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 (6:30 PM)

**Second & Fourth Mondays, The Writer’s Group contact PM)


Mind Gravy is hosted every Wednesday by Al Bee(Black)

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.

International Call to Artists with Updated Info

The Italian Cultural Association MoCA (Modern Contemporary Art), in collaboration with Arte Laguna, organizes the Sixth International Art Prize “Arte Laguna” aimed at promoting and enhancing the contemporary art.

Participants can choose the theme of their artworks and enter into five sections - Painting, Sculpture and Installation, Photographic Art, Video Art and Animation, and Performance. Artists who subscribe at least 2 artworks can participate also in the Special Prizes "Artist in Residence" and “Business for art”.

The Prize is open to all artists, without any limit of age, sex, nationality or other qualifications.

The total value of the awards is 170,000 Euro (approx 240,000 USD), 7,000 for each section. In addition, Arte Laguna offers: Money prizes, Exhibitions in Art Galleries, Art Residences and the publication of the official Catalogue.

Deadline: 11th November 2011
Application fee: 50 euro one work, 90 euro two works, 45 each additional work (if under 25, see website for fees)

UPDATE: I have contacted the organization and found out 50 euro is equal to $68. US and 90 euro is equal to $122. US dollars


Thursday, September 8, 2011

Call for Artisians Juried Holiday Sale Lenoir, NC

The Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir, NC, is seeking artists and crafters to participate in the annual Satie’s Holiday Show & Sale, Dec. 1-23, 2011. If you haven’t seen this show, our entire house/gallery is turned into a lovely holiday consignment gift shop open Monday-Friday 9am-5pm & Saturdays 10am-3pm.

Items to be considered for the holiday sale will be juried by our Satie’s Holiday Committee. All items must be handmade, and the most successful items each year are those priced less than $50. We are always looking for a variety of exciting new gift items. We seem to especially need items for children and men. We also like having new food items for this sale.

There are two jury-in dates – please bring samples of items you wish to sell to the Caldwell Arts Council no later than 5pm on either Oct. 4th or Nov. 1st. Include proposed pricing (including 30% commission to the Caldwell Arts Council).

Once accepted, you will receive further information on when to bring your items and how to mark them for sale for this show. Thanks for considering joining us for this wonderful holiday show and sale.

For more information call the Caldwell Arts Council at 828/754-2486 or visit (

National Call to Artists, Show Knoxville, TN

The Arts & Culture Alliance National Juried Exhibition of 2011
December 12, 2011 – January 27, 2012

The Arts & Culture Alliance’s National Juried Exhibition was developed to provide a forum for artists to compete on a national scale and display their work. Approximately 40-50 traditional and non-traditional works will comprise the exhibition in the main gallery of the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville. The Emporium is free and open to the public Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Please note: The Emporium will be closed December 26-30 for the holidays.


Holding both a Bachelor and a Master of Fine Arts degree in media art from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Neely Hyde's professional arts background includes working for art galleries and magazines in New York City, teaching film and art appreciation UT and Roane State and working as the Director of Exhibits and Media Arts for the Association for Visual Arts. Neely is currently serving as the 2011 instructor and visiting artist for the AVA Reel Stories Documentary Project, teaching video classes and workshops, working as a commercial photographer in Chattanooga and exhibiting her fine art photography around the region.


At least $1,000 in cash awards will be given as designated by the juror, whose decision is final.

Sales & Commission

Every effort is made to promote sales. All exhibited work must be for sale. All sales are handled by the Arts & Culture Alliance. The Alliance assumes that sales tax is included in the price of every piece of artwork. The Artist is responsible for remitting applicable sales tax to the state of Tennessee Sales and Use Tax Department ( Sales are permitted as a service to patrons of the Alliance. However, the Alliance cannot guarantee such sales. The receipt of funds from sales, the retention of commissions, and the disbursement of monies to the Artist will be handled by the Alliance. Sold works are to remain in the exhibition until its official closing date and time, unless an alternate arrangement can be reached that is mutually agreeable to the Alliance, the Artist, and the purchaser of the artwork.

Commission to be donated to the Arts & Culture Alliance is as follows:

+ Arts & Culture Alliance members: 25% (20% for cash and check sales).

+ Non-members: 45% (40% for cash and check sales).

Membership information is available at


Works may not have previously exhibited in any Alliance exhibition at the Emporium Center or in any Alliance satellite gallery. Entries must be original works completed within the last two years in the following categories: Painting (oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, digital, and mixed media); Graphic Arts (pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, conte, colored pencil, and printmaking); 3-D (sculpture, ceramic, and fibers); and Photography (color, black and white, digital). The maximum allowed size is 120” x 120” in any direction including frame or stand (must fit through a 60” x 120” doorway). Weight is not to exceed 100 lbs. unless special arrangements are made. Works must be suitably framed/mounted and WIRED (to fit over a 5” wide hook) for installation to match the current hanging system (Walker Display). All 3-D works that do not hang on the wall must be under Plexiglas (exceptions will be made with the permission of the Alliance). The juror reserves the right to disqualify any work not suitably presented or that varies from the submitted image.

Entry Procedure

The nonrefundable entry fee is $40 for up to three works ($25 for Arts & Culture Alliance members). Up to three additional entries may be submitted for $7/each ($5 for members). Diptychs and triptychs are considered one work. Works are juried by digital images only. Each 2-D work may be represented by one digital image, and each 3-D work may be represented by up to three separate digital images: two full views and one detail view.

Send digital images as JPG files (no PowerPoint or slideshow formats) at least 1-3 MB in size (or at least 1600 x 1600 pixels) each, on CD (no DVD); or e-mail entries to (no more than 5 MB in size to guarantee delivery of e-mail). If possible, please identify image with artist last name (example: Lastname_Title.jpg). Application form may be faxed to 865-523-7312; entry fees may be paid by check to “Arts & Culture Alliance” or via Visa or Mastercard (5% fee applies) by calling the Alliance at 865-523-7543. CDs will not be returned. Entries must be postmarked by Saturday, October 29, 2011.

Shipment and Delivery

Shipping artwork to and from the exhibit is the responsibility of the artist. All shipped work must be prepaid. A check for return shipping must be received in an amount based on the stated insurance value of the piece. (Please consider that shipping costs increase over time and the return shipping may be more expensive after the duration of the exhibition than the initial shipping cost). Artist may use his/her own shipping company preference and is responsible for scheduling delivery and pick up of work. Works must be shipped in very sturdy cardboard boxes or crates. Up to $50 will be charged for replacement crates and boxes not safe enough to return works. Please be sure to include detailed packing instructions along with shipped pieces. Works must be labeled with title and artist’s name. Late or damaged work is not accepted.

Ship/deliver artwork to: Arts & Culture Alliance

100 South Gay Street, Suite 201

Knoxville, TN 37902


(865) 523-7543

Directions to the Emporium can be found at


Postmark your CD, entry form, and fees by: Saturday, October 29, 2011

Notice of acceptance/rejection mailed: Friday, November 11

Hand delivery dates to Emporium Center: Monday-Tuesday, November 28-29, between 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Exhibit opens to the public: Monday, December 12

Reception and Awards Ceremony: “First Friday”, January 6, 2012, 5:00-9:00 PM

Last day of exhibition: Friday, January 27, 2012

Pick-up work (no work is released before end of show): Monday-Tuesday, January 30-31, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Shipped works will be crated and ready for pick up by February 10.

For juried entry forms please go to the website at

Good luck to all!

Thurs. Sept 15th Seven Oaks Art League Meeting

The Seven Oaks Art League is open to amateur and professional artists interested in supporting the fine arts. Meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month, unless otherwise stated, at 7:00 pm at Seven Oaks Park located at 200 Leisure Lane, Columbia, South Carolina.. Refreshments and fellowship time begins at 6:30 pm and we meet September through May. Annual dues is $20. and webpage is an additional $10.

September 15 Meeting

A State Museum representative will show slides and speak to SOAL about the Hudson River School Exhibition entitled: Nature and the Grand American Vision. The exhibition features 45 magnificent paintings that are traveling on a national tour for the very first time. The program will also include a question and answer session.

For more information see their website. at

Photo note: Ilona Royce Smithken, International Artist and star of SCETV's Painting with Ilona.

Photo by Jean Bourque

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Reminder to Enter postcard for "Love is a Hormone"

The post card show "Love is a Hormone" promises to be an interesting show. Sponsored by Access Arts, Inc. To qualify for entry, please send a postcard art piece depicting non romantic love. Open to artists world-wide. You must have an art site on They are free art websites, so check it out.  The USPO defines a postcard as; no more than 4.25 inches by 6 inches long. Deadline Jan. 1, 2012.
No fees associated with entry.

Mail to the curator at
Postcard Show Curator
PO Box 4158
Kaneohe, HI 96744

Three great awards and a travelling show if you are selected. One of the awards will be based on online voting, so be sure to tell your friends to get their votes in. You may enter as many as you like, however only one will be selected for the show. Entries will not be returned, the benefit to you is ongoing international exposure. The show will begin Feb. 2011.

For more details, please see my previous blog post at:;postID=7345389910817416584

About Face meetings for artists

About Face daytime sessions on Wednesday and Friday of next week,  September 7th and September 9th,  10 am until  1 pm each day.   This group offers an opportunity to draw or paint from live models. They meet in the basement of the Columbia Museum of Art on Main St. Columbia SC.

They typically meet on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. No Monday meeting this week due to the Labor day Holiday.

Painting done live to the Don Russo Trio at White Mule c Jean Bourque 2011.

Clayworks Reception Sept 30 at 80808

Please note Clayworks opening reception
Friday, September 30 · 6:00pm - 9:00pm
At 80808 gallery
808 Lady Street
Columbia SC 29201

Friday, September 2, 2011

Artist Opportunity Mail Art Asheville NC

5th Annual International 
Call for Mail Art!
Anything Goes...Everything Shows!
Postmark Deadline: September 6, 2011
(if we get it in the mail by morning of the 10th, 
we'll put it up!)
Opening Reception: 
September 10, 11 am - 4 pm
Courtyard Gallery • Mezzanine Floor
Phil Mechanic Studios
109 Roberts St., Asheville, NC
ALL submissions received through the mail will be exhibited in the Courtyard Gallery, beginning Sept.10, 2011. Format: any size; if you can stamp it and get it through the Post Office, it will show. Technique: All media will be accepted including mixed media, collage, montage, sculpture digital art, painting, printmaking, photography, you name it. Don't be afraid to experiment! No entry fee. ALL SUBMISSIONS ARE NON-RETURNABLE. Clickhere for examples from previous shows.
Mail by Sept. 6 to:
Carlos Steward/Cynthia Potter
The Courtyard Gallery and Agency
P.O. Box 9907
Asheville, NC 28815


ARTISTS: Challenge Your Emotions, Challenge Your Art
Artistic Emotions… are you in touch? Out of touch? Do your emotions rule your art? Do they rule your world? Do you paint with emotion? Or do you paint strictly verbatim, as in photographically with no emotion? What is your style? Do you paint in solitary confinement or do you engage your family and friends in your creations?
Share your emotions or be bottled up, the choose is yours! CHALLENGE YOURSELF AND YOUR ART...

Are you up to the CHALLENGE?

Most of my art is highly emotional, portraying anything from love to anger, happiness to fear... and sometimes the unknown is revealed to me and I have an epiphany. The spirits are good to me and my artistic muse seems to be ever present challenging me to press onward with writing and artistic endeavors. Today, I am filled with joy to share this tidbit about creativity with the world.  yours Truly, Jeanee

Thursday, September 1, 2011

First Thursday Tonight at Tapps Columbia SC

edited...From my emails:

Tapps Art Center at 1644 Main St Columbia, SC, invites you to First Thursday on Main.

A Fine Line: Between Collecting and Hoarding. The exhibit features local artists and collectors including Billy Guess, Lyon Hill, Leslie Minerd, Steve Sancho, Michael McClendon, Jorg Hohman, Jenny Maxwell, Toni Forrest, Cindy Moye, Rachel Borgman and Mallie Baker.

The Main Gallery exhibit will explore the concept of Obsessions and includes Thomas Crouch, Brenda Schwarz, Keith Tolen, Lucas Sams, Ian Dillinger, Jeremy Wooten, Lyon Hill and Kirkland Smith.

MUSIC In the Back Room, Matt Bell's THE COLLECTORS will be read by Alex Smith, with musical accompaniment by William Christopher and Lucas Sams. 7-8 PM

In the courtyard The South Carolina Artists group will be offering a full evening of art with exhibits, poetry, music, new window displays unveiling and demonstrations.

6pm until 10pm

Thursday, September 1, 2011

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