Archive for Frank Campagna

The Deep Ellum Mural Project

Posted in Community, Deep Ellum with tags , on August 13, 2009 by artlovemagic

Shout out to the artists of the new Deep Ellum mural project. The dozen or so new murals that have gone up in DE recently are gorgeous, and a project this big in scope can really have impact on a community. This pic is of the mural painted by Frank Campagna. Photo by Scott Dorn.

Stay tuned for a big announcement about artlovemagic’s participation in beautifying Deep Ellum outdoor art.

ArtLoveMagic Youth Workshop – Take 2

Posted in Artists, Community, Deep Ellum, Love, Magic with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 30, 2009 by artlovemagic


Art, Love and Magic Connecting our Community

words by Tressie Knowlton – photos by Nicole Rodriguez

“I never wanna leave this place!” exclaimed one young art student to his teacher.  He clung to his painting and the comics he had drawn as he walked out the door of the Deep Ellum Community Center on Friday.

About a hundred other students most likely made similar comments and had great memories to share, along with their new artwork, after the second-ever ArtLoveMagic Youth Workshop.  The Deep Ellum Foundation teamed up with ArtLoveMagic to offer a fun, interactive art experience to Dallas-area youth July 24th.


The workshop started with the younger bunch. Sixty 6-12 year olds showed up full of energy and ready to be entertained.  Yikes!  But, we were ready.  At the pottery station, Conner Muldoon had the wheel spinning and enough “mud” to get all of the kids nice and dirty.  The hands-on experience molding the clay had them all screaming with delight.

Mike Lagocki acted as host and tour guide while the groups of children flowed through the workshop stations learning art techniques and creating side-by-side ArtLoveMagic’s professional mentors.  Graffiti art with Isaac Davies and Deep Ellum muralist icon, Frank Campagna, received rave reviews from the youngsters!  Deb Driscoll and Melody Hay introduced mixed-media artwork through Melody’s signature subject: trees.


“Thank you.  Thank you so much,” said Monica as she shook my hand.  She had come to pick up her son.  He isn’t a member of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas or Arlington’s SafeHaven, like the other kids who enjoyed the workshop.  Juan is a 9-year-old local boy looking for art opportunities.  Monica, a single working mom, had heard about the workshop and asked if there was any way her son could join in, because “he loves art”.  So, of course, I replied “Absolutely!  That’s what this workshop is all about.”

With art education disappearing from public school curriculum as fast as independent coffee shops did at the birth of Starbucks, there is a greater need than ever to encourage our youth to participate in the arts.  The best way we could think to make that happen was to connect students with people who were kids just like them, and are now…well…artists!

Samax Amen and Khalid Robertson sat at a table with 12 teenagers during the afternoon session.  Many of them drew in silence while Samax shared stories about his comics and his journey to becoming a professional artist.


“I don’t have any expectations,” Samax laughed after I’d asked him if he’d seen some nice artwork develop from the group he was working with.  ”I remember being nervous drawing in front of people when I was a teenager.  You finally get over that, but I don’t want any of them to feel that way today.”

The forty teens who participated in the afternoon session had the chance to free the right side of their brains through sketches, brushes, and spray paint.  The graffiti art station taught the basics of creating large-scale artwork, like the murals on walls all over Deep Ellum. Many students jumped at the chance to “tag” their names on the stone board.

“If ‘Baby Bricks’ starts showing up on walls in Deep Ellum, I’m going to know just who to blame,” laughed Campagna as he pointed to the words tagged on one of the boards.


For those who missed the workshop, Nicole Rodriguez and her camera lens captured the entire enchanting experience.  The magic of the day was obvious to all who stopped by – especially Susan Reese, one of the workshop’s major sponsors.

“This is great!” she smiled.  ”I’ve been watching the activity all day.  How can I help keep this program going?” she asked, and offered some excellent suggestions.

The combination of students aching to learn, artists excited to share, volunteers giving their time, and sponsors supporting the cause showed me that there is still a lot of good out there.  We just have to live outside ourselves for a while.  Days like Friday make me think that if we would all request what we need, give what we can, and receive with gratitude the world would be a lot brighter, ya know?


Special Thanks to our sponsors:

Jeanne Blanton – Don Blanton Art Endowment Fund

Susan Reese – Madison Partners, LLC

Randy Redmond – 2616 Commerce, Deep Ellum Foundation

Thanks to all of the great volunteers!  You are appreciated!

ArtLoveMagic Entry Image: Super Size Me!

Posted in Artists, Community, Deep Ellum, Entry Images For, Magic, Shows with tags , , , , , on July 22, 2009 by artlovemagic

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The top photo is the original image used in creating the new entry for And no, if you go to Main and N Good Latimer Expy in Deep Ellum, you will not see all that white writing on the east wall of The Door.

So, how freakin’ cool is it to have a well known artist, Frank Campagna, recreate a doodle I made,… A FREAKIN’ DOODLE!… and slap on a wall in Deep Ellum to advertise the biggest show ArtLoveMagic has for the year? I will tell you: It is very cool.

I intentionally did a very quick doodle of this image to give to the ladies who are producing girlShow so they could find a female artist to interpret it. They liked it so much that they didn’t want anyone to mess with it and kept the design as is. A few months later, one of the most impactful artists within downtown Dallas is reproducing the simplest sketch I’ve ever done with a sharpie for the whole city to see. Had I known it was going to come to this I would have spent more time on the illustration, trying to make it look as good as I could possibly make it. I’ve never had my artwork posted quite so large in a public place before. I feel blessed.

Along with the mural, fliers, and web advertising, the gas-mask-wearing-girl logo will also be appearing on t-shirts at the event. So bring those dollars if you want something one of a kind because the artists of girlshow printed these tees by hand. Check’em out at the show. I’ll see you there.

-Posted by David Rodriguez