First Thursdays on Main is tonight, and there is an abundance of things to see and do. The event is from 6-9 p.m. To get you ready, we put together a list. For anyone looking to gather folks for a holiday party this year (we’re also talking to you, business owners and leaders), make it mandatory that your friends (or employees) show up here.
Frame of Mind: The FOM Series will present “Happy Holidays, Mother Earth!” a dual show featuring Kirkland Smith and Chris Carney. Smith turns consumer waste into art through her assemblages. She’ll exhibit work — and she’ll be collecting old eyewear for new pieces to be shown in January. Carney, who owns A Fish Store, a fish and aquarium shop, also grows coral. He’ll show tank-raised coral. Outside of Frame of Mind, DJs will play a variety of music.
S&S Art Supply: “Flux: Paintings by Whitney LeJeune” is the exhibition this month. Also at S&S: DJ B and the Jonathan Lovett Trio.
Anastasia & Friends: An assortment of art that would make great Christmas gifts. Bohumila Augustinova, Leslie Bennett, Jarid Lyfe Brown, Katherine Elliott, Nathan Fiveash, Michael Krajewski, Susan Lenz and Lindsay Wiggins are among the artists participating.
Tapp’s Art Center: Suzy Scarborough’s abstract landscapes on display; the Handmade Holiday Craft Affair, which will feature crafts from jewelry to herbal apothecary body care to children’s clothing and toys.
Wine Down on Main: Andrew Thomas, known to some locally for his exceptional skating ability, is also a visual artist. “Collective Works of Andrew Thomas” is his second solo exhibition.
The Whig/Jasper Studios in the Arcade: The Whig, a Main Street bar, and Jasper, the arts magazine, are collaborating on a mini-party in the Arcade Mall. Chef Joe Turkaly will be serving barbecue, the Greater Columbia Society for the Preservation of Soul will be spinning records and the dancers of Tribe SK will perform as will The Mobros.
First Thursdays Cruise-In: Classic cars will be parked on the 1500 and 1600 blocks of Main Street.
Columbia Museum of Art: The museum’s gift shop will be have a sidewalk sale.
Food: Make sure you come hungry as Paradise Ice, Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse, 2 Fat 2 Fly, Bone-In Artisan Barbecue, KC’s Hotdogs, NNB BBQ, Crepes & Croissants and J Gumbo’s will be selling treats. Paradise Ice will be unveiling new flavors eggnog, peppermint and gingerbread.
Don’t forget about the ice skating in front of the museum, as well as offerings at Mast General, Something Special Florist and Sheraton Columbia Downtown Hotel.
Reach Taylor at (803) 771-8362.