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Fabulous February


Did you miss the latest newsletter? No worries, read it here! Find out about upcoming Ugly Art, Artist Exposure, and Be My Valentine!

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Be my Valentine


It's almost time for love day, and ArtRageous wants to give the city a big, wet one.

Are you a doodler? Can you draw a heart that's filled with all of your carefree love? If so, post your heart on our Facebook page, or e-mail it to us at Any heart will do. Up to ten of the creations we receive by February 5 will be distributed to the city on printed valentines. Just like love, the lucky hearts will be chosen at random from the sea of doodles we receive.

ArtRageous will print the valentines; it's your job to spread the love. On February 14, stop by your local coffee shop and pick up a handful of free valentines. Then, give them to at least five complete strangers.

Brooks Wenzel as Mother Eagleman


ArtRageous partnered with artist Brooks Wenzel to give Black Friday shoppers a little surprise. Wearing a handmade suit of silicone breasts with eagle accents, he offered to help shoppers to find the items on their list. We went to Walmart and Columbiana Center before we were escorted out by security. Apparently you can't wear a mask of any kind in a business in South Carolina, which was the security guard's rationale. Performance artists, take note.

Pierrot Lunaire meet Lyon Hill


Pocket Productions' second collaboration with Southern Exposure presents Arnold Schoenberg's melodrama "Pierrot Lunaire". "Moonstruck Pierrot" is one of the defining and most controversial masterworks of the 20th century. With major themes including love,Southern Exposure - Pierrot Lunaire, Pocket Productions - Lyon Hill religion, blasphemy, blood, insanity, violence and death, it will be the perfect concert for the week before Halloween.

Pocket Productions is pairing this performance with work of Lyon Hill. He has been a puppetmaker and puppeteer with the Columbia Marionette Theatre since 1997. His paintings and puppets have been shown in numerous galleries over the years and his puppet shows have been performed at regional and national puppet festivals.

Collaboration with Southern Exposure


Pocket Productions Southern Exposure Michael Pope

September 28th will mark the beginning of collaboration between Pocket Productions and Southern Exposure. An "All-Star Percussion Extravaganza" will feature a fantastic group of musicians. Pocket Productions will present "Artist Exposure"; Mike Pope has created a sculpture exclusively for the gallery during the performance.

7:30pm, Sept 28th, USC School of Music Recital Hall. FREE

facts about pocket productions

Did you know that ArtRageous, Pocket Productions' spontaneous art series, was inspired by Improv Everywhere? This exciting public performance group based out of NYC was started by a Columbia, SC, native. On April 5, the founder, Charlie Todd, caused a scene in Columbia, SC.

Did you know that the first Playing After Dark event showcased the talents of eight local artists and had 65 audience members?  Great things start small.

Pocket Productions has showcased the artwork of over 50 local visual artists, reaching over 10,000 residents throughout the Midlands.

Pocket Productions has worked with over 30 organizations, including the Columbia Museum of Art, the Columbia Classical Ballet, the SC Philharmonic, and the Palmetto Conservation Foundation.

Did you know that the first ArtRageous event was funded by the Arts Institute and the Cultural Council of Richland and Lexington Counties? Since this initial event, we have brought over 20 spontaneous events to the City of Columbia and Richland County that engage the general public with art.

The 2012-2013 season is sponsored by the City of Columbia, the Cultural Council of Richland and Lexington Counties and the South Carolina Arts Commission. Thank you for your generous support!