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.