Monday, April 25, 2011

Tam Hicks Bra-vo Art Show Needs Bras!





Bring me your tired, your poor,

Those crumpled, stretched out laces,

Yearning to leave the back of the drawer.

Bring these all to me, to be transformed.

Yes, sister friends, the time has come,

To set them free once more!


1) S&S Art Supplies, Main St. Downtown Columbia

2) Artsy Fartsy Gallery, 908 Knox Abbott Dr. Cayce, SC

3) Ramco Framing, 7581 St. Andrews Rd. Irmo, SC

4) Looking for a North East drop site.

This is meant to become a FEMINIST ART INSTELLATION PIECE. In honor of International Women’s Day, Week, Month, Year, A women’s World. For all of those women who could not vote, had to ride in the back of the bus, died in Back alleyways, dragged off in the middle of the night, and died in war zones. This is a woman’s story. The story of “THE WAR ON WOMEN.”

“Some may say this exhibit is in bad taste. It’s not all in good fun. And I’m not just doing this for women. I’m saying to men you need to look closer at this too.”

Tam Hicks, Artist

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Jean Bourque Live Painting April 27th Artsy Fartsy

April 2011
Jean Bourque kicked off the month with a solo art show at Artsy Fartsy, running for the month. The reception was on April Fool's night. Everyone was expecting a bit of shenanigans by artist Jean Bourque. However, most people were friendly and no tricks were played and only one or two foolery things happened. For one; the reception was slated as going until 830 and it actually went to ten. We were very fortunate to have a good crowd, coming and going throughout the evening.

Keith Bates emceed the event and had 7 musical acts performing live along with two well known poets, Al Black and John M. Starino. The featured band was REDD WYNE, additional performers Kevin Dozier, Michael Sanders, Julia and Barton Beckham, Kurt Linguini and Chief Roy, Mel Simms of Vassaboo, and the evening topper was with William Christoper playing his keyboards. All the musicians were excellent and many folks commented on what a great gala type event we hosted at Artsy Fartsy.

The art by Jean Bourque was well received. The show featured 52 performance paintings all done in the last year to live musical performances by a variety of bands and solo acts. Many people commented on their favorites and people expressed a lot of amazement at seeing so many paintings all in one place by this artist. The show was well lit and hung with professional labels identifying each piece by title and the musical act it was performed too. The musicians especially enjoyed seeing their names and names of their friends and paintings she painted to each.

With 52 pieces, naturally, there is a large selection of works in almost every color. Jean's art palette changes as the music affects her soul. Something that can only clearly be seen in a large exhibit. The show runs thru April 30th, so take a look see at Artsy Fartsy at 906 Knox Abbott Dr. Cayce.

On April 27th, we will have a grand finale party with Mind Gravy featuring music by Bob Kilgore, poetry by Roy Seegars and many more. Jean Bourque will paint live to bob's music and we expect a good crowd. The event will run 8-10. Come on by....

Saturday, April 16, 2011

It's All About Faith at 80808 May 26-May 31 ART

It's All About Faith

– The art show features portraits, paintings and sculpture by Barbie and Faith Mathis and 20 other well known Columbia area artists.
“The Faith Paintings” are a series by Barbie Mathis that celebrate the individuality and creativity of Faith Mathis, an emerging artist who dares to be herself. The show is at Vista Studios/Gallery 80808, 808 Lady Street, Columbia, SC 29201 – Thurs. 5/26 through Mon. 5/31 - Opening Reception 6 - 9 pm on Thurs. 5/26

Faith Mathis, a featured artist and subject of the show, has attended summer programs at the Governor’s School for the Arts, and at Tri-DAC hosted by Columbia College, where she has been offered an art scholarship to become a studio arts major. Faith's works include pen and ink on paper with markers or watercolors, mixed media paintings, and a series of sculptures called “My Life in Dolls.” Additionally, she created a life-size sculpture, cast from her own body, which functions as an IPOD speaker. Never one to stifle her opinions, Faith is a vocal advocate for arts education in public schools where she hopes to teach art some day.

Barbie Mathis has been working as a professional artist since 1980. Starting as an illustrator and designer, then becoming an acclaimed watercolorist, with an emphasis on natural subject matters and people immersed in rich, dramatic backgrounds. Barbie is a signature member of the South Carolina Watermedia Society. “How Long Must I Wait” was the first piece of “the Faith Series”, and it was included in the 2009 traveling show for SCWS. Barbie has also exhibited in numerous shows around the state, winning various awards including 1st Place at the Trenholm Artists Guild Show in March, 2011. at,, . Listing of current venues will be on Barbie's Blog.

The unique nature of this exhibition is summed up in its title:"It’s all about Faith". Faith Mathis is featured as model and as an artist in her own right. Gallery hours are weekdays 11 am – 3 pm, Sunday 1 – 4 pm. Barbie Mathis will be on hand those days to meet the public. An opening reception, with many of the featured artists including Barbie and Faith, will be held Thursday evening, 5/26, from 6 to 9 PM at the gallery.

It's All About Faith - Featured Artists

Barbie Mathis, Faith Mathis, Jean Bourque, Rachel Parker, Bonnie Goldberg, Anastasia Chernoff, Michael Krajewski, Susan Lenz, Ron Marsh, Howard Hunt, Gail Cunningham, Lauren Maurer, Roy Paschal, Tam Hicks, Peggy Nunn, Michael Bolin, David Phillips, Palei Leonard, Ingrid Carson, Renee Ittner-McManus, Karen Langley and Jonny Mondragon

Contact: Barbie Mathis at 803-261-3038 or .

Photo copyright by Jean Bourque of Barbie and Faith Mathis. This was from the Talent Show at White Knoll HS where Faith portrayed herself and sang as Lady Gaga . early 2010.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

April 27th Artsy Fartsy Mind Gravy Live Painting

Al Black will host Mind Gravy, an evening of music, art and poetry with featured musician Bob Kilgore (inventor of the harmonic capo) and featured poet Roy Seegar.

The evening begins with Bob Kilgore playing and Jean Bourque painting to the music. Then the mike will be opened for poets and songwriters to share their words. Followed by the featured poet Roy Seegar sharing his poems and songs.

The close of the evening is with Bob Kilgore music and Jean Bourque painting. If you have poems you'd like to share, please mark your calendar to be there for a fun evening. You will be surrounded by over 50 works of Art that Jean painted to musicians live and that are now showing at Artsy Fartsy.

You can see the show in advance if you would like. Gallery hours are Tues-Fri. 3-7PM and Sat hours as well. The art solo art show for Jean Bourque runs until Sat. April 30th. The gallery also has a little cafe so you may enjoy light refreshments. Hope to see you there!

Artsy Fartsy Gallery is located at 909 Knox Abbott Dr. Cayce, SC

photo by Keith Bates of Jean Bourque painting live to Damian Norwood.