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Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 23, 2011 by artlovemagic

During our Underground show on February 12th, 2011, we pioneered our first ever experience for adults- the 21 and up Blue Room. This room was produced as a subsection of Underground, and focused on arts that were made with, or about, the human body.

The experience was amazing, done tastefully, and in an atmosphere full of gorgeous decoration from artist Bianca Elise and the Blue Room team. Fortunately the lovely Dee Hill was there to take plenty of pictures of the event.

The Blue Room was edgy and experimental, something Underground takes pride in. We went to great lengths to make sure this was done the right way. The team was a veteran squad of artlovemagic artists, led by founder Michael Lagocki, and performers and the sights in the room included body painting, figure drawing, live sculpting and painting, dance, and more.

If you were there, thanks for being a part of the first time we tried something new. And thank you to all the Blue Room artists and performers including the Davies brothers, Bianca Elise, Elizabeth Fieler, Travis Rice, Christian and Dehvon Ward, Eliana Miranda, and especially Dee who’s lovely images will allow us to always remember it. We were also lucky to have an incredible crew of models, giving volunteers, and the amazing sounds of DJ Hologram Dagger. The Blue Room was produced by Michael Lagocki.

Based on fan reaction, it’s likely we’ll be creating such an experience again.

You can also read one attendee’s impression of the Blue Room (and see a few more pics) by clicking here to read the Shmidty Says blog.

You can also read our earlier post about why we created the BLUE ROOM idea and what we hoped to accomplish. Success!


Posted in Artists, photography, Shows with tags , , , on February 18, 2011 by artlovemagic
The cool folks from Bean Pot Toiz came out to Underground and wrote a great blog and photos.
Story and photos by Kaylah Baca
Custom toiz created by Vanessa “NReazon” Velasquez

On Saturday, Feb., 12, dozens of artists from the Dallas-Ft. Worth area assembled to put on a live art show in the Janette Kennedy Gallery at South Side on Lamar (the historic, warehouse style lofts located in the middle of the arts district in Dallas).

The place was packed, hundreds attended, and many guests left with unique artwork.

There was live music featuring local DJ’s, indie-bands, guitarists, rappers, percussion groups and singers.

Local artists drew and painted during the whole show. Underground attendees were able to watch as graffiti artists, body painters and sculptors brought their creations to life.

Bean Pot Toiz was lucky enough to snag a custom IScream toy created on location by artist Cody “Mac IX” Phillips and Scott Higgins (MonsterBot). These guys worked hard and the toy came out awesome!

Also on display, a DIY Tofu that Bean Pot Toiz provided for Phillips, who collaborated with Higgens to create a two-face, diabolical man that makes us super proud of here at BPT!

Underground 2011 was a good time for sure. It’s so refreshing to see local artists with such talent showcase their artwork and skills at events like this one. Plus, BPT loves toiz and there was plenty to be had. 😀

Cody “Mac IX” Phillips and Scott Higgins (MonsterBot)
Cody “Mac IX” Phillips working on the custom IScream toy for Bean Pot Toiz
Custom IScream toiz by artists Mac IX and MonsterBot
Custom IScream toy by artists Mac IX and MonsterBot
Custom Tofu toy by by artists Mac IX and MonsterBot
Crowd shot at Underground 2011
Panorama shot of Underground 2011
Artist Martin Campos working on original artwork
Artist Ashley Jones working on custom
Real Trooper by Ashley Jones
Artist graffiti huge statue of Hulk while people watch
Matt Barron and band perform at Underground 2011
Thanks, Kaylah! Great write up. Folks, if you’re interested in cool, rare, or custom toys, make sure to check out

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

Kevin Obregon at Underground 2011

Posted in Artists, Community, Magic, Shows, Spotlight, videos with tags , , , , on February 14, 2011 by artlovemagic


Underground 2011 Official Press Release

Posted in PR, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 26, 2011 by artlovemagic

Contact: David Rodriguez
Tel. 972-743-3105

“Underground 2011”
“Dallas’ Hidden Talents”
February 12, 2011
Janette Kennedy Gallery within
South Side On Lamar
1409 S. Lamar, Dallas, TX 75215
8pm – 12am
$10 door

ArtLoveMagic, 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 2011 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 12, from 8pm to 12am. A two week long exhibit containing works from artists performing in Underground will be on display following the event within the Janette Kennedy Gallery (2/13 – 2/26).

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 12th, 2011. Audience members will watch artwork come to life, while musicians, dancers and poets entertain on the stage. Added this year are special presentations in our new 21+ room where you can see body painters producing live, alongside a live figure drawing class, a fashion show and much more. In addition we will have a special, once in a lifetime, collaborative song featuring all the musicians within the event. Take a breather at our coffee lounge or get caffinated for a B-Boy dance off!

Entry is $10 at the door.  But you can buy discounted tickets right now at

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 50 live experiences, involving over 500 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

We hope to receive your support at this, our most anticipated event of the 2011.


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ArtLoveMagic, Where You Been (part 3): This is True

Posted in Artists, Community, poetry, Shows with tags , , , on October 6, 2010 by artlovemagic

post and pics by Michael Lagocki

Ooooh, This Is True. Easily one of my favorite shows we’ve ever done. This night was FILLED to the brim with passion. If you missed this one, the short story is- we selected 20 poets and 20 artists and mashed them into a collaboration of verse and paint. Each painter recieved a poem from an anonymous author and was asked to create a painting based on it. Nobody knew who they worked with until the finished pieces were hung on the wall.

To say the least, the show produced some brilliant collaborations. A few that just absolutely blew my mind. After two and a half weeks of being displayed in an open gallery to the public, we celebrated the whole thing with a live show where all 20 poets performed (while standing next to the cooresponding paintings).

For whatever reason, it was a pretty emotional experience for a lot of us. A few poets were on the verge of tears while performing. It came through in their readings and the whole atmosphere of the night was just powerful, reverent at times, insanely celebratory at others.

We invited local musicians Dustin Cavazos and Kurt Thurmond in to celebrate with us as well. We asked the audience to make interactive poems with us and over 100 of them did. Wow.

I’ll never forget this night, and it looks like no one would let me forget it if I wanted to. Calls for This is True 2 have been loud and frequent. I’ve had people ask me if they could be artists in it, poets, even producers. We’ll see this show again. Until then, enjoy these snapshots…

Wish I had caught more pics, but I was running around most of the night hosting, performing, and listening. If you want to see a bit more from the show, check out the pre-show coverage here (covering three of the collaborations) and also here (an in depth examination of the collab between Darryl Ratcliff and Jerod Alexander).

This is TRUE: Bread

Posted in Artists, poetry, Shows, Spotlight with tags , , , , , on September 17, 2010 by artlovemagic

To Whet your appetite for the THIS IS TRUE show tomorrow night, I thought I’d share one of my favorite poems from the show: Bread by Darryl Ratcliff. Following the poem is a short video where artist Jerod Alexander speaks about how he turned this poem into a visual piece.




I saw poets so hungry that they swallowed

their pens and pencils; traded their magic

for bread; their idealism for bread

their hope for bread

I saw how their bodies had become Braille

How they were a mass of exposed spines,

of cracked nails, of sagging eyes

I saw how tired they were

And I crept closer, began to touch the hands of starving poets

because I wanted to read their ribcages.

As the ink spilled from the corner of their mouths,

as their bellies became full,

I wanted to clasp their dying dreams

draw a crucifix by dirt side

because though they might live

this sacred ground is their burial place

This is the day they swallowed their swords

I needed to see them try to write poems again

Struggle with meaningless words

Watch their skeletons rise up,

go to Slams and get tens,

Watch the applause absorb into their dead eyes

Watch the hollow heart, their never ending ache

Watch how they can’t even taste the bread

going past their own lips

I needed to see how hard it gets

When one has to choose between dreams

and bread. Between soul and bread.

Between love and bread.

I wanted to cradle the heads

of these dying poets as they ate and they cried

And they ate and they cried

I wanted to tell them that they were my heroes

That I had watched them run themselves weary

Chasing poems that glowed brightly

Poems that didn’t love them

Poems that made them whole

How their poems lit a trail

bright enough for me to follow

And even though they gave their inspiration

for a full table, traded their magic for a bag of beans

That I still love them, that I will sing of them always,

that I will never forget their sacrifice,

this death place between bread and dreams

And as they exhale their last poetic breath

I will promise them that the poets

who come after me, won’t ever have to choose.

– Darryl Ratcliff

Here’s a facebook event page for Saturday night if you want some more details or to confirm you’re attending.

This is True – the new jazz

Posted in Artists, Magic, poetry, Shows with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 14, 2010 by artlovemagic

Over the last few months we’ve been telling you about the THIS IS TRUE experiment. 20 poets and 20 artists – 20 collaboartions between 40 strangers across two different mediums. The results have been pretty incredible.

This is easily one of my favorite things we’ve done. Several of the participants just really got into it and took the work to the next level. Here’s just a sampling of what you can expect if you check out the show at the gallery anytime this week, or if you join us for our live event celebrating it Saturday night

Amanda Davis’ piece (above) was a real joy to see. The piece is based on the poem In Sepia by Misty Boldish. Inspired by the poem’s lines about gunshots, Amanda took a .45 to the piece and shot actual bullet holes in it. She also used a combination of photo transfer, tissue paper, charcoal and paint to get the effect that she wanted.

Both Misty and Amanda are very proud of the piece.

Our jaws dropped when Eddie Walker brought in this airbrushed interpretation of Hank Van Hawkins’ poem, Mad Man Blues. Hank is a songwriter, and the poem reflects that. It reads like a gritty country/blues song. I thought Eddie was the perfect choice for it and I campaigned my other producers, Isaac and Jerod, to let him have a run at it.

The details in that tattoo are unbelievable, almost photo-realistic. Thanks, Eddie… you made me look smart!

Here’s what poet Jay Eilers had to say about his poem, which was ultimately interpretted into the above collage by artist Marissa Colomo:

Within Sacred Spaces: Tree of Life Poetry Collage, I approach older material creatively by rearranging pieces of five previously existing poems with diverse themes, suggesting a central theme based on my interpretation of universal truth.

I hope to metaphorically embody the Tree of Life as a process of spiritual realization.
This concept can apply universally to individuals within multiple communities and inspired by multiple relationships. We use what has been given to us in news ways. This is the essence of creative truth. It is adaptable, but still timeless and steadfast.

Marissa tore up thousands of tiny piece of colored paper to make the collage. When you see the work, check out the detail in the wings. It’s amazing.

This is just a small sampling of the work. There are 17 more pieces to be seen in the show and 20 full poems to be read.

We will celebrate the whole thing with a live event Saturday night at the gallery from 8pm to midnight. It’s only a $2 donation to get in. We’ll have live music, all the painters and poets, and a few artlovesurprises for you.

Here’s a facebook event page for Saturday night if you want some more details or to confirm you’re attending.

Personally, I think this is the new jazz. Collaborative experiments where artists come together around a themed project and make work the world has never seen before…

Pinch me.

post by Michael Lagocki

THIS IS TRUE… there’s energy in collaboration

Posted in Artists, Shows with tags , , , , , , on August 15, 2010 by artlovemagic

20 poems to 20 visual artists. Today was the day that the painters on the THIS IS TRUE show picked up their boards and received the poems they’ll be interpreting.

post by Michael Lagocki

What’s really TRUE is I overbook myself. It’s a curse. I’m producing like 100 shows right now, and managing a few personal art projects, and trying to get artlovemagic further off the ground, and (oh yeah) I need to find some time to make some money here and there so you don’t see me standing at a stoplight trying to wash your car windows between greens.

I mention this not (just) for sympathy, but really to explain how jazzed I am about THIS particular show. THIS IS TRUE is something special, something new for us. It’s giving me fuel to keep going through a very busy schedule and still be enthusiastic.

Each artist has been given a primed board that they will use to create their artwork , making this the first artlovemagic gallery exhibit where each piece is of a uniform size and shape.

20 poems to 20 different visual artists. Sounds simple, but it’s treasure chest of experiences. 20 new collaborations between artists who haven’t worked together before. 20 opportunities for local poets to see their work interpreted as visual art. 20 new pieces of original art, each created just for this show.

The artists and poets won’t even meet each other until the gallery hanging. Each one of them is collaborating with someone, they just don’t know who that anonymous author or artist is… yet.

Exciting. Energizing.

I love stuff like this. We set it rolling and you have no idea what’s going to happen. Who’s going to bring their A game? (hopefully all of ’em) Who’s going to be inspired, and in turn, inspire someone else with what they produce? Who’s going to find something new that becomes part of who they are as an artist (or a writer) from here forward?

Artist Ashley Jones gets her first read of the poem that she'll be interpreting into a work of art.

The Show goes up September 2nd. That means from the 3rd all the way until the 18th you can see it for free at the Janette Kennedy Gallery. That Saturday night we’ll celebrate it all with a live show (and yes, we have a few surprises in store there, too).

Stay tuned on this one.  In the weeks leading up to the show we intend to post some of the poetry and some photos of the art as it’s progressing. Kind of a backstage pass kind of thing. I suspect it will be interesting to watch how it all comes together.



pssst… if you’re interested, here’s the facebook invite for the THIS IS TRUE celebration on September 18th.

THIS IS TRUE… update

Posted in poetry, Shows with tags , , , , on August 12, 2010 by artlovemagic

THIS IS TRUE- our first ever gallery show that features collaborations between local poets and painters will launch in September. 20 poets and 20 artists have been selected and will be paired (though no one will know who they’re paired with until the work is hung in the gallery).

The poems that have come in have been a real treat to read. Some wonderful stuff in here. Wait until you read Bread, or A New Constitution, or… wait… I’m getting ahead of myself.

Plus I’m suppossed to keep it all a secret anyway until the artwork is hung up. But this is one you definitely don’t want to miss. How does a painter react to written verse? How do 20 of them react to 20 different poems? We’ll find out when the gallery goes up.

The gallery will be up as of September 3rd, but mark the date of September 18th on your calendar for sure. That’s when we celebrate the whole thing with a live show. All 20 poets will perform their works and you’ll get to meet the artists who created the paintings that go along with them. We’ll have a house band that will keep it all moving rhythmically. Absolutely beautiful… and only a $2 donation to get in the door that night.

This show is part of a series of efforts by artlovemagic to go deeper into the live art experience. This time we’re not just showing the art, or even just creating it live, we’re coordinating a wide effort of collaboration between 40 local creators in two different mediums. We’re bringing it to one of our favorite galleries in all of Dallas, and we’re celebrating it in a night that will be a whirl of poetic, musical, and painterly energy.

I have no doubt this will be one of the coolest things we’ve ever done. Together we intend to find something TRUE.

Join us.