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Eddie Walker’s POETS

Posted in Artists, Community, Love with tags , , , , on May 11, 2011 by artlovemagic

Airbrush artist Eddie Walker has been documenting the history of artlovemagic and our participating artists for years now. He’s created nearly a dozen large size original paintings to that end. His latest piece, POETS, shows spoken word regulars Will Richey, Maggie Smith, Zach Shrotter, and Alexandra Marie.

Amazing work, Eddie.

The evolution of Art & Coffee

Posted in Artists, Magic, photography, Shows with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 5, 2010 by artlovemagic

post by Michael Lagocki
photos by Kelsey Paine, Josh Dryk, and Eddie Walker

I imagine most of you reading this have been to, or at least know of, Art & Coffee. This is our longest running show, a monthly Open Mic and Live Art experience that we do at coffee shops. The idea first started in 2008, when I met Bill Priestly, the owner of a new coffee shop, Saxbys, in North Dallas. I loved the shop and after talking to Bill, I wondered if artlovemagic could be impactful in bringing an audience out to a new establishment like his.

We were. For the next year or so, we did monthly shows there that were a little bit of a twist on the artlovemagic model. We opened the mic up to the audience and brought out a handful of live artists for a free show. Attendance was strong right from the beginning.  And we noticed several people would show up month after month. Art & Coffee was a success.

These days, we’ve moved the show down to Deep Ellum and we do it at the wonderful It’s A Grind. Again, this just came from one of our leaders walking into the place and having a conversation with them. They asked us to come and do four shows (that were very successful) and then we contracted for the rest of 2010.

One of the great things about this monthly show, is now that we have a few HUGE shows under our belt (see Underground & girlShow), we’re pretty comfortable doing a show this size. (Art & Coffee usually has about 6 artists in it- girlShow this year will have 60). We’ve become masters at setting it up, and especially tearing it down. We’re usually out the door 30 minutes after Art & Coffee closes.

It’s also become a learning ground for new producers. Melody Hay,  Amanda Davis, Josh Dryk. Michelle McSpadden, and many more first learned the ropes producing A & C before moving on to our BIG shows. Producing A&C entails selecting a group of artists, running a pre-meeting, supporting their team through marketing and getting ready for the show, and then being the lead person on the floor night of.

Producing is a blast. I always say that the production role is where you really get to author the stories in ArtLoveMagic. It’s not for everyone, but I’m thankful that we’ve found a few really great producers who love putting these shows together. And I’m thankful that we have a few dedicated souls who love this show and help it happen every month. Deb, KZach, Mario, Bookworm, Hammer, Eddie, Dugger and others… thank you so much.

But the best part of Art & Coffee is the talent. I LOVE scheduling talent to do these shows. There are two groups to schedule each time Art & Coffee rolls around- the live artists who will create during the show, and the feature performers who hold down the mic. While most of the mic is open to the audience, we always have a feature poet and feature musician, who each perform twice during the night.

I believe having a feature performer does two things that work well within our mission. First, it ensures the mic will have some strong performances. Usually this isn’t a problem as our audiences are pretty talented. More importantantly however, I believe it can grow the artists. It’s easy to find an open mic to perform at. It’s less common to find a feature spot, where you’re asked to be a lead performer and to set the tone, performing multiple times, and being annouced as someone to pay attention to. Sometimes we’re lucky enough to find performers who play solo shows all the time, other times we get to bless someone who hasn’t been honored this way and they get to grow.

So where are we now? Mid 2010 and the shows have been incredible lately. Last night Josh Dryk produced an Art & Coffee that I thought was just fantastic, everything it should be: a strong group of diverse artists, great crowd, incredible open mic with excellent features.

The show goes on. I’m producing the next Art & Coffee myself (July 2nd, 2010). It’s a veteran show. Given that it’s only one week before girlShow, I needed to staff it full of Art & Coffee vets who already know what they’re doing (including people like Justin Nygren, Eddie Walker, Rachel Deniger, and Tim Dugger).

Josh and Kelsey are lined up to produce an upcoming Art & Coffee, as is Michelle McSpadden. We’ve talked about doing a “family” Art & Coffee that would happen mid-day and focus on stuff kids and adults can do together. We’re talking about bringing back the “painting with coffee” interactive that was so popular at Saxbys. We’re looking for new talent that want to create, sing, recite, and produce. All in all, we’re loving it.

Art & Coffee continues to happen first Friday of every month at It’s A grind. It’s a great show, a very welcoming show, and I’m proud to say it’s become an important puzzle piece in this crazy story that is ArtLoveMagic. Come hang out with us and see if you love it to.

-ML

Handmade Arts and Open Mic at Art & Coffee

Posted in Artists, Deep Ellum, photography, Shows with tags , , , , , , , on March 8, 2010 by artlovemagic

Our March Art & Coffee show focused on handmade arts, like crochet, woodworking, jewelry and facepainting. It was a chance for us to feature some new and rarely seen artists who make functional, personal arts. We also brought our open mic back, inviting audience members to perform poetry and music.

One of the most fun things about Art & Coffee these days is how many local photographers show up with cameras, shooting all the cool stuff that goes down. These images are from audience member Vanessa Bates. Beautiful!

Thanks IT’S A GRIND for hosting us, and thanks Vanessa for capturing it all.

March Art & Coffee… Handcrafted

Posted in Artists, Deep Ellum, Shows with tags , , , , , , , on February 28, 2010 by artlovemagic

The March Art & Coffee is looking excellent with a handcrafted lineup that features facepainting, henna, woodworking, knitting, and jewelry.

Our feature acts are a pair of beautiful ladies: songwriter Jamie Reeves as our lead music act and love poet Alexandra Marie as our spoken word feature.

March also signals the return of our Open Mic (hosted by Konichiwa Zack), so bring your poetry and guitars. The list usually fills up rather quickly, so I’d show up by 8 if you’d like to perform.

The entire experience is FREE (but you’ll want to bring some cash so you can take home an original piece of art or get a henna tattoo or facepainting).

We wont have an Art Coffee in April (it falls on the same date as the Deep Ellum Arts Festival) so don’t miss this one.

Full Lineup
Music- Jamie Reeves
Poetry- Alexandra Marie
Woodworking- Tim Dugger
Facepainting/Henna- Sondra Beamon
Jewelry – Deborah Burley
Macrame Jewelry- Desiree Mazzola
Knitting/Crochet- Barbara Lagocki

Host- Kenichiwa Zach
Producer- Michael Lagocki

The faces (and guitars) of Art & Coffee

Posted in Artists, Love, music, photography, poetry, Shows with tags , , , , , , , on June 19, 2009 by artlovemagic

Dee Hill took these beautiful shots at our most recent Art & Coffee show at Saxby’s. This show has become an absolutely blast month after month with big crowds, a wonderful open mic, and gorgeous live art. Almost feels like home.

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More than just beautiful. Alexandra Marie’s love poetry takes the crowd on a romantic ride. She feels it when she speaks, you can hear it in the vibration of her voice. Stunning. It was wonderful to have her as our feature poet.

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Tony and Melody of Southern Karma warm up before performing. Their new EP is so good it’s crazy. We’ve extended an invitation to them to be our feature music act at an upcomming Art & Coffee.

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This guitar can make strange noises that make your soul dance funky. Nuff said.

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Jacob and Mandy brought their brand new baby, MacKenzie, to Art & Coffee. Welcome to the world young musician. Jake then took the mic and played “Live Give Love”, a song inspired in part by artlovemagic.

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The mic is open. Arrive early to get on the list and perform. There’ve been huge audiences for the last several Art & Coffeees.

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Always a surprise to be had. I bet our audiences didn’t expect to see a 1,000 crane origami set up. Thanks, Nathon!

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K. Zach – things have been better since you’ve been around. An example of a creative cat with a helpful soul. K. Zach has been running sound as a volunteer for our last several shows. Then he kills it on the mic- you go poet.

Our next scheduled show is Friday July 10th at 7:30 – 10:30 pm.

Absolutely free to attend.

More details at artlovemagic.com

post by Michael Lagocki
photos by Dee Hill

More on Hip Hop Helps Heal

Posted in Artists, Shows with tags , , , , , , , , on June 18, 2009 by artlovemagic

The Mend the Home show was awesome. This is the second year we’ve done the H4 show at the Bone and both times it was just out of this world. Eddie Walker took these shots.

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Trayce paints the night away. He’s been doing a lot of shows with us lately and has been a great addition to the crew.

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The Sunshine Kids on the first ever live art jaunt. They make killer beauty mirrors out of paint, and mirrors, and broken glass, and toys, and light bulbs, and….

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Riki Johnson has been doing some gorgeous set ups at our shows lately. It’s good to be surrounded by her colorful art.

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We demanded that if Serena Wills was going to move back East, she had to bring us another beauty, soulful female poet as a replacement. Fortunately, she was like, “no problem- meet Alexndra Marie”.

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David Rodriguez’s performance with Playdough was the highlight of the night. When David dipped both hands into the bucket and starting throwing paint to the beat, we all lost it.

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Detail of David Working.

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The man with the plan. GOAT organized the night, a benefit for Genesis Women’s shelter.

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Where does the night end? Ihop 5AM, kids.

Each of these artists’ links can be found on the artist and performer page at www.artlovemagic.com

post by Michael Lagocki, pics by Eddie Walker