phone, be good with tools, have a computer, an email account and be able to travel throughout SC. This is a temporary job. Could be a couple that enjoys working together or two people that know each other and want to work as a team. Will also take applications from individuals that are interested and add you to crews or as a back up person.

Would be great for college students that have a light course load and are very fit, dependable and willing to work. Great job to pay off those holiday bills. Also good for someone that has been out of work or on a commission job and wants to earn some income while looking for their fulltime position or working part time elsewhere. This job will pay $10. an hour; part time temporary position; as needed; with less than 40 hours each week.

If you are interested and have a Drivers License, an insuranced car, citizenship and want to work temporarily; please contact Jeanee immediately at Please provide your contact information and any experience you may have related to this type of work. If you have any grocery or reset merchandiser experience please send your resume as an attachment. Please send two business or academic references.

This is a temporary job. When the coffee sets are completed statewide we cannot guarantee a position with the company. We work in the finest chain of grocery stores around SC.
Thank you.

Call to Artists - A Singular Creation Website

A Singular Creation (ASC) 3rd Annual Art Competition; open to artists worldwide, working in any media, excluding video. Large cash prizes and publication awards - as well as promote all artists heavily on site. All artists' portfolios will remain on permanently. The competition will be juried by ASC founder, along with a small panel of ASC judges.
The fee for entry is $25 for up to 15 images. The deadline for submission is February 28, 2009.
Winners will be notified by March 15, 2009. Exhibition will begin on March 16, 2009.
We will be awarding Large Cash Prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. The way it will work is somewhat unique. For every $25 entry, $15 will be set aside for prize money. That means for every 100 participants, we will award $1500 in cash. If we get 200 participants, we will award $3000 in cash. The breakdown of the prize money will be as follows:
1st Place: 50% of the total prize money
2nd Place: 33.33% of the total prize money
3rd Place: 16.67% of the total prize money
Publication Awards: Nine (9) artists will be awarded a display in the critically acclaimed periodical, New American Paintings.
How To Enter
Submit Payment You can make your payment by clicking one of the payment options on their website; Google or PayPal payments. You must register at their community forum; Here is the link to register. If you are already a registered member skip to the next step. If you are having trouble registering for any reason, email Joe Barrouk at He will create an account for you. After you have registered; email Joe Barrouk at In the email, provide Your full name; The username you chose during registration. They will set up your contest album for you. You will get a verification email letting you know that you have been added to the Art Contest - Your Name usergroup on A Singular Creation. Once you receive that email, you can then start uploading your images. Please allow up to 2 days, as this is a manual process. You are now ready to start uploading your images. We have created an album for you with your name that only you can access. Log into the gallery here and then follow the instructions below. Start by clicking the link that says: "UPLOAD FILE". (image 1 below) Next, select the correct album to place your image. Make sure that you select the 3rd Annual Competition album with your name. (image 2 below)
Then, browse your computer for files. (images 3 and 4 below) Finally, add the image details in the appropriate fields. Title and Medium are mandatory. Everything else is optional. Click "Upload File". (image 5 below) Click on the images below for a demo.

Start by clicking the link that says: "UPLOAD FILE".
Next, select the album that you want to place the image. Make sure that you select the 3rd Annual Competition album with your name. Then, browse your computer for files.
Select the image you want to upload. Finally, add the image details in the appropriate fields. Title and Medium are mandatory. Everything else is optional. Click "Upload File".
Note: At any time, you can view or edit your images. Follow this link and select the album with your name. If for any reason, you are having trouble uploading your images, please email Joe Barrouk at for assistance.
Submission Guidelines
Participants can submit up to 15 images.
Images are not to exceed 1024KB in size or 2048 pixels width or height.
Images must be in jpg or tiff format.
Images must have the title and medium provided.
Terms and Conditions
Entries must be submitted by the original artist or photographer. You must be the sole owner of the copyright of the image you submit. Images must be appropriate for public display. Obscene, pornographic, disturbing or otherwise inappropriate photos will be removed from the contest without warning. A Singular Creation has sole discretion as to what constitutes inappropriate content. All participating artists retain full copyrights of their images. A Singular Creation will not profit by your images in any way. However, by submitting an image to this competition, you give us the right to display the image anywhere within the A Singular Creation domain or for promotional purposes and to resize, convert and recompress the photo for viewing convenience and/or faster loading.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

New Photographic Print by Jean Bourque


by Jean Bourque c 2008

Prints now available * Assorted Sizes*

Framed and unframed Print can be seen at Hart Gallery Opening Thursday Dec. 11, 2008 from 5-8 pm. The gallery address is at 6729 Two Notch Rd. Columbia, SC. Email for driving directions. For purchasing information: contact the artist by email or by comment on the site here. Thanks.

Call for Artists for Dec. 19th

This just in; on my FaceBook email box today... this is verbatim...

Hi Jean,
Glenforest is having the Masters Singers again Dec 19 and were wondering if any artists would like to come again like last year. Sorry it's such short notice, but we have a lot of staff changeover since last year. If interested, call the school and ask for Linda (not Linda Branham; Linda from Clemson)
For further info I have added:
Susan Lee; Art Instructor at Glenforest School in West Columbia, SC. Master Singers is the Palmetto Master Singers and they do a great performance at the school as a fundraiser. The event is on a Friday evening. Click on the Glenforest link to get their phone number and further info either as to be a participating artist or to attend the Palmetto Mastersingers performance or to come out and purchase last minute art gifts in the lobby of the school that Friday evening.