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Rest in Peace – Musician Bart D. Reeves

Posted in Artists, Community, Love with tags , , , , , on May 23, 2011 by artlovemagic

ArtLoveMagic was blessed to know and work with Bart Reeves, musician and father of three local musicians – Josh, Jamie, and Jake Reeves. The above photo is from when Bart played with us at our Father’s Day show (accompanying his children).

Bart passed away this week after a long battle with cancer. He leaves behind an incredible family filled with musical talent and a desire to better the world.

Rest in peace, sir.

(photo by Josh Dryk)

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What it’s all about (or… the Guerilla event attacks!)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 23, 2010 by artlovemagic

story by Michael Lagocki
stage photos by ML
artist photos by Kelsey Paine

It worked. Our Guerilla event for Life In Deep Ellum successfully raised the cash needed to help reach their goal.

What’s more is that the night was total bliss. What energy. We were packed from the jump and it never slowed down. Here’s the run down with pics by myself and Kelsey Paine…

The Zachary Scott Pohl Band killed it. They came here fresh on the heels of the release of their new cd (search them on iTunes) and they donated 50% of every copy they sold this night to the venue. More importantly, they rocked our faces off.

The artists were out in force too. More than 10 live artists chose to participate. Everything from handmade jewelry, to floor paintings, to art on skateboard decks, photography, you name it.

At ArtLoveMagic shows, the audience gets to create too. We set up an interactive table where kids and adults got to draw and make Christmas cards.

Don’t forget the poets.
Jay Bookworm wrote a special piece for the night titled, Guerilla Happiness. And then Will Richey and Alejandro Perez blessed the stage with a dynamic spoken word collaborative piece that included two languages, singing, dancing, and gymnastics. Midway through the night, Josh Dryk brought out the fire painting and worked up a thorny rose bush in flame and pigment.

The last stage act of the night was Rin Tin Tin. I didn’t take any photos of them that didn’t come out incredibly blurry… because neither they nor their audience tend to stand still during their shows… at ALL. See that dude floating up in the air? That’s kinda what the whole night felt like.

Throughout the evening the audience’s generosity wowed us. Folks kept hitting the donation jars, buying coffee, buying art. All told we raised somewhere around $1500.

A blessing to be sure and a great way to end the year. Here’s to many more years of Life in Deep Ellum and ArtLoveMagic serving our local creative community.

the beauty of the night: artlovemagic’s 2010 Holiday show

Posted in Artists, Community, Deep Ellum, Love, Magic, photography, Shows with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 15, 2010 by artlovemagic

photos by Kelsey Paine
text by Michael Lagocki

I wanted to share some more photographs from the Holiday party. It was a truly special night (even in an organization that has many special nights). If you missed it, I wanted to give you a chance to see more of what it was like…

The first thing you have to understand is the decorations. Producer Mario Cauley and his team went to new levels, hanging thousands of lights and and transforming, Life in Deep Ellum, a venue we are all familiar with after so many shows, into something that felt fresh and uniquely made as a gift to us. With huge snowflakes hanging, presents wrapped, and a sea of white lights, it really felt like a wonderland.

The lounge microphone hosted a series of local musicians who performed both traditional holiday songs and originals of their own. Mario invited some of his favorite musicians from the shows, including Elle (above) to share the seasonal love.

Artists like Lawrence Alexander, Sarah Zamora, Khalid Robertson, and Samax Amen brought that live artist energy to the evening. There were also interactive art supplies (including handmade playdough) so that everyone could be an artist.

It was the little touches that created the environment where all this happened. Co-producers Curtis Fesser and Marissa Colomo paid attention to every detail from table settings, to giant snowflakes, to color coordination in every room. It was really amazing and we’re already talking about taking some of what this team built and applying it to other artlovemagic events. 

Of course there were plenty of sweets to hype of the kids. An invitation to attendees to bring desserts yielded a sweets bar that was filled with all kinds of delicious. Plus Don Yemington and crew cooked a meal fit for kings and queens. We all ate well.

You gotta mix it up a bit, so halfway through the night we all went outside to see fire painter Josh Dryk light up the dark sky. (it was too cold to do this for long!)Photographers Jen Shu and Sherry Muldoon brought a festival setup out and took free portraits of attendees and their families. See the next 2 posts below for those images (or go to Jen’s site to see all 400+ and order prints).

It was a blessed evening. While tons of time went into set up, tear down, selecting the performers, their preparation and everything else it took to put this event together… the truth is that what the night ended up being about the most was just simple interactions. People sitting down and talking with fellow artists or performers they hadn’t seen in a while. Old friends getting together, families being introduced.
We loved the whole experience and congratulate the production team. Thank you to everyone involved.

DART & ArtLoveMagic – Saturday December 4th

Posted in Community, PR, Shows with tags , , , , , , , , on December 3, 2010 by artlovemagic

Saturday (12/4)
Super Saturday with DART
at Downtown Carrollton Square Beltline and Broadway 1-6 pm
ArtLoveMagic proudly announces our second event engagement with DART. Welcoming the largest light rail opening in the nation in more than 20 years, this live outdoor holiday celebration is free to attend and family friendly. You will love this experience.

It will also be an incredible opportunity to buy unique Christmas Gifts from local creators. We’ll have interactive art setups so that you and your kids can create art, and we’ll have live music and painting performances that will blow you away.

Spend this momentous day with over a dozen of Dallas’ finest live artists, musicians and photographers including :
David Rodriguez, Carolyn Collins, Eddie Walker, Matt Barron,Erin Gayden, The Davies Brothers, Conor Muldoon, the Zach Scott Pohl Band, Josh Dryk and many many more.

for more info read the facebook invite here

Art & Coffee photos

Posted in Artists, Deep Ellum, Love, photography, Shows with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 8, 2010 by artlovemagic

post by Michael Lagocki

Art & Coffee, our monthly open mic and live art show has been really good lately. The microphone has welcomed plenty of new talent and built a steady stream of talented regulars. Our mission to provide you with new lineups of live artists every time has created some gorgeous displays.

August’s Art & Coffee was a great time. I walked around a took a few shots (through the lens of my cracked Iphone…sigh) and wanted to share.

Enjoy!

We moved the microphone inside for this show, because it rained on and off throughout the night (sound equipment + water = baaaaaad). Our host, Konichiwa Zach held it together as always, bringing up a slew of poets and musicians to the microphone. Personally, I liked the feel with the stage inside. It kept the coffee shop crowded all night and opened up the porch for those who wanted to take a break from the event.

Mitsubishi brought out the car that our artists painted during the LakeSide Market Summer Festival. Four of us who painted it (myself, David Rodriguez, Eddie Walker, and Joshua Boulet) were in attendance, so we took a minute to snap a few more pics with the canvas (I mean “car”).
Very cool.

ArtLoveMagic co-founder David Rodriguez joined the lineup of live artists and worked on a commission piece that was huge. This is a small details of the four panel piece, that when finished, will be viewable as four separate painting or one large image.

One of my favorite local musicians, Erin Gayden, was our feature. She played two sets during the evening.

Josh Dryk brought the fire. Always a cool spectacle.

Josh’s technique with fire painting is evolving. Lately he’s been trying some figurative images that he burns into the wood, like drawing with a small flame.

Local comic book artist Jose Esquivel joined us and drew this Batman while he was there. We encourage many artists who create live with us to work just like they would work at home or in the studio. It’s one way we tear down the walls between the artists and the audience.

Another way to really involve the audience is to set up interactive displays. Carolyn Collins set up a Photo-Ink challenge that encouraged audience members to pick up a pen or marker and interact with her photographs. She put about a dozen images on a huge butcher paper back drop, and audiences wrote captions for them, or drew around and on top of them. It’s good to be creative.

Art & Coffee is a great first show for artists new to ArtLoveMagic. This was Adele Caunce’s first show with us and her BIG UGLY FISHIES sculptures were a hit with our audience, especially the kids who Adele took the time to teach her technique to.

An open mic means there’s always a surprise. This collaborative spoken word piece from our feature poet Darryl Ratcliff and DaVerse Lounge founder Will Richey was a treat.

Great audience, great artists, great performers, great show. Thanks to everyone who participated, particularly our producers Nicole and Kylun Rodriguez. The next Art & Coffee is Friday September 3rd at It’s A Grind. As always it will be an open mic with a fresh lineup of live artists. See you there!

The evolution of Art & Coffee

Posted in Artists, Magic, photography, Shows with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 5, 2010 by artlovemagic

post by Michael Lagocki
photos by Kelsey Paine, Josh Dryk, and Eddie Walker

I imagine most of you reading this have been to, or at least know of, Art & Coffee. This is our longest running show, a monthly Open Mic and Live Art experience that we do at coffee shops. The idea first started in 2008, when I met Bill Priestly, the owner of a new coffee shop, Saxbys, in North Dallas. I loved the shop and after talking to Bill, I wondered if artlovemagic could be impactful in bringing an audience out to a new establishment like his.

We were. For the next year or so, we did monthly shows there that were a little bit of a twist on the artlovemagic model. We opened the mic up to the audience and brought out a handful of live artists for a free show. Attendance was strong right from the beginning.  And we noticed several people would show up month after month. Art & Coffee was a success.

These days, we’ve moved the show down to Deep Ellum and we do it at the wonderful It’s A Grind. Again, this just came from one of our leaders walking into the place and having a conversation with them. They asked us to come and do four shows (that were very successful) and then we contracted for the rest of 2010.

One of the great things about this monthly show, is now that we have a few HUGE shows under our belt (see Underground & girlShow), we’re pretty comfortable doing a show this size. (Art & Coffee usually has about 6 artists in it- girlShow this year will have 60). We’ve become masters at setting it up, and especially tearing it down. We’re usually out the door 30 minutes after Art & Coffee closes.

It’s also become a learning ground for new producers. Melody Hay,  Amanda Davis, Josh Dryk. Michelle McSpadden, and many more first learned the ropes producing A & C before moving on to our BIG shows. Producing A&C entails selecting a group of artists, running a pre-meeting, supporting their team through marketing and getting ready for the show, and then being the lead person on the floor night of.

Producing is a blast. I always say that the production role is where you really get to author the stories in ArtLoveMagic. It’s not for everyone, but I’m thankful that we’ve found a few really great producers who love putting these shows together. And I’m thankful that we have a few dedicated souls who love this show and help it happen every month. Deb, KZach, Mario, Bookworm, Hammer, Eddie, Dugger and others… thank you so much.

But the best part of Art & Coffee is the talent. I LOVE scheduling talent to do these shows. There are two groups to schedule each time Art & Coffee rolls around- the live artists who will create during the show, and the feature performers who hold down the mic. While most of the mic is open to the audience, we always have a feature poet and feature musician, who each perform twice during the night.

I believe having a feature performer does two things that work well within our mission. First, it ensures the mic will have some strong performances. Usually this isn’t a problem as our audiences are pretty talented. More importantantly however, I believe it can grow the artists. It’s easy to find an open mic to perform at. It’s less common to find a feature spot, where you’re asked to be a lead performer and to set the tone, performing multiple times, and being annouced as someone to pay attention to. Sometimes we’re lucky enough to find performers who play solo shows all the time, other times we get to bless someone who hasn’t been honored this way and they get to grow.

So where are we now? Mid 2010 and the shows have been incredible lately. Last night Josh Dryk produced an Art & Coffee that I thought was just fantastic, everything it should be: a strong group of diverse artists, great crowd, incredible open mic with excellent features.

The show goes on. I’m producing the next Art & Coffee myself (July 2nd, 2010). It’s a veteran show. Given that it’s only one week before girlShow, I needed to staff it full of Art & Coffee vets who already know what they’re doing (including people like Justin Nygren, Eddie Walker, Rachel Deniger, and Tim Dugger).

Josh and Kelsey are lined up to produce an upcoming Art & Coffee, as is Michelle McSpadden. We’ve talked about doing a “family” Art & Coffee that would happen mid-day and focus on stuff kids and adults can do together. We’re talking about bringing back the “painting with coffee” interactive that was so popular at Saxbys. We’re looking for new talent that want to create, sing, recite, and produce. All in all, we’re loving it.

Art & Coffee continues to happen first Friday of every month at It’s A grind. It’s a great show, a very welcoming show, and I’m proud to say it’s become an important puzzle piece in this crazy story that is ArtLoveMagic. Come hang out with us and see if you love it to.

-ML

Kid-power: The ArtLoveMagic Kids Workshop

Posted in Artists, Community, Deep Ellum, Love, Magic, Service, Workshops with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 19, 2010 by artlovemagic

words- Michael Lagocki
photos- Josh Dryk

This past weekend we produced our first Kid’s Workshop of 2010 (we did two last year) that invited local children to come out and learn from artists in the ArtLoveMagic collective. As many great artists as we know, it’s a logical extension of what we do to include teaching in our model.

We brought six artists in, each with a different discipline:

Conor Muldoon: pottery
Sherry Smith: graphic design
Samax Randolph: illustration
David Rodriguez: painter
Diana Hawkins Rushing: bookmaking
Ashley Jones: collage

The day was fantastic. Many of these kids don’t have access to great art programs, so to be able to pair them with local working artists is a real pleasure. It’s good for the kids, it’s good for the artists, and it’s good for us as an organization to remember why we do this and to invest in the future of Dallas art a little.

Special thanks to our supporters: Jeanne Blanton, the Deep Ellum Foundation, and Mayor Pro Tem Caraway and his staff.

We’ll be creating another workshop next weekend, this time with musicians! Check back here for pics and story.