Friday, October 29, 2010

Poetry Groups, Shows, Slams & More....

Photo of Al Black and Sildag of Phoenix Tongue
by Jean Bourque

From my email, thanks to Al Black for the very thorough info on the poetry circuit in Columbia SC

Mind Gravy Poetry Venue Poems sliced thin drenched in gravy of dreams forgot

Our award winning featured poet, Linda Lee Harper and our musician, John Scollon were wonderful this past Wednesday. I hope everyone made it home safe as they rushed out into the stormy night.

Saturday, Oct. 30, 10 AM to 4 PM Poets Summit hosted by the South Carolina Poetry Initiative @ Columbia Museum of Art - Mind Gravy will be doing the first presentation of the day @ 10 AM

We have a great poetry lineup for the next few months.

Tara Powell – Nov. 10th – new chapbook

Debbie Daniel – Nov. 17th – date moved from the 4th Wed. for Thanksgiving

Nan Raman – Dec. 8th

Sufia Giza Amenwhsu – Dec. 15th – date moved from the 4th Wed. for Christmas

Social Activism & MLK – Jan. 12th

Ken Autrey – Jan. 26th

Cassie Premo Steele – Feb. 9th

Claire Bateman – Feb. 23rd

Dasan Ahanu – March 9th

King Shakur – March 23rd

Michael Lythgoe – April 13th

Roy Seeger – April 27th

Hosted by Al Bee(Black) 803-608-3057 cell. Interested poets and performance artists, please, contact me.

**Our goal is to promote and encourage the entire diverse range of poetic expression that we see in the arts community.

**Looking for poets, musicians, dancers & ideas for special ‘Mind Gravy’ ecstatic poetry event in March or April.

**We are planning a special ‘Juneteenth’ Celebration in June.

Upcoming Columbia Poetry/Arts Events:

**Every Tuesday, VerseWorks poetry @ the Art Bar(9-12 PM, free)

**Every Tuesday, Music, Poetry, Painting and Open Mic @ the Sly Fox in the Vista, 902 Gervais, Columbia, SC (7:30-11:30 PM)

**Every Thursday, Music Open Mic @ Utopia Food & Spirits(9-12 PM, free)

**First Thursday, Art, Music, Poetry & more @ beautiful downtown Columbia on Main St. between Hampton & Blanding(6-9 PM, free)

**Second Monday, Columbia Writer’s Alliance (6:30 PM)

**Second & Fourth Mondays, The Writer’s Group contact (6:30 PM)

** Friday, Oct . 29, the fabulous Alternacirque @the Art Bar, (9:30 PM, free)

**Saturday, Oct. 30, Poets Summit hosted by the South Carolina Poetry Initiative @ Columbia Museum of Art (10 AM-4 PM) Mind Gravy will be doing the first presentation of the day @ 10 AM

**Tuesday, Nov. 2, Phoenix Tongue –w- VerseWorks @ The Art Bar(8:30 till whenever, free)

**Wednesday, Nov. 3, John Scollon will feature @ the Utopia (8 PM. Free)

**Thursday, Nov. 4, First Thursday, on Main Street from Hampton to Blanding; come get your art, music, poetry and dance on (6-9 PM, free)

**Wednesday, Nov. 10, Tara Powell reads from her new chap book for ‘Mind Gravy’ @ Lamb’s Bread CafĂ© (8-10 PM)

First Friday at Village Artist in Sandhills, Columbia

ART, Wine & Cheese Reception 6-9 PM at Village Artists Gallery on Nov 5th and view the featured works of Barbie Mathis, Van Martin, Barry Monk and Carl Crawford. Musical Entertainment will be provided by Sharon Von Fange, singer songwriter and plays a variety of instruments.

While present, you'll have the opportunity to also view the artwork of 22 other member artists in the gallery. The Gallery is in the Village at Sandhill next to Panera Bread, 631-8 Promenade Place, Columbia, SC 29229
Phone# 803-699-8886
to the left: Barbie Mathis and Rachel Parker, photo by Keith Bates.
to the right: Jean Bourque (me) and Sharon Von Fange with painting
I painted while Sharon was performing at Utopia, photo by Keith Bates.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Creative Quote Collage Class w Barbie Mathis

Creative Quotation Collage Class

Instructor: Barbie Mathis

Date: Sunday, Nov. 14th 1 – 5 pm Cost: $35

Description: Use positive thoughts, words, verses or quotations to create a colorful, inspiring piece of art for yourself or as a gift. Instructor will supply a

6-inch canvas, paints, papers, brushes, mediums and everything needed to complete an original piece of art. Student may bring their favorite quotes, magazines, art papers, metallic pens, acrylic paints and brushes, etc., but not necessary.

Sign up at Village Artists in the Village at Sandhill

TAGs Holiday Market Nov 22 to Dec 18 Forest Dr.


This year the market will run from
November 22-December 18 in the
same storefront we occupied last year
in the Piggly Wiggly shopping center
on Forest Drive.
Tag artists will create a special shopping
experience and have many wonderful works of art for sale at the Holiday Market. You can give a gift that is totally unique. Stop by and visit the gallery for your holiday decorating and gift giving needs.

Yours truly,
Jean Bourque

Redd Wyne at The White Mule Tues Nov 2

Tuesday, November 2 · 8:00pm - 11:00pm

LocationThe White Mule
1530 Main St
Columbia, SC

Created By

More InfoREDD WYNE will be appearing at the White Mule!! Special guests tentatively are Pamela Austin with Frank Whaley opening the show! Woohoo!!

Trenholm Artist Guild Meeting Nov 8, 2010

The Trenholm Artists Guild (known locally as TAG) is located in Columbia, South Carolina. Members include but are not limited to amateur and professional artists who work in watercolor, oil, acrylics, pastel, sculpture, fiber, and photography. Residents of the Greater Columbia area over 18 years of age are invited to join. Meetings are held monthly September through May on the 2nd Monday of the month at Forest Lake Park, 6820 Wedgefield Road. Visitors are invited to attend our meetings.


November's speaker will be Diane Gilbert. Come to the Forest Lake Park at 6:30 to register and enjoy refreshments. The business meeting and guest speaker program will begin at 7:00.

From mosquitoes and caterpillars to life-like monkeys and snakes, Diane Gilbert's sculpture is centered in the world of nature. Diane was born and grew up in Canada's French-speaking province, Quebec. With extensive education in various art media, she worked for several years as a professional designer, creating costumes, mascots, movie props, and items for museums and other organizations
After relocating to the southeastern United States in 2000, Diane began to work with clay. She fell in love with the feel and potential of the medium. She believes that clay is powerful and feels grounded with her hands in clay. The medium is well suited for expressing her love for natures large and small creatures.

When it comes to the technical character of Diane's work, almost anything is fair game. She uses several types of clay, from earthenware to porcelain. For finishes, she uses a full range of elements: glazes, underglazes, stains, oxides, lusters, and paint. On average she fires her pieces three times to get the effects desired but may fire her work as many as six times. Additionally, other media is sometimes incorporated in her pieces including wood fragments, wire, feathers, fiberglass and found and recycled objects.
Diane's wonderful creations can be found at Southern Pottery and Havens Gallery in Columbia.

Visit her website at

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Free Life Coaching Celebration Center Nov 9 or 10

From my email box... something you may be interested in...

Hello, friends

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Plan to attend a FREE introductory group coaching session: Tuesday, Nov 9 at 11:30 a.m. or Wednesday, Nov 10 at 5:45 p.m. at Celebration Center, 3830 Rosewood Dr., Columbia. Then, register for the three session series for only $90.00.

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Fit your personal schedule by choosing between three group meeting day/time options. Celebration Center, 3830 Rosewood Dr, Cola. Registration: 803-782-5539, Coaching group information: 803-796-3036,

We are also offering two special, Saturday workshops. Pre-registration required.

Saturday, Nov 13 (9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon) -- Organizing your career change and/or job search, resume critique included -- $30.00
Saturday, Nov 20 (9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon) -- Tips/techniques for successfully navigating life transitions -- $30.00

I would love to receive your feedback about this information; so, please call or e-mail with your questions!

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803-796-3036; 803-622-3040 (m)

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Fundraiser for Deleveled at White Mule Tues 10/26

Jeff Pitts of the Columbia band, Deleveled recently reported while he and his band mates were on tour in the NY area their van was robbed and a lot of musical equipment was stolen and two guitars the band used regularly are now gone.

Several musicians have stepped up and offered to let the band borrow equipment so they can honor the commitments they had. Musicians are pretty good like that. They treat each other like family much more than I would have guessed.

Anyway, I am asking you my dear readers to do what you can for these fine musicians. They are just starting to make it big and I really think this group has got what it takes to go the distance. Wouldn't it be great to see a band from Columbia SC make it big? It's been a long time since Columbia has had a band make it on the national level.

This Tuesday night Oct. 26th, I am painting live with Deleveled at The White Mule on Main St. They are having a pay what you want concert, with all proceeds going to the band. In addition I will have a guitar painting on silent auction that evening in which I will donate 50% of the proceeds to the band. Doors open at 8PM with an opening band Prettier than Matt and then Deleveled will play later. If you are on Facebook or Reverbnation; you can search the band to hear their music.

I would like to see fellow artists and musicians turn out for this event and show your support for each other. If you cannot make it to the event and would like to donate or place a bid please contact me as soon as possible to make arrangements.

Thank you,
yours truly,
Jean Bourque

Oyster Roast & Silent Auction Nov 13th 6:30 PM

Add VideoCome and support Harmony School in our biggest fundraising effort of the year – our annual Oyster Roast! For the 5th consecutive year, Harmony is hosting a fantastic evening featuring live music by John Satterfield, J’Ouvert and The Project along with live painting by Jean Bourque. Of course, there will be plenty of hot steamed oysters, chilled beer and wine and numerous varieties of warm, homemade chili. We will also have an silent auction with items such as an original work of fine art by international artist Jean Bourque, travel accommodations, jewelry, children's items and and hand-made art items.

This year, we will be partnering with
Harvest Hope Food Bank, a non-profit organization that addresses the needs of the hungry around the state. That means you have the opportunity to enjoy live music,fine art being created, food & beverages and shopping while supporting TWO great causes at the same time!

The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. Plan to bring a lawn chair and some friends, then just kick back and…...........

November First Thursday at Tapp's Nov. 4th, 2010

First Thursday at Tapp’s
1644 Main Street
Columbia, SC
November 4th, 2010
5pm- 9pm
Join us at Tapp’s to meet artists, view original artwork and enjoy live demonstrations and local music. This month The White Mule will be providing food and a cash bar! We are excited to join Frame of Mind, S&S Art Supply, Columbia Museum of Art and others in this rapidly growing, creativity-filled event series. Our first event at Tapp’s on October 7th was fantastic! We hope that was only the first of many artful events to come!
This month we will “Reveal” the Window Installation Series! Local artists, art groups and businesses will use the Tapp’s windows to create a unique installation of their artwork. This month featured in the exterior windows are Susan Lenz, Amanda Ladymon, Molly Harrell, Mathew John, Amy Windland, Kimberly Bookman, Porter Dodd, Sandra Carr, Southern Pottery and the Corley Mill Artists Group. And in the interior windows are Pat Stone, Jefferson Vimana, B. Alex Smith, Half Moon Pottery and Nancy Kauffman. The windows will remain on display for two months to promote the Tapp’s Window Installation Series and the participating artists.
Other exhibiting artists include: Whitney Lejeune, Jamie Blackburn, Ellin Baskin, Jean Bourque, Vanessa Bussey, JJ Casey, Cheryl Coble, Brenda Schwarz Miller, Sam Compton, Carol Anderson, Tam Hicks, Jennifer Ghelardini, Benira Sutphin, Val Zaba, Sue Shrader, Charlotte Lindsey Gaskins, Rachel Thomason, Howard Hunt, Carolyn Cobia, June Tucarella, Bryce Dixon and Rachelle Brundage.
Carolyn McLaughlin will be demonstrating her unique gourd-burning technique and outdoors in the “Plein Air Studio” there will be a pottery wheel demonstration by John Sharp and a wood turning demonstration by Kirk Miller.
Music for November will be courtesy of Mr. Johnny Cromer.
For more information on this or future events at Tapp’s please contact Brenda Schwarz Miller at (803) 609-3479 or email Brenda. Become a Facebook fan of Tapp’s Arts Center Project!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Jean Bourque paints to live music

Bands and musicians painted to live 2010

Jean Bourque Visual Artist

The Dubber



Keith Bates

Devon Dow

John and Karri Scollon

S and S

Michael Sanders

Brad Sanders

The Overtones

Brian Pyle

Karen Reynolds

Mike Willis


Pamela Dale

Whiskey Tango

Ancient Sunken Navies


Tom Hall and the Plowboys

Angela Easterling

Sharon Von Fange

The Danny Madison Band

Damian Norwood

Frank Whaley

Jeff Bloom

Little Jimmy

Al G and Alice

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Lecafe Jazz plans Grand Opening for Fri. Nov 5th

Due to the miracles performed from numerous musicians and volunteers of the Skipp Pearson Foundation ... Jazz Town also known as Columbia, SC will soon be home to LeCafe Jazz, a new venue in downtown Columbia's beautifully landscaped Finlay Park which sits behind the Assembly St. PO and in front of the Strom building on the Laurel St. side. (how was that for a bit of geography?) The plan is for this to be a really artsy place featuring live jazz music and a variety of visual art. Many of you know Skipp Pearson (pictured) because you have seen him at Hunterer Gatherer on North Main Street, where he has had a running gig every Thursday night for many years.


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Art and Craft Books for Sale; Pay Pal accepted

Arts and Crafts Books for Sale

Title and Details Price

The Graphic Work, M C Escher, PB Taschen shiny clean, like new condition $5.00

Kahlo, by Andrea Kettermann , PB Taschen still shiny but used $4.00

Abstract Expressionism, David Amfam 5.00

World of Art , pb 5.00

All About Decorating, Lg HC by Donnie Houghten Carter Vintage 1977 in VG condition 8.00

Art in the World, Russell used textbook 6.00

SC Collection The Columbia Museum 1779-1985 PB like new condition $5.00

Drawing on the Artist Within, Betty Edwards PB avg $6.00

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, Betty Edwards PB avg $8.00

The Natural Way to Draw, Nicolaides Hc w dj avg vintage book $5.00

The Art of Drawing, Bernard Chaet’ Large PB $4.00

History Of Abstract Painting, Jean Luc-Duval hcwdj VG $8.00

Tout l’oevre Grave de Georges Braque lg pb lots of photos written in other language $5.00

Origami; Paperfolding for Fun, Eric Kenneway Clean shiny like new HC $3.00

Modern Art; Impressionism to Post Modernism edited by David Britt HCwDJ $12.00

Peggy Guggenheim, by Laurence Tacou-Rumney, hcwdj, exlib, avg $10.00

Designing and Making Handwoven Rugs; Techniques for Creating European, Oriental,

& American Rugs & household fabrics vintage PB $3.00

Norman Rockwell’s American Sportsman full color HCwDJ illustrated NR good $6.00

How to Draw the Human Figure, John Raynes hcwdj 2003 VG 8.00

Papercrafts and Origami, Thick PB VG clean and still shiny 7.00

How to Draw and Paint, AZ Kruse PB Vintage 1960 fair condition $2.00

Anatomy for the Artist, Carter & Michael Courtney hcwdj excellent condition $8.00

If interested in any books, click here: email with Art Book in subject line. We take Paypal online. (cash and checks acceptable inquire in email) PO Box 4478, W Columbia, SC 29171 Please email your order, using an email we can reply back to and provide your shipping address and phone number with area code.

Please advise if you are in the greater Columbia and or West Columbia areas. If you prefer shipping and are in this area please add 3 or 4 dollars extra for shipping etc. If you are outside the area, add $3.00 for shipping and handling and include your shipping address. If the book says large , LG, lg, or thick please add additional $1. for postage, so it would be $4.00 for oversize thick or large books.

Shipping Bonus, if you order three or more books only pay $9.00 shipping.

Thank YOU... artsails1

Monday, October 4, 2010

Amazon books can Change your World!

The wonderful world of Amazon books... Now a days, you really never have to pay top dollar for a best seller, if you are willing to wait 6 months, odds are you can get it on Amazon slightly used or like new for pennies on the dollar.

Take a look at a sample of some recent listings; to see what I mean. The books I usually buy for myself to read are art books, literary, poetry, how to's, spiritual, inspirational or business type books. Not everyone elses favorites, I know. But every now and then I will read a novel or an autobiography or someone will give me one to sell.

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