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The Night Art & Coffee Stole Christmas

Posted in Artists, Deep Ellum, Love, Magic, photography, PR, Shows with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 20, 2011 by artlovemagic

We had an amazing night on Saturday 12/17/11. We celebrated Christmas with the artlovemagic fam and about 150 our of closest friends.

Thankfully, event photographer Robert Hold documented all facets of the evening and took some beautiful photos while doing so. And photo booth photographer Kelsey Paine set up one of the most amazing booths we’ve ever had, complete with winter snowflakes shooting at the attendees from a canon-like-object.

We mixed up some of the best photos from both photographers here, and have links to the full sets at the bottom of this post. Enjoy.

The full set of Robert Hold’s event photography can be seen, downloaded, and ordered here:

http://roberthold.photoshelter.com/gallery/Art-Love-Magic-12-17/G0000cXKk8KaDna4/

The full set of Kelsey Paine’s winter photobooth photography can be seen, downloaded and ordered here:

http://lostandfoundfocus.smugmug.com/Photobooth/ArtLoveMagic-Holiday-Show2011/20669114_bLKxVc#1639085302_ZR8hrF9

A special thanks to the good people at Life In Deep Ellum & Mokah Lounge for providing space for this event.

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.

Heroic & Villainous Art

Posted in Artists, Community, Deep Ellum, music, Shows with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 25, 2011 by artlovemagic

words by Michael Lagocki
color photos by Kelsey Paine
black and whites by William Neal

The Comicpalooza event was really something else. We gathered more than a dozen artists to create live art to benefit the hero initiative, a very worthy charity. We also filled the room (Arnetic in Deep Ellum) with killer local DJs, comic and art books for sale, and rare collectibles- all to benefit the charity.

The art was amazing. Packed house, good people, great time.

Here’s some pics of the night and a few quick facts:

1- every piece created Saturday night sold.

2- most buyers walked away with real bargains. A James O’Barr original for $300, that gorgeous painting by David for $200, and many beautiful pieces between $50-$100? Steals. The artists were happy to sell their work at these prices as it allowed fans to walk home with work and the charity to walk home with $$$.

3- Great sounds from the DJs. Each DJ donated their time for the night to inspire the crowd and artists. DJ Dean Dillinger, Viz, Hologram Dagger: Thank you!

4- This was a COMMUNITY EFFORT. CompleteNerdom.com, Titan Comics, our buddy Tom Martin, The Comicpalooza Convention, and all kinds of other people contributed.

5- One artist, Samax Amen wrote up his own experience of the event at his blog. You can check that out here.

6- The buy-it-now table of rare collectibles was a definite experiment that worked out great. Artists and contributors donated their old toys, comics, and drawings and the crowd snatched ’em up. That money went to the Hero Initiative too.

7- Many requests for more events like this. People dig the comic artists. Nothing’s on the calendar yet, but you can be sure this isn’t the last time we’ll do something this heroic!

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.

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