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The artistry and music of the 2011 Deep Ellum Arts Festival

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 5, 2011 by artlovemagic

words by Michael Lagocki
photography by Kelsey Paine (unless noted)

It’s a pretty safe bet that you’re always going to see something amazing at the Deep Ellum Arts Festival. DE knows art & music and this is the event that brings EVERYONE out. ArtLoveMagic was once again proud to contribute a unique area of the festival packed with live artists and performers. 100% local talent (like Lawrence Alexander, pictured above).

Our live acoustic stage hosted a lineup of more than a dozen talented musicians from all over DFW. Many of them were veterans to the artlovemagic scene, but a few were new faces to our collective that we were proud to feature as well, like acclaimed songwriter Daniel Katsuk.

We rotated the artist platforms a total of 6 times to give the maximum number of artists opportunity to show their work – and so that the crowd could see a wide reflection of Dallas arts.  We were even blessed by having the Davies Brothers in our section throughout the festival!  Becky Taylor gave folks a behind the scene look at how she makes jewelry (above).

Local cartoonist Samax Amen painted live and talked to fans of his magazine and blog- www.ghettomanga.com.  Samax has the gift of gab and loves to get into conversations with aspiring artists about how to approach both the business and creative side of a freelance career.

We were particularly proud of our musicians, who each took their sets seriously and brought a little something extra. Like this moment during the song “Dear Father” where Goat and Jackrabbit bowed down while Elle sang solo. Both jumped up on the exact beat and came back into the song.  It was timed perfectly and gave the crowd a moment to cheer.

Speaking of… this was the three’s last performance together in Dallas. The popular trio has performed together over 100 times, but with Elle relocating in the next few weeks, this set served as a finale. We’re proud to have worked with them so many times, and we wish Elle unprecedented success wherever she goes.

ArtLoveMagic founders Michael Lagocki and David Rodriguez both got into the mix and painted live as well. Above Michael works on a collab piece with his ghostwerks brethren. Ghostwerks is an independent comic publisher that Michael and four others formed prior to artlovemagic.

Dallas photographer Jen Shu set up a photobooth on Sunday where festival attendees (like this little guy) could get their portrait snapped. If you were among the hundreds that did, you can swing by her site here to see your images or order a print.

Kids need art! As more and more school art programs are shrinking and disappearing, we think it’s even more important for us to provide interactive art experiences that audiences of all ages can participate in. All festival long we had a section devoted to audience made art.

And as we were cleaning up this section, we found some future artisan had left us this awesome piece.
Photo by Deb Driscoll

We just dig watching Sarah Zamora paint. She always sets up gorgeous displays of her work and always creates large colorful paintings live on scene.

Graffiti painter Joe Skilz knows how to recycle his empty spray paint cans… make them into another piece of art.

When night fell on Saturday, guitarist Matt Barron took our stage and absolutely shredded a performance that had a huge crowd going crazy.  It was wonderful to see him get such a well deserved response.Photo by Michael Lagocki.

Sculpture was part of the act to. Luis Torres brought out the heavy metal and even did some live welding for fans.

A diversity of artforms is the key to making stuff like this REALLY work. Charles Harrison does his body painting with an airbrush gun. And works with photographer Travis Lilley so that as soon as his models are complete, they go right into a professional photo shoot with a model photographer.

Sarah Gillmore romanced our audience with her beautiful songwriting. She was the only musician in our lineup who actually played two sets for us, playing both the opening and closing days of the festival.

Of course everything you’re seeing in these shots was only one small section of the event. Outside of ArtLoveMagic alley there will hundreds of other artists, musicians, attractions, and street foods to enjoy.

To find out more about The Deep Ellum Arts Festival and other festivals thrown by MEI, visit their website here.

Did you feel that?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 15, 2011 by artlovemagic

A collection of truth experienced at Underground 2011.  Feel free to add your own thoughts. Gratitude, grace and inspiration all around.

Arazeli ‘Sally’ Torres
“Underground is packed! If you not here yet…come on over!”

Amberly Russell
“Spoonfed Tribe! holy holy damn they are good!”

 

Jerod Alexander
“holllly crap yall are my heroes!!..realtalk- … proud”

Dee Hill
“omg, omg, omg. off the chizzzain wonderful!”

Elizabeth Fieler
“:) I wanna do it again!”

Cathy Hutchison
“I know you guys are exhausted, and that often after the high of a successful show you can emotionally crash.  I just want to reaffirm what you did last night for all of the artists and musicians that participated.  You guys, through sweat and personal sacrifice created something amazing.  You valued creative people as artists and not only changed the way Dallas sees each of those people, but more importantly, the way those people see themselves.  I am amazed by all of you.”

Bear Claw
“It was the biggest one they have ever had. It was awesome to see so many people there appreciating and supporting local art. It was a beautiful sight.”

Sarah Fulk
“Underground was beyond imagination! Thank you to everyone that came out , supported and showed love. ♥”

“Konichiwa” Zach Schrotter -“A lot of folks I love put their heart and soul into making Underground happen. this single is a perfect culmination of those people coming together to get their voices heard. ArtLoveMagic moves people to create and work together. I love seeing what happens when a unique vision of collaboration comes to fruition. David, GOAT, Josh, congratulations on a job well done.”

Patricia Rodriguez
“That was insane, amazing, inspiring….I can’t thank you enough. Everyone was so nice to work with- thanks to everyone for all their hard work and efforts in making the night MAGICAL! ♥”

Fatimah Reaves
“Loved it! Artists doing what they do, musicians jammin, spoken word flowin, photographers on point, everyone was so cooooool. Again, loved it!”

Amoa Soleil
“Underground last night is more than my heart can digest this morning .. it’ll take some time.”

Christopher Garcia
“To all those who had a hand in birthing the awesomeness that is ArtLoveMagic, thank you from the bottom of my heart. Underground was an amazing experience and it was an honor to be a part of it. Thank you to everyone who stopped by to see my work and for all the kind words. Love all around.”

Khalid Robertson
“Underground: WOW! I didn’t know it was gonna be that thick! DAMN good time. Sold some product, hung out with friends, good music and more fine chicks than a strobe light. I need to make big paintings, more shirts and another book. Good times all around. Props to ArtLoveMagic!”

Sarah Zamora
“I love ArtLoveMagic. Brilliant event, thanks.”

Kevin Obregon
“Had an awesome time last night at ArtLoveMagic’s Underground Show. Bravo producers, volunteers, artists and art lovers! You people are out of control! Thanks for the opportunity, ArtLoveMagic. It was so fantastic seeing all my friends & fellow artists! I finished 4 out of 5 canvases.”

David Rodriguez
“I look forward to jammin’ with you guys again. I don’t even know how we can top this years Underground but 2012 will come around and we’ll get to enjoy this madness again. Blessings to you all!”

photo credits
Justin Nygren, Brandy Nicole, Luis Torres, Sally Torres, Sherry Smith, Dee Hill, Christian Ward, Vanessa Bates
– THANK YOU!!!

Comicpalooza – a live art benefit

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 11, 2011 by artlovemagic

ArtLoveMagic has some good roots in comics. Founders Michael Lagocki and David Rodriguez have both been fans and active participants in the Dallas comics scene for many years prior to artlove. So it’s with no small amount of enthusiasm that we approach this new event on January 22nd that will raise money for veterans of the comics industry facing serious needs.

 

Samax Amen - creating live

Comicpalooza, a very cool Houston based show, reached out to artlovemagic because of our ties to the local art community and asked us to be involved. They are coordinating a multi-city live art event to raise funds for the Hero Initiative, an organization that protects veteran comic book creators in medical or financial crisis. This is a wide spread problem among golden and silver age comic creators who worked before fair contracts and royalties came to comics.

 

James O'Barr - creating live

The early response from artists has been fantastic. Already involved are an impressive collection of artist who will create comic themed work live:

David Rodriguez - creating live

Live artists include
James O’Barr (the Crow)
Samax Amen (ghettomanga.com & magazine)
Khalid Robertson (Champion of Children)
David Rodriguez (renowned Dallas painter)
Jerod Alexander (graffiti artist)
Isaac Davies (graffiti artist)
Bob Luedke (Eye Witness)
Michael Lagocki (ghostwerks, artlovemagic)
Trayce Cochran (street artist)
Lawrence Alexander (painter)
Cal Slayton (Shades of Blue)
Christopher Garcia (Marvel/WildStorm/CrossGen colorist)
Joe Skilz (graffiti artist)

All artists will be creating work that will be auctioned off night of the show for the Hero Initiative. (Auction starts at 11pm). Doors will be open as early as 8. We’ll be rolling full steam by 9. Music will be handled by an awesome host of Dallas DJs including Hologram Dagger, and DJ Dean Dillenger.

18 and up.
Only 3 bucks to get in.

Bob Luedke will be there creating live.

Come be a part of a special night that benefits the people who created the characters that shaped our lives. Incredible music, mind blowing live art, and rare comic collectibles for sale to benefit the charity.

Saturday, January 22 at 9:00pm

at Arnetic (Deep Ellum)

2826 Elm Street

Dallas, TX

Want the face book page?
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=178387758858842

You can also help us spread the word, by sharing this page or using this flyer image:

Have access to photocopies? Here’s a two-sided print version/ with our big UNDERGROUND show. Click the image. Print out on both sides of the same paper and cut in half. It makes 2 sheets with each event on one side.

If you want to help with this event, here’s the best things you can do:

1- Got a rare comic collectible you want to contribute to our buy it now table? Email mike@artlovemagic.com

2- Help us spread the word and bring a crowd!

3- We’re still looking for one or two more sponsors at the $100 level to help pay for art supplies. Contact mike@artlovemagic.com if you or your business is interested.

email magazine

Posted in Artists with tags , on November 25, 2010 by artlovemagic

This image, built around an original painting that graff artist Joe Skilz did for Michael Lagocki’s birthday, will be the lead image in the new artlovemagic email magazine. It ships to your inbox on Monday November 29th, so be on the lookout for it. If you’re not already signed up, click here.

The car

Posted in Artists, Magic, photography with tags , , , , , , on August 11, 2010 by artlovemagic

photo by Nicole Rodriguez (with a touch of graphic design by Michael Lagocki).

http://www.whatareyouinto.net

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

www.artlovemagic.com
www.shoplakesidemarket.com
www.whatareyouinto.net

post by Michael Lagocki

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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