This year I've been pitching in shooting interviews and doing some photography about First Thursdays for Anastasia & Friends as a collaborative effort with two of my very special friends, Barry Wheeler and Bohumila Augustinova. We've been planning to do a series of these interviews and eventually posting them online as well as a web series on related topics in one format or another during our free time.
I think anyone who knows me, knows I spend a lot of time at Anastasia's gallery on First Thursdays. These days it's usually Hampton Street Vineyard first then a quick walk down to Anastasia's before it gets crowded. One of the reasons I like it so much is that it's a cozy space, not too big and I've a good many friends who are either artists or they just enjoy spending time there. It's no surprise that First Thursdays is my favorite day of the month as it's basically where I get to go out on the town and see most of my friends all in one place.
Anyhow, January's First Thursday was the opening reception for "Casa de fruta y pan" (House of Fruit and Bread) a series and book signing by local photographer Meg Griffiths. Meg is also an adjunct professor of photography at the University of South Carolina. Her reception went very well and was attended by a wide range of people in the local arts community.
Taken from the Facebook event page:
Her work has been shown in multiple venues around country, including: Columbia Museum of Art, Center for Fine Art Photography, Museum of Living Artists in San Diego, Center for Fine Art Photography, 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, Griffin Museum in Boston, Carte Blanche Gallery and Rayko Gallery in San Francisco, and Houston Center for Photography.
She has also been published in Aint Bad Magazine, Oxford American, Light Leaked, Boston Globe, Photo District News, South X Southeast, Magazine, Lenscratch, Le Journal de la Photographie, and Fraction Magazine. Her work is a part of many private collections as well as the Museum of Fine Art, Houston as well as the Center for Fine Art Photography, Ft Collins, Colorado.
John Allen Photography
Columbia, South Carolina