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Posted in Artists, Community, Deep Ellum, Love, Magic, music, Shows, Workshops with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 25, 2012 by artlovemagic

Who? All youth 6-16 and their parents

When? Saturday May 26th, noon-4pm

How Much? FREE!!

Where? Life in Deep Ellum- 2803 Taylor Street, Dallas, Texas 75226


Kids will work alongside professional artists of all different mediums. Including music, paint, pottery, pencil, watercolor, chalk, murals, paper crafts and more… Your child will have an opportunity to play, explore, create and learn!

With so many schools diminishing (or eliminating) art programs, it’s more important than ever to find ways to inspire our youth to think creatively and learn new ways to express themselves positively!

Each artist participating in this workshop is a local, working professional.

Confirmed artist lineup: Cori Berg (Craft), Ashley Jones (Mixed Media), Ixchel Aguilar (Painting), Riley Holloway (Drawing), Jason Kinney (Painting), Eddie Medina (Comics), Harmony White (Water color), Kate Colin (Water color), Jerod Davies (Spray paint collage), Bari Candy (Charcoal/Spraypaint),  Issac Davies (MC), Kelly Nygren (Percussion), DJ Ez Eddie (DJ).

The set-up will be studio, not classroom style. Parents must stay on premises. No need to bring anything but your creativity and excitement!

If you would like to volunteer or are interested in donating art supplies or cash donations for a future Kids Workshop please email: jenn@

Special ALM thanks to the Just Us League, whose generous donations made this important event possible, as well as Life in Deep Ellum who lovingly provided their awesome venue for this event.

Reflections and Perspective

Posted in Artists, Community, Love, Magic, photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 30, 2011 by artlovemagic


Photo Credit: Carolyn Collins Photography  (David Rodriguez, Justin Nygren, Michael Lagocki)

As 2011 draws to a close, my heart is full of anticipation for 2012.  I’ve taken the last year off for family business and have had the opportunity to watch this last year’s activity and growth from an outside perspective.  To see the work, the dedication, the passion and the direction grow and evolve has been both humbling and beyond encouraging.  Since 2006 when Mike, Dave and I dreamt over a cup of coffee and planted the seeds for our first show, it seems like the amazing ride we embarked on has only gotten more and more wild.  The best part about it is that we have gone from a small group of dreaming and idealistic friends and grown into an amazing and beautiful community full of intentionality and vision.

My thanks and undying gratitude go out to every one of you, from artist to attendee, sponsor to customer, for every ounce of love that you have poured out into the Dallas arts community.  I can see 2012 bringing us more connections, more focus and more importantly, more Love to you and to our community.  I’m looking forward to hugging your neck at the next show.


Justin Nygren
Co-Founder/Love Ninja/Dot Connector

Artist To Artist – Eddie Walker

Posted in Artists, Community, Deep Ellum, Spotlight with tags , , on January 10, 2011 by artlovemagic

The ArtLoveMagic  special blog series  “Artist to Artist” continues with airbrush artist and graphic designer Eddie Walker.    Our goal is to help artists by sharing  the wisdom and experience of  other artists.     What we wanted to know specifically from each artist was:   1)  What did you learn in 2010?     AND     2)  What are you planning for 2011?

**As an artist, the most important thing I learned in 2010 was  ……….. Always establish provenance with your client, and be weary of “only” third party representation.  In addition, be weary of a client that does not ask for provenance as well.  An artist and client should always have some sort of face to face meeting to discuss one or both scheme and layout of an artwork or details of payment.  This way you can avoid the “he said”-“she said”-“I didn’t agree to that” type of situations.  I was always leery of this sort of thing, but always thought I was just being over cautious.  I learned to trust my gut feeling and if it doesn’t feel right, don’t go with it.  Better to ere on the side of caution.

Clients enjoy putting a face to “their” artist.  As with all customer service, face to face dealings are always friendlier and more comfortable.  After all, business is business.  Loving what you do is awesome, but not so much when you misunderstand what a third party may have worked out on your behalf.  That’s not to say that I’m against third parties, artist representation, or even word of mouth.  What I’m advocating is not to use that alone.

Have your rep set you up to meet the client when at all possible, even if at all else, it’s just a phone call.  Have your rep always insist on a meet if the client hasn’t met you before.  Both you and the client will enjoy the honesty, and it adds integrity to your art… its the “Look what I created for this client”-“Look what this artist created for me” factor.

**What I’m planning to do in 2011 is …… Establish a method of merchant payment.  I’d like to set up a merchant account with one of my banks to be able to accept credit and debit cards.  I’m checking into PayPal, but I’d like to find out more about it first; see if anyone has any experiences with it.   I also want to create more smaller pieces that can be sold for less than my larger more pricier pieces.

To learn more about Eddie and his artwork, please visit:

Artist to Artist – Sherry Muldoon

Posted in Art Business, Artists, Community, photography, Uncategorized with tags , , on January 7, 2011 by artlovemagic

The ArtLoveMagic  special blog series  “Artist to Artist” continues with photographer Sherry Smith-Muldoon.    Our goal is to help artists by sharing  the wisdom and experience of  other artists.     What we wanted to know specifically from each artist was:   1)  What did you learn in 2010?     AND     2)  What are you planning for 2011?

Self Portrait Photo - Sherry Smith-Muldoon

As an artist, the most important thing that I learned in 2010 was to trust God by trusting myself.  In February of 2010, I made a very risky decision in my photography career.  I decided to leave a well paying corporate job with a pretty stable income and dive back into the insanity of self-employment.  I decided to become a fully self supporting artist!    Crazy?    I have not once regretted the decision.   As a result, I feel like I have been able to progress more creatively into my passion.

photo by Sherry Smith-Muldoon

My goals for 2011 are to do more things that I feel that I was “called’ to do both personally and in my career.   As a photographer, I am mostly drawn to children.  Maybe it is my inner yearning to stay lost in childhood bliss and to never grow up.   Or maybe I love the fact that children are generally never self-conscious in front of a camera.  You  get what you see!!   And I adore that about kiddos.    In 2011, I hope to work more with children and I am particularly passionate about drawing kids attention to the arts.   I hope to pursue my own personal mission in that area.    I also want to develop more in the art of photography and design.  There is much to learn and I still have a lot to say through the lens!!

photo by Sherry Smith-Muldoon

photo by Sherry Smith-Muldoon

To learn more about Sherry and her work, please visit these websites:

!!!Art Opportunity!!!

Posted in Artists, Community with tags , on June 2, 2010 by artlovemagic

Happy Wednesday Everybody!!

I wanted share an art opportunity with you…A great artist friend of mine is helping to organize a neighborhood Garden Tour on 6/05 and he wants to have artists set up at his home and around other areas in the neighborhood.  They have 5 artists already and would like to have about 5 more.  Artists don’t HAVE to be creating during the event, but it would probably be good for people to see the creative process in action.

No commissions taken on artwork sold

No fees for set up

Artists need to bring all their own tent or booth for setup/displays.

Artists will be in shaded locations, but outdoors, so dress comfortably and bring snacks & water.   (And maybe a fan too.)

Setup time: 7:30-8am   (Garden Tour starts at 9am and goes till 3pm)

If you’re interested or know somebody that is, please call Curtis Fesser at 214-319-6989 today! 

****Alger Park / Ash Creek Neighborhood Association Garden Tour****

posted by Michelle McSpadden

!!! HUGE Art Supply Sale !!!

Posted in Artists with tags , on March 11, 2010 by artlovemagic

HAPPY Thursday Everybody!!

I just wanted to let you know that a fantastic sale is going on at Aaron Brothers Art & Framing off of Midway and Frankford.    They are closing the store and EVERYTHING is on sale for 50% off.    They have a nice variety of  paints, canvases, sketch pads, brushes, easels, pens, professional portfolios, framing supplies, frames, etc.      The sale is only at this store and ends on 4/30, so now is a great time to restock your studio!!

 Have FUN shopping!

Michelle  🙂


Posted in Artists, Community, Service, Shows with tags , , , on January 26, 2010 by artlovemagic

We’re just days away from the first Major show of 2010….UNDERGROUND @ Southside, 8pm on 1/30!!!     I’m so excited about seeing all of the new talented artists joining us for their first show and having the opportunity to serve/volunteer; it’s going to be an electrifying event!!

As I was thinking about the show this morning, I had a few random thoughts that I wanted to toss out there…

***Underground Artists – Do you have everything you need for your setup?    This may include: a chair, table, lights, extension cord, power strip, black tablecloth, price tags, calculator, receipt book, plenty of business cards, pens, a tablet for note taking, paper towels, Advil (just in case), tape, duct tape, pins, twine, your art supplies to create during the evening, etc.

***Be cool and arrive on time for setup.  (4pm)    🙂

***Some food is being donated by The Angry Dog and Deb Driscoll, but wouldn’t it be awesome if we all brought a small snack (salty or sweet) to share?

***Send out email reminders to your friends and family and tell them to prepay online to save some $$.  (Don’t forget to include the art love magic link in your email.)

And yes, it’s supposed to be cold on Saturday night (26 degrees), but where there’s art & music, there will be warmth, so tell everybody to come on out and join us.   🙂

Dreaming about art,

Michelle McSpadden


Amazed and Humbled

Posted in Shows, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on July 26, 2009 by artlovemagic

In less than two weeks, a dream will come true for tons of people in Dallas. For some it will be the dream of their first public show of their art. For some it will be the dream of helping a movement in its motion. The dreams are as numerous and as deep as each heart involved.

art by girlShow producer Melody Hay

art by girlShow producer Melody Hay

For me, the dream boils down to this: seeing people that I have personally impacted take control of a project and make it shine brighter than I could have ever conceived. You see, since her conception, ArtLoveMagic shows have been primarily produced by me, Mike Lagocki and Dave Rodriguez. We’ve rounded up the artists, called and organized the volunteers, secured the venues, led the pre-meetings… You get the idea.

But with girlShow, we have been able to let go of the reigns. Melody Hay, Deb Driscoll, Nicole Rodriguez and my beautiful wife, along with a host of others, have come to the forefront of the movement and created an extremely beautiful show for the world to see.

As a producer, there are very few things that can bring me more joy than to see others learn the art of production and create scenarios of beauty and creativity that change the cultural landscape of a city. Part of our mission is to help artists find their identity and grow into their roles of society, not to create an organization that babysits and hands people things on a silver plate. And, to see people take control of a story and make a new chapter is an incredible gift.

So, I’d like to give mad props to my Sisters in Production and tell you, the reader, that your face is about to be rawked off.
Go get your tickets now.

post by Justin Nygren

You never know what you’ll see when you hang out with us

Posted in Artists, Deep Ellum with tags , , on July 16, 2009 by artlovemagic

ArtLoveMagic meets pretty much every Wednesday night at our offices to plot our takeover of the world (er..blessing of the Dallas art scene). With so many cool people around, there’s usually something pretty interesting going down.

This week, Josh Dryk demonstrated an artform we’d never seen before.

I’ll let the pics (by Jen Shu) speak for themselves.





Art and Coffee, Artistic Expressions by Dallas Artists

Posted in Artists, music, Shows with tags , , on July 16, 2009 by artlovemagic

Words by Lizette Sinclair
Photos by Josh Dryk

Music and art pervaded the sultry summer day at Saxby’s Coffee House.  Expressions of color danced on the canvases, while the music caressed the pavement, lingering long enough to have you swaying in time to the melodious chorus.  As the people arrived, the air became ignited with the appreciation of art in movement.  As I made my way through the forums of décor, I found a sense of oneness, as each artist dared to explore the other side of this tangible reality.

6771_242374965104_568105104_7654542_6106687_nTo greet you, was the profound work of Riki Johnson.  Her amazing paintings depict the strength and agility of woman.  Her portrayal of the female physique adorns the canvases and you can feel them inhale the essence of what it means to truly control the feminine aura.  I was impressed by her bold sense of self and the message each of her paintings send out.  They scream, “I am Woman, and I am beautiful!”

Within the cool confines of Saxby’s you could find the amazing photography of Carolyn Collins.  Her keen eye and depth of emotion can be seen in each and every one of her photos.  From her vibrant shot of life among the streets of Italy, to the soothing testament of the trees, draped in black and white, her work inspires and captures reality in a way most of us never see.  Her work is tantalizing and you can easily lose yourself in each piece.


Budding artist, Olga Munoz dazzled us with her kaleidoscope of colors that brought an ambience of futility, while keeping our attention on the small details of her beautiful landscape portrait.  She said to me, “I’m a new artist.  But I love it!“  How wonderful to see the world through a new artist’s eyes.

Before you could make your way any further, the facets of Barbara Moore’s glasswork glistened and begged to be noticed.  Desiree’s hand-woven, eclectic jewelry, with its earthy façade,  sat eagerly to impress, and it did!  And as a writer, I was in awe of the hand-carved wooden pens done by Tim Dugger.  The craftsmanship and beauty made each one unique.  I could use one and tell my fellow writers, “Eat your hearts out!”

6771_242363830104_568105104_7653787_2452068_nOutside, the artist Joe Townson did a live portrait painting of the lovely Dehvon Ward.  I felt as though I had seen an Egyptian Goddess, gathering her followers to her as she sat perfectly still, while his paint strokes lovingly captured her timeless beauty for all to see.  Let me also mention that Joe’s paintings resembled unbridled symmetry, within the confines of chaotic beauty.  You can’t help but look again and again.

As the sun began to set, the performers entertained us with their graphic voices and fiery songs.  First up was Matt Barron.  His bluesy guitar and his raspy R&B voice started the night rolling!  I watched the audience as they tapped their feet and nodded their heads.  I knew this night was going to be memorable.

Mike Watts awed the audience with his trumpet playing, transporting us back in time with his forties style flair mixed with the presence of soul.  His jazzy style was a definite eye opener, leaving you pining for more.  Jay Bookworm performed a poetic rendition of self awareness which left the audience speechless.  The words flowed outward and struck a chord within each listener, perplexing our need to treat humans as humans and not as objects, for which there is no emotion, nor depth.

As the next performer was introduced, I could see it was going to be a treat.  The beautiful Julie, with her long flowing skirt, sat upon the stage with her sitar and played with such elegance and beauty that it was one of the highlights for me.  The sound that permeated was one that made you think of magical liaisons between lovers such that Mirabai personified in The Saffron.

Gary Brown entertained us with his distinct and deliberate style of beatnik music, which brought out the flower power in me.  His daddy-o persona and acoustic guitar made it easy to lose yourself for just a moment and forget the rest of the world was there with you.

Now, I was perplexed by this next performer, but I soon fell into his trance as he played his celestial music, which had me seeing visions of star dancers, entwined with the Luna’s embrace.  Indeed, Crazy Charlie has a sound that he alone owns.  I was very impressed by the artistic quality of his piece.  It was original and carried a depth I have not seen in awhile.


The headliners took stage and I can tell you, it was well worth the wait.  Erin Gayden and Tommy Lee, or better known as Gayden Lee brought a bohemian feel to the audience.  Their voices, in perfect sync, opened with Video Killed the Radio Star.  Feet were tapping, heads were nodding and smiles adorned each person.  They treated us to new songs, soon to be released on their LP, Songs for Thursday.  Their music is a mixture of love and enlightenment, showered with a little rock and a little roll.  Keep your eyes and ears out for this duo.  They’re taking Dallas by storm!


The night carried on, while more performers captivated our senses.  Diane and Sean, blended their two talents, giving us one strong performance.  Diane’s sultry voice lulled the audience.  Julie Monroe’s angelic voice brought emotions to a halt as she sang of love lost.  Michelle gave us vivid imagery of her life through song, allowing us to peer into her very soul.  Ted gave an excellent poetry performance, speaking of truth and of humanity, then he graced us with a song, as he crooned of love and of loss.


A special treat was Delphi.  When her fingers stroked the piano, it was mesmerizing.  She sang of oppression and of human rights.  She was a definite joy to watch.  And Arianne…Wow!  This woman can sing.  Her voice is powerful and folks, she’s got spunk!  Her full octave range blew the audience away.  I can definitely see us buying tickets for her next show.  We were also treated to two band members of The Texas Red Legs.  Shaggy Jay-Kur and Greg Ramirez rocked the audience and believe me, there were no feet still during their performances.

As this magical night wound down, how better to close the show, than with Art Love Magic’s own Deb?  Her voice rivals that of the great Janice Joplin as she belted out the last song.  This fiery red head has got a voice to be reckoned with.  When she was done, all you could say was, “Wow!”


I can tell you that I was seduced by the aura of artistry this night.  We are surrounded by art everyday, in many different forms.  When you visit a show by Art Love Magic, you are not only surrounded by art, but you are part of it.  You don’t have to know art to appreciate it.  Like the old adage say, “I don’t know art, but I know what I like,” is very true.  Visit Art Love Magic on the web at  Come see for yourself, one of Dallas’ best art groups.  Lose yourself for one night, lost in imagery and vocal beauty.  I did and I’ll be back for more!