Sunday, November 9, 2014

Artists Wanted for 30th Annual Int'l Exhibit DL 11/21/14

The University of Texas at Tyler is inviting artists from all over the world to participate in a juried show to be held on January 20th through Feb. 27th 2015. This is the Meadows Gallery 30th Annual International Art Show to be in Tyler TX. The Juror for the show is James R Pace.

Pace is a Professor of Visual Art at The University of Texas at Tyler where he has taught since 1985. He holds an MFA from Arizona State University, and a BFA from the University of Oklahoma. Pace was appointed to the Oge’ Professorship in Visual Art, the White Fellowship for Excellence In Teaching, and received the Chancellor's Council Teaching Award. He was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and multiple University Research Grants. Pace trained in the Tamarind Summer Printmaking Program, and participated in the International Artist Residency Program in Budapest, Hungary. He continues to serve as juror, lecturer, and visiting artist at museums, galleries, art centers, and universities throughout the states as well as in Germany and Japan.

The deadline to enter the show is Nov. 21, 2014. For further information please see the website at

Yours Truly,
Jean Bourque

CICA and USC Art Students United Creativity

We recently were part of a paint to music event through USC's Art program. CICA a group of USC's most talented musicians, many with advanced degrees in their chosen profession and continuing their education and work as performing musicians have created a collaborative association in which they want to add other elements of the arts in combination with the music.  CICA provided the artists with several MP3 musical choices and each artist chose the music that most inspired them to create a unique work of  art.

The Music I selected to paint to was, "In C", a Terry Riley original composition from the 60's. It just so happens that "In C" was the most collaborative piece and the grand finale of the evening with it's unique sound lasting approximately 18 minutes. Because of the steady beat of the music, I was inspired to dot my canvas in an impressionistic style, keeping the beat as I painted. Here is my painting "In C".

 Yours Truly,
Jean Bourque

McMaster Art Gallery at USC through Dec. 16

Dan Smith’s exhibition, “CephalicUS: A head of indecision”, is on view at the University of South Carolina’s McMaster Gallery, now through December 16. Smith earned his MFA degree in Painting from the University of South Carolina in 1991. The McMaster building is just off Gervais St. and on Pickens St. The Gallery is located on the first floor.

The human face has been a favorite subject Smith has examined utilizing a wide variety of styles and subjects during his artistic career. His exhibit at McMaster includes large acrylic paintings incorporating a variety of iconic portraits. Integrated into this exhibition are montage-based labels that integrate Smith’s verse with T.S. Elliot.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Inspiration is Everywhere on Main St. Columbia, SC

The new school year has kicked off and so has this season's art year!
In downtown Columbia SC on Main St. every First Thursday, is an
event where many stores, restaurants, museums and other businesses
stay open and celebrate the arts. Everything from visual arts to live
music by area musicians, poetry readings, dance, entertainment of
all kinds abounds and every First Thursday is different.

As a visual artist myself, I do try to attend these First Thursday events
when I can. I did go tonight and saw lots of great art, lots of friends
and heard lots of music. I was really thrilled about the show at Tapps
as I am now attending USC and I have an opportunity to attend a
figure section tomorrow and I saw lots of art that inspired me for Friday

So tomorrow I shall grab my sketch pad and charcoal...

Sunday, August 31, 2014

"Sweet" Art Show First Thursday Sept 4 2014

Sweet by Jean Bourque

Thursday, September 4, 2014 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Where: CertusBank 1241 Main St. Columbia SC
Cost: Free
Description: A collaboration of inspired artistic interpretations opens at Columbia's First Thursday event. Featuring artworks of area artists inspired by USC School of Music composer Jesse Jones' "In Dulcet Tones." Jones will jury the works, and the winners will be announced at 7:30. The North American premier of “In Dulcet Tones” will be performed by Rebecca Hunter and Lynn Kompass on the Cornelia Freeman Concert Series Sept. 28 at 3:00 p.m. in the School of Music. The winning artworks will be displayed on stage during the performance.
Contact: School of Music 803-576-5763

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Jean Bourque Art Show at Old Mill Main St. Theatre Rowe Lexington, SC

Haven Palm c2014
by Jean Bourque
20x16 inch on canvas
Painted live to Keith Bates

New art show for 

Jean Bourque Art at the newest theatre

 in Lexington, SC. 

Now, you can see 12 new works at 

The Old Mill Shopping Center Main St. 

(aka Rt 1) Lexington, SC

on the first floor, at the 

NEWEST Theatre Rowe Productions. 

They are all for sale!

The prices are on the back. 

Just see Philip Rowe to purchase

or contact me, direct.

Thank you!!!

Hope you enjoy my art show

and the new dinner theatre!

Announcing Artwork by Jean Bourque is now available for you to enjoy at Alala on Harden St Columbia SC (USA) Across the street from the Palmetto Richland Hospital. Work on display throughout the summer season. Alala is open Mon. - Fri. 9 AM-6PM. They take MC/Visa and of course cash or check. If you want to buy direct through the artist she can take PayPal


All paintings will be for sale with the price on the back of each one. All are original one of a kind works of art created by Jean Bourque. Prices start as low as $35. for small original art and as high as $750. for larger art. There are pieces in a wide variety of sizes, colors and designs. You will have over 35 pieces to select from. There will also be several 
large pieces if you are looking for something big for your home or office.

Much thanks to Kim Neel and Sherry Norris and the Alala team for this wonderful opportunity to showcase my artwork.

Art by Jean Bourque now showing


Jean Bourque currently has her art on display at Best Mattress on Devine St. Columbia SC.
The show will feature a variety of works, many of the paintings were painted at live music shows and are now available to the public for the first time. The store is open til 6PM daily and Saturdays.

Addition.... June 2014 Jean Bourque has added a selection of larger works on the walls of Best Mattress
on Devine St. Columbia, SC. All works are for sale. The business has my cards, inventory price list and all are priced on wall. Hope you enjoy this large display of art by Jean Bourque!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Dubber, Keith Bates and John Starino Will Perform June 6 2014

The Dubber
Wendell Culbreath

Keith E. Bates

John M. Starino

The Dubber,  
Keith Bates 
and John Starino 
will perform
 June 6 2014
in Edgefield SC

Oil or Acrylic Painting Classes Starting Thursday May 28th


A 4 week oil/or acrylic class 

will begin this 

Thursday, May 28th  
 (1:30 - 3:30). 

 Studio, 207 Savannah Br. Tr., Irmo, SC 
Fee:  $60

For more information please call:  (803) 749-9501  

Saturday, May 3, 2014

A Surprise at the Old Mill in Lexington SC

Yesterday, I decided to explore the Old Mill on Main St. in Lexington, SC.  I hadn't been there since the Chartier's closed their coffee shop over a year ago. It was beside the Watershed, which has now expanded into their former area. We all had so much fun there with poetry readings, musical events, open mics and art shows. I even painted live there. They had wonderful treats, delicious food and a cool vibe and were also reasonably priced.

Parking was for sure easier than I remembered and I didn't have to walk far to get in. It was early evening but it seemed everything was closed on the lower level of the Old Mill. But... I could hear voices and that was when I discovered Theatre Rowe's new location! I peeked inside wanting to be discreet but they heard me and even though I was behind the curtain and they didn't know who was there, they invited me in!

They are in the location where the old dance studio was and they were having a rehearsal for their play tonight, "Who Killed the Boss".  It's a dinner theater and it felt really cozy and it is a true black box theatre. I found myself wanting to see the play and Phil himself invited me to attend. 

So... if you are not doing anything tonight and you miss attending events at the Old Mill or would love to see a good comedy... go there! I know this is short notice but the play starts at 7PM and doors open at get there as soon as you can. 

Yours Truly,

Thinking about the Art Process

Have you ever looked at an abstract painting and said how do they think up those things? So many people have asked me that over the years. After 20+ years I have realized I do not actually "think up those things". It's all about the art process and I love sharing that. Will be sharing more about this with the art community. Subscribe to this blog now and follow me on Facebook so we can share with each other. What would you like to know?

Sometimes I just use paint, like in the top photo but that is actually a rare event. Usually
I use many mediums and other things this is why I am more of a Mixed media artist than an abstract or impressionistic artist. In the middle photo, I painted this live to Keith Bates music at The Red Door three year party in 2013. The animal looking shape is actually made out of netting material. besides acrylic paint, I also used pastels and charcoal and most of the works are on canvas, like these two above. 

Not long after this event I purchased a Gelli plate and OMG, ya'll I have fallen in love with the things that I can make now!! Here is just one photo of a new process I am working with the plate and other odd mark makers...on paper ... sorry for the glare it is under glass.  Will get better pics. :) 

Yours Truly,

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Yuengling Acoustic Challenge at Carolina Ale House Lady St Columbia Tonight at 8 PM

Keith Bates performing at Red Door State St W Columbia SC with
yours truly painting in the background 

Scott Rife (left) performing at Outt Saloon with S&M March 2014
Oh,, that is my easel in front... I painted to them, last gig they did. 

Keith Bates performing in Lancaster, SC
Dec. 2013 I often paint live to Keith Bates music!

Join us for LIVE FRESH MUSIC by talented singer guitarists like Keith Bates and Scott Rife and several others at Carolina Ale House on the rooftop at 708 Lady St. Columbia, SC for the Acoustic Challenge sponsored by Yuengling starting at 8 pm. All my friends are invited.... Come show your support for our local talents!! 

Keith Bates performing at Conundrum Dec 2013

Come out to Carolina Ale House Vista location 
at 708 Lady St. Columbia SC tonight April 29, 2014
Starts at 8PM!
This is the painting I did live to Keith's performance at Conundrum.
I have had this over my work space ever since. It's one of my favorite recent paintings!
help me come up with a name... if you want.

Thank You!!

Monday, April 28, 2014

About the Art by Jean Bourque


My paintings over the past few years have been mostly painted live in front of an audience and have been mixed media acrylic paintings on pre-stretched canvas, ready to hang without framing. 

I typically use Golden acrylics and mediums, Grumbacher Oils and Montana Gold artist’s spray paints for my paintings. For my mixed media art you will find inks, charcoal, pastels, coffee, dyes, tempera, papers, fabrics, feathers, photography, clay and found objects. 

I painted live to music by Keith Bates at the Haven in February. That painting named "Palm Haven" is currently showing at Tapps Art Center Main St Columbia SC

Monday, March 24, 2014

Kiln for Sale

Kress electric kiln with kiln sitter. Model D-24-11. 240 watts. 
Interior dimensions approximately 23 1/4" wide
22 1/2" deep, 8 shelves, 
Stilts of every shape and size
Every tool you'll ever need, Plus gloves, In good working order last time fired. Been stored almost 2 years. Package deal $500. Email. Islandgirlstu
Phone 803-509-1604

Sunday, March 23, 2014

ARTISTS AS AVATARS PETER CHAMETZKY April 2014 Modern Intellectual History

Professor from USC Columbia SC 
"Artists as Avatars" asks the hard questions...

"Are artists crazy? Are creators more likely to be mad, or madder, than the rest of us? Does mental distress deepen artistic vision? Correlate to genius? Is the drive to fashion a personal pictorial or plastic universe pathological? Bettina Gockel's hefty Tübingen Habilitationsschrift, “The Pathologizing of the Artist: Artist Legends in Modernity,” documents the significant amount of mental energy expended exploring these and related questions from the mid-nineteenth century into the 1920s. Matthew Biro's The Dada Cyborg argues that the Dadaists’ montages, assemblages, and raucous agitational activities in the public sphere of World War I-era Berlin indicate modernity's disruption of stable subject positions and suggest instead hybrid, “cyborgian” identities. These included challenges to normative notions of sanity, but also to those of gender, ethnicity, race, and national and political allegiance. James van Dyke's study of the Weimar- and Nazi-era career of painter Franz Radziwill, a World War I veteran and self-taught reactionary modernist realist, provides a detailed case study of an artist whom one might, in retrospect, suspect of a degree of grandiosity and careerism bordering on the pathological, but who was driven by a complex of motivations as political as they were personal." 

There is so much to think about in what Peter asks. Non-Artists will often site anyone that works and often does their work for free, must be crazy! Thus business organizations often seek donations of art work from visual artists, donations of books from literary artists, poets, writers and musicians are often asked to perform for free for a good cause! No one works for free...except us artists. 

And why??? 

We do it for love... or for exposure or to prove a point or 

support a cause. Yes, I can certainly understand mainstream

 thinking we must all be crazy! 

I just wanted to share the idea and the info that "Artists Are Avatars". I am showing my support for a fellow artist and writer.  So check it out  and if you are an artist and want to discuss this further or do a guest blog...  just let me know!

Yours Truly,

PETER CHAMETZKY (2014). Modern Intellectual History Issue01, Volume11, Issue01, April 2014 pp 237-252

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Paper Assemblage aka Collage

Today, I was just goofing off and playing with cut shapes in paper when a few friends stopped by the studio. They saw this in progress....

So.... I had to share the finished paper collage product.
I named it; "Quarterly Report". I'll admit that is an unusual name for a work of art... but I have a business degree and before I declared business I majored in (no kidding) Accounting! LOL! Now, don't faint or say BS... it is true. Jeanee's Believe It or Not! LOL!!

Let me know what you think of this type of work... should I do more? Or should I just forget about it..or maybe just try it again, next quarter. LOL!

The Pink House of Art

Throughout the past 20  (+/-) years, I have shown my art in a wide variety of places from galleries to furniture stores, coffee shops to theatres. I even had my art hanging for years (and I continue to hang art there) at Palmetto GBA, a div of BC/BS. They are avid supporters of the arts in the greater Columbia, SC area and have held art shows there for years. 

Recently, I went there and picked up about 15 pieces of art. It's funny, you would think as an artist we would remember every piece of art, but honestly as prolific as I have been over the years... I do not remember them all, anymore!

I have this mixed media piece that I had made just before hanging there and I remembered the name instantly when I saw it and was like, wow, I am kinda' glad to have this back as I had never taken a picture of it or shown it anyplace else, including facebook and my blog. LOL! 

"The Pink House of Art"

a 20x16 inch on stretched canvas in a gold frame, done in mixed media with acrylics and pastels.

This one is about the very first house I ever bought, it was pink and I always loved the idea of having a
"Little Pink House"

Yours Truly
Jean Bourque

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

ART Show at Haven Coffee opens Friday Feb 21 with Live Music Painting




Come join us Friday FEB. 21st at Haven Coffee
121 Main St Lexington SC for live music with

Original singer songwriter guitarist
8-10 PM
Feb. 19- April 18, 2014
can be viewed Monday-Fridays
Haven Coffee and Limehouse Designs
open Monday thru Thursday
until 5 pm, Fridays til 10 pm
Live music performances 
every Friday evening.
Good food, lunch, snacks and coffees
Beautiful handmade jewelry, home decor
unique art clothing and bags
Truly a wonderful place to visit, 
shop, dine and enjoy

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Seven Oaks Art League meets Thursday Feb 20th

The next meeting of the SOAL will be held Thursday Feb 20th with Michelle Podgorski  of Lowell, NC as featured artist and speaker. Michelle is currently working on her MFA and will be graduating this year. She will have an art talk followed by a demo of her watercolor techniques.  

The Seven Oaks Art League is open to amateur and professional artists interested in supporting the fine arts. They have monthly meetings, art showing opportunities and many artistic activities, including workshops, classes and painting together times. They host an annual art show at the HOFp Art Gallery on Devine St. Columbia, SC.  

Meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month, at 7 pm at Seven Oaks Park 200 Leisure Lane, Columbia, SC, USA. Leisure Lane is in between Piney Grove Rd. and St Andrews Rd. Columbia. Your first meeting is free and if you decide to join, the annual dues is $20. a year. Refreshments and fellowship time begins at 6:30 pm. The meetings are held from September through May.

 Hope to see you all there!!
Yours truly,
"Sweet Sensations" 
a Watercolor
by Jean Bourque

Friday, February 7, 2014

Mind Gravy features Keith Bates Musician Wed. Feb. 19

Keith Bates 2011

Keith Bates 2013

Mark your calendar for an evening of original music and fresh ink poetry offered at Mind Gravy hosted by Al Black at Drip Coffee in Five Points on Saluda Avenue. Keith Bates will be the featured musician with his original heartfelt songs. Bring your own poetry or songs and sign up for open mike after the featured musician and featured poet. 

This will be held on Wed Feb 19 from 8-10PM.

Art by Jeanee







all pieces are copyright by the artist cJeanBourque2013

Doodle for Google (from my mailbox)

Calling all young dreamers: Doodle 4 Google 2014 is now open for submissions. This year, we’re encouraging young artists to think big when they create their own Google doodle based on the theme: “If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place…”
The winning doodle will be featured on the Google homepage for a day for millions to see. The winner will also receive a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 Google for Education technology grant for his or her school. If that’s not cool enough, this year—for the first time ever—the winner will become an honorary Google doodler for a day and animate his or her doodle with the Doodle team.
To get your artists’ creative juices flowing, we’re partnering with Discovery Education to offer videos and activities for teachers and parents. We’re also offering interactive “Meet the Doodler” Connected Classrooms sessions where kids can meet Google Doodlers, learn about their process from idea to Doodle, and ask questions along the way.
Be sure to get all the young artists in your life doodling soon because entries must be received by March 20th 2014. Check for more details.
Happy doodling!
Thank you,
The Doodle 4 Google Team

Saturday, February 1, 2014

New Year Question

It's already February of the New Year
Days speed by so fast, that much is true
Surprised, a miracle and I am actually here
Looking up ahead; taking the long view.
You see, I have been very lucky my dear
Wondering what God wants me to do?

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Thursday GNO featuring Brandi as speaker at Lunch

GNO Special Lunch Meeting  Thursday Jan. 9 2014

GIRLS NIGHT OUT  a local group of women that get together to have fun and usually meet at night, however this week we meet at lunch. The lunch will be at Double Tree Columbia, SC and will feature their famous pasta buffet. You can get in and out and be back to work in time or you can leisurely take a lunch whatever works with your schedule. Brandi will share her knowledge on the advantages of couponing and show us how to organize our coupons and shopping to get the most for our grocery dollars.
For further details, members can go to the Facebook page.

Brandi and Jean at St Baldricks. 
Be Brave and Shave or show your support and help us raise funds for
Children with Cancer through St Baldricks fundraiser event at Jillians in March 2014.

Mind Gravy and Justin Blackburn

Justin Blackburn will be the poet feature at Mind Gravy Wed. Jan 8 2014.
The event will be from 8-10pm at Drip Coffee Saluda Ave 5 Points in Columbia SC.

Open Mike after... so if you want to recite stop by...
Great coffee, sandwiches, desserts and really nice people.
Hosted by Al Black.
Al Black