October brings Tricky Treats to Columbia, SC’s Main Street’s First Thursday on Oct. 6, 2011.
Frame of Mind: Ink
“Ink” is more than just skin deep; it is about the deeply meaningful art that is produced by some of the most talented (and under appreciated) artists in Columbia. Darcy Del Priore, Dave Iaquinta, Franklin McKenzie, Jeremy Lewis, Jonathon Cheston, and Shannon Purvis will represent the deep talent pool of Columbia artists who bring people’s dreams and passions to life. Stop in to experience the power of “Ink.”
And of course, Gervais and Vine will be in house serving up the wine, while the outdoor stage will be rocking with the music of DJ Deft Key and the usual showcase of fire and sideshow extravagance featuring Kendal Turner, Chris Carney, James Raley, Gina Wolfe, and Serpentine Belly Dance.
Anastasia & Friends: Black Light, Black Night … an ultraviolet art experience.
Anastasia & Friends is hosting a very special show with co-hosts Anastasia Chernoff, Paul Kaufmann, and Jennifer Baxley. This show will be quite different from most of our openings as the evening will be divided into three parts – Black Light, The Intermission, and Black Night.
Black Light is an ultraviolet art experience where everyone and everything will be completely immersed in black light. The windows of the gallery will be blacked out, and the gallery will be completely transformed into a sea of black light that will illuminate a combination of paintings, sculpture, mixed media, and photography that are all black light reflective.
Our Black Light artists are Amy Alley, Bohumila Augustinova, Jennifer Baxley, Michael Bolin, Anastasia Chernoff, Corey Rocbottom Davis, Scott Denis, Robin Gadient, Kara Gunter, Jonathan Inkley, Cade Kaufmann, Paul Kaufmann, Michael Krajewski, Amanda Ladymon, Whitney LeJeune, Dre Lopez, Lauren Maurer, Lucas Sams, Jason Stroud, Joseph Tolbert, Lindsay Wiggins, and Roe Young.
You’ll see the fabulous Fred Gldfngr in both the Light and the Night, molding his music medium into an artistic audio experience all night long! Around 7:30 pm in front of the gallery, get ready for Unbound Dance to perform Thriller from their upcoming party “Carpe Noctem.” Libations for Black Light will be sponsored by The Roe Young State Farm Agency.
So then we thought, hey! We’ve gone through all this time and expense to create this happening; we don’t want it to end yet. Why not take it a step further, create ANOTHER experience in the back of the building and include a party after the opening? Black Night was born! A brief intermission will take place from 9:00 pm to 9:30 pm, and we will ask everyone to clear the gallery so we can prepare to reopen our doors for Black Night at 9:30pm.
Black Night will be a masquerade, after-party experience that takes place from 9:30 pm to 12:30 am with beer and wine, food, complimentary masquerade masks, music, and even more surprises. BIG THANKS to Maria Kennedy Mungo who will sponsor the gourmet delicacies for the Black Night portion of the evening.
Tickets for Black Night are $20 in advance and $25 at the door and can be purchased at (http://www.blacklightblacknight.com/). Check it out and get your tickets soon as we have a limited number available.
S&S Art Supply: Cartoon Violence, Cartoon Love: New Works by J. Spencer Shull
S&S Art Supply will be filled with thrills, chills, and cute n’ creepy creatures! This amazingly talented local artist has a HUGE show in store for you! In addition to the crazy fun artwork inside, there will be many more surprises as well! You can dance the night away on Main Street to the evening’s soundtrack musical stylings of Dr Scott Padgett D.R.R., or play dress up and get your photo taken with Red Road Portraits photo booth!
J. Spencer Shull is a self taught artist born and raised in South Carolina. His whimsical paintings are created using cel vinyl acrylic—the same paint used by old animation studios. His style incorporates aspects of cartoon illustration, pop surrealism, and lowbrow art. Although J. Spencer is not opposed to using canvas, he likes to paint on recycled materials as well. Some of his paintings have been done on old game boards, cigar boxes, reclaimed wood, antique books, old warrant flasks, and even a miniature series painted on playing cards. His works have been displayed in galleries in South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Kentucky. He has received national recognition by being featured twice in STUFFED magazine as well as local recognition in South Carolina’s own Undefined magazine. Along with his wife Kelly Shull, J. Spencer runs Jellykoe, an art collective. The husband and wife duo specialize in making one of a kind plush monsters, as well as original 2-D artwork. Together, they have exhibited their work at art shows, festivals, and conventions in over eleven states. You can view more of their work at: (www.jellykoe.com) or (http://www.artifictions.deviantart.com).
Tapp’s Art Center:
Tapp’s Arts Center invites the public to mingle with this month’s artists/artists in residence and to see their work. Renovations are in progress at Tapp’s, and artists are moving into their studio spaces, many of which will be open at First Thursday to celebrate a year of First Thursdays at Tapp’s.
Many of the artists who have exhibited, volunteered, and supported the Tapp’s Arts Center during its inception and the past year of First Thursdays. We’ve invited 25 of them back to be a part of this exhibit. Participating artists include Susan Lenz, Whitney Lejeune, Molly Harrell, Billy Guess, Jamie Blackburn, Thomas Crouch, Val Zaba, Amanda Ladymon, Lucas Sams, Rachel Borgman, Julie Larkin, Sam Compton, Porter Dodd, Deana Rennick, Sonju Quattlebaum, Gina Langston Brewer, Sammy Lopez, Amy Windland, Rachel Thomason, June Tucarella, Mathew John, Kimberly Bookman, Cedric Umoja, Sandra Carr, Gwyn Pevonka, and Claude Buckley.
The display windows now feature an installation called “A Fine Line: Between Collecting and Hoarding.” Jackaroe and The Dubber will perform in the back room at 7pm. This month, Keith Tolen will curate “Down Under” in the basement, and Thomas Washington, Rogers Boykin, Ed Nester, Janice Johnson, Derrick Davis, Ron “Gritsman” Ferguson and Porter Dodd will also participate in the exhibit.
To learn more about First Thursdays on Main at Tapp’s, call 803/988-0013 or e-mail to (Brenda@tappsartscenter.com) or (Alex@tappsartscenter.com) or visit Tapp’s on Facebook.