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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 jenn@artlovemagic.com.

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?

More Art & Coffee (March 2012) photos from Kelly Underwood

Posted in Artists, Community, Deep Ellum, photography, Shows with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 12, 2012 by artlovemagic

Kelly Underwood, who set up as an illustrator in our latest coffee show, also brought her camera with her and snapped some beautiful pics of the event. The comments below each are from the event’s producer, Michael Lagocki. Enjoy!

This was actually our first Art & Coffee in quite a few months. The show had grown insanely popular last year, but when the location that hosted it unexpectedly closed down we decided to take the winter off and find a new home in spring.

That place turned out to be Buzzbrews in Deep Ellum. Wow. The space and staff vibe are perfect for what we want to accomplish with this show. Spacious, friendly, and open to doing crazy creative things. I’m excited about how Art & Coffee, which is monthly, will grow here.

Local songwriter Eric Tipton was a guest on the national TV show THE VOICE just days before being the feature musician at the show! Eric’s a friend, a great guy, and an amazing performer. It was a blessing to be able to have him at the show.

…as it was to have the Just.Us.League. They’re a live collaborative painting crew that does monthly jams all over Dallas. For Art & Coffee, their founder Jerod Alexander sketched out a large Alice In Wonderland Tea Party on an 8 ft canvas and let the audience go at it. Yeah.

Outside the front door, poet Amberly Russell and airbrush painter Eddie Walker presented a unique collaboration. Eddie’s been illustrating several of Amberly’s poems, adding a new dimension to the words. Amberly even mounted an Ipod and headphones outside so audience members could hear the poems as they watched Eddie paint.

I love it when we really have a variety of artforms at the show. Artist Leighton Autrey brought a scratchboard to his first Art & Coffee. He used an exacto knife to “carve” an image out of the black background as he met and talked to audience members.

It’s always good to have Kylun Rodriguez in the house. He’s the son of my founding partner, David Rodriguez, and is the youngest producer on the ArtLoveMagic roster. I’m secretly hoping he becomes a lead producer this year and runs his own show sometime.

A huge part of the success of Art & Coffee is not just the feature artists, but the open mic, where audience members can perform. I believe we give young musicians and writers a strong opportunity to grow in their skills. Many local performers who now gig regularly got their start at an Art & Coffee open mic.

Thanks, Kelly for taking the photos! And thanks for sharing your art with us.

The next Art & Coffee show will be at Buzzbrews (Deep Ellum) on Friday, April 13th at 7:30pm. The show is free to attend and all ages are welcome. See you there!

-ML

Art & Coffee (a whole new brew) photos by Robert Hold

Posted in Artists, Community, Deep Ellum, photography, Shows with tags , , , , , , , , on March 10, 2012 by artlovemagic

Our first Art & Coffee of 2012 was a huge success. Lots of great art, music, and poetry as you can see here in photos by Robert Hold.

Art & Coffee’s new home, Buzzbrews in Deep Ellum, is going to work out great. Awesome people there, great space, full menu and bar, etc. Enjoy these photos and join us when we return to Buzzbrews for the next A & C show on Friday, April 13th! Spooky!

Just.Us.League Gala – photos by Thomas Garza & William Neal

Posted in Artists, Community, Love, Magic, PR, Shows, Workshops with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 12, 2012 by artlovemagic

A few weeks ago we posted pictures from the Just.Us.League/ArtLoveMagic gala by photographer Quoc Cong Qc. This event (which benefited our Creative Kids Workshop program) was held at the Anatole Hilton in a neon lit, jaw dropping atrium. So we were thrilled to find that two other local photographers were in the crowd who caught the night beautifully as well. From the art, to the room, to the flash mob dancers (yes, really), it’s all here.

The following color photos are from the lens of Thomas Garza, the black and whites are from William Neal.

Many thanks to both of these photographers for their beautiful work.

You can learn more about Thomas Garza at http://www.facebook.com/ThomasGarzaPhotography

You can learn more about William Neal at http://www.facebook.com/wjnphoto

Special thanks to The Just.Us.League, Abstract Method Marketing, and the Hilton Anatole for this event.

Davies Brothers – Mavs Championship Mural

Posted in Artists, Community, Deep Ellum with tags , , , , , on December 4, 2011 by artlovemagic

post and photos by Michael Lagocki

I was lucky to be able to watch the creation of a new Deep Ellum mural honoring the Mavericks Championship. The piece was done by the Davies Brothers (Jashua, Jerod and Isaac) who are regular collaborators of ArtLoveMagic and among the city’s best muralists. Here are some of the photos I snapped while they were painting.

To get a look at the final piece with your own eyes, swing by the corner of Taylor and Malcolm X in Deep Ellum (right across from the Mokah Lounge). You’ll be glad you did.

ArtLoveMagic Kid’s Workshop – November 2011

Posted in Artists, Community, Deep Ellum, Love, Magic, photography, Shows, Workshops with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 30, 2011 by artlovemagic

story by Michael Lagocki
photos by Nicole Rodriguez and Michael Leyzer

On November 19th, 2011 we produced another one of our series of Kid’s Workshops. The intent with these is to get kids bumping elbows with real local artists and getting the chance to create alongside of them.

I’m thrilled to say, the event was a huge success. We were nervous, to be honest. On previous workshops we bussed kids in from local schools, but this time the event was completely open. We had no many idea how many kids were going to show up. Fortunately, we had a packed house. Kids and parents from many surrounding area came by the dozens.

We had 8 visual artists and two performing artists work with the children. Everyone understood that what were we trying to do was nothing like a classroom. We wanted to get away from formalized teaching and rely on a more “studio” approach. What the kids would experience was very much like what the artists experience in their daily lives as professionals.

Including a DJ this time around was a real plus. DJ Sean P let the kids scratch records on his turntables, while local MC IZK taught them how to use a microphone and create simple freestyle rhymes.

Outside, painter Jerod Alexander Davies taught his “Just.Us.League.” style of collaborative painting, including using spray paint for graffiti effects. The same week Jerod shared these skills with us and the kids, he had a new mural open at the Dallas Museum of Art. This is exactly the kind of experience we wanted to achieve with the idea of kids collaborating with real local artists.

Every station had a different artform, led by a different local artist. The kids were welcome to roam free and stay wherever they wanted for as long as they wanted. Surprisingly, the crowds were pretty evenly spread about. It seemed most kids experienced the majority of the stations, but each had a different favorite.

This workshop was possible because of generosity. Donor Jeanne Blanton funded the workshop (in memory of Don). ArtLoveMagic and the Deep Ellum Foundation produced the day. We had a volunteer crew that was beyond amazing, with multiple volunteers actually setting up impromptu art stations themselves and teaching once we realized we had more kids than we expected.

TREES very generously donated their building and several staff members to host us. I kept thinking, how amazing is it that these kids are getting to perform on a stage, with the real equipment, in one of the most well known music venues in Deep Ellum. If these kids do go on to be in a band in ten or fifteen years, they may very well come back and play this stage again.

I know in my life, it was often a short encounter with someone who was willing to share their knowledge that led to me learning faster and gaining confidence in my art. I believe we created many of those moments for the kids at the workshop. Each artist involved was a stand out, not just for their talent, but for their giving personalities.

You know you’re doing something right when someone in the crowd brings you a cake to say thanks. (((thank you, Iris!))).

This was a great workshop, and we feel great about all those who taught, helped, and attended. Keep watching artlovemagic.com or our facebook page to learn about other upcoming workshops and live art events from our crew.



When HEROES COLLIDE…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on May 9, 2011 by artlovemagic

ArtLoveMagic and Heroes4Heroes(H4H) are working together to produce an event in Deep Ellum that will have comic book artists creating live pieces that will be auctioned off to benefit H4H and ArtLoveMagic.

H4H works directly with members of the United States Military, corporations, and the general public to provide portable media to active troops in order to boost morale and keep our men and women in uniform culturally tuned-in…. H4H is a 501c3 that gathers, organizes, and sends entertainment material such as comic books, DVDs, CDs, books, magazines, MP3 players, and game systems to our Heroes.

ArtLoveMagic creates live interactive experiences that bring artists and performers together with their communities in brilliant ways. ArtLoveMagic not only produces amazing, interactive and entertaining experiences that include multiple talents such as painters, musicians, poets, performers, photographers and more, but they also share these capabilities with the community through kids workshops and artist workshops. ArtLoveMagic is a Texas Not For Profit currently working on it’s 501c3.

We invite you to hang with us and see art being created by artist Mitch Breitweiser, artist of CAPTAIN AMERICA: PATRIOT, CAPTAIN AMERICA: ZERO POINT, and more. Check out Jerod Alexander as he body paints on a model and turns her into one of your favorite female superheroes. David Rodriguez of ArtLoveMagic will also be creating live. Come out and see additional talents such as Ixchel Aguilar, Martin Campos and Lorenzo Lopez. More artists will be announced soon.

National touring band, Spoonfed Tribe, will be providing some live music. On Saturday, May 21st you see an amazing array of talent creating pieces you will want to walk home with.

$5 at the door.

More info to come
facebook invite here