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Come out to Art & Coffee: We Are Young

Posted in Art & Coffee, Artists, Community, Deep Ellum, Love, Magic, Shows with tags , , , , on August 2, 2012 by artlovemagic

ArtLoveMagic’s youngest producer, Kylun Rodriguez, is turning 16 years old today. Kylun is a gifted poet and has an interest in composing music as a Dj. He has also played roles in a few school productions and hopes to become a professional actor.

Kylun is also the lead producer for ArtLoveMagic’s very first youth focused Art & Coffee, titled “We Are Young”. This event will present a collection of artistically talented children and young adults, creating live within various mediums. The stage inside BuzzBrews in Deep Ellum will also feature a few amazing young voices. We will still have an open mic for this event but please remember that our focus is on the youth. Come and enjoy this event with your whole family. Get a glimps into the lives of our future artists and be inspired by their talents and creativity.
Click here to check out the facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/events/421134197925634/

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

Entry Image: Santa and the ArtLoveMagic family

Posted in Entry Images For ArtLoveMagic.com with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 15, 2010 by artlovemagic

Our new entry image at www.artlovemagic.com is a jam of images that came from our 2010 Holiday Party. The photos were various attendees as shot by Sherry Muldoon and Jen Shu. The Santa drawing came from Khalid Robertson, who drew it live at the party (on a computer – with a graphic tablet hooked up to a projector so we could all watch him draw). Michael Lagocki whipped the whole thing into a happy collage.

Merry!

Holiday Gift

Posted in Artists, Community, Deep Ellum, Love, photography, Shows with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 13, 2010 by artlovemagic

post by Deb Driscoll
photography by Jen Sulak and Sherry Mudoon

An exclusive gift was offered last night to ArtLoveMagic artists, poets, musicians, producers and volunteers to show our appreciation and Love for all who Give of themselves to make our Light shine bright.

Kyloun Rodriguez, son to David & Nicole Rodriguez

In honor of you, thousands of tiny white lights sparkled last night, draped along walls, hung from ceilings, and wrapped around Christmas trees.  Gold and silver stars, snowflakes and warm candlelight shone into hearts and eyes passing by each intentionally inviting table and chair.

Eddie Walker expressing his … self. 🙂

We wanted you to feel Loved.

Erin Gayden and Jill Round

Other gifts were offered, too.  Original song, Holiday carols, Live painting, Hands-on Holiday fun and of course, Personalized photography.

Sarah Zamora paints pretty.

Jen Sulak and Sherry Smith shared their lens with you and asked you to smile.

Sherry Muldoon and Jen Sulak

Not that they needed to ask.  I saw so many smiles and caring words on tongues and hugs everywhere that I am confident in saying we were blessed by joy from all in attendance.

Aidan Driscoll, my son.
Zach and Keanna are goofy awesome
Brandy Nicole and her daughter
Zach Sulak

All of the portrait photography from the night can be seen (and prints ordered) here at rarmai photography.

If you couldn’t make it, we still hope you know we Love you, and thank you…

Mario Cauley, the True Love behind the party. Producer, leader, friend.

And hope for you to have the Brightest Holiday ever this year, and for every year after.

Yours always,

Deb

Myself, Deb Driscoll, honored friend to all of you.

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

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post by Michael Lagocki

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

More images from Father’s Day

Posted in Artists, Shows with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 27, 2009 by artlovemagic

These Father’s Day pics were taken by audience member Josh Dyrk from our Father’s Day event (6/20/09) at the Egg  I Restaurant.

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The evening was well attended and enjoyed by many families. This had a very different feel from most artlovemagic events. It was more chill, with the environment providing a laid back atmosphere. The Egg & I put out a beautiful buffet spread and we left open space for people to sit down and just enjoy dinner. The rest of the room was taken up by art displays and live artists working.

We set potter Conor Muldoon dead center in the middle of the room so that attendees could walk 360 degrees around him as he worked. Meanwhile, airbrush artist Eddie Walker worked live on a special Father’s Day inspired piece.

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Architectural designer Jim Thompson brought a truly cool setup. He transported an entire office to the show, setting up an environment just like he works in professionally.

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fathersday09-02We also set up one room as a performance area where musicians and poets entertained the crowd. Jacob Reeves, a new Father himself, brought his Dad, Bart with him to back him up on Harmonica.

Local writer Jay Bookworm was the first one who suggested we do a Father’s Day event. Poets Michael Lagocki, Kylun Rodriguez, and Serena Wills also performed, along with musicians Parallel Play, Something In The Wheel, and Jaimie Reeves.

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Joe Townson, who usually does abstract paintings at our events, tried his hand at a figure portrait, even bringing a live model with him to work from. Joe and painter David Rodriguez set up outside on the Egg & I’s porch. Parallel Play went outside late in the night to entertain them since they missed most of the inside performances.

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It really was a wonderful night.  This one really didn’t feel like any other I can recall. Different locations, different themes, and different selections of artists create utterly unique experiences each time we go out the door. I think it’s important as an organization that we keep getting new people involved, keep doing new things.

Revolutions take creativity.

photos by Josh Dyrk
post by Michael Lagocki

for more on this event, see our previous post
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