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July Art & Coffee Preview Video

Posted in Art & Coffee, Artists, Community, Deep Ellum, music, PR, Shows, Spotlight, videos on July 5, 2012 by artlovemagic

Hey ArtLoveMagic Fans,

We’ve got a special video preview for our upcoming July Art & Coffee! ArtLoveMagic was able to sit down with singer/songwriter Micha Goolsby and asked her to share her experience our group. We’ve also helped her record and produce an EP to sell at the show. Check out the video and her music!

You can learn more about July’s Art & Coffee by visiting our event page, and we hope to see you there!

3 days left to buy your Underground VIP passes!

Posted in Artists, Community, Contest, Magic, photography, Shows, Spotlight with tags , , , , , , on February 3, 2012 by artlovemagic

NOTE- NOW SOLD OUT (2/7/12)

Story by David Rodriguez

Underground is building up steam and the Pre-sale tickets are racking up! This event will be insane. There are less than 40 passes left for VIP and the sale ends Sunday at midnight! VIP tickets will NOT be sold at the door.

So what do you get when you purchase VIP tickets for Underground? Check this out!

Here are some more details:

Local accomplished photographer, Carolyn Collins, has graciously offered a signed, limited edition print of her work “The Sofa” to be used as a raffled prize give-away to a random VIP ticket holder during Underground 2012 on Saturday, February 11th. This gorgeous piece (24″x36″ framed to 30″x43″), which retails at $1,000, was a featured work exhibited during the 11/11/11 grand opening of Omni Hotel Dallas Convention Center and was featured on UtopiaPkwyArts (http://utopiapkwyarts.blogspot.com/2011/11/other-creative-souls-carolyn-collins.html) by Gina Marie Dunn (Dallas Arts Director for Origin Magazine). “The Sofa” is one of several works in Carolyn’s ongoing Conceptual Portraits collection and is currently on display within the collective works that represent this years Underground event at the Janette Kennedy Gallery (Southside On Lamar). More of her Conceptual Portraits are currently exhibited at Kettle Art Gallery in Deep Ellum, and at Classic Pilates Studio in Turtle Creek. You can see more of Carolyn’s work at carolyncollinsphotography.com

Where can you buy tickets? Go to undergrounddallas.com or go to artlovemagic.com/main.html.  I hope to see you there.

Artist Spotlight: DJ Night Nurse

Posted in Artists, Community, Love, music, Spotlight with tags , , on November 21, 2011 by artlovemagic

Tell me a little bit about yourself..

My name is Shakira C. Pierce better known as DJ Night Nurse!
I am a Licensed Vocational Nurse, Mother of two, Largest supporter of my other half, Art & Music lover that just so happens to be a Kem8kyl Muse that  loves being a Female Dj ,whom one day decided to follow her dreams of empowering others to “Heal-thy self,” through Art’s 3rd Eye.

As you have grown within your talent, what inspires you to create?

The Universe & its unconditional loving grace which affords me a boundless connection to people & their energetic creative spirit! Acts of Unconditional Love, Seeing Life in everything, all things & nothing at the same time!

How long have you been producing your craft and why did you begin this form of expression?

See one day, I was galaxy chasing and all I could hear is Gregory Issac’s sweet & sultry voice serenading my dreams with,”Yes, you got it,” “Night Nurse, I need attendance from my Nurse around the clock!” So, then it occurred to me while sitting around a mosh pit of close artistic friends that I needed to learn how to DJ today and there was & has been no turning back since this past April of 2010! I figured since I’m already in the professional business of healing as a nurse, it should be simple for me to incorporate my artistic expression of blending & fusing other people’s melodies & harmonies intelligently! I have been practicing and researching the arts-N-craft of the Gift of rhythmic Gab & Cosmic Beat-Smiths that I wake up w/ music on my mind & I go to sleep w/music on my mind! I love music and the artists who sleep less to give you a likkle more LOVE unselfishly!

What do you ultimately want to accomplish with your talent?

I desire to evolve into a polyphonic wizard>an accomplished Mistress of Musical Magic, ok already an awesome producer!

Outside of your artistry, what other interests do you have?

Time traveling mind unraveling,What the Bleep; down the rabbit hole living, space fruit fusions, melodic blends, harmonic botanical gardens, planet hopping,intergalactic digitalism, Sexy Afro-hip-hop punk gothic glam fashion, health & wellness & reading awesome books! I love to cook & make weird desserts, observing all forms of art by taking advantage of free gallery exhibitions, exploring different philosophical perspectives & the practice of quieting one’s mind!

What was your first experience with ArtLoveMagic?

I was blessed with the opportunity to DJ the Underground’s  2011 after party @ Absinthe Lounge @ Southside, it was a Blast! The energy was just so damn robust & super sexy that I think I lost my mind & my keys @ the same time! The crowd made me drunk, it was an awesome magical vibe!

What web address can one go to to view more of what you do?

http://www.facebook.com/ShakiGreene
http://www.facebook.com/pages/DJ-Night-Nurse-the-Kem8kyl-Muse/

How can someone contact you?

DJ Night Nurse
Contact Name: Shakira C. Pierce
Contact Phone: 1-214-694-1103
Contact  Email: shakigreene@gmail.com
shakigreene@facebook.com

photos used include images from Sarah Fulk, and WJN Photography

Artist Spotlight: Justin Griffith

Posted in Artists, Deep Ellum, music, Spotlight with tags , , , , on October 22, 2011 by artlovemagic

Tell me a little bit about yourself..

My name is Justin Griffith, but most people know me as GOAT, which stands for Grades Of Absolute Truth.  I’m an elementary music teacher by day, and an extremely active musician every other minute.  I’ve been teaching since 2005.  I’m literally addicted to music and I love kiddos, so teaching made perfect sense to me. I’m heavily involved in Dallas’ music scene and feel like it’s a HUGE part of me.

As you have grown within your talent, what inspires you to create?

My inspiration comes from living this crazy life.  Multiple things happen everyday that spark some type of thought that may eventually become a song or be a part of a song.  Inspiration is crawling everywhere you look, just gotta pay attention.  Those little moments that seem magical have to be documented somehow and as musicians and artists, it’s our job to do it.

How long have you been producing your craft and why did you begin this form of expression?

It’s hard to say how long I’ve been developing my craft because it’s been almost a life-long thing.  I’ve been told that I used to recognize songs within the first few notes of hearing them since I was a young child.  I received my first guitar when I was in 5th grade and began taking lessons immediately.  I sang formally in a choral setting from 7th grade all the way until I graduated college.  I played guitar, bass, and sang in rock, blues, and metal bands from junior high until my second year of college.  I studied classical voice at the University of North Texas in Denton from 2002-2005, then graduated from there with a Bachelor of Music degree with a minor in education.  I started experimenting with solo stuff around 1999.  My first big show as a solo artist was in 2004 and my first official solo release was in 2006.  Now I’m sharing what I know about music with students and what I’ve learned about life with audiences through music, so you can say that I’ve dedicated my life to it.  I began music as a form of expression because I needed an outlet.  I started writing poetry and lyrics when I was 13 to get things off my chest.  Although I had a great family life, I went through dark times as an adolescent and still deal with those battles today.  My Mom has said before that music saved my life and I agree without a fraction of doubt.

What do you ultimately want to accomplish with your talent?

My ultimate goal has always been to make a living from music.  In a sense, I’ve accomplished that through teaching.  At this point, I strive to continue stepping up the ladder of success by building a larger regional and national following through regular performances and creative releases.  I’ve had a plan to work on recording projects throughout the school year, then hit the road to promote and tour during the summer.  I’ve had a small amount of success with putting that into motion already, but I plan to build it up more.  On a more personal level, I want to make a difference.  I crave making positive impacts on other people’s lives and I feel like it’s my calling to do it through music.

Outside of your artistry, what other interests do you have?

The majority of my interests are linked to music somehow.  I’m into audio engineering, mixing, mastering, graphic design, video editing, promotions, marketing, event planning, leadership, and philanthropy.  Love to play basketball, cook, camp, shoot guns, and spend time with my peoplez too.

What was your first experience with ArtLoveMagic?

My first experience with ArtLoveMagic was in 2008 at South Side on Lamar.  I attended girlShow and was blown away.  A friend of mine had a table set up to raise funds for breast cancer and I was mainly comin’ out to support her.  At that time, I was in the process of launching H4 (Hip Hop Helps Heal).  I met Michael Lagocki that night and invited him to the first ever H4 meeting.  I wanted to involve ArtLoveMagicians in our breast cancer benefit show.  Since then, I’ve been involved in multiple ALM shows and have a huge amount of respect for their movement.  They. Freakin’. Rock.

What web address can one go to to view more of what you do?

You can find out more about me, my music, videos, and show calendar at musicbygoat.com.

How can someone contact you?

If you wanna drop me a line, ask a specific question, or book me for a house party, an event, or a personal performance, hit me up at goat@musicbygoat.com.

                                                                   

Artist Spotlight: Sherry Muldoon

Posted in Love, photography, Spotlight with tags , , , , on October 1, 2011 by artlovemagic

Tell me a little bit about yourself..

My name is Sherry Muldoon and I’m a self-employed photographer and graphic designer.  I started the company Dreamfocus Studio a little over a year ago and somehow I have not starved since.  I specialize in families, weddings, and children.  I also teach an occasional workshop which developed out of my own frustration of learning the skill.  Finally, I do graphic and web design for one company exclusively and have worked with smaller companies along the way.

As you have grown within your talent, what inspires you to create?

So many things inspired me.  To name just a few:  colors, everyday events, peoples’ stories, pain, love, my husband, other artists, children, my cats, poetry, songs, lessons, messages from the Divine, death, etc.etc.etc.

How long have you been producing your craft and why did you begin this form of expression?

I did not find photography and art; it found me.  I have lived in the shadow of other artists’ my whole life.  About 6 years ago, when admiring a friend’s photography, she handed me a Minolta Film camera and I could not put it down.  All of a sudden, door flung open for me and I found myself with  an incredible purpose and career.  My life has never been the same!

What do you ultimately want to accomplish with your talent?

My ultimate goal with any project or job is to translate what I see.  I’m not always great at getting out of the way and allowing Spirit to guide me.   But, when I do, it is always magical and never expected.  Photography to me is about co-creating.  I am working with another limitation of the Universe whether it be another person or the environment itself.  I’m a fool if I think that I have everything to do with it.  The goal is to step out of my own way and translate….. that’s it.

Outside of your artistry, what other interests do you have?

I love films and documentaries.  I am insane about watching every behind-the scenes take on a movie.  It is the most exciting part for me.

What was your first experience with ArtLoveMagic?

I actually attended the very first ArtLoveMagic event and ran into long time friend and co-founder Justin Nygrin.  He asked me to be in the next show right away.    I knew nothing about exhibiting until getting involved with Artlovemagic.  I was also in the very next show where I met my husband, Conor Muldoon.  They have really played a huge part in my artist recovery and my life in general.  I would NOT be where I am today without them-for sure!

What web address can one go to to view more of what you do?

http://dreamfocusstudio.com
http://sherrysmith.exposuremanager.com
http://dreamfocusstudio.wordpress.com/

How can someone contact you?

dreamfocusstudio@gmail.com

 

Also! ArtLoveMagic sends a huge “Congratulations” to Sherry Muldoon and Conor Muldoon on having their new baby! Welcome to the world Gabriel Clay Muldoon. We love you guys!                                                                                             -ArtLoveMagic

 

 

 

Artist Spotlight: Kevin Obregon

Posted in Artists, Spotlight, videos with tags , , on September 10, 2011 by artlovemagic

Tell me a little bit about yourself..

My name is Kevin Obregón and I am a painter, sculptor, writer, photographer, musician, artist advocate, performance artist (live paintings), muralist and organizer. I am a fifth-generation Texan from San Antonio. Out of High School, I was studying to be a doctor, as a Biology major with an art & jazz minor, with the idea that I was going to be a medical illustrator, since I was drawing photo-realistically since I was in Jr. High. It didn’t take too long to figure out I was not only barking up the wrong tree, but that once I embraced the idea of working large, I was doing something more physically and psychically rewarding. But still, one New Years day 1988, I chose to move to Dallas to study visual communications where I received a scholarship to the Art Institute of Dallas and began honing my talents and began working on my skills as a designer. After working in positions ranging from Creative Director for a video game company to set designing to writing copy for advertising, I decided to launch myself into the realm of being a professional full-time fine artist.

As you have grown within your talent, what inspires you to create?

I am inspired by everything, really. Overheard conversations (even those lip-read), the way shadows play upon textures, the synchronous and serendipitous placement of everyday objects seen only if your eyes are trained to recognize their rarefied state. Of course, I am also inspired by the female form, totemic creatures, and the spontaneity of life. I love to take pictures & carry my camera with me always in order to capture these elements as they are brought before me, so photography helps me to what can best be described as time travel – through strong sense memory.

How long have you been producing your craft and why did you begin this form of expression?

Since the age of 2 years, I was drawing more than speaking, perhaps due to the fact that since birth, I had problems with my hearing. I had my own design firm while still in high school, designing logos, T-shirts and album covers – even redesigned my drum section’s marching band uniforms to a more sleek, corp-style of apparel. I took up painting seriously in 1994, starting with photo realism again, but I eventually expanded my interests beyond painting into mixed media, assemblage, small sculptures and then began applying how music can affect its execution. After moving to Little Forest Hills – a highly creative enclave of artists and musicians in east Dallas, I was selected to be on the steering committee for the White Rock Lake Artist’s Studio Tour, which at the time, was in it’s 12th year of operation. It wasn’t until after opening my studio up to the public & started painted before a live audience (after suffering a bit of performance anxiety, I admit), that I realized that the general public is enthralled by watching art being made. I hadn’t realized at the time just how moved people were – and contrary to what many artists might think, the notion of “demystifying” the art-making process in front of someone doesn’t actually reveal many trade secrets (although it can, artist’s should be wary of doing so), but it “re-mystifies” the ideals behind being an artist and that to make something look easy can floor people. Hence, I began to paint before larger audiences and eventually figured out that the relationship people have with art is enhanced when they invest in the moment of its creation. Once people invest in the moment, they are more likely to develop a relationship with not only the artist, but the artist’s work. There’s now a story behind the art and not merely a “product”, devoid of real-world narrative.

What do you ultimately want to accomplish with your talent?

I want to simply make art in whatever form I feel expresses it best.

Outside of your artistry, what other interests do you have?

I am interested in cultural anthropology through murals & graffiti, social injustices, quantum jumping & theories revolving around the theory of holographic frequencies & interference as it pertains to alternate realities. I love the idea of love, as well.

What was your first experience with ArtLoveMagic?

I had seen a group of artists making art as part of the “I Am Here” show at the Southside on Lamar near downtown Dallas. It reaffirmed how people respond to artists making art in contrast to artists showing finished art. Both of which are just as valid, but have very difference visceral residues from the art viewer. Since then, I have observed ALM and participated in a few other events, the most recent of which was their second annual “Underground” show – also at Southside on Lamar in February of 2011.

What web address can one go to to view more of what you do?

www.sites.google.com/site/kevinobregon

How can someone contact you?

Since I;m hearing impaired, e-mail or facebook are the easiest.

My e-mail address is: KevinObregon@hotmail.com

and my facebook page is: http://www.facebook.com/kevin.obregon

Artist Spotlight: Bianca Elise

Posted in Artists, Spotlight with tags , , on August 27, 2011 by artlovemagic

Tell me a little bit about yourself..

Hi, I’m  Bianca Elise Figurative painter. Studier of life and all things feminine.

As you have grown within your talent, what inspires you to create?

I remember idolizing my mother as a child, her makeup, shoes, perfume and clothing. Her ultra feminine ways  inspired me then, and I’m continually inspired by women Now!

How long have you been producing your craft and why did you begin this form of expression?

I’ve drawn since before I could remember. I’ve always been attracted to feminine beauty, especially faces. As a child you could always find me drawing pictures of ballerinas, or trying to reproduce the women’s faces from my mother’s magazines in graphite on sheets of notebook paper. I would study the women’s clothing, bodies, and faces and would try to figure out what made them beautiful and worthy of being printed on such glossy sheets of paper.
At the age of thirteen I was accepted to Douglas Anderson School Of The visual and performing Arts. Its curriculum was quite similar to Dallas’ Booker T. Washington.  I learned to paint at DASOTA. And, for the last 15 years acrylic paints have been my medium of choice. Acrylics fit my personality perfectly as they dry relatively quickly!

What do you ultimately want to accomplish with your talent?

I enjoy people, art and travel. I wish to ultimately combine these three loves by teaching art workshops abroad for teenagers and adults. Art has impacted my life most greatly at these ages!
And a solo show in London or France would be very nice too!!

Outside of your artistry, what other interests do you have?

I’m a nomad I get this from my father, I’m sure. I love spending time with friends/family in unexpected places like Canada, or heading home to Florida, or visiting my old stumping grounds in San Diego. As long as there’s great conversation, friends, family or food, I’m there! And if all else fails a great biography or a book on psychology works too. I guess you can say I’m really intrigued by people.

What was your first experience with ArtLoveMagic?

My first participating experience with ALM was girlShow, of course! There were over 70 talented,  creative, and artistic Women there performing live! I was so honored to be included.

What web address can one go to to view more of what you do?

You could see more of my works at http://BiancaEliseDesigns.com

Or by adding me on FaceBook: Bianca Elise Art

How can someone contact you?

I can be contacted via Email at: BiancaElise83@gmail.com or Mobile: 904-233-2976
I’m also in the process of moving into my new studio in Oak Cliff. In the coming weeks feel free to visit me there,  Mon- Thurs 10am – 6pm, or by appointment at:
115 South Tyler Street,Dallas, TX 75208