Sunday, January 31, 2010

A poem from the archives: Crystal Enlightenment

Mixed media painting on 20x16 inch canvas c by Jean Bourque 2008

A poem by Jean Bourque c 1987

Crystal Enlightenment of fantasies forgotten
Previously vanished in a perilous sea
Abandoned by paranoia and calamities
Returning with an urgent vengeance
To awaken the dead, into a new vibrancy,
Acting in haste, no lethargic hesitation,
No reflections, just immediate response,
And the obsession takes it victim,
Into another realm of activity,
Until the bomb has exploded and exhaustion,
Has regained it's control, in the pause of time,
A new voice whispers: balance, balance, balance.

~Jean Bourque~

"Remembering San Antonio" by Jean Bourque

The San Antonio TX Riverwalk was the inspiration for this painting
called "Remembering San Antonio" c by Jean Bourque
16x20 oil painting

Call to Artists from The Artists Round Table

2nd Annual Spring N2 ART at the Keenan House

801 Wildwood Avenue, Columbia, SC

Saturday - April 3, 2010 from 12 - 6pm

Spring N2 ART at the Keenan House will offer a unique promotional and public relations opportunity for working artists, musicians, art organizations and related businesses seeking alternative marketing, media exposure and direct contact with potential customers, while providing a viable contribution to the arts and to the economic well-being of our community.

A.R.T. (Artists Round Table) provides opportunities for artists to connect, collaborate and engage with each other and the community, while educating the public on the importance of the arts in South Carolina. All artists, art organizations and businesses in Columbia and surrounding areas are encouraged to become involved with this A.R.T. event. If interested in volunteering your assistance for this event please contact A.R.T. through the website.

Application & Fee Deadline - Friday, March 12, 2010.

Notifications will be mailed or emailed by Monday, March 15th, 2010.

Fees for one 10’ x 10’ outside space: $50 for A.R.T. Members;

$65 for non-members.

Set up will begin at 10am and must be complete by 11:30am!

Artists and vendors must provide and be responsible for their own signage, banners, materials, tents, display racks, tables, chairs, etc.

This event is rain or shine.


$100 will be awarded to the artist voted "People's Choice" by the close of the event. Any businesses interested in sponsoring Artist awards may contact the Artists Round Table through their website.

Visit for full application and information.

Dr Sketchys live drawing event Feb 3 Gotham

FUN FUN FUN....Artists and others... I just learned about a wonderful artsy event taking place at Gotham Cafe at 1508 Main St. Columbia, SC on Wed. Feb. 3 from 7 to 11 pm

Dr. Sketchys is a unique art event for artists and those that like to draw or paint, featuring performers as live models for your drawing pleasure. There are no teachers, you just draw what appeals to you at the event and there is no grading. So feel free to draw or paint in your own unique style. Bring your sketch pad and art supplies or buy them there. S and S Art Supplies will be vending green art supplies at the event.

Doors open at 7PM with a light buffet (optional) available for $7. Offering a networking opportunity or a chance to come and meet the artists, mingle and chat before the art event. Sketching begins at 8 PM. $10. admission ($7. with student ID) Wine and beer also available with over 21 ID.

Friday, January 29, 2010

About Face Group Meets today Columbia SC

About Face Weekly Live Model Session meets today Jan. 29, 2010 from 10-1 and every Friday at The Columbia Museum of Art , on Main St. Columbia SC at the 1500 block across the street from Gotham Cafe and Frame of Mind. Live Models every week, donation suggested.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Eboniramm @ Blue Martini & 80808


The music and art will be great. There will be a limited quantity of complimentary red wine...but why bother when you can buy a great martini in a fabulously cool glass! Shaken...not stirred!

During the opening, the music will feature BLUES by Eboni Ramm and guests including -
Danny Boozer, Lee Bailey and Andy Preston.

Blues Chapel and Last Words at Gallery 80808/Vista Studios 808 Lady Street, Columbia, SC
Art Show runs February 4 – 16, 2010

The reception will include the free tribute “Ladies Sing the Blues…” at the Blue Martini, which shares the common hallway with the 80808 gallery, starting at 7 PM (a second, expanded tribute will be presented at 9 PM with a $5 cover).

Gallery hours: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 11 AM – midnight;

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday from 11 – 6; Sunday Noon – 6.

(803) 252-6134 for Gallery 80808/Vista Studios.

Blue Martini hours: Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 7 PM until past midnight. Doors opening on the night of the reception at 6 PM. (803) 256-2442.

If you have never heard Eboni Ramm sing, you must not miss this show and if you have, you already know that. CDs are available for purchase.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Club 1800 Jan 29 Fallen Kings & Zach Fowler...

It's gonna be a great night at Club 1800 with several awesome bands

on Jan 29 830 pm -2am at 1800 Blanding St. Columbia, SC

Fallen Kings' first show of 2010! Friday January 29th at Club 1800 in Columbia Vista featuring a great night of local music for a good cause. A portion of the $5 cover will go to the Red Cross to support their effort in Haiti! They will have many new tracks from our upcoming full length album to debut for you. Hope everybody can make it out!

Also Appearing Kelly Cheats (

Zach Fowler & The Essentials (

I have heard a lot of the Fallen Kings music on their myspace page and this is a group to hear live! Zach Fowler and the Essentials recently performed at The White Mule to a packed crowd on New Year's Eve Eve and at Jillians the following week. I had the opportunity to see and hear them live. They have their own sound and an avid fan base. A friendly group you can enjoy hearing. You can sample their music and The Fallen Kings on my facebook page and on their myspace pages. I haven't heard The Casual Kings or Kelly Cheats yet, but am really looking forward to hearing them as well.

Come out and hear our wonderful local musicians!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Culture Sol Ultimate Hip Hop Jan 23 Elbow Room


This Saturday Night come out and enjoy the ultimate
hip hop experience at the Elbow Room in Five Points
Columbia, SC. Jan 23 at 10:00pm until Jan 24 at 2:00am

Feb 13 & 14 What's Love Festival Art Show

What's Love Got To Do With it? Art show and Festival at 701 Whaley St
Columbia SC will be held on Friday Feb 13 from 7-12PM and again on
Saturday Feb 14 from 2-5 PM.

Tickets are $15. in advance and $20. at the door. They can be purchased
at Sid Nancy in Five Points and S&S Art Supply on Rosewood Dr and online at
and click on "donate" (Pay Pal) to buy tickets with a credit card.

The people are saying this show is going to be huge!

Coffee Cabana Open Mic and Art Show Jan 22 7pm

Coffee Cabana is the newest coffee house in town, featuring delicious sandwiches,
treats and of course Coffee. Phoenix Tongue Presents begins at 7 PM until 9 PM.
Open Mic, Host ~ SilDag. January 22, 2010 at Coffee Cabana 6903 St Andrews Rd
Irmo SC from 7 PM to 9 PM. Sign up is at 6:30 PM. Cover is $5.00 & you get a
$1.00 discount on first menu item. Call 803.749.6004 for more details. Bring your Poetry, Music, and Stories to share.

While there enjoy Coffee Cabanas first art show a one woman event by Island Girl Studios featured artist Tam Hicks prints and original art work. Come in and meet the artist.

Art, poetry, music, coffee, good food... a great way to spend your Friday evening.

Drawing Event Columbia Museum of Art Fridays

Art School: Drop In and Draw!

Columbia Museum of Art ,, Friday 4pm

Columbia Design LeagueColumbia Museum of Art , Friday 6pm

SC Arts Gala May 6th Columbia Museum of Art

Come out to the gala event for SC Arts; presented by the South Carolina Arts Foundation
May 6, 2010 at 7PM at the Columbia Museum of Art on Main St. in Columbia, SC.

Meet with celebrity artists, attend an art auction, enjoy great food and much more!

Featuring Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Pat Conroy,
widely known and read, best-selling author with 5 published books. His most recent book "South of Broad," is named for one of Conroy's favorite places, Charleston, SC.

Celebrated artist Jonathan Green is best known for paintings of the SC Lowcountry scenes and its people. Locally many of us were able to attend the ballet which brought his wonderful brightly colored paintings to life. His work has been shown and is in many collections throughout US and many other countries.

The art auction will be featuring works by SC artists. A collection of original artworks, including paintings, sculpture and crafts will be available. Tickets are $50 per person and may be reserved online with a credit card or check.

The South Carolina Arts Gala Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 7PM at the Columbia Museum of Art

Reserve Gala Tickets >>>

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Events at Gotham Cafe on Main St Columbia SC

Events at Gotham Cafe 1508 Main St Columbia SC

Wed. Jan 20th; AJ Blues and the Sometime soon Band! Admission $5.00

Every Friday Community Drum Circle with Dick Moon and Hula Hoopers with Gina Wolfe
630-8PM free

Saturday Nite Jan 23; Evolutionary Soul and her fantastic band sing and perform in only that oh so soulful way that they do! Admission $10

Every Monday night Palmetto Swing Dancing Lessons start at 6pm fee $3, but the fun lasts until 10. We got some of the best dancers in the South East! Remember, the Lindy Hop was created just a few blocks away from the Gotham back in the 30's!

Ongoing to the end of the month; Art Show featuring 16 large scale canvases with a coffee them by Jean Bourque.

Music at 701 CCA Jan 30 Tiptons Sax Quartet

The Tiptons Sax Quartet, at 701 CCA on Saturday, January 30, show starts at 830 PM. 'With concerts that range from New Orleans “second - line” to jazz, Afro-Cuban to Balkan, klezmer and beyond, this all-female quartet creates some of the wildest sounds ever to come out of a sax quartet. Their dynamic, playful concerts feature high-energy interaction between members, and a repertoire that touches on soulful music from around the world. This event is located at 701 Whaley St. Columbia, SC. The admission is $10. ($8. for 701 members, $5. for students)

Musical Events Hard Knox Grill, Knox Abbott Dr.

Hard Knox Grill home of good food and great prices, on Knox Abbott Dr. Cayce (just over the Blossom St. bridge) announces their latest musical offerings:

1/19 Jeff Liberty (solo) (7pm) Every Tuesday
1/20 Jazz Fusion and Funk w/Jeremy Roberson(8:30pm)
1/21 Jeff Norwood (solo) Blues Jam(8pm)
1/22 Total Denial(9pm)
1/23 Brian Conner and Friends(10pm)
1/24 DB Bryant and Friends(8pm) (MID) Music Industry Day Jam. All musicians welcome to sign up and jam with DB and his friends. Ask about musicians all access pass for your MID discount.
1/26 Jeff Liberty (solo)

Go Figure, a new art group Columbia, SC

On Monday evenings The Village Artist Gallery started a newly formed N.E. Columbia artist group "Go Figure" which provides live models that members can draw or paint. Membership is open to all area artists for a one time membership fee of $20 and a model fee of $5. per a weekly session 6-830PM. Located at The Village Artist Gallery at Sandhills (next to Panera Bread) For more information stop by or call 803-699-8886.

Friday, January 15, 2010

World Beer Fest Sat Jan 16 Columbia SC

Just found out about another event for this weekend that I had accidentally overlooked in my listings.

All About Beer Magazine, together with Green's Discount Beverages, will present hundreds of exceptional beers on Saturday, January 16, 2010, at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. A celebration of the world beer culture, The World Beer Festival will introduce thousands of attendees to today's exciting beer aesthetic, one based on community and tradition, quality and heritage. Attendees will sample from hundreds of beers from over 100 breweries of every scale and perspective. The food and entertainment choices will be grounded on local Columbia culture. The magazine staff will provide on-going, and usually packed, educational sessions on the aesthetics of beer. All About Beer Magazine has presented The World Beer Festival concept for over a decade in North Carolina and South Carolina. USA Today ranked the festival as one of the nation's Top 10 festivals, with and Wired Magazine also extolled the unique attraction of the event.Website:
Do you want to Volunteer:

The event will be at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center at 1101 Lincoln St.
It will run from noon time until 10 pm. Lots of after parties are being held as well.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Events this weekend in Columbia SC

Museum Events
SC State Museum Fri Jan 15 & Sat Jan 16 10am - 5pm, Sun Jan 17 1pm - 5pm
Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race, Fri & Sat 10am - 5pm, Sun 1pm - 5pm
Tangible History Fri & Sat 10am - 5pm, Sun 1pm-5pm From the Pee Dee to Savannah
Dinosaurs: Mesozoic Monsters Fri & Sat 10am - 5pm, Sun 1pm - 5pm

Columbia Museum of Art Fri 10am - 9pm, Sat 10am - 5pm, Sun 12pm - 5pm
Fifty Works for Fifty States and Final weekend Ansel Adams: Masterworks
Museum Roadshow Sat 9:30am - 4pm

Art and Gallery Events
Imagine; Village Artists , Fri & Sat 10am - 9pm, Sun 12pm - 6pm;
Spring Valley Art Show Friday & Saturday 6pm - 8pm

Jeff Donovan: Three Decades/Twenty Years - A Retrospective Exhibition Gallery 80808 ,, Friday, Saturday, & Sunday 11am - 7pm Presented by if Art
Jeff Donovan Catalogue Presentation Mon. Jan 18 7-9PM at 808 Lady St.

Jean Bourque: Coffee Inspired Canvases at Gotham Cafe 1508 Main St. Columbia
Fri 8am-8pm Sat 8am-3pm Show is ongoing to end of Jan.

Music & Other Events
Drum Circle weekly every Friday evening at Gotham Cafe 1508 Main St 630-8 PM
Hula Hoop to the drums at Gotham Cafe every Fri evening during Drum Circle 630-8pm
free Hula Hoop lessons; bring your drum or hula hoop. Both groups, the drummers and the hoopers are competing with each other to see which group can bring the most food and winter coat, gloves, hat donations for Harvest Hope Food Bank. So bring your donation and have a good time.

Jeff Liberty playing live at Hard Knox Grill every Tuesday evening starting at 7 PM. Hard Knox at 1000 Knox Abbott Dr. in Cayce is featuring a full dinner menu as well as great food.

Legends on Cherokee Rd. (frontage road at Airport rd. exit) next to Cherokee Kenworth, West Columbia will have DJ Dave playing your fave tunes Sat. Jan 16 8pm until closing.

Smooths 6539B Two Notch Rd. will be featuring music by The Dubber on Sat. Jan. 16 at 8pm until 2 am

Art Bar Fri Jan 15 is MIXXD DJ Dance Night with DJ Dick not Richard and/or Peter A mixx it up with your fave art bar tunes, no cover. Sat Jan 16 features LIVE music with The Unawares, The Sammies and Cassangles, only $3. cover charge. Sun Jan 17 Art Bar House Party, no cover.
Every Tuesday at Art Bar 830 pm no cover Poetry Slam Open mic

Roosters Den Fri Jan 15 Open Mic Jam hosted by AJ Blues, located at 1215 Augusta Hwy Ste d, West Columbia

White Mule on Main St in Columbia Sat Jan 16 LIVE music by Carbon Leaf 7-11PM

Ray Price Newberry Opera House , Fri 8pm - 11pm

SC Philharmonic - Beethoven and Blue Jeans Koger Center , Sat 7:30pm - 10pm

Baker and Baker Art of Music Columbia Museum of Art , Sun 12 - 3pm

Playing After Dark; Free Form at 914 Pulaski St. $5. admission Fri. Jan 15 730 PM
and also on Sat. Jan 16 at 1030; Piano play, music, artists, dance, variety show

Theatre Events
La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet Nickelodeon Theatre, Fri, Sat and Sun 3 to 5:30pm
Black Dynamite also at Nickelodeon; Fri & Sat shows AT 8:30pm & 10:30pm

Rent Trustus Theatre, Fri & Sat 8pm, Sun 3pm, directed by Dewey Scott Wiley

The Odd Couple Town Theatre, Fri & Sat 8pm, Sun 3pm, produced by Robbie Taylor

Plenty to do in Columbia SC and surrounding areas, no need to ever be bored.

Yours Truly,
Jeanee BourQue