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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?

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Just.Us.League Gala benefitting ArtLoveMagic

Posted in Artists, Community, Love, Magic, photography, PR, Shows with tags , , , , , , , on December 21, 2011 by artlovemagic

Thank you to the amazing Just.Us.League for pooling their talents and raising funds for us to run kid’s workshop programs through 2012. The Hilton Anatole provided an beautiful backdrop for a live painting exhibit featuring more than twenty local artists. It’s not often we perform in an environment like this, and it was a blessing to all involved.

Here are some photographs from the lens of Quoc Cong Qc.

Special thanks to the Just.Us.League, the Hilton Anatole, Abstract Method Marketing, Origin Magazine and all the volunteers. What a special experience.

To learn more at Quoc Cong Qc’s gorgeous event photography, check out his facebook page here.

We’re inspired… by this painting by Jerod Davies.

Posted in Artists, Love, Magic with tags on April 14, 2010 by artlovemagic

Jerod is a Dallas based painter, poet, and musician.

He sent the photo with us, along with the following quote:

“today is our gift for tomorrow if embraced properly yesterday”.

We’ve worked with Jerod on our Underground and Deep Ellum Arts Fest shows and anticipate many cool collaborations with him in the future.

Live from the Deep Ellum Arts Festival: Day 3

Posted in Artists, Deep Ellum, Love, Magic, music, Shows with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 4, 2010 by artlovemagic

words and photos by Michael Lagocki

Game over, man.

Actually, as I type the festival still has another few hours, but mercifully, I got to leave before the end. Other people have it covered. If you read the last few days of this blog you probably understand why this has meaning for me.

Kevin Steele was one of many live painters on Sunday.

The Davies brothers, Isaac, Jashua, and Jerod created their own subsection of ArtLoveMagic Alley where they showed and painted with friends all weekend.

The ArtLoveMagic Alley was an absolute success. We loved doing it and the artists had a great time. Day three had weather challenges. It never quite got to buckets of rain, but several times it drizzled, and the skies threatened to open up. There were more than a few instances where our artists had to quickly cover their work or get it under a tent (rain & live art don’t always mix).

I broke out the paints and markers and created this piece live during the first shift.

Today was a chill vibe and I created a piece myself. I even hung a full gallery display, something I rarely get a chance to do. It felt good. And I like the piece I painted. Many others live created as well, including the poets and musicians who created on the stage. Our stage was pure Dallas songwriting, with performers from our local streets as young as 19 years old holding down full sets.

Erin Gayden gets a little help from a friend when rain threatened to soak her set.

It's good to have friends. All day artists were helped through complex setups by volunteers. The spirit of helping others was evident all over.

So thank you Deep Ellum, thank you Arts Fest and thank you anyone who attended… and especially everyone who lent their hands to lifting, helping, promoting, selling, supporting. Our awesome producers… Deborah Driscoll, Josh Dryk, Isaac Davies, Jay Bookworm, Mario Cauley, and myself all busted our butts day after day to make this thing happen. Our volunteer crew was unbelievable as well. You know who you are and how much we needed you.

You’d enjoy volunteering at our shows if you never have. It’s hard work, but it’s FOR something- supporting artists, musicians, poets, building unique experiences, doing something that inspires people. Most of those folks behind our tables and in production roles are artists and performers themselves. Next time they’ll get on the mic, on the art stages. All they’ll be supported by the same people who helped them this weekend.

We split the day into two shifts of artists. Trayce Cochran painted on the second shift that closed out the festival.

Until next time… art. love. magic.

-ML

Live from the Deep Ellum Arts Festival: Day 2

Posted in Artists, Deep Ellum, Love, Shows with tags , , , , , , , , on April 4, 2010 by artlovemagic

He gasps for breath and starts to type.

I’m not sure I have this in me. It’s near midnight and we’ve been killing it at the festival since early this morning. Pure love. And I mean Pure Love. Dozens of artists and performers, poets mixing in up, live painting, live carving, collaborations, freestyles.

Dallas painter Joe Skilz is rightfully proud of this meditative painting he created live today.

This is what we were asked to do: create an area of the Deep Ellum Arts Festival where LIVE, LOCAL artists could build an environment where art and creativity are being celebrated for 360 degrees.

We did it. It’s a wonderland in there (we’ve taken over a large alley just off Main and turned it into an art and performance amusement park). Everyone’s loving it. So many people are coming up and talking to us, excited, enjoying the show, wanting to get involved.

The artists and performers’ job was to create something magical. Inspiring. Our job behind the scenes was to care for them, and to connect the people who attended the festival to the concept of artlovemagic. Share our story a bit. That was a huge effort. We had a crew of about a dozen volunteers and producers who put the experience together. We all worked hard and had a thousand conversations.

artist Jason Kinney shows his AMAZING photo realistic drawings to the crowd

Kaitlin Epperson leads at our interactive art chalkboard. Audience members were encouraged to draw with her.

I had a lot of favorite moments tonight, many from the performance stage. I’m hiphop head, especially interested in a select group of local performers. Poindexter killed it today. His raw, crazy, political raps are hilarious and insightful and fun. Goat, JackRabbit, and Elle blended together in a performance centered on storytelling. And Playdough, collaborating with his DJ Sean P, and artlovemagic co-founder David Rodriguez finished the night with a beats/words/and paint jam that dropped the audiences’ jaw.

Jerod Davies takes the microphone to share an inspirational original poem.

David Rodriguez slings paint while Playdough slings lyrics. This was a really cool performance. David's tools included water pistols loaded with paint that he shot at the piece.

One more day. The festival runs from 11am – 7pm tomorrow.

After two days I’m about to fall over.

And tomorrow morning I go from behind the scenes to in front. I’m scheduled to do live art on the first shift of the day. Yeeeeeaaaaaah, I know what you’re thinking…

It’s insanity fueled by love.

g’night.

-ML

post and photos by Michael Lagocki

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Live from the Deep Ellum Arts Festival: Day 1

Posted in Community, Deep Ellum, Love, Magic, Shows with tags , , , , , , on April 3, 2010 by artlovemagic

words and photos by Michael Lagocki

Wow. It’s working. I was so proud of our crew tonight. Set up at the Deep Ellum Arts Festival was challenging to say the least. Rain delayed EVERYONE’S start time and ability to move fast. Across the whole festival, once the morning got off track with the weather (rain), it was a challenge to get the complex setup moving cleanly. This is where flexibility comes in.

Artists were late, some equipment was missing and hard to round up, we had missed a key meeting where information was shared… all challenging stuff. But here’s the deal… our crew is great. Our volunteers were just on point, committed, dare I say… smart. We covered so much ground and did it all the right way. It was a lot to be on top of: 4 areas where artists can paint live  and show their artwork (on a chain link fence), a music stage with sound and lights and all that jazz I know nothing about, an interactive area where festival attendees can paint and draw along with us, and a massive info and merch booth where we’re set up to introduce people to the concept of artlovemagic.

Zachary Scott Pohl was one of many amazing local songwriters that were featured on our stage.

We also dressed the area with several banners and signs. This was a lot to set up. But we did it with a good attitude and we got it right.

Both the live artists and the stage opened about a bit late. That wasn’t really a problem though, as the crowd was delayed just like everyone else. Our artists benefited from getting the extra time to wait for a crowd to enjoy the performances. And those who were there early didn’t seem to mind. It was interesting to watch the artists get their tools out, and hang their work.

When we did get going, the performers on the stage and the live artists were great. I wont list them out right now or gush with individual praise. It’s past midnight and I’ve got to be back at the festival tomorrow.

Jason Ice was back with us and did a Mammoth piece that was connected to his gorgeous Art Park statue.

Interactive stations are a mainstay at ArtLoveMagic. All week we had our audiences creating alongside of us.

I will say I thought our interactive booth was amazing. Adults and children joined the live creation by making leaves and adding them to trees we had painted on 8×4 foot pieces of butcher paper. People loved it. The creativity! The leaves were gorgeous, some attendees sitting down for more than an hour to add to the images.

The trees were gorgeous! Thanks to all of you who added to this piece.

I’m blown away. It was fantastic. Two more days of this. Saturday is the longest. It will likely near a 14 hour day with set up and close. Easter Sunday follows, where we’ll go from 11am until 7pm and then have a whole new job of actually tearing our entire area down and taking EVERYTHING back to our homes and offices.

Yeah. Send us a few good luck wishes if you would.

Joe Townson blew us away with this large wheel carving.

But really, I think it’s going great already. I was so proud of what we put together. A true live area of the festival focusing on emerging Dallas artists, talented people who don’t always have access to this kind of exposure. Everyone we talked to seemed really enthused. The idea of artlovemagic is so attractive to so many people.

Jerod Davies paints, collages, hand sews apparell, raps, and recietes poetry. He did each of these today.

You understand our area is only one small part of this AMAZING and free festival that will rock Deep Ellum all weekend. You should definitely come out and enjoy it all. It’s bigger and better than I expected. Check out www.deepellumartsfestival.com to get in the know. Better yet, come tomorrow.

Look, I gotta go to sleep.

More tomorrow.

-ML