Saturday, March 21, 2009

Columbia Museum of Art Event news

Columbia Museum of Art from my email box....

Turner to Cézanne and SCETV
See the story of the Davies sisters and get a behind-the-scenes look at the art and the National Museum of Wales in an ETV special documentary on Wed March 25 at 7:00 PM and Sun March 29 at 3:30 PM. The program, filmed partially in Wales, features Oliver Fairclough, keeper of the art at the Museum of Wales, Lord and Lady David Davies, Anne Oldham, librarian at Gregynog, and Bradford Collins of the USC Art Department. The SCETV Web site will feature an online image gallery accompanied by audio and video podcasts featuring commentary by Oliver Fairclough and Mike Tooby from the National Museum of Wales.

Lecture: Revolution in Paint Sunday, March 22
3:00 p.m.North Carolina Museum of Art conservator Perry Hurt presents a slide-illustrated lecture exploring 19th-century French painting and the innovations of the Impressionists, with special emphasis on their choice of pigments. Free with admission or membership.

Contemporaries Annual Oyster Roast on Boyd PlazaWednesday, March 25
5:30 – 7:30 PM. John Cusastis provides interactive entertainment as guests enjoy beer and oysters. In the event of rain, the oyster roast will be rescheduled. $5 or free for Contemporaries members.

Performance: Isla St. Clair Friday, March 27 7:00 p.m.Isla St. Clair, one of Scotland's foremost traditional singers, performs songs complimenting Turner to Cézanne: Masterpieces of the Davies Collection, National Museum Wales. St. Clair is known for the depth of feeling she brings to her country's music, and her performance is a mix of classic and contemporary songs spiced with humorous anecdotes. $7 or $5 for members.

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Jeff Liberty Videos

For music by Jeff Liberty; At the bottom of the front page of this blog at there are videos. These will give you a sample of the music played by Jeff Liberty. Click on one of the first three photos to listen to Jeff Liberty playing guitar and singing the blues.

Hope you enjoy;
yours truly;

701 Whaley St Poetry Reading Sunday March 22

Delight at the renovations sported by the building at 701 Whaley St in Columbia's Mill Village. The turn of the century architectural style of the original building now with a facelift and an interior renovation is worth noting.

(artwork by Jean Bourque
mixed media oil pastels and markers
on paper, c 2005)

At 2 PM on Sunday March 22 their poet in residence Cathy Smith Bowers of Queens University, Charlotte, will be reciting her latest works @ 701 CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART
Poetry reading and book signing; Part of the Working Poems and Stories Series, Artistic Director: Quitman Marshall.
Admission: $5 go to the 2nd floor this Sunday, March 22nd
Cathy Smith Bowers—has "been published in the ...." "The Love that Ended Yesterday in Texas" an award-winner. Cathy grew up in upstate SC and "moved out of it with literature, but always looks back, believing, as she says, that “the essence of our lives is story.” A long-time poet-in-residence at Queens University in Charlotte, she received the Fuqua Distinguished Educator Award there in 2003. "

"Quitman Marshall, a Columbia native living in Beaufort, SC coordinated the Sundown Poetry Series at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in the 1990s, a role which ultimately led to the founding of the Literary Series at Spoleto Festival USA. He's a former chair of the Board of Governors of the SC Academy of Authors and a founding board member of the SC Book Festival. He has published three chapbooks and is currently working on a book of poetry, a narrative and a novel. Marshall has studied across the country with Henry Taylor, Howard Nemerov, James Tate, David Ignatow and Charles Simic. In 1996 he won the Writers Exchange Award sponsored by Poets & Writers, Inc."

About 701 Center for Contemporary Art
701 Center for Contemporary Art (CCA) is a non-profit visual arts center that promotes understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of contemporary art, the creative process and the role of art and artists in the community. The center also encourages interaction between visual arts and other art forms. The Center is located at 701 Whaley Street, Columbia, SC 29201. For more information, visit Upcoming in the 701 CCA Working Poems and Stories Series: Earl Braggs, Michael Chitwood, Ron Rash & George Singleton.
For further inquiries, contact or call 803.238.2351.

Columbia Late Night Food in the Vista; NOT

Okay, occassionally even the most positive girl you know has a pet peeve and here is mine; delivered hopefully with a sense of humor and nostalgia. Hope it makes you laugh and if not; oh well; too bad.

Columbia SC Vista downtown; I have one pet peeve. You see the other night, Tuesday night me and a friend had gone to the poetry slam at Art Bar and we both wanted to get a bite to eat, after. Well, we knew restaurants closed early on week nights so we left about 9:30 PM, thinking we still had about a half hour to get something to eat. We went by a couple places including a pizza place which by all rights should be open until 11 PM and found everything was closed. We ended up at the IHOP. Okay; it was a Tuesday night.

It reminded me of an incident from a few years ago. Me and a couple friends had been to the play Oklahoma; on Memorial weekend 2005. Being a bit nostalgic and running into the same dilemma again in 2009...jogged my memory. True this is a real pet peeve if it continues to plague me; surely others are aggravated by this as well.

We are in the Vista in the capital city on Memorial weekend I thought surely the wings place would be open. Oh yes; we got in the front door; but what's this; the kitchen is closed. It's not even 11Pm and there are two guys standing behind us; they over hear this and ask me; where can we get something to eat? That clearly translates into 5 customers lost and that was only in the one minute window of time; who knows how many people really wanted to eat at 10:45 on a Saturday night of Memorial weekend in Columbia SC, vista downtown?

I thought for sure the wine and tapas place would be serving until at least 1 AM being a Saturday night and all. I told the two guys that and off they went. We too, decided what the heck ; tapas was better than nothing ; but no; as we arrived our two guys (who were actually quite loaded) said they were told the place was closing. We checked with the place anyway, noticing their mental state and sure enough the place was closing. UGH!

Now; I am really upset. We had rushed to the play running late from some other artistic venue and not only was I starving, so were my friends. So it's IHOP; that's it. No other choices? There is something pretty pathetic about a capital city closing up the sidewalks on a holiday weekend so you can't even get a decent meal unless you fit into the magic window of timing. Note to self; must remember eating time has to be before 10:30PM.

NEW note to self on weeknights must eat by 9PM if planning to be at an event in the Vista.
I rea lize this may not be a big deal to many people, but for someone that eats out for most every meal; it is a real big deal. If I cannot find a place to eat; it's not like I can go home and cook something decent. My choices at home are cereal and microwave so by comparision IHOP looks pretty good!

With Love and Gratitude;
yours truly,

Monday, March 16, 2009

Elmwood Park Tour of Homes Artists wanted

From my mail box:

Tour of Homes art showings; Deadline is this weekend.
Just a reminder for this year's tour. I have heard from some of you already and for those of you who are still considering being a part of the artists on the porches this year, please let me know by this weekend if possible.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Mark Brown
EPNA Artist Coordinator

Artists Wanted for West Columbia Riverwalk

Artists Needed The City of West Columbia is seeking twenty-five local visual artists to exhibit/sell during this year's festival. We are seeking talented individuals to participate in the 3rd Annual Riverwalk Music Festival, a free concert and art show. Last year, brought together local, established musicians and gifted artists in a beautiful atmosphere. Join us this year to be part of a dynamic, cultural experience. The free concert will take place on April 18, 2009 at the West Columbia Riverwalk Amphitheater from 2-9pm and will have Rob Crosby and Lauren Lucas performing as well as others. The Artist's Courtyard will be set up in the paved parking lot area. Space is limited to twenty-five artists, so please reserve your place as slots are filling quickly. The City of West Columbia will provide a light refreshment area for the artists. Artists are encouraged to work on site. We encourage artists to sell prints, however, all artwork at the festival must be “G” rated, suitable for children to view, as this venue is open to the public. The fee for this year's event is $20 and a table will be provided though you may bring an extra one if your merchandise demands additional display area. Due to space limitation, tables must be no bigger than 6 feet long. Space is limited and payment will secure your spot. Artists who are interested in participating need to send a sample of their artwork via email or provide a website address for viewing. Some artists have needed to meet with me in person and I am happy to make arrangements if necessary. Thank you for your interest, Roxanne Mockabee Arts Coordinator Email: Phone: (803) 920-3735 Official Website:

Artists friends that did this event last year tell me they really had a lot of fun. Thanks for sending it along to us.

Yours truly
Jean Bourque

Monday, March 2, 2009

Claude Buckley Art at Frame of Mind March 5

frame of mind will be hosting the artist Claude Buckley. The reception will be on Thursday March 5th on Main St right across from the Art Museum in Columbia. More details later.

The Artfull Bra Reception March 5, 6-9PM

The Artfull Bra Fundraiser
Thursday March 5, 2009

at The Gallery at DuPRE
Reception 6:00pm - 9:00pm
807 Gervais St. Columbia, SC

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