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Underground 2012 Press Release

Posted in Artists, Community, General Wierdness, Love, Magic, PR, Shows with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 9, 2012 by artlovemagic

Contact: David Rodriguez
Tel. 972-743-3105

“Underground 2011”
“Dallas’ Largest Live Art Event”
February 11, 2012
Janette Kennedy Gallery within
South Side On Lamar
1409 S. Lamar, Dallas, TX 75215
8pm – 12am (7pm open to VIP’s)
$15 door
Organization Website:
Event Website:
facebook page:
facebook event page:, a Texas NFP organization proudly announces Underground.
Underground has a tradition of being the biggest, loudest, freshest show ArtLoveMagic does every year at South Side On Lamar (1409 S. Lamar, Dallas, TX 75215). In 2012 you can expect no less than 50 live artists, dozens of art forms, and absolutely incredible live performance acts. The show will be for one night only, Saturday, February 11, from 8pm to 12am. A two week long exhibit containing works from artists performing in Underground will be on display prior to the event within the Janette Kennedy Gallery (1/27 – 2/11). Like all ArtLoveMagic events, this experience will be live and interactive. Each artist whose work is in the two week long exhibit will be creating live on February 11th, 2012. Audience members will watch artwork come to life, while musicians, dancers and poets entertain on the stage. Live performances by Spoonded Tribe, Katsük, Keisha Hunter, Ashley Falgout and more. In addition, Underground will also feature the Blue Room once again, a 21+ room where you can see bodies painted, various sensual art, and unique presentations.Entry is $15 at the door.  But you can buy discounted tickets right now at or at (discounted tickets available only through midnight 2/9/12).
   ArtLoveMagic was founded in January of 2007 with the belief that a staggering amount of artistic talent in Dallas was going unrecognized and/or underdeveloped.  We have created more than 100 live experiences, involving over 1000 artists and performers. What generally is missing from gallery shows is so obvious that we usually take that lacking for granted – the creators responsible for the artwork. Thankfully, our artists are always present and creating live, which offers a unique opportunity for audiences to learn, co-create, and for perspective clients to inquire about the creative process.For more information on Underground and the artists/musicians involved, please visit or http://undergrounddallas.comWe hope to receive your support at this, our most anticipated event of the 2012.Visit our amazing sponsors:

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Reflections and Perspective

Posted in Artists, Community, Love, Magic, photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 30, 2011 by artlovemagic


Photo Credit: Carolyn Collins Photography  (David Rodriguez, Justin Nygren, Michael Lagocki)

As 2011 draws to a close, my heart is full of anticipation for 2012.  I’ve taken the last year off for family business and have had the opportunity to watch this last year’s activity and growth from an outside perspective.  To see the work, the dedication, the passion and the direction grow and evolve has been both humbling and beyond encouraging.  Since 2006 when Mike, Dave and I dreamt over a cup of coffee and planted the seeds for our first show, it seems like the amazing ride we embarked on has only gotten more and more wild.  The best part about it is that we have gone from a small group of dreaming and idealistic friends and grown into an amazing and beautiful community full of intentionality and vision.

My thanks and undying gratitude go out to every one of you, from artist to attendee, sponsor to customer, for every ounce of love that you have poured out into the Dallas arts community.  I can see 2012 bringing us more connections, more focus and more importantly, more Love to you and to our community.  I’m looking forward to hugging your neck at the next show.


Justin Nygren
Co-Founder/Love Ninja/Dot Connector

Artist Spotlight: Sherry Muldoon

Posted in Love, photography, Spotlight with tags , , , , on October 1, 2011 by artlovemagic

Tell me a little bit about yourself..

My name is Sherry Muldoon and I’m a self-employed photographer and graphic designer.  I started the company Dreamfocus Studio a little over a year ago and somehow I have not starved since.  I specialize in families, weddings, and children.  I also teach an occasional workshop which developed out of my own frustration of learning the skill.  Finally, I do graphic and web design for one company exclusively and have worked with smaller companies along the way.

As you have grown within your talent, what inspires you to create?

So many things inspired me.  To name just a few:  colors, everyday events, peoples’ stories, pain, love, my husband, other artists, children, my cats, poetry, songs, lessons, messages from the Divine, death, etc.etc.etc.

How long have you been producing your craft and why did you begin this form of expression?

I did not find photography and art; it found me.  I have lived in the shadow of other artists’ my whole life.  About 6 years ago, when admiring a friend’s photography, she handed me a Minolta Film camera and I could not put it down.  All of a sudden, door flung open for me and I found myself with  an incredible purpose and career.  My life has never been the same!

What do you ultimately want to accomplish with your talent?

My ultimate goal with any project or job is to translate what I see.  I’m not always great at getting out of the way and allowing Spirit to guide me.   But, when I do, it is always magical and never expected.  Photography to me is about co-creating.  I am working with another limitation of the Universe whether it be another person or the environment itself.  I’m a fool if I think that I have everything to do with it.  The goal is to step out of my own way and translate….. that’s it.

Outside of your artistry, what other interests do you have?

I love films and documentaries.  I am insane about watching every behind-the scenes take on a movie.  It is the most exciting part for me.

What was your first experience with ArtLoveMagic?

I actually attended the very first ArtLoveMagic event and ran into long time friend and co-founder Justin Nygrin.  He asked me to be in the next show right away.    I knew nothing about exhibiting until getting involved with Artlovemagic.  I was also in the very next show where I met my husband, Conor Muldoon.  They have really played a huge part in my artist recovery and my life in general.  I would NOT be where I am today without them-for sure!

What web address can one go to to view more of what you do?

How can someone contact you?


Also! ArtLoveMagic sends a huge “Congratulations” to Sherry Muldoon and Conor Muldoon on having their new baby! Welcome to the world Gabriel Clay Muldoon. We love you guys!                                                                                             -ArtLoveMagic




Artist Spotlight: Jen Sulak

Posted in Artists, Deep Ellum, photography, Spotlight with tags , , on May 30, 2011 by artlovemagic

Tell me a little bit about yourself..

My name is Jen Sulak….(Shoe-Lock)….and I am a full-time photographer, artist and a wife to a great guy who is a true complementing personality to myself and the love of my life.  I have been in full-time photography for almost 3 years after getting laid off from a full-time data entry position in 2008 and have loved almost every minute of it! (There are lots of challenges!)   I have 2 great cats (affectionately called Wookies) called Chewbacca & Hanz.  I enjoy specializing my artistic photography in Weddings & Portraits…and extra bonuses like abstract & concept digital art.

As you have grown within your talent, what inspires you to create?

I think more and more it is the LIGHT that inspires me to create.  It is about the lighting as much as it is your subject.  This world has so many colors and textures and contrasts.  I simply want to keep capturing those things as much as I can to show the world how it is…and how it could be.

How long have you been producing your craft and why did you begin this form of expression?

I began this form of expression just as a way to express myself and what I saw around the world.  In the past, I had been creative with pencils, pens and paints…but the camera held a different feel for me….especially in film days where you didn’t know what you were getting!  My expressions have grown to include many people and events….and creating artwork with software as well to bring my inner thoughts & dreams to a reality for a subject.

What do you ultimately want to accomplish with your talent?

I would love to be able to express myself fully with messages of hope, fulfillment and love.  I hope to inspire my clients and fellow humans to be themselves and realize their beauty inside and out.   I want to express myself in art shows and someday collaborate with Blue Man Group and Lady Gaga.  If anything – I think creative collaborations and making dreams a reality is a habit I would love to form on a new level.  There is something about living life freely to CREATE the way I was made to create and the gifts I was given.  I want to USE those gifts.

Outside of your artistry, what other interests do you have?

If I’m not doing photography, you will find me passionately doing fitness routines and pushing myself in various physical ways. I’m a movie buff so I am always watching various movies and I love love love LAUGHING, so I appreciate the clean humor in the world that amuses me and lets me enjoy life.  You may also find me decorating my home from time to time and picking up a sewing machine to create some interesting things.  Not a lot, but sometimes!  Also, my biggest thing to do is spending face time with friends and family.  You will find me booking lunches/coffee and various dates with my friends.  That is a huge interest of mine!

What was your first experience with ArtLoveMagic?

I love telling this story, because it literally helped me grow as a person as well as an artist.
My good friend Amanda Davis invited me to be her assistant at a show…and then i volunteered at Underground in 2009 to work the front door.  I had heard many things about ALM through Amanda.  When I volunteered, I figured what a great way to meet other creative people and serve others at the same time.
Little did i know that Justin Nygren would ask me the infamous question….”What is the color on your hair called?”……”Atomic Pink” I say….and there, girlShow 2009 was born.   That was one of the coolest years of my life.

What web address can one go to to view more of what you do?

For those that don’t know…I have just changed my business name to PINK LIGHT IMAGES!  You can see my work and my galleries at

How can someone contact you?

Artist Spotlight: Carolyn Collins

Posted in Artists, Community, Love, photography, Spotlight with tags , , on April 4, 2011 by artlovemagic

Tell me a little bit about yourself..

My name is Carolyn Collins and, though my desire as a youth was to become an architectural designer, I spent most of my adult life in business management/marketing, specializing in project management. After a five year journey to free myself from the corporate 8-5 routine to pursue my true passion, Carolyn Collins Photography finally became my fulltime career in 2010.

As you have grown within your talent, what inspires you to create?

There is no solitary muse in my creative life.

MUSIC is my drug, and it is frequently spinning my imagination and my artistic process into new territories. DANCE and MEDITATION (as well as music) are the most effective creatively transcending experiences for me, giving me deeper understanding of myself, of others and creative projects.

My DREAMS have always been in vivid color. Several times each year, I have slipped back into a profound visual during a waking dream (when it begs to live on) in order to lock in every detail so I can immediately sketch and make notes of this visual message. I just recently was able to recreate/project one such vision through my photography, which forced me to dabble in photographic software (photoshop, picasa, etc.) in order to do justice to the vision. This series will continue with past and future dream messages.

NATURE speaks to me in profound ways, and is my sanctuary. LIGHT of any source (but not just any light) is like a child teasingly begging me to watch and play. I am a light chaser and I dance behind my lens to play with this beckoning light. UNSPOKEN STORIES I see in someone’s face compels me to capture this ‘silent song’ through my lens.

How long have you been producing your craft and why did you begin this form of expression?

I am completely self-taught in photography, which has allowed my art to evolve independently. Before I ever picked up a camera, there was always something about ‘openings’ which drew me near, piqued my curiosity, and gave me a deeper sense of presence which I could not describe in words or music. In 2000 (after I started using a camera to capture these intensely moving moments), extended family and friends pointed out the number of doors, etc. I was ‘wasting film’ on. I began stashing these types of images away in my own private collection (as well as other ‘weird’ shots) leaving the ‘safe/normal’ shots out for open viewing. The more time I spent behind the lens, the more I used my camera as my own personal journal of feelings and enlightenment. My first solo exhibit was in 2005, which I consider the ‘launching’ of my photographic career.

What do you ultimately want to accomplish with your talent?

Photography is my passion. Building bridges is my mission. By ‘building bridges’ I mean offering new visual perspectives… and (more importantly) producing images which prompt meaningful dialogue between viewers who have differing perspectives. I also hope that my own passion will somehow inspire others to pursue their passions and their dreams. I am convinced that our passion is the roadmap we were given to make the biggest difference we can in this world.

Outside of your artistry, what other interests do you have?

As a left/right-brained individual with ADD/OCD, interests I have pursued and/or currently pursue (beyond my photography and writing) would resemble someone else’s “bucket list’. The past two years, I committed myself to learn something new and do something different every day, and make at least one stranger smile each day.

My playful, spontaneous disposition allows me to kick back and enjoy movies at home, live performances (especially music), impromptu surprises and adventures with friends. I also treasure one-on-one time with friends and family.

My desire to explore every sensation to its fullest is why I adore such things as roller coasters (speed and heights in general), cooking, nature, playing and listening to music, viewing/collecting art, giving and receiving massage, and a host of other activities.

My deeply curious nature has made me an avid fan of documentary films, self-help and other non-fiction books. It has also led me to physically exploring anything out of the ordinary – caves, cemeteries, architecture, geological formations, tornadoes and much more.

My desire to understand others and our world is why I thirst for travel on a regular basis, whether a short daytrip on the road with a friend or relative… or half-way around the world for months (solo or with someone). I have only explored a dozen countries and still have a few unexplored states in my own country. Whether working on a foreign archaeological dig, living within in a foreign culture, or discovering a mom-and-pop diner on the side of the road, I learn so much about people… how beautifully different we are and how amazingly connected we are.

What was your first experience with ArtLoveMagic?

My first introduction to ArtLoveMagic was in 2008 when I attended an Art&Coffee. Then *BAM* one thing quickly led to another and suddenly I was exhibiting at (and assisting with the event’s artist layout for) VISION, a gallery exhibit and live art/performance event at Life In Deep Ellum. My favorite part of the whole experience was meeting and working with so many kewl creatives on a single project.

What web address can one go to to view more of what you do?

My official website will launch this year, but I have three completely different glimpses into my photography, my writing, and my artistic process…

How can someone contact you?

David Leeson’s Last Speech

Posted in Art Business, photography with tags , on June 16, 2009 by artlovemagic

I saw this on the website of Dallas photographer David Leeson. It’s a speech he gave in Australia on the future of the newspaper industry. It’s bold stuff, a good listen.

David has performed at two artlovemagic shows- Vision and Underground.

Beautiful girls

Posted in photography, Shows with tags , , , on April 15, 2009 by artlovemagic


Photographer Sherry Smith shot some of the most beautiful portraits I’ve ever seen at last year’s “girlShow”. Sherry has a great eye and in this particular series she did some slight photoshop work on many of the images to give them a timeless quality.

Now that we’re starting to plan this year’s girlshow (8/8/09), these images have been on my mind.

Here are a few below. Follow this link to see the entire set.





photogrpahy by Sherry Smith
posted by Michael Lagocki