Live from the Deep Ellum Arts Festival: Day 1

words and photos by Michael Lagocki

Wow. It’s working. I was so proud of our crew tonight. Set up at the Deep Ellum Arts Festival was challenging to say the least. Rain delayed EVERYONE’S start time and ability to move fast. Across the whole festival, once the morning got off track with the weather (rain), it was a challenge to get the complex setup moving cleanly. This is where flexibility comes in.

Artists were late, some equipment was missing and hard to round up, we had missed a key meeting where information was shared… all challenging stuff. But here’s the deal… our crew is great. Our volunteers were just on point, committed, dare I say… smart. We covered so much ground and did it all the right way. It was a lot to be on top of: 4 areas where artists can paint live  and show their artwork (on a chain link fence), a music stage with sound and lights and all that jazz I know nothing about, an interactive area where festival attendees can paint and draw along with us, and a massive info and merch booth where we’re set up to introduce people to the concept of artlovemagic.

Zachary Scott Pohl was one of many amazing local songwriters that were featured on our stage.

We also dressed the area with several banners and signs. This was a lot to set up. But we did it with a good attitude and we got it right.

Both the live artists and the stage opened about a bit late. That wasn’t really a problem though, as the crowd was delayed just like everyone else. Our artists benefited from getting the extra time to wait for a crowd to enjoy the performances. And those who were there early didn’t seem to mind. It was interesting to watch the artists get their tools out, and hang their work.

When we did get going, the performers on the stage and the live artists were great. I wont list them out right now or gush with individual praise. It’s past midnight and I’ve got to be back at the festival tomorrow.

Jason Ice was back with us and did a Mammoth piece that was connected to his gorgeous Art Park statue.

Interactive stations are a mainstay at ArtLoveMagic. All week we had our audiences creating alongside of us.

I will say I thought our interactive booth was amazing. Adults and children joined the live creation by making leaves and adding them to trees we had painted on 8×4 foot pieces of butcher paper. People loved it. The creativity! The leaves were gorgeous, some attendees sitting down for more than an hour to add to the images.

The trees were gorgeous! Thanks to all of you who added to this piece.

I’m blown away. It was fantastic. Two more days of this. Saturday is the longest. It will likely near a 14 hour day with set up and close. Easter Sunday follows, where we’ll go from 11am until 7pm and then have a whole new job of actually tearing our entire area down and taking EVERYTHING back to our homes and offices.

Yeah. Send us a few good luck wishes if you would.

Joe Townson blew us away with this large wheel carving.

But really, I think it’s going great already. I was so proud of what we put together. A true live area of the festival focusing on emerging Dallas artists, talented people who don’t always have access to this kind of exposure. Everyone we talked to seemed really enthused. The idea of artlovemagic is so attractive to so many people.

Jerod Davies paints, collages, hand sews apparell, raps, and recietes poetry. He did each of these today.

You understand our area is only one small part of this AMAZING and free festival that will rock Deep Ellum all weekend. You should definitely come out and enjoy it all. It’s bigger and better than I expected. Check out www.deepellumartsfestival.com to get in the know. Better yet, come tomorrow.

Look, I gotta go to sleep.

More tomorrow.

-ML

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2 Responses to “Live from the Deep Ellum Arts Festival: Day 1”

  1. Overall, it was a great festival. I”m a local artist here in Dallas just starting my public journey. This was my first time attending and it was a pleasure to meet the artlovemagic staff, the artist, and mingle with some of the artloving attendees. Welding artist Heather Harris & Western artist Gabe Leonard really captivated me with their work. Much love 2 ALL artist, lovers, and org. representers, keep the ART alive!!

  2. We’re trying, Joseph. We’re trying.

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