We’re approaching Jasper’s favorite day of the month. No, not free cupcake day, though Jasper admits to having a bit of a thing for those scrumptious little red velvet darlings down on Lincoln Street. No, Jasper’s favorite day of the month is First Thursday, of course.
Art and accompanying happenings get underway around 6 pm, and with this many events, don’t be late.
Here’s a look at what to expect on Main Street tomorrow – a compilation of Main Street arts offerings in the gallery operators' own words --
Anastasia & Friends
1534 Main Street
“For the August First Thursday series at Anastasia & Friends, Katherine Elliott, Kara Gunter, Paul Kaufmann, Matthew Kramer, Paul Moore, Virginia Scotchie, Roe Young and I have collaborated with three of the area’s award-winning and most innovative floral and plant artists, Sandra Crosland Chastain, Candace Engel and Rudy Goff to create a show like you’ve never seen on Main Street!
VESSELS is an art exhibition where organic meet...s and becomes sculpture. The exhibition will include ceramic, metal and mixed media in conjunction with a vast variety of exotic flowers and plants. The works of art that have been created will include openings for plant and floral artists to create organic sculptures that harmonize with the vessels.
Many thanks to Florida State Wholesale Flower Farm for sponsoring the incredible flowers that you'll see in the show, and to Verde Garden for being the succulent and exotic plant sponsor for this innovative show.
Special thanks to Roe Young (with Roe Young State Farm) who continues to spoil us every month with his generous sponsorship of wine and cheese. He’s been our sponsor for a year and half now, and we appreciate him so much. Give him a call for a quote sometime, he’s a great agent and will really look out for you.
VESSELS will be on exhibition from August 4th to 25th. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 to 5 (and by appointment, after hours).” – Anastasia
Impremio: Exploratory Prints by Grace Rockafellow
S & S Art Supply
1633 Main Street
This month's First Thursday Event is full of activities to enjoy here at S & S Art Supply! You can watch a whole lineup of Hip Hop performances (please read all the way to the bottom!), make a print with this month's artist Grace Rockafellow, mingle with other artists, watch live art making outside, and more!!
Playing with Surrealism and Nature,Grace Rockafellow also implements personal memories and images of her family. "I am finding printmaking to be my visual language....I try to let the image tell me what to do next." she says. She is a very process-oriented printmaker, working mostly with mono prints this past year.
Make a print with the artist! Grace will have a little setup inside the store where you can make a simple print to take home! This will be happening throughout the evening, so stop in and get creative!
Grace Rockafellow, a retired public art teacher of 20 years, has a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BA from Salem College. Since retiring, she has had time to explore new forms of printmaking and developing her imagery. She has participated in workshops at Redux Art Center in Charleston, Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, and places in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
S & S Art Supply is also proud to announce the "New Edition Block Party" with NONSTOP HIPHOP LIVE & Louis Skye
Lineup: Dj Peoples / B-Boy Freestyle / Live Artwork - 5:30p - 7p Kingpin / B-Boy Freestyle / Live Artwork - 7p-9p
The New Edition Block Party is a microcosm of NSHHL's & Luis Skye's newest venture especially designed for S&S Art Supply store's First Thursdays on Main event. This live event will be bringing hiphop LIVE in full effect RIGHT in front of the store! Hosted by Luis Skye's own Angel, this live event will feature the soaring DJ Peoples (Luis Skye/Cut Fresh Crew) & DJ Kingpin (NSHHL/Official Block Banga) on the wheels of steel; b-boys & bgirls including breakers from 3rd Dimension & Tribe SK, as well as a live piece presented by Izms of Art's own Carlos Bilal!! Luis Skye + NSHHL + S&S Art Supply have managed to put together an event that First on Thursdays on Main will NEVER forget!
Frame of Mind
1520 Main Street
The August FOM Series is all wired up with the return of Bohumila Augustinova to our little gallery. Bohumila will be making her third appearance with her new show Twisted, a collection of wire works inspired by an old Moravian technique called "tinkering." Of special interest will be the current collection of wire dresses she has been working on for the last year. The warrior motif pieces will be shown on live models on the ni...ght of the FOM Series; one of these meticulously woven wonders takes the artist approximately three months to complete. She expects to complete this collection within the next year or so. We'll also have some of her recycled dresses on display from Runaway Runway, along with other wire pieces (kite, masks, and jewelry). She's collaborated with Columbia photographer, Mark Green, and videographer, Jason Stroud, to make this a truly dynamic installation and to help deliver the high energy that her shows have become known for. And the energy will continue outside with our usual assortment of entertainment that will leave you cheering for more. Gervais and Vine will be in the house (of course) to bring you some great wine.
Hampton Street Vineyard
1201 Hampton Street
August is almost here and once again we’ll be celebrating the First Thursday with the "Main Street Merchants"! "Total Denial” will be entertaining us once again, only this time inside the air conditioning! Way to hot! They will be starting around 7:30 – 8:00. Michelle will be mixing up some drink specials as well and always some fabulous food for your pallet.
Novam Project: Pilot
Tapp’s Arts Center Project
1644 Main Street
Meet us at Tapp’s to experience the opening performance of Novam Project: Pilot. Produced by Bonnie Boiter-Jolley and Margey Bolen in collaboration with Robert Michalski, Jessica Stroupe, Keith Mearns, Regina Willoughby, RJ Foley and Aaron Pelzek. Pilot showcases the fresh vision of Columbia’s upcoming dance talent, featuring choreography by Mearns and Michalski. Come together in celebration of a novel movement brought to you from the heart of Columbia's next generation of dance.
Show times are at 7 and 8 p.m. and are free to the public.