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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