Sunday, February 22, 2009

Roller Derby Sun March 1 Jamil Temple Columbia

Beware The Thighs of March is the catchy little phrase advertising the next Roller Derby event to be held March 1 at the Jamil Temple off St. Andrews Rd on Jamil Rd. which is the Frontage Rd. running between St. Andrews Rd. and Piney Grove Rd.

Our Roller Derby women here put on a great show last month with a huge stomping when the creamed the out of town team. Now if you have never been to a Roller Derby bout let me warn you; do not sit on the floor at the corners as you may get run over! If you like the rumble action maybe you should sign up to be a ref; I hear they are often recruiting.

If you like tail gating you will love the event pre-bout in the parking lot. If not; come on in and enjoy the people watching. Like no other event the crowd truly runs the gamut from blue haired punks to blue haired old ladies and everything in between. Seriously I was amazed at the huge variety in types of people here.

They do have food, snacks, soda, water and beer for your dining and drinking pleasure.
Bout starts at 6:3o pm; doors open at 5:30 admission $12. at the door. Free parking. After party at Bawa Oyster; former home to cousin Bill's behind Waffle House on St. Andrews Rd. Columbia.

FL- Tradition/Innovation Coming to SC Sept 2009

Tradition/Innovation: American Masterpieces of Southern Craft and Traditional Art opens at the Pensacola Museum of Art with a reception on February 27 from 6-8pm.
NOTE: This event will be coming to Sumter, SC in Sept and Oct. 2009!

Tradition/Innovation will remain on display in Pensacola through April 25.
Opening remarks will be made by Southern Arts Federation Deputy Director, Mollie Lakin-Hayes, and Florida Division of Cultural Affairs member, Lois Benson. Artist Barbara Meloy will provide a basket-weaving demonstration. The event is sponsored by Drs. Martha and Joseph LoCicero. Tradition/Innovation: American Masterpieces of Southern Craft & Traditional Art is a project of the Southern Arts Federation, and is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

Rhythm and Roots Southern Music Traditions

Rhythm & Roots, Southern Music Traditions is the first SAF exhibit to feature music and musicians from the South. Utilizing text panels, artifacts, fieldwork, photographs, and sound recordings, the exhibit provides context for music traditions and their relationship to community. The exhibit features an audio component that allows museum visitors to experience the voices and music of Southern music traditions.While the South has a rich tradition of deeply rooted music forms-Appalachian, Blues, Bluegrass, Cajun, Country and Gospel among them. The region is also home to numerous transplanted music traditions. Music from Asian, Caribbean, Latino and Native American communities is constantly evolving and flourishing in new environments. Visit the Rhythm & Roots:
Photo Gallery
For Rhythm & Roots booking information visit
or call (404) 874-7244 x 28.

Indiegrrl Womens Music Festival 2009

Blue Ridge Mountains, GA 2/21/2009

Jonica Gap Campground proudly presents

"Indiegrrl Fest 2009"!!
June 19 & 20, 2009
A Music and Arts festival in the GA Mountains
Reserve your tickets now, call 706-374-5465. tell them artsails1 sent you! For two days of music, comedy and more. Festival presented by Indiegrrl Women in the Arts, a non profit association; raising money for cancer research. Visit the websites; click for complete details at:
Listen to great music; enjoy the vendor booths and have fun in the mountains of GA!
Yours Truly;

What is Folk Art- Upcoming Exhibit by SAF

Folk A.R.T. IS*

(Folk) A.R.T. IS* is an artifact-based exhibit that features the work of 21 self-taught artists from nine Southern states. Through various media including painting, textiles, and woodcarving, these individuals illustrate their artistic vision and spiritual journeys, document social and political issues, and share memories of family and home.

Their work is often referred to as "visionary" or "outsider" art because it does not typically fall within the parameters of fine or contemporary art. Through text panels and photographs, exhibit visitors will learn about the artists' inspiration, and the context in which they work.
Visit the (Folk) A.R.T. Is* Photo Gallery or Exhibit Specifications and Pricing

Supporting materials include a 60-minute documentary film, All Rendered Truth, produced by Patrick Long, and exhibit catalog. Original art for this exhibit is from the extensive collection of Scott Blackwell, founder of the Folk Artist's Foundation in Flat Rock, North Carolina. This tour of (Folk) A.R.T. IS* is developed in partnership with the Folk Artist's Foundation and Center for Craft, Creativity and Design, a regional public service center of The University of North Carolina, in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Columbia call for Artists - Tour of Homes

Call For Artists
The Historic Elmwood Park Neighborhood Association will celebrate its 28th Tour of Homes & Gardens on Saturday, April 18th, 2009. As part of the festivities, Elmwood Park will highlight the arts through display, demonstration and interactive artistic events. Artists will have the opportunity to display their work in historic homes, on shaded porches, or in the neighborhood park while thousands of people experience the tour. Artists will display their work, sell their work, and create work on-site as they desire.

There are no exhibit fees or sales commissions associated with exhibiting at the Elmwood Park Tour of Homes Art Exhibit. Painters, sculptors, textile artists, photographers, jewelry makers, and any other form of the arts are welcome. Don’t miss this opportunity to showcase your work at one of Columbia’s most unique, emerging arts venues.

If you are interested in showcasing your work in this setting, please contact Mark Brown at 733-1620, or via email at, by Friday, March 6th, 2009. Space is limited so you will be requested to send digital photographs of at least three examples of your work for a jury selection process. Upon selection, all artists will be notified and a coordination meeting set up between homeowner host and artist. Thanks in advance for your consideration

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Columbia SC Painting Day Sat 2/21 Invitation

COME PAINT WITH Columbia artists and have lunch too

We will paint at the Columbia Historic Houses on Saturday 21 February, 2009. We will meet on the corner of Taylor Street and Henderson Street, right across the street from Township Auditorium at 10:00 AM. Dave Phillips will be leaving the museum parking lot at 9:50 AM. We start later than usual because the grounds at the Historic Houses do not open until 10:00 AM. We will work until 12:30 PM, hold our critique, and adjourn to Di Prato's, which is located at 342 Pickens Street. Someone will lead us there, if you don't know the way. Di Prato's is a great place to eat and we usually can all hear each other at the table, so, the fellowship is good too. Join us if you can.

Runaway Runway Fashion Columbia

Many of you may remember last year's Runaway Runway Fashion show made of recycled items hosted by the Columbia Design League which was a huge success. A few timing glitches and a little dispute between the host Rhett Anders and the hostess, drag queen Lady Chablis were caught on film and I am sharing that with you here. I still think Jillian Owens was the clear winner. Perhaps a better way of scoring; maybe electronic ballets would insure the winner getting the winner title and prizes. Can't wait to see this year's crop of talented designers!

Warning: Explicit verbage on the clip.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Lily Allen New CD slated to be number one in USA

Lily Allen the charming British Pop Singer that got her start as an independent on myspace is soon to be breaking number one with her latest CD on American Soul. She tells us she is really excited as she has never had a number one not even in England. Her last CD "Alright Still" I purchased as soon as it hit the market and I have been listening to it all week while travelling the Southern Roads working.

This week; when I hit the road for Charleston SC I simply must stop first at a shop and get the new CD. It will be such fun driving about and listening to her latest tunes on "It's Not Me, It's You".

Give her a listen at:
WARNING EXPLICIT LYRICS : Although she looks sweet and the radio has made her music sound like its bubble gum pop; her lyrics are quite explicit so, if you are easily offended or would prefer not to hear the f word and others than perhaps you shouldn't listen.

Do you see what I see? Coastal Photography

Photography by Jean Bourque

The water was still as I shot this scene, but in a short time a boat came speeding by and broke the beautiful silence of the moment. I love the way this photo came out because it looks like the water goes on to eternity as it melts into the heavens above. The clouds are soothing and the lone palm tree makes a majestic statement on the backdrop of blue. I purposely left the fencing in the photo as an additional visual cue to add meaning to the shot. I hope you can see what I see and enjoy a beautiful day on the Eastern coast of Florida, USA. Happy Valentines Day.

yours truly

Jean Bourque

Roller Derby Sun March 1 Columbia Quad Squad

Laurent Bourque Worth a Listen

Great new music by independent label Laurent Bourque of Montreal Canada.

Click and enjoy.
Yours truly;
Jean Bourqe

Friday, February 13, 2009

Tai Chi Mastery Workshop Columbia SC

Tai Chi Mastery February 21, day and evening sessions

A Special Workshop by Master Eric Sbarge in Columbia, SC

The workshop will be held at the Columbia Tai Chi Center, 2910 Rosewood Dr., Columbia, SC, the school of Peaceful Dragon student, Sifu Wes Adams, and is perfect for beginners and advanced, old and young alike.

Session I: 9:30am-4:30pmEssential Tai Chi Health and Energy Building MethodsThrough lecture, discussion and hands-on applications you'll gain a thorough understanding of Tai Chi's key philosophical principles and how to put them directly to work for your own health and well-being. Emphasis will be on perfecting your posture, smoothing transitions between movements, and refining tui shou (push hands) patterns.

Session II: 6:00pm-9:30pmTai Chi Self-Defense and Combat Applications

You'll learn principles, strategies and methods to maximize your inherent power, and minimize your disadvantages. See how positioning and leverage allow you to make the most of your physical and energetic power.

About Master Eric SbargeMaster Sbarge is the director and head instructor of The Peaceful Dragon in Charlotte, NC, the largest center for tai chi, Shaolin kung fu, Chinese yoga and Zen meditation in the Carolinas. In 2005 he was inducted into the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame as Outstanding Kung Fu Master.

Workshop Tuition: Space is limited; this is a first come, first served event. Register right away to ensure your spot. Payments by Cash Only.

Session I only: General Public $130; A.C.C.S. affiliated student $90. Session I and II combined: General Public $180; A.C.C.S. affiliated student $120. After February 10, add $15. (A 50% non-refundable deposit required to hold your reservation. Sorry, no refunds under any circumstances unless event is cancelled by Columbia Tai Chi Center).

Columbia Tai Chi Center On Rosewood is near the Publix Store.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Would you go Bald to Save a Child?

St. Baldrick's Shaving heads to help raise awareness for kids and childhood cancer research

Okay...This is about something that is near and dear to many of us; Kids. Right! we love kids and kids are the future. Please read this and think about participating and donating to a very good cause. One of my brothers (Ron) had cancer as a child and he is now in his 40's. So; he lived to tell about it; I hope all kids can. He survived 3 years of treatments, operations, hospital life and radiation. Our family survived the long commutes to Boston General with community support and I hope everyone will show their support for a great cause so more kids can live to tell their story!

Saturday 3/21 at Jillian's in the Vista starting at 1 and going until as long as it takes!
They have 28 registered shaves (10 women) and they want 100...long ways to go.
The St. Baldrick's Foundation is an extraordinary organization doing amazing work to bring an end to children's cancer. This is a great cause.

If you are on Facebook; look them up and get more details.
yours truly
Jean Bourque

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Jeff Liberty Band in Charleston SC Feb 12, 2009

Feb. 11, 2009

Jeff Liberty Band with Motherless Chillin' performs live at the Blind Tiger in Charleston SC on Thurdsday Feb 12th start time is 8PM. If up you are in Charleston for the blues festival; do not miss this band.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

SC State Museum: Art Business Workshop

Columbia , S.C. – The South Carolina State Museum will present a four-day workshop for artists entitled “The Business of Art During Hard Economic Times” on Feb. 14, 15, 22 and 28.

Conducted by art conservator and instructor Tony Rajer, the intensive workshop will provide artists with the essential tools to develop an art business plan and marketing strategy as well as valuable tips from field professionals on promoting art and prospering as an artist. Each student will write an individual business plan tailored to his or her needs.

Additional topics include portfolio preparation, gallery contacts and how to get an artist’s work seen. Students are encouraged to bring examples of their art to this useful workshop.

Rajer is an art conservator and instructor at the University of Wisconsin at Madison . He also is the author of the new book Museums, Zoos and Botanical Gardens of Wisconsin and a forthcoming book on the business of art.

The cost of the four-day workshop is $100. Class times are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14 and Saturday, Feb. 28, and from 1-5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 15 and Sunday, Feb.22. Participation is limited; please register early.

For more information, call (803) 898-4952 or email To pre-register, call (803) 898-4999.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Crafty Feast- Call for Artists and Crafters

Crafty Feast is now accepting applications for Columbia, SC’s first juried, independent craft fair. Crafty Feast is part of an all-day Ribs and Renaissance Festival to be held on May 30th, 2009, at Hyatt Park in the Eau Claire neighborhood and will include live music, films, special
events and a celebrity ribs cook-off. Crafty Feast is supported by volunteers and the Eau Claire Community Council and is part of the larger neighborhood festival. The Crafty Feast portion of the festival will consist of a big tent filled with up-and-coming artists focusing on experimental and unique handmade or re-purposed crafts. For $65 .00 we include one large tent, a 6 or 8 foot table, two chairs, advertising, coffee and donuts. All you need to bring is your display! Deadline to apply online is March 1st, 2009. Apply online, check out the jury, and read our frequently asked questions section. A panel of 5 independent artists will serve as jury. For further information please contact: Debi Schadel or go to the CraftyFeast website.

Jeff Liberty Solo Tonight Feb. 6th in Irmo SC

Jeff Liberty

will be doing a solo acoustic performance in St. Andrews Rd. area (near exit ramp off I26) Irmo, SC on Feb. 6 (tonight) at The Bawa Oyster Co. It used to be Cussin' Bill's years ago. Liberty has made a reputation of playing hot scorching guitar blues. He has his own sound and if you would like to hear a sample; I have posted "disturbin' the peace" on my music player on my myspace page. Enjoy!
For the Jeff Liberty website click here.

Support our local musicians! Columbia's got Talent!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Check out Empty Easel Newsletter

Empty Easel Newsletter Sample for the week ahead...

The empty easel newsletter is full of information and I thought some of you may enjoy reading that website; so I have posted it here as a courtesy; to share with other artists. To find out more please click on the link above and check it out. Yours Truly; Jeanee

"Monday in Motivation - Taking steps to become a professional artist can be pretty scary, and for many artists, just the fear of failing keeps them from ever really trying in the first place. Tomorrow I’ll explain some practical methods for artists to get past that fear of failure and start working towards their goals."

"Tuesday in Painting Tutorial - Dianne Mize has good compositional tutorial on the rule of thirds coming up this Tuesday. Among other things, she shows how to push the rule to its natural limits to create more exciting, dynamic paintings."

"Wednesday in Featured Artists - Drop in to see the work of a Croatian-born artist living in Ireland who goes by the name Darko. As you’ll notice on Wednesday, his oil paintings match his name: moody, with expressive brushstrokes and surreal imagery."

"Thursday in General Art Advice - Is it possible to achieve a nearly-traditional art education just by using free resources online? Rose Welty thinks so, and she’s working on a series of articles to explain how. Catch her first post on Thursday. "

"Friday in Art Opinion - Small-town artists take heart—Angela Fehr has 4 reasons why you don’t have to be a big city artist to be a successful one. I’m sure many of you will agree with her, too. :)"