Saturday, March 27, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
A few years before that I had attended a mass hypnosis session to quit smoking and was successful for many years with that. Not long after seeing the shop, I was at the SC State Fair where they did a group hypnosis which was actually quite funny. They sought volunteers, however, I felt it would be more fun to watch and it was. I since discovered that hypnosis is a great technique for behavior modification. In fact, hypnosis is said to be the most successful method for quitting smoking and losing weight.
Last fall, I had an art show at Frame of Mind on Main St. and this is where I met Dr. Fredric Mau and we became facebook friends. Although we had read each other’s news feeds and saw each other at various art events, I didn’t know he was a hypnotist or the owner of Watermark Gallery until I was in search of a canopy for an art show where someone suggested that Fredric may have one for sale. After talking with him I finally read his profile and discovered who he was. The idea of hypnosis and finding out more about it from an expert intrigued me and I thought it might make an interesting story, so I offered to do a story on him and his business of hypnosis.
Dr. Mau explained to me what hypnosis is, how it is used and what it actually does physically in the brain and body to alter human behavior. He tells me there are many levels of awareness and relaxation and hypnosis done correctly can slow the brain waves to various levels depending on what you are trying to achieve. Most of us operate in daily life somewhere around the beta state with brain waves of 14-20 cycles per a second. Many artists operate at 9-14 brain wave cycles per a second and this is a great state in which to be creative, it is a state of mind in which you lose track of time. When one is dosing off or deeply relaxed the brain waves slow to 4-9 cycles per a second. It is in this state, the theta level that the stress hormone cortisol is reduced, serotonin and beta endorphins increase, making you feel good and you become open to suggestion.
The hypnotist and the client may chat a bit first and decide on goals for the hypnosis session. Once the client is relaxing at the theta level, the hypnotist can make suggestions in line with the client’s goals. If the patient wants to lose weight for example, reducing the level of cortisol is a huge help as high levels of cortisol in the body is known to increase body fat especially around the mid section. The hypnotist can make suggestions which lead to better food choices, increased activity and the combination results in weight loss. This is how Dr. Mau became interested in hypnosis through his own weight loss using this method.
Using hypnosis for behavior modification can lead to many areas of improvement in the client’s life. Hypnosis can be used to help and improve muscle movement memory which means it can give athletes and dancers better performance. It also is very effective for pain relief for chronic pain sufferers and people with fibromyalgia. When the brain waves slow down, it physically changes which are equivalent to an anesthetic without the drugs.
For creative types, (like myself) it opens what Dr. Mau refers to as a learning channel. The subconscious draws connections between things you didn’t connect consciously. The hypnotic process actively engages the part of the right brain which enhances the non-verbal creative side of the person. The suggestions for this process will be to engage the creative side with new insights and openness to new connections to see, feel and hear more possibilities. Thus it is like opening up a learning channel for visual artists, musicians and enhances the kinesthetic for performers as well.
After our discussion Dr. Mau offered me a sample hypnosis session. He had me put on headphones and wear some strange glasses and lie back in the recliner. I was awake yet relaxed throughout the session. I could hear his voice and the sound in the headphones was a very gentle pulsing music. He talked about seeing me flying and I could see myself flying; from there I saw painting after painting. His suggestions were merely to relax, be myself and meet people that would enhance and expand my interests and creative life. I felt very happy and was certainly under hypnosis. I enjoyed it so much, I wanted to laugh because I love laughing.
After the session I was totally relaxed even though I had been stressed when I got there. At the time I met with him, I was struggling with a habit and am pleased to say within 24 hours I totally lost all interest in that habit and have walked away from it without any problems. He gave me a cd of the session and said I could use it anytime I wanted to relax. I really enjoyed my meeting with Dr. Mau at Watermark Hypnosis and would strongly recommend others to try hypnosis to increase their creativity.
Dr. Mau has since moved Watermark Hypnosis from the Park Street storefront and is now located near the Governor’s Mansion at 1903 Gadsden St. Suite 202 in Columbia, SC 29201. Dr. Mau was an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church and later went to work for corporate America. After a layoff, he began doing consulting, lost weight and eliminated pain, through hypnosis. This intrigued him and he decided to get trained and certified in hypnosis. Dr. Mau offers hypnosis to clients and also offers training for interested students of hypnosis.
You may reach him for consultation and hypnosis therapy at 803-750-2000 or check out his website at http://www.watermarkcolumbia.com/. Dr. Mau also teaches classes in religion, philosophy and humanities at the University of Phoenix in Columbia, SC.
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Friday, March 19, 2010
Sitting front row center I had a great seat, best in the house actually and was truly amazed at the talented singers and performers in this production. The theme was the turning of age and like all adolescents they faced the important decisions of sexuality and how to express and experience that. One young straight couple lost their virginity on stage, while a gay couple discovered their passion for their own gender. I heard gasps and whispers in the audience which reminded me I was in Greenville, SC; known for teaching teens "abstinence" instead of reality and one of the biggest anti-gay communities in SC, USA.
The male lead Melchoir played by Jake Epstein and the supporting role played by Taylor Trensch were both mesmerizing and convincing with their captivating alto voices. Trensch especially drew the audience in with "Don't Do Sadness" while doing a unique demanding dance routine. His experience in The Rocky Horror Show was evident in his portrayal of Moritz.
The female lead of Wendla was played by Christy Altomare who earned her BFA in Musical Theater from the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. She lead the play with her graceful solo rendition of "Mama Who Bore Me." The role Christy played often called for a depth of emotions and realistic tears, that many young actresses would find difficult. Her age appropriate performance showed talent beyond her years. The female supporting role of Ilse was played by Steffi D a top 5 finalist in the "Canadian Idol". Her solo of "Blue Wind" was spell binding and you knew you were watching a star.
The play reminded me of several other shows and it seems like it could go on to be a cult classic. With lively and diverse music ranging from hard rock to peaceful notes...it reminded me of "Hair", "The Rocky Horror Show" and "High School Musical" all rolled into one. Yet, it was different and it was none of these. With songs entitled, "The Bitch of Living" and "Totally Fucked" you know this is ground breaking, before the show begins. The best advice I can give you is get your tickets now, this is going to be one you do not want to miss.
Truly, Greenville and the Peace Center have broken new ground and Greenville may never be the same again!
Spring Awakening at The Peace Center 300 South Main St, Greenville, SC
Friday, Mar 19, 2010 8:00 PM
Saturday, Mar 20, 2010 2:00 PM, and 8:00 PM
Sunday, Mar 21, 2010 2:00 PM, 7:30 PM
For tickets and information: 864-467-3000
At a beautiful farmhouse in upstate New York, eight men hash out their passions, resentments and fears over the course of three summer weekends. Infidelity, flirtations, soul-searching, AIDS, truth-telling and skinny-dipping mix monumental questions about life and death with a wacky dress rehearsal for Swan Lake performed in drag!
Costs: Adult - $20/musical, $18/non-musical Senior (60 and older) & Active Military - $18/musical, $15/non-musical Students (Age 13 - College) - $14/musical, $12/non-musical Children 12 and Under - $10/musical, $8/non-musical
Workshop Theatre 1136 Bull Street, Columbia Phone for more information: 803.799.4876
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
The Thursday night Kick Off Party from 6:00pm to 7:30pm will also take place in this area before the main stage starts. Conference attendees and the General Public with arm band purchases to see the main stage can enjoy free finger foods and a cash bar at this kickoff party. Conference pass is ONLY $100 and gets you in to all the workshops, panels, keynote speaker addresses, the Kick Off Party, and all showcase stage areas. General Public Armbands are $10 each night to attend the main stage showcase headliners. A $20 armband purchase is available that will get you in to all 3 nights of main stage performances Thursday through Saturday and the Kick Off Party. Holiday Inn World's Fair Park is extending a room discount rate of $89 per night. Up to 4 people can stay in a room for this rate so start networking to find your roommates to cut your housing costs to a minimum. Selected showcase artists get a discounted conference pass rate of only $40. This rate applies to all band members, management staff and spouses/partners that want to attend. We are accepting Volunteer submissions in exchange for a free conference pass. Volunteers will help us at all participating hosting venues and in our main stage areas and also helping direct vendors to their locations at check in. Work a few hours each day and get a free pass to attend all workshops and showcases. Limited volunteers applications accepted and are filled first come first get.Visit http://indiegrrl.com/conference.html for all of the details and to download all forms.
Artwork above by Jeanee Bourque c2009
"Passion" mixed media on pre-stretched thick painted edge canvas 30x24
ready to hang. Museum quality work . $1000.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
The New Music Series along with pieces from the watercolor woman series, the love series, masks series and and the coffee inspired art will be showing at the Riverwalk Music Festivals and Rythme on the River in West Columbia most every Sat. from April 17 to June 6th, 2010. Then they will be shown at the Indiegrrls Music festival the entire June 12-14th weekend at Camp Jonica Gap in the GA Mountains.
Just a bit of insight about music and how it has influenced me. As a young girl, I took guitar lessons and I have always loved the guitar. Originally, I thought the guitar symbolized a need for me to perfect playing it, when in reality; my need for guitars is as basic as listening to them. As someone who listens to guitar often, I have become an avid supporter and follower to many guitar players. The best part is when the player becomes the music. It doesn't happen all the time, but when it does I am totally identifying with the music as an artist and it inspires me to create. When the4y become the music, I become the art. LOL!
My (late) grandfather also a painter and musician, had a set of drums and a juke box in his living room. He played the drums and would let me bang on them. I know they had to have sounded terrible, but he always seemed to like it. He would get on the drums and play, I would be just in awe. It is these beginnings that led to a life long fascination with music. My music, is my art. Music makes my art. Three cheers to the music and artsails1!!!!
Friday, March 5, 2010
Okay, like any relationship, it's important to keep it interesting. We want people eager to read it and not just wait for a mass mailing. Standing at the pivotal line between change and stagnation, I opt for change. If you like my blog, please stay, become a follower, share with your friends and make comments on my writing. Tell me what you like and what you don't like. Interact with me, I promise not to bite.
I have a unique advantage over many art writers in a sense, because I am in the thick of things myself as an artist, writer and avid music fan. Not saying, I am the only artist with a blog, far from it. There are too many to count and each has had to decide how to handle their blog. Some artists just show pretty pictures, some talk flowery language, poetic, philosophical, some do comparative analysis, while others do critiques. Some are all about the writers opinions while others are about the artists' projects and shows. Some encourage you to support them, their friends, causes, beliefs, school and other connections, some ask for money, some create an imaginary life on line. Each has it's place and all are interesting in their own way.
Artsails1 Blog Mission Statement as of 3/6/10
The mission of this blog is to educate and share with my readers my passion for art in all its forms. I want to tell you things that have influenced me as an artist and to discuss other interests as I discover them or as their influence reflects on me. I encourage you to interact with me by commenting on works, stories and artwork.
Artsails1 Blog Goal
My long range goal with this change is to expand my readership base, by developing the personality of the blog, it is my intention to create a wider appeal on an international level. Artsails1 also likes to promote artists and musicians that are trying to develop a following. None of us know who will be the most famous, who will be remembered after they are gone. It's my honor to work with so many talented and gifted artists. If you like this blog become a fan and a follower, share my posts on your sites, your facebook wall's and add an artsails1 tag to my blog for the ones you share. Encourage your friends to become followers as well.
What is Jean Bourque working on NOW?? ...New Music Series to show at the Riverwalk Music Festivals in West Columbia every Sat. from April 17 to June 6th, 2010.Then they will be shown at the Indiegrrls Music festival the entire June 12-14th weekend at Camp Jonica Gap in the GA Mountains.
Art on this post is all by Jean Bourque