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May 26 2012 Kids Workshop @ Life In Deep Ellum

Posted in Artists, Community, Deep Ellum, Love, Magic, Workshops with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 3, 2012 by artlovemagic

Story by: Charlsie Grace
Photos by: Nicole Rodriguez

Did you catch the latest ArtLoveMagic kids workshop last Saturday, May 26th, 2012? We had 10 visual artists and 3 performing artists working right alongside the kids. Each professional artist had their own station and the studio style event (as opposed to classroom style) allowed kids the freedom to come and go to whatever station caught their eye. Things flowed very well with the kids (and some fun adults too) moving from station to station, almost always trying out every last activity. It was really magical to see some of the best talent in the current Dallas art and music scene in the same room teaching, inspiring, and investing in the future generation of Dallas artists.

When you first walked into the venue you could hear the beautiful, beating sounds of percussion coming from the Mokah Lounge, where Kelly Nygren was stationed. This area had one of the coolest vibes and was by far the most comfy with all the pillows on the floor. The kids spent quite a bit of time in this area because they were free to be as loud as they wanted–banging on drums and an assortment of kitchenware items, playing tambourines and egg shakers.

 The watercolors were a big hit! Kate Colin, whose portfolio was on display within the Life In Deep Ellum Gallery, and Ashley Jones are both wonderful watercolor artists and they did a great job engaging with the kids at their stations. You could tell that kids of all ages were having a fantastic time creating their watercolor projects.

Young artists were challenged and inspired in their drawing skills by Jason Kinney’s pencil art station. Jason is a professional artist with an incredible gift for creating amazing photographic-like portraits by using nothing but a pencil… with no formal training. He worked closely with the kids, helping them individually by showing them the exact pencil techniques he uses to create a drawing.

Teenage boys seemed especially interested in Eddie Medina’s comic book style. Eddie is great at comic book illustrations and the kids loved getting his help drawing their own favorite characters, like dragons and “The Hulk.”

Harmony Witte started her station off by drawing a dragon and after some collaborative painting, the kids turned it into this amazingly bright and colorful art piece. Each kid brought his or her own ideas, interpretation, and special artistic touch to the piece.

Riley Holloway worked with the kids, teaching them how to illustrate the human body. His realistic form and unique approach had the youth engaged and wanting to learn more.

The kids were initially nervous to go on stage for the performing station, but once a couple people went up there first, everyone wanted to try it out. Issac Davies did a great job at showing the kids how to freestyle rap and MC, and the legendary DJ EZ Eddie D taught them some DJing techniques.

I really loved Ixchel Aguilar’s idea for her face painting station… set out the paint and let the kids do it themselves! It was very entertaining to see how different each person took on the challenge. Some kids painted blobs on their faces and some got really elaborate and painted, not just their face, but also their arms and legs.

One of the coolest activities of the day was Cori Berg’s marble art. Each person put a piece of paper, a marble, and their choices of paint in a Pringles can. Then they shook it all around and each resulting painting was unique and different from all the others. This was a big hit with the younger kids!

Jerod Davies and Bari Candy were troopers for working out in the Texas heat all afternoon. They both created two very interactive and fun stations. Jerod set up a huge board with tons of paint and brushes. The kids each collaborated on the over-sized piece, “Just-Us League” style. Bari taught the kids how to create with spray paint in her outdoor station.

Thank you so much to every single adult, child, artist, and volunteer who spent your day with us! A very special thanks to the Just-Us League, Jeanne Blanton (in memory of Don), Life in Deep Ellum, and Zini’s Pizzeria. Without your support and donations this event could not have happened, so THANK YOU! If you’d like to donate to or volunteer for future workshops, please contact Jennifer Gibbs at

Now that the event is over and we’re beginning to plan the next one, we need your feedback. Were you at the May 26th kids workshop? What did you/your kids think of the event? What do you want to see at future events?

Underground 2012 Press Release

Posted in Artists, Community, General Wierdness, Love, Magic, PR, Shows with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 9, 2012 by artlovemagic

Contact: David Rodriguez
Tel. 972-743-3105

“Underground 2011”
“Dallas’ Largest Live Art Event”
February 11, 2012
Janette Kennedy Gallery within
South Side On Lamar
1409 S. Lamar, Dallas, TX 75215
8pm – 12am (7pm open to VIP’s)
$15 door
Organization Website:
Event Website:
facebook page:
facebook event page:, a Texas NFP organization proudly announces Underground.
Underground has a tradition of being the biggest, loudest, freshest show ArtLoveMagic does every year at South Side On Lamar (1409 S. Lamar, Dallas, TX 75215). In 2012 you can expect no less than 50 live artists, dozens of art forms, and absolutely incredible live performance acts. The show will be for one night only, Saturday, February 11, from 8pm to 12am. A two week long exhibit containing works from artists performing in Underground will be on display prior to the event within the Janette Kennedy Gallery (1/27 – 2/11). Like all ArtLoveMagic events, this experience will be live and interactive. Each artist whose work is in the two week long exhibit will be creating live on February 11th, 2012. Audience members will watch artwork come to life, while musicians, dancers and poets entertain on the stage. Live performances by Spoonded Tribe, Katsük, Keisha Hunter, Ashley Falgout and more. In addition, Underground will also feature the Blue Room once again, a 21+ room where you can see bodies painted, various sensual art, and unique presentations.Entry is $15 at the door.  But you can buy discounted tickets right now at or at (discounted tickets available only through midnight 2/9/12).
   ArtLoveMagic was founded in January of 2007 with the belief that a staggering amount of artistic talent in Dallas was going unrecognized and/or underdeveloped.  We have created more than 100 live experiences, involving over 1000 artists and performers. What generally is missing from gallery shows is so obvious that we usually take that lacking for granted – the creators responsible for the artwork. Thankfully, our artists are always present and creating live, which offers a unique opportunity for audiences to learn, co-create, and for perspective clients to inquire about the creative process.For more information on Underground and the artists/musicians involved, please visit or http://undergrounddallas.comWe hope to receive your support at this, our most anticipated event of the 2012.Visit our amazing sponsors:

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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

Sneak Peek to Underground 2012!

Posted in Artists, Community, Magic, music, photography, Shows, videos with tags , , , , , , on November 29, 2011 by artlovemagic

Story by David Rodriguez

At Underground you will find:

Jen Shu capturing your moment within an amazing interactive photobooth area.

Photo by Jen Shu

Jen’s photography is amazing. She has been jammin’ with us for a few years but this will be her first Underground as a participating artist.

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Underground’s Black Friday Giveaway!

Posted in Artists, Community, Contest, Shows with tags , , , , on November 24, 2011 by artlovemagic

Story by David Rodriguez
Lead Producer of Underground

UNDERGROUND’S BLACK FRIDAY GIVEAWAY: You can win TWO FREE TICKETS (a $30 value) to Underground which will be on February 11, 2012 at South Side On Lamar.

All you have to do is post or message someone on facebook with a text link to ArtLoveMagic and a url link to the Underground facebook page:

Here’s an example:

“Hey, you need to check out this incredible live art show, Underground, produced by ArtLoveMagic. The show will be on February 11, 2012 at South Side On Lamar so there’s plenty of time to plan. You can find out more here:”

It’s that simple. We’ll be monitoring your posts. Make to sure your text links are set when posting. The more you do the better your chances. Contest ends Friday at midnight. We’ll announce a winner Saturday morning. Have a great Thanksgiving and we’ll see you at the show!


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?

How can someone contact you?


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?

How can someone contact you?

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

My e-mail address is:

and my facebook page is:

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

Or by adding me on FaceBook: Bianca Elise Art

How can someone contact you?

I can be contacted via Email at: 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

Artist Spotlight: Jamie Reeves

Posted in music, Spotlight, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on June 27, 2011 by artlovemagic

Tell me a little bit about yourself..

Hey there. My name is Jamie Reeves and I am a singer/songwriter from a little city called  Wylie, TX. Both of my parents grew up in musical families, so growing up my parents were always supportive of my love for playing music. With both of my older brothers being guitar players,  it wasn’t long after getting my first guitar that I began to strum the strings and write lyrics.  Before learning guitar I developed a passion for writing poetry. Lyrics and messages to the soul are very important in my music.  These days I reside in Carrollton where I play solo acoustic shows and high powered rock electric shows with  The Demigods.

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

WOW! What an amazing question! One big thing that  inspires me to express is the world around me, and the world within me; even more so, the bridge that connects both of those worlds. Then there is the emotional world; it can take us to the highest highs and the lowest lows, it lets us express ourselves in the most unique fashion.  Then there is the “State of the World.”  It lets us create the beauty that we wish to see when we look from behind our eyes. Even though the world is filled with so much suffering, we can still make things brighter by following our dreams.

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

I began writing songs with my brother Jake Reeves at the age of 11. With the help of my dad who was a harmonica player in the Dallas blues and Texas country scene, we played picking parties for the  now well known radio station 95.3 The Range. At the age of fifteen my Dad bought me my first acoustic guitar.  It wasn’t long  before I was singing and strumming, writing and molding, finding my self through poetry and sound. At heart, I am a healer. I can remember the first time I sang a note in front of my first grade music class and a shock of electricity ran up my spine. I felt I could heal with my voice, and this is why I continue to sing.

What do you ultimately want to accomplish with your talent?

I like this because this is a larger than life question. I want to share my music with the people on this planet who want to make this world a brighter place to live.  To one day be a part of something so big, it changes these false systems that we are all trapped in. I want to remind people of the old ways of the tribe and Shaman; to heal themselves with herbs, organic foods, and ancient healing methods. To plant trees, to respect nature and every form of life.”We are the music makers, we are the dreamers of the dream.”

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

These days I enjoy riding my bike, playing with my animals,  hanging with my family, practicing healing and magical arts, reading, camping, spending time with my niece, and crystal collecting.

What was your first experience with ArtLoveMagic?

My first ArtLoveMagic show was girlShow 2008. A couple of months previously I had met Deborah Driscoll and Cheryl Anderson at a local art collective called The Shanty. At the time I had taken somewhat of a hiatus from music and was focusing on research and activism. I started actively playing at the shanty, and once again began to write songs. Deb and Cheryl instantly told me about girlShow and ArtLove Magic. I started writing a song of inspiration called “Frozen memories” before the show. It was as if all of my emotions and built up energy from that year was packed into the song, and I was so ready to finally play a show again.  The night was filled with magical paint brushes and flashes of photography, beautiful faces, and voices. When I took the stage the magic took over, as I sang frozen memories I looked up to see everyone at the show watching me very intensely.  I had not yet finished the song, but on that magical night I wrote the rest of the song on stage, and I shined bright. ArtLoveMagic is an incredible organization for artistic people to gain inspiration, I am so happy that I found these fantastic beings during that difficult period in my life.

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


How can someone contact you?

You can email me at

Guest Blogger – Derek on Fan Velocity

Posted in Art Business, music, The DIY Musician with tags , , , , , on June 14, 2011 by artlovemagic

Derek is an MBA in entrepreneurship and bassist for Onward We March, a local progressive metal band. He teaches business skills to artists and writes weekly music business advice for his blog Derek Thinks Music.

As a musician, you’ve crafted your music to the best performance and presentation it’s ever been, but that will only carry you so far.

The real multiplier for your music career’s success is the velocity of your fans. Do they rabidly promote your band because they connect with you and love what you stand for? As an example, and I’m terrified of them, you can’t deny the efficacy of the Juggalos, the name given to fans of Insame Clown Posse, for supporting their band. Or do the people you’ve touched actively go out of their way to discourage others from listening to your music? Example: Metallica lost a good number of fans after the band decided to sue its followers over the Napster controversy.

They're millionaires. Yep.

It used to be that there was an invisible wall between the artist and their fans. PR spokesmen, artist managers, burly security guards, tinted limos, etc… if you didn’t want to talk to the public beyond your music, you would have someone step in for you and create a buffer. You could live in space when you weren’t on stage as far as anyone was concerned. Rest assured there was someone out there actively interacting with fans, spreading the gospel of your music.

But the middlemen are disappearing.

Today it’s just you and the fan. They can interact with you directly through twitter, myspace, forums, email, carrier pigeon… If they see you before or after a show, they wanna talk to you. The fan *expects* to be able to interact with you. This is part of your job description as an artist. Communicating emotion involves communication.

Why is this?

Choosing to listen to a band is an identity decision.

When I say “I’m a HUGE fan of Boris“, it’s an identity statement. Music is all about emotions, philosophy, and stories. When we state our preferences, we’re explicitly saying “I identify with the message they are conveying to the world. This band and their music represents how I see the world.”

We project the person we want to be onto our artists.

As such, we, as your fans, want to know as much as we can about who we have decided is worthy of membership into our “Personal Identity Club”. This is a club for cool people *only*, because we’re the president of it!

So if we finally interact with an idol and they look down on us, blow us off, or call us chumps, they’re out of our club. Gone. Even worse, any time the former-fan hears the artist’s name, they’re gonna chime in saying “They’re a jerk! Don’t listen to em’!”.

Even not replying to their messages is a slight. If you don’t respond to a fans’ attempt to connect with you, to them it feels the same as a a friend blowing you off. It hurts.

You can’t ignore or hate on your fans anymore. They’re the only ones keeping you afloat.

Work on your fan velocity.