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The Night Art & Coffee Stole Christmas

Posted in Artists, Deep Ellum, Love, Magic, photography, PR, Shows with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 20, 2011 by artlovemagic

We had an amazing night on Saturday 12/17/11. We celebrated Christmas with the artlovemagic fam and about 150 our of closest friends.

Thankfully, event photographer Robert Hold documented all facets of the evening and took some beautiful photos while doing so. And photo booth photographer Kelsey Paine set up one of the most amazing booths we’ve ever had, complete with winter snowflakes shooting at the attendees from a canon-like-object.

We mixed up some of the best photos from both photographers here, and have links to the full sets at the bottom of this post. Enjoy.

The full set of Robert Hold’s event photography can be seen, downloaded, and ordered here:

http://roberthold.photoshelter.com/gallery/Art-Love-Magic-12-17/G0000cXKk8KaDna4/

The full set of Kelsey Paine’s winter photobooth photography can be seen, downloaded and ordered here:

http://lostandfoundfocus.smugmug.com/Photobooth/ArtLoveMagic-Holiday-Show2011/20669114_bLKxVc#1639085302_ZR8hrF9

A special thanks to the good people at Life In Deep Ellum & Mokah Lounge for providing space for this event.

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More from the Deep Ellum Arts Festival

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 8, 2011 by artlovemagic

This 2011 Deep Ellum Arts Festival was SUCH a big event that we need another post just to adequately cover it. This time the words are by lead producer Deborah Driscoll and the photos come from the lens of Heather Alley.

I really enjoyed seeing Daniel Perez (above) at the festival creating live.  He was added to the fest by David Rodriguez when we decided that 5 artist platforms was just not enough to showcase all the local badassery.  Looking very much forward to seeing Daniel in way more shows very soon!

What more can be said about Jerod Alexander (above)?  How about – He and his two brothers, Isaac and Jashua, were the featured artists of the entire festival who managed somehow to keep live art rolling in TWO separate parking lots, ran their own music stage, and hung two galleries full of amazing original art.  “Kudos” just isn’t enough.  Mad respect boys.

Conor Muldoon (above) is always a crowd favorite with his live pottery wheel awesomeness.  I loved swapping stories with him while he created, and of course seeing the newly expecting Mrs. Muldoon’s belly bump.  Crazy Happiness!

Ok…for real, Tonite Tonite is maybe my favorite local band here in Dallas.  Andres, the lead singer (above) and his brother Alex are truly confident with their style, which is a unique blend of indie-amazingness with deep, distinct vocals/lyrics, and really fresh over-all sound.  I was impressed the first time I saw them perform at one of our Art & Coffee open mic’s and I continue to be impressed by the super radical pre-release CD they gave me this weekend.  It’s THE BOMB!  Just sayin!

Chris and Hallie Garcia (above) are two of my favorite humans.  Colorful, kind, and really great friends to me.  This was their first time painting live as a husband/wife team and I think we all dug what they did.  Still can’t wait to see the finished product, guys!  Stupid Puzzle!  (inside joke)

Riki Johnson and Myriah Garcia can be seen above getting into a liquid latex experience together.  The first of its kind at one of our events!  Riki painted up two models with latex, then painted a canvas with acrylics.  Jenice Johnson took professional photo’s of both models in front of the painted canvas to add the finishing touch to this surreal live creation.  Good times, ladies!  It was my favorite to watch happen over the course of the weekend.

The trombone player from Reinventing Jude joined Matt Barron on stage to do some impromptu jamming!  Matt rocked the crowd as our headliner on Saturday  night, and MAN does he know how to end a show.  I think the only complaint was that he didn’t have any of his music for sale at the end of his set.  Matt, get to recording!!

Like Matt Barron, Eric Tipton (above) was a headliner for our stage as well, but on Friday night.  He is such a strong, passionate addition to our ArtLoveMagic family that now I can’t imagine not having him as a friend or on our stages.  Eric, thanks for sharing yourself and your amazing music with all of us.  Sincerely.

Not one but TWO of our beloved founders were featured as live artists in ArtLoveMagic Alley this year.  Michael Lagocki was hanging with his Comic brothers, Ghostwerks, while David Rodriguez (above) painted solo.  This piece said a lot to me, personally.  Fighting the clock.  Thank you for sharing your thoughts on canvas, and everything else you do!

It had been about 18 months since Arturo Torres took part in an ArtLoveMagic show until this past weekend at the fest.  The ridiculously beautiful painting you see above is now proudly hanging in my home.  He donated it to me as a thank you.  How cool is that???  Ice cold, baby.  Arturo was the only artist to sell ALL of his artwork and to completely finish his live painting before the day was done.  I think that speaks for itself.  Come back soon, Arturo.

For more from the festival keep reading! The previous post by Michael Lagocki and Kelsey Paine also covers this three day event.

Thank you.  Really.  Every one of you.

– Deb

DART & ArtLoveMagic – Saturday December 4th

Posted in Community, PR, Shows with tags , , , , , , , , on December 3, 2010 by artlovemagic

Saturday (12/4)
Super Saturday with DART
at Downtown Carrollton Square Beltline and Broadway 1-6 pm
ArtLoveMagic proudly announces our second event engagement with DART. Welcoming the largest light rail opening in the nation in more than 20 years, this live outdoor holiday celebration is free to attend and family friendly. You will love this experience.

It will also be an incredible opportunity to buy unique Christmas Gifts from local creators. We’ll have interactive art setups so that you and your kids can create art, and we’ll have live music and painting performances that will blow you away.

Spend this momentous day with over a dozen of Dallas’ finest live artists, musicians and photographers including :
David Rodriguez, Carolyn Collins, Eddie Walker, Matt Barron,Erin Gayden, The Davies Brothers, Conor Muldoon, the Zach Scott Pohl Band, Josh Dryk and many many more.

for more info read the facebook invite here

Wedding portrait of Conor and Sherry

Posted in Artists, Community, Love, Magic with tags , , on November 9, 2010 by artlovemagic

post by Michael Lagocki

Conor and Sherry Muldoon are two of the coolest people I’ve met through my experience with artlovemagic. Conor spins pottery and Sherry is a photographer. Both have been working with us since the early days of the organization. In fact they met at one of our events (SouthSide’s Urban Arts Festival) and got engaged at another (Underground).

It was an honor for me to be asked to do a live portrait at their wedding.

Here’s the photograph I took of them just after they were married. Sherry selected this shot from a number I quickly snapped of them.

I began by sketching everything out with a violet pencil. Sherry gave me license to get pretty creative with it. So the mural on the wall behind them became a drawn pattern in the sky, and I added birds and blowing leaves to gives the drawing some color and movement:

I drew through their entire wedding reception, but didn’t complete the piece. Knowing it was important, I decided to stop, enjoy a little of the reception, and finish it later.

I took the piece to two other live art shows to complete it (Melody Memory’s CD release party and Art & Coffee). The entire piece was done in front of crowds, which is kind of cool given how connected Sherry and Conor are to the art community. Colored pencil was the medium I used for pretty much all of it.

I later found out that the birds, something I’d just added on a whim, held special meaning for Sherry: while taking pre-cermony photos on the day of the wedding, a beautiful flock of birds danced by, but weren’t caught on film. Sherry feels that I caught them in the drawing for her.

Here is the finished piece, complete with their wedding date and final colors.

a moment at city hall

Posted in Artists, Community, Deep Ellum, photography, Service, Workshops with tags , , , , , , on August 19, 2010 by artlovemagic

post by Michael Lagocki
photos by Sherry Smith

On Wednesday August 8th, ArtLoveMagic was recognized and honored at City Hall for our work pairing artists with local children in our Kid’s Workshops. It was a great experience.

Thankfully, Photographer Sherry Smith was among those there to be honored, and she took these photos. Also present to be recognized were Kelly Nygren, Deborah Driscoll, Michael Lagocki, Conor Muldoon, and David Rodriguez.

We didn’t really know what to expect going in. We were invited and accepted. It was a really nice gesture. The Mayor and the City Council were in attendance, and in front of everyone a slide show played of photos from the worksops. Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway spoke about artlovemagic and what we do, and the importance of recognizing it.

The workshops are the result of a ton of people’s efforts, many more than were able to be at the ceremony. Most certainly the Deep Ellum Foundation, who found space and funding for the program, Jeanne Blanton generously provided that funding, and over a dozen more artists and musicians associated with the artlovemagic family brought their time and talents.

I wasn’t expecting to speak. But Barrry Annino of the DEF asked me to. I thought it was a cool gesture. I told the Mayor and those present that they really needed to create space and funding to kid’s art and music programs. That when children learn to think creatively, they learn to think metaphorically. And if you can do that, you can be intelligent in any situation.

Ashleigh Vroom (pictured far left) coordinated the latest round of workshops. She helped us find the kids, find the environments to work, feed everybody, etc. Aidan Reese (9 yrs old) attended the experience as a student.

The whole experience was kind of surreal. Even seeing the inner workings of city government… watching the procedures that took place before we were called up, citizens addressing the mayor with grievances about budget cuts and local libraries, it was wild, something I’m sure we’ll all remember.

A certificate of recognition was presented to us..

Afterwards, we got to hang out a little outside of City Hall and enjoy time together. The artists involved in this day know each other pretty well. We’re close friends but don’t always get time together outside of shows. It was good to fool around a bit.

We work pretty hard. So something like this is meaningful. We’re proud and thankful. And we hope to do more with kids, especially in Deep Ellum which has been so welcoming to us. Want to learn more about our experiences at the Kid’s workshops?

Click here to read a blog post about our most recent ART workshop.

Click here to read a blog post about our most recent MUSIC workshop.

LakeSide Market remembered by Kaitlin Epperson

Posted in Artists, Shows with tags , , , , , , on August 10, 2010 by artlovemagic

Kaitlin Epperson and Eddie Walker, photo by Sherry Smith

One of our youngest artists in the collective, Kaitlin Epperson was asked to write a blog about her experience at our latest festival, “Be an Artist at LakeSide Market”.

“Last weekend, I was given the honor of participating in the Lakeside Market’s art festival in Plano. I got to go around and get a taste of all the interactives at the festival. I learned a lot of new techniques, and I even surprised myself at a couple of the stations.

Young girl gets creative with Julia Schloss, photo by Sherry Smith

I did take note that the most popular interactive was the pottery interactive. That was the only station I didn’t get to do all day, but I did observe the activities and the kids’ reactions to them. Like the other interactives, the energy was very positive. Everyone there was having so much fun!

Young boy at Conor Muldoon's Pottery wheel, photo by Sherry Smith

My favorite interactive was the airbrush interactive. I painted a really good picture of GIR from Invader Zim. That’s where I had surprised myself! I’m actually looking into it now. Every station I went to had something new and exciting to do. It was all very enjoyable!’

Eddie Walker leads his airbrush interactive, photo by Sherry Smith

It was great because I would create art at a deserted interactive, and all of these little kids, even parents, would come over and create art themselves. It brought a smile to my face seeing all the children really getting into what they were doing.

Young girl gets creative with artist Caterina Provost-Smith, photo by Caterina Provost-Smith

It was amazing to watch, truely inspiring, and very motivating. I believe that art is a way of life, and I could tell that art is definately going to have an impact on those kids’ lives.

Nicole Rodriguez and her little ones, photo by Sherry Smith

Overall, I had an amazing time at this festival. I really hope I can do something like that again, because it is such an exciting experience.”

Thank you, Kaitlin.  And yeah…you know you’ll be involved in even bigger, better experiences in the future as we both grow.  🙂

photos from LakeSide Market’s Summer Festival

Posted in Artists, Community, Love, photography, Shows with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 2, 2010 by artlovemagic

We had a BLAST being artists with the good people at LakeSide Market in Plano on Saturday. The 105 temperature didn’t keep us from being creative or from enjoying great food and music.

Many local photogs brought their cameras to capture all the art and interactivity. Here’s some of the best early pics:

The whole point of the day was interactive arts. LakeSide asked us to create a festival where kids and families could roll up their sleeves and create art together. There were over 20 separate interactive art experiences that attendees could take part in, like this collaborative painting that local artist Sarah Zamora set up.
photo by Vanessa Bates

The facepainters were a HUGE hit! Dallas facepainters Hallie Garcia and Alyce Green were slammed all day with kids who wanted to bring out their inner heroes, villains, and animal spirits!
photo by Sherry Smith
Painting on cars was something we’d never done before at an artlovemagic show. Mitsubishi Motors sent a brand new Lancer Sedan, specially wrapped in white, for our artists to work on. Above, Dallas graffiti artist Joe Skilz sets the tone for the day by being the first of six artists to tag the car.
photo by Vanessa Bates

Mitsubishi even brought a second car out for the kids and adults in the audience to hit up with fingerpaint. They really were a great partner in this event. From the beginning, Mitsubishi wanted to know what they could do to add to the event. They understood from the jump that this was about the audience getting down to do something new and creative.
photo by Michael Lagocki

note- if you got your picture taken by the Mitsubishi folks, or you want to check out some of the other cool things like this Mitsubishi is doing out in the world, you can go here to see ithttp://www.whatareyouinto.net/

Another of the big hits of the show was potter Conor Muldoon, who brought out a pottery wheel that he let members of the audience throw clay on. When’s the last time you did that?
photo by Von Wallace of http://www.vonwallacephotography.com

The art was gorgeous. The above pic is work by Cheryl (Delphi) Anderson. He mind expanding collages are filled with bright beautiful colors and hidden messages.
photo by Von Wallace of http://www.vonwallacephotography.com

Movement and Wonder. Russ Sharek and his crew from Creative Motion roamed all over LakeSide Market all day performing random acts of entertainment. LakeSide is a BIG, with tons of great shops to weave in and out of. This gave our roaming performers a MASSIVE stage to play on.
photo by Vanessa Bates

The music was as hot as the sunlight. Performers like blues guitarist Matt Barron tore it up on our main stage. We also set up at side stage at Ziziki’s where local songwriters played acoustic sets.
photo by Vanessa Bates

We’re proud of how events like this create opportunities for families to bond and do something positive together. LakeSide Market and ArtLoveMagic created an experience where hundreds of kids interacted with local artists and musicians and saw dozens of new ways to be creative. This extends to our artists as well. Proud Papa Samax Randolph entertained tons of kids Saturday, including his own daughter.
photo by Sherry Smith

And finally, a shout out to our amazing volunteer crew. These events don’t work without volunteers who do everything from moving tables and chairs, to making signs, setting up and helping with interactives, bringing water to artists, and etc upon etc upon etc. Thanks Hammer! Kylun! Tara! Nicole! Torch! Thanks to everyone who helped. It was a fantastic team effort.
photo by Vanessa Bates

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post by Michael Lagocki