First Thursdays On Main

A monthly dose of the best of Columbia’s Arts and Culture

Celebrating Columbia’s Artists and Main Street since 2009

First Thursday on Main is proud to highlight our local hardworking local businesses and talented artists. Since 2009, the event now encompasses five city blocks of activities.

Artists & Performers

Interested in showcasing your talents at First Thursday on Main? Find out how to participate.

Main Street Merchants

Interested in including your business in First Thursday events?

Open Container Policy

Those of legal age will be permitted to drink beer and wine anywhere on the 1200 to 1700 blocks of Main Street between 6 and 9:30 p.m.

CPD Security

Columbia Police Department provides security services for the event to ensure you feel safe while enjoying the festivities.

Shuttle Services

The Main Street District Yellow Shirt Ambassadors offer courtesy shuttle services around the district until 11 PM. Call 803-205-5245 for a complimentary ride.

Artist Feature

Joel Cothran

Visual Artist

Joel Cothran was born in Louisville, KY. Raised in West Columbia, SC, and attended White Knoll HS. Received a bachelor’s degree in Painting from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2010.

Joel has lived in various states over his career and has worked as an airbrush artist, traveling muralist, carpenter, paint and sip instructor, greensman and set decorator for TV and Film in the local 491 Union.

Some recent local murals include the “Come and see Cayce” on State Street and the symbolic diptych underneath the Blossom St. Bridge.

The recent style and series of work is titled “Coloring Book”. It is imaginative and stems from drawings that convey a wide message and hark back to exploration and personal meanings. Somewhat like a diary and with a focus on composition and color: each piece tells a story that is both illustrative and whimsical. Part of the allure is the boundary that frames some of the pieces. This allows the pieces to appear as if on a piece of paper as they first were… line drawings ready to be filled with color.

You can visit his studio on Main St. in the Arcade Mall (Unit #105). For interest in a custom piece or Mural please contact at [email protected] or wkrbcradio.com.

Instagram: @wkrbcradio


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