Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Positive Social Skills Can Improve Your Life!

Positive Social Skills Can Improve Your Life!

1. Share Your Smile! Smiling helps generate positive energy and will draw others to you.

2. Show your gratitude! Always thank people and let them know you appreciate them.

3. Listen! Show interest by asking questions, maintaining eye contact and using their first name.

4. Bring People Together! If you know something or someone that can help someone else, bring them together; this increases positive energy, all around.

5. Try to Understand! Everyone has a point of view, keep an open mind. Welcome that we are all unique and have a right to differing opinions.

6. Speak clearly! Do not be offended if someone questions what you said or asks for an explanation. This shows they are listening!

7. Develop empathy and avoid judgement! Put yourself in their shoes and think how you would feel. People appreciate being able to share their thoughts without judgement.

8. Think Positive! No one wants to be around someone that is always being negative. If you must vent, save it for your journal. If you must verbalize, do it in the shower.

Don't forget that smile! :)

Yours truly,
Jean Bourque

Monday, November 21, 2011

Mind Gravy at Tapps Art Center Nov 23

Three return performers, the three Amigos at Tapps....

Bob Kilgore, the inventor of the harmonic capo, has a great new CD and will be the featured musician at Mind Gravy at Tapp's Art Center on Main St. Columbia the night before Thanksgiving Wed. Nov. 23rd. Jean Bourque will be painting to his sounds. John Starino makes a return appearance as featured poet! 8-10 pm , mark your calendars and meet me at Tapps!

Mind Gravy meets every Wednesday at Tapps Art Center on Main St. in Columbia, SC. The founder and event organizer is Al Black. Mr. Black is also a poet. At each event there is also an open mic for poets and musicians that want to share their talent. Come on out and have a great time!

Yours Truly,
Jean Bourque

Photo of John Starino.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Art Sales Opportunity Forest Acres Columbia SC

ARTIST'S Sales opportunity

Sell your art and handcrafted items at Richland Mall 3400 Forest Dr. Columbia, SC 29204 Nov 25 and or 26th from 9am-2pm or 6am-6pm. Black Friday and Sat. are the busiest days of the year at the Mall and they are having an antique show at the same time which will draw in potential customers, interested in home and office decor! Radio spots the week before and Facebook and Social media marketing all for you!

Location of sale is right near food court by Belks, first floor. Theatre Rowe Productions and Forest Acres Fine Art Center will mark off an indoor 10x10 space, with 24 hr security and radio advertising of the event. You will need to provide your own display, table, chair, equipment and sales tags etc. We will sell directly to customers and keep the proceeds, no commission!

All art mediums and new hand made items accepted. Remember children may be present, we do ask that you keep this in mind when selecting inventory for the show. Please no kit work, scrapbooks, or classwork.

UPDATE: Set up display equipment Wed. evening and your art inventory Friday morning, you can start selling as soon as you are set up. We can get in the mall at 6AM. Belks will be opening at 4am, so there should be people in the mall. All artists must be set up to show and sell by 9 AM and are required to stay with their space until 2PM. You may stay as late as 6pm, if you like. Rental one day is $25. both days $40. payable Wed. evening at display set up or prior to set up Fri. morning. Checks should be made payable to Theatre Rowe Productions (note spelling, is exactly like that) No commission. You may leave your set up overnight if you are selling both days, but do not leave inventory uncovered. The mall does have 24 hour security.

Send back attached info asap so that I can get you a space. Do not send funds with it. You will pay your fees at the location to Theatre Rowe Productions. Questions, write me on FB or my email. Thank you!



Email ____________________________________________________________

Facebook Name ____________________________________________________

Cell Phone _________________________Home or Work ____________________

Website __________________________________________________________

Blog _____________________________________________________________

What do you plan to sell at the sale? __________________________________________________________________


Which days? Friday ___________ Saturday ___________ Both days___________

Emergency Contact __________________________________________________

Signed ____________________________________________________________


Please fill in this form, make a copy, print it and send back to me through facebook messages or email it back to artsails1@aol.com with Richland Mall Art in subject line. If you have any questions, please message me through facebook or email me. Or you can fax it by calling 803-926-7405 leave a msg saying you are sending a fax. Then fax at that number after waiting 5 minutes.

The event is sponsored by the newly formed Forest Acres Fine Art Center and Theatre Rowe Productions. A representative of their organization will be on hand Wed. evening, Friday and Saturday morning.

Thank you

Jeanee Bourque


Happy Thanksgiving! We are looking forward to seeing you on Black Friday weekend!

Pictured above: painting by Jean Bourque "Pink" painted to live music by DUBA band. 20x16 acrylic on canvas

Mind Gravy at Tapps Art Center every Wed at 8PM

Mind Gravy Poetry hosted by Al Black

“Poems sliced thin drenched in gravy of dreams forgot”

Tapp’s Arts Center, 1644 Main St. Downtown Columbia, SC on lower level in former lunch counter room of Tapps; 8-10PM every Wednesday


Nov 16th Columbia Writer’s Night & open mic

The night before Thanksgiving will give us all a treat to be thankful for:

Nov 23rd John Starino aka Sildag aka Phoenix Tongue (formerly of Red Tub and Art Bar poetry nights) returns again to rise from the ashes and entertain with his newest, fresh poems and reciting of a few audience favorites!

Also Nov. 23rd...Featured musician Bob Kilgore, inventor of the harmonic capo for guitars and unique new age sound that's in a class of it's own, playing tunes from his newest cd release! Jean Bourque, conceptual painter will paint live to Bob's interesting sounds! "This is a don’t miss event!"

Nov 30th –Fifth Wednesday – Pianos and Poetry & open mic

Jan 11th – Sufia & Seitu Amenwahsu are planning a special night of poetry, music & open mic in honor of Martin Luther King Day

Jan 25thAlice Osborn of Raleigh, NC www.aliceosborn.com

Meet Me at Tapps...

yours truly

Jean Bourque

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Neuro-Chemical Breakdown Art Show Review

Anima Jung was the genius behind the unique one night art show held Nov. 12th, 2011 at the Conundrum Music Hall in W Columbia, SC. The premise was there are 8 basic human emotions and 9 artists were each assigned an emotion. We had to keep it secret about which emotion we were assigned, but now the cat is out of the bag. The emotion I was assigned was "Disgust". Those of you that follow my art know my art work is mostly about music, peace, love, flowers, joy, and lively colors. Being a very positive person, at first, I was not happy to be assigned a negative emotion. I knew I would have to make art specifically for the show and thought okay, this is going to take me out of my comfort zone. I spent hours of research online, reading disgusting news, looking at disgusting images and reading what the word "disgust" actually meant. Everyday as I rode all over the state of SC, I thought about what it meant to me.

I started a lot of little projects, one was cutting out news stories that I found to be disgusting and making a handmade book. For some reason, I couldn't bring myself to paint something disgusting so decided to do other artsy things. I sculpted a mask with a digusted look. I cut three wholes in the chin and was going to hang other pieces of clay from it but then opted to make it into a key holder, I attached three brass rings, for the keys to hang on.

The show featured art by Michael Krejewski, Brian Barr, Brian Pyle, Tennyson, Lisa Gray, Allan O'Mudd, Jean Bourque, Cedric Umoja and Mustafa. Each artist explored an emotion. The art show was mainly paintings and they were all wonderful works of art. Tennyson created several shadow box wall hangings, Mustafa showed photography in which Anima the creator of the show was his subject. They were very well done. In addition to three painting jean made a clay mask and a recycled road trash wall hanging. Lighting was provided by RJ Foley and Keith Bates.

The show was for one night only. We all talked about the emotions we were assigned and agreed it was a challenge. Photos here by Keith Bates.

Friday, November 4, 2011

World of Beauty and Art Show for Women Only

Friday, November 4 · 5:00pm - 9:00pm

LocationWest Columbia, SC
Created By
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Please come out to a fun event that will make you beautiful and you can even get something beautiful for your home or office as well. Artist Jean Bourque has set up an art show at the Salon. The owner and her staff will provide refreshments and you can select any three services from the Salon for only $60. your choices include: Airbrush Tan, Waxing (eyebrow, lip, or chin), Ear Candling, a haircut, Hi-lights using up to ten fashion foils, up to three feathers, facials, 30 min massage, deep conditioning hair treatment, piercing, 1 body wrap area, a month of tanning, or for fitness buffs, you could select a month of Zumba or Jazzercise. Fun times. You can call and reserve your services in advance 803-794-7555. Or if you would just like to check out the art by Jean Bourque and the Salon without an appointment, just stop by!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Coolest Thing... Saving $$ on Art Supplies

Lately, I have just been telling you all about events and opportunities, well this blog entry is different. I am going to tell you about a way to save money...on YOUR Supplies! YES! This was so amazing... now my younger or more techy friends and fans probably already know about this... but to me this is big news! LOL! Of course, I had heard the rumblings and as an avid fan and reader of Mashable, I had read that it was coming! Well, now it's here! In SC!

Driving on my way back from Clearwater, SC this afternoon, I had been thinking about my project for the NeuroChemical Breakdown Show I will be in on Nov. 12th at Conundrum Music Hall on Meeting St. in West Columbia, SC, along with 7 other wonderful artists. A series of ideas hit me and I realized I need to buy a few materials, a wood burner, etching tips, spray glue, a high heat glue gun and some conte' sticks. Since I was on Route 1, I swung into Hobby Lobby to see what they had and get a few items for tonight's studio time.

I had just located the conte' sticks, when an old friend, a fellow artist that does sculpting said hello. Happily, I shared a little bit about what I was looking for and the event. He told me Hobby Lobby always has coupons on their website for 40% of on any one item each week. We chatted like old friends do and found all the materials I needed. When he was about to leave he reminded me about the coupon and I decided I would wait on the wood-burner with etching tips until I ran the coupon.

After he left; the young man working there asked me if I had a smart phone with internet? He instructed me to go to www.hobbylobby.com,. He said click on "coupon". When the coupon came up, he said just show that to the cashier and you will get your 40% off. I brought everything up to the cashier and saved $10.80 by having her see the coupon on my phone. Now, how cool is that? If you click on the link on the post below, the coupon is right there!

I just had to share this as so many people do have smart phones! Let me know if you hear of other art supply stores... doing this! Thanks!

Yours truly,
Jean Bourque

In-Store Coupon : Weekly In-Store Specials : Hobby Lobby - Hobby Lobby

In-Store Coupon : Weekly In-Store Specials : Hobby Lobby - Hobby Lobby

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Gallery News, Blues Fest, Pecan Fest and more!

  • Art Trail Gallery Holiday Show exhibit Reception Thurs. Nov. 10th
  • Dargon St. downtown Florence, SC
  • Railroad Junction gallery is open Tues. - Sat. with art, music and activities
  • Nov. 3 - Bottles & Brushes at Railroad Junction come out and paint
  • Nov. 5 - Pecan Festival Downtown and Pee Dee Blues Fest!
  • Nov 5 - Jean Bourque painting to live music at Railroad Junction Gallery on Evans St. during Blues Bash and Pecan Fest
  • Nov 8 Art Trail Gallery Holiday Show starts
  • Nov 10 reception and party celebrating Holiday Show

Art Trail Gallery

The Holiday Show featuring the Main Exhibit, the Painters' Nook, and the Corner Shoppe will open to the public Tuesday, Nov. 8, 11:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Mark your calendar for the big party celebrating the opening on Thursday, November 10 from 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.!!!

New Hours for the Gallery During Holiday Show = We want your shopping dollars!!

During the Holiday Show, Nov. 8 - Dec. 9, the Gallery will have extended hours. Our artists love to create but they also need to pay bills. That is where you come in! There will be hand crafted items and fine art at every price point imaginable. The Art Trail Gallery will be open 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Tuesday and Wednesday. Late shopping hours Thursday and Friday - the Gallery is open 4:00 p.m. - 8 p.m. and Saturday - 3 p.m. - 8 p.m.

For detailed info on the Pecan Festival and the Blues bash, click here!

Trenholm Artist Guild Meeting Nov 14

Trenholm Artist Guild meeting

Monday, November 14, 2011 6:30 Social; 7:00 Meeting

Forest Lake Park Columbia SC Bob Way Featured Speaker

Bob Way, an acclaimed artist and teacher, is the November 14 featured speaker.

Before and after receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and working as a teacher and principal, most of my adult life has been spent teaching drawing and painting publicly and privately. My work has hung in many one-man shows and juried group exhibitions in New York City, Europe, New England, Florida, and North Carolina. These include the American Watercolor Society, Pastel Society of America, and the American Arts Club, all in New York City, the Freie Berliner Kunst Austellung (Free Berlin)

in Berlin, Germany, and the Copley Society of Boston.

For more information, Bob’s web site is http://www.professionalartists.com/index.htm

Bob will have art workshops at Village Artists in Nov. See Trenholm Artist Guild website for dates, supplies and fees.

Note no meeting in Dec. The next meeting after this one will be on Jan. 9, 2012.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Art Show coming to Conundrum Sat. Nov 12

on Meeting St West Columbia, SC

* 8 Columbia area Artists share an emotional event in art *
Featured artists include Jean Bourque, Michael Krejewski, Moustfa, Izms of Art, Brian Pyle, Brian Barr, Lisa Gray and Allen Mudd

Saturday, November 12 · 8:00pm - 11:00pm

Conundrum Music Hall
626 Meeting Street
West Columbia, South Carolina

Created By

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When we all came into this world we were given a basic set of emotions.All emotional experiences are connected with a response that takes place chemically within our brains.Eight versatile artists are going outside of their comfort zone to share their interpertions of one of those emotions.

Who needs therapy when there is art?Anti-hipster anti-canned product,sound junkie,phantom dj,emotion inducing ________ will provide the soundtrack to this feeling based experience.

Guess which artists created which pieces of art and get a percentage off of their work.

Come feel with us.

Beer and wine will be on the premise. Support the local arts and share this event on your wall.Mayhem baybee.Stay tuned.......

Painting "Eye Spy" c by Jean Bourque

Friday, September 30, 2011

Visual Artists at Saluda Shoals unearth Sun 10/2

(Photograph of Tam Hicks by Jean Bourque at Tapps Art Center April 2011)

unearth at Saluda Shoals Park on Old Bush

River Rd in Columbia on SUNDAY, October 2 from

1 - 6pm at Saluda Shoals Park will feature a celebration

of nature’s inspiration! Twenty six artists were juried into

the annual event along with the musicians I mentioned

in my previous blog post.

Three of the professional artists that are in

this show are well known fiber artist Susan Lenz,

Oil painter and former forensic artist Roy Paschal and

Tam Hicks, photographer, clay sculptor and retired art

teacher. The visual artists will be demonstrating their

art inspired by nature.

For more details check out the website at


Thursday, September 29, 2011

Music and Art at Saluda Shoals Sun Oct 2 unearth

Mark your calendars this Sunday Oct 2 from 1-6 for the "unearth" event at Saluda Shoals, a great day of music and art inspired by nature at 5605 Old Bush River Rd. Columbia, SC. This annual celebration of the arts showcases visual, performing and literary arts in an outdoor setting. Visitors are invited to immerse themselves in art, nature, and the creative process.

Trail Musicians
Time Trail 1 Musicians
1:30–2:15 p.m. Fred Ingram

2:15–2:45 p.m. Sheem One

2:45–3:15 p.m. Marshall

3:15–4:00 p.m. Mike Rushing & Jeremy Grainger

4:00–4:45 p.m. Tom Coolidge

Trail 2 Musicians

1:30–2:15 p.m.. Keith Bates

2:15–2:45 p.m. Jesse James Dean

2:45–3:15 p.m. Cole Rivers

3:15–4:00 p.m. Justin Tweito

4:00–4:45 p.m. Alice Graham

#3 Trail Music

2:30–3:30 p.m. Simply Strings

Nature's Studio hands-on art activities

5:00-6:00 p.m. Lake Murray Symphony Orchestra concert

unearth Music Stage Performances

1:00–1:45 p.m. Lawrence “Luckyman” Beall

2:00–2:45 p.m. J Edwards

2:45–3:00 p.m. Speed Painter Roy Paschal

with Jonathan C. Ward and flute

3:10–3:45 p.m. John Wesley Satterfield

4:00–4:45 p.m. Jonathan C. Ward

Native American Flute

The event is free, parking is $5. per a car. Artists will be creating art inspired by nature and music all day Sunday. There will be demonstrations and interactive events.

Enjoy your weekend!

yours truly,


PS Photo by Jean Bourque c 2010 Fred Ingram and Keith Bates at Saluda Shoals Park "unearth 2009"

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

World of Music at Art Trail Gallery Sept 29-Oct 28

World of Music Opening Reception THURSDAY Sept 29, 2011
Art Trail Gallery - 135 S. Dargan, Florence, SC
5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at
The exhibit will run through the month of Oct and end on Oct. 28th
Fall season for the Art Trail Gallery: This is just the beginning of a fun filled exhibit starting Sept 29 Thursday night we invite you to join us as we celebrate the opening of the World of Music exhibit and our sponsors - Southern Harmony Recording Studio and Yonder Music! Light refreshments will be served. Come see the wonderful selection of handmade instruments, paintings, fiber art, lamps, flower arrangements, art installations, and more at the Art Trail Gallery!

Also, VOTE for your favorite artist! Over the course of the exhibit, visitors are invited to vote for their artist. Ballots are near the artist's work. Ballot boxes are around the Gallery. Vote each time you come! There are multiple cash prizes thanks to Southern Harmony Recording Studio and Yonder Music! You are the judge! You determine the winners!!
Remember - the majority of works on display are for sale! Proceeds from the sale of the children's flutes produced by Kenneth and Theresa Grut go to support a suicide prevention program.

Jean Bourque will have three paintings from her guitar series ranging in sizes from 24x20 to 36x24. Brandon Cooper will show his cigar box guitars and there is a lot of other music related art from 50 different artists. You will see many handmade instruments from flutes to drums as well as paintings and sculptures all celebrating the world of music!

Come celebrate The World of Music in Florence, SC at The Art Trail Gallery in the old Kimbrell's Furniture building.

Yours Truly,
Jean Bourque

About the painting: "Blues Guitars" by Jean Bourque was painted to live music by singer songwriter Keith Bates. The painting is a 36x24 pre-stretched canvas with painted sides.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Heritage Music and Art Festival Today and Tonight

At the Heritage Music and Art Festival, today from 9-4 there will be artists set up around the 111 Henry St. in Lake City, SC near the Bean Museum and Chamber of Commerce, downtown. Artists will be displaying and selling their works. Come out and support SC artists!

Tonight, their will be live musical performances by Boyz ll Men, Color Me Badd, R&B and Sheryl Boyd. Jean Bourque, performance painter will paint to the beat of all the bands and the 20x16 inch paintings on canvas will be available for purchase at $300. each. Some of the proceeds will go to help support future Art and Music festivals in Lake City, SC.

WZTF-FM, THE FLO 102.9 and WDAR-FM, SUNNY 105.5 & 94.1 are promoting this event and doing a ticket giveaway promotion. You can purchase tickets in Lake City at THE GIFT SHOP on Main Street. also available at the Lake City Chamber of Commerce. For more info call 843-374-2333.

Hope to see you there! It will be a great night for Music and Art in Lake City, SC at the Heritage Music and Art Festival!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Art at Lake City Museum Show

Two paintings from my Coffee Series are currently on show in Lake City at the Bean Market Museum. The city is having their Heritage Music and Art Festival all week.

These were favorites from the solo shows I had at The Richland County Public Library and at Gotham on Main in 2010. This painting is "Visual Passion" and the other one on display is it's co-ordinating piece named "In a Stew"(not pictured here) Both pieces are mixed media featuring my watercolor women in a photographic image painting into the mixed media coffee inspired collage on 30x24 museum quality thick sided wall canvas. They will be permanently displayed at a prominent office in Lake City.

In addition to my art, you can see lovely artwork created by other prominent SC artists such as
painter Stephen McCrea, Cigar Box Guitars created by Brandon Cooper, Woodz Art by Ann Page, furniture created using ancient cypress by L. P. Rogers, a huge oil painting of heaven by Adam Dial, paintings by Lynda Engish, Gaye Ham, Jane Jackson, Neil A McClendon, Jr. , interesting sculptures creating fun functional furniture pieces by Alex Palkovich, paintings by Jackie Wukela and a wonderful wood sculpture painting by Tiffany Thomas.

The First Picture (at top) was at the reception held this past Wed. evening Sept. 21, 2011; Tiffany Thomas created a live painting on fellow artist and model Symon Gibson. They had a backdrop canvas which they created a Jackson Pollack meets Van Gogh, with Stephen in front being painted into the picture! It was wonderful to watch.

Yours Truly,
Jean Bourque

Painting to Jackaroe Band at Utopia tonight!

It's Julia Beckham's birthday and her band Jackaroe will be playing at Utopia on Rosewood Dr. in Columbia tonight! The fun starts at 830 and goes until 11 ish! I will be painting live to their music. The band wants to do a live recording and needs everybody to come out and show their love in honor of Julia's birthday!

These are just two of the paintings I have painted to their music in the past few months. The top one was done at Utopia on St. Patricks Day and the brightly colored one was done at The Music Fest at Art Bar July 4th weekend along with the Jackaroe band and finished to the Stillhouse band.

If you have never heard the Jackaroe band, it's time you did!

Hope to see you all there!

Yours truly,
Jean Bourque

Monday, September 12, 2011

Mind Gravy Poetry Updates and Columbia Events

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

Mind Gravy Is Moving

to a larger location, to be announced on 9/15.

No Mind Gravy This Week 09/14
We Will Be Back On Schedule 09/21 At Our New Location

Featured Poet, Amanda Rachelle Warren of USC Aiken, Columbia Writer’s Alliance, Guest Musician, Jamal Hasan and Open Mic

Please, join the Mind Gravy Poetry Facebook Page click to go there now

Mind Gravy is held every Wed 8-10 PM:
Sept 21st – Featured Poet, Amanda Rachelle Warren’ USC Aiken & The Columbia Writers Alliance – Guest Musician, Jamal Hasan
Sept 28th –Pasckie Pascua & Caleb Beissert all the way from Asheville – Guest Musician. Brodie Porterfield

Oct 12th – Poets of Allen University – Guest Musician, Spitz Marshall

Oct 26th – Poets of ‘Grape Seed Anthology’ from Uphook Press (Charlene Spearen,Thandiwe Shiphrah, Peg Duthrie, and Thomas Gibney)

Nov 9th – John Lane, Wofford University

Nov 23rd-John Starino, well-known Columbia performance poet

Upcoming Columbia Poetry/Music/Arts Events:

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

**Every Thursday, Music Open Mic Musicians @ 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, Richland County Main Library www.colawriters.com (6:30 PM)

**Second & Fourth Mondays, The Writer’s Group contact bauerwesteren@yahoo.com(6:30 PM)


Mind Gravy is hosted every Wednesday by Al Bee(Black) albeemindgravy@gmail.com

Mind Gravy's goal is to promote and encourage the entire diverse range of poetic and artistic expression that we see in the arts community. Interested poets, musicians and performance artists, please, contact Al Black via above email or 803-608-3057 cell.

Hope to see you at one of these events.

Photo: Al Black with John Starino in background.