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ArtLoveMagic Kid’s Workshop – November 2011

Posted in Artists, Community, Deep Ellum, Love, Magic, photography, Shows, Workshops with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 30, 2011 by artlovemagic

story by Michael Lagocki
photos by Nicole Rodriguez and Michael Leyzer

On November 19th, 2011 we produced another one of our series of Kid’s Workshops. The intent with these is to get kids bumping elbows with real local artists and getting the chance to create alongside of them.

I’m thrilled to say, the event was a huge success. We were nervous, to be honest. On previous workshops we bussed kids in from local schools, but this time the event was completely open. We had no many idea how many kids were going to show up. Fortunately, we had a packed house. Kids and parents from many surrounding area came by the dozens.

We had 8 visual artists and two performing artists work with the children. Everyone understood that what were we trying to do was nothing like a classroom. We wanted to get away from formalized teaching and rely on a more “studio” approach. What the kids would experience was very much like what the artists experience in their daily lives as professionals.

Including a DJ this time around was a real plus. DJ Sean P let the kids scratch records on his turntables, while local MC IZK taught them how to use a microphone and create simple freestyle rhymes.

Outside, painter Jerod Alexander Davies taught his “Just.Us.League.” style of collaborative painting, including using spray paint for graffiti effects. The same week Jerod shared these skills with us and the kids, he had a new mural open at the Dallas Museum of Art. This is exactly the kind of experience we wanted to achieve with the idea of kids collaborating with real local artists.

Every station had a different artform, led by a different local artist. The kids were welcome to roam free and stay wherever they wanted for as long as they wanted. Surprisingly, the crowds were pretty evenly spread about. It seemed most kids experienced the majority of the stations, but each had a different favorite.

This workshop was possible because of generosity. Donor Jeanne Blanton funded the workshop (in memory of Don). ArtLoveMagic and the Deep Ellum Foundation produced the day. We had a volunteer crew that was beyond amazing, with multiple volunteers actually setting up impromptu art stations themselves and teaching once we realized we had more kids than we expected.

TREES very generously donated their building and several staff members to host us. I kept thinking, how amazing is it that these kids are getting to perform on a stage, with the real equipment, in one of the most well known music venues in Deep Ellum. If these kids do go on to be in a band in ten or fifteen years, they may very well come back and play this stage again.

I know in my life, it was often a short encounter with someone who was willing to share their knowledge that led to me learning faster and gaining confidence in my art. I believe we created many of those moments for the kids at the workshop. Each artist involved was a stand out, not just for their talent, but for their giving personalities.

You know you’re doing something right when someone in the crowd brings you a cake to say thanks. (((thank you, Iris!))).

This was a great workshop, and we feel great about all those who taught, helped, and attended. Keep watching artlovemagic.com or our facebook page to learn about other upcoming workshops and live art events from our crew.



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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!

Comicpalooza – a live art benefit

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 11, 2011 by artlovemagic

ArtLoveMagic has some good roots in comics. Founders Michael Lagocki and David Rodriguez have both been fans and active participants in the Dallas comics scene for many years prior to artlove. So it’s with no small amount of enthusiasm that we approach this new event on January 22nd that will raise money for veterans of the comics industry facing serious needs.

 

Samax Amen - creating live

Comicpalooza, a very cool Houston based show, reached out to artlovemagic because of our ties to the local art community and asked us to be involved. They are coordinating a multi-city live art event to raise funds for the Hero Initiative, an organization that protects veteran comic book creators in medical or financial crisis. This is a wide spread problem among golden and silver age comic creators who worked before fair contracts and royalties came to comics.

 

James O'Barr - creating live

The early response from artists has been fantastic. Already involved are an impressive collection of artist who will create comic themed work live:

David Rodriguez - creating live

Live artists include
James O’Barr (the Crow)
Samax Amen (ghettomanga.com & magazine)
Khalid Robertson (Champion of Children)
David Rodriguez (renowned Dallas painter)
Jerod Alexander (graffiti artist)
Isaac Davies (graffiti artist)
Bob Luedke (Eye Witness)
Michael Lagocki (ghostwerks, artlovemagic)
Trayce Cochran (street artist)
Lawrence Alexander (painter)
Cal Slayton (Shades of Blue)
Christopher Garcia (Marvel/WildStorm/CrossGen colorist)
Joe Skilz (graffiti artist)

All artists will be creating work that will be auctioned off night of the show for the Hero Initiative. (Auction starts at 11pm). Doors will be open as early as 8. We’ll be rolling full steam by 9. Music will be handled by an awesome host of Dallas DJs including Hologram Dagger, and DJ Dean Dillenger.

18 and up.
Only 3 bucks to get in.

Bob Luedke will be there creating live.

Come be a part of a special night that benefits the people who created the characters that shaped our lives. Incredible music, mind blowing live art, and rare comic collectibles for sale to benefit the charity.

Saturday, January 22 at 9:00pm

at Arnetic (Deep Ellum)

2826 Elm Street

Dallas, TX

Want the face book page?
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=178387758858842

You can also help us spread the word, by sharing this page or using this flyer image:

Have access to photocopies? Here’s a two-sided print version/ with our big UNDERGROUND show. Click the image. Print out on both sides of the same paper and cut in half. It makes 2 sheets with each event on one side.

If you want to help with this event, here’s the best things you can do:

1- Got a rare comic collectible you want to contribute to our buy it now table? Email mike@artlovemagic.com

2- Help us spread the word and bring a crowd!

3- We’re still looking for one or two more sponsors at the $100 level to help pay for art supplies. Contact mike@artlovemagic.com if you or your business is interested.

The car

Posted in Artists, Magic, photography with tags , , , , , , on August 11, 2010 by artlovemagic

photo by Nicole Rodriguez (with a touch of graphic design by Michael Lagocki).

http://www.whatareyouinto.net

Live from the Deep Ellum Arts Festival: Day 3

Posted in Artists, Deep Ellum, Love, Magic, music, Shows with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 4, 2010 by artlovemagic

words and photos by Michael Lagocki

Game over, man.

Actually, as I type the festival still has another few hours, but mercifully, I got to leave before the end. Other people have it covered. If you read the last few days of this blog you probably understand why this has meaning for me.

Kevin Steele was one of many live painters on Sunday.

The Davies brothers, Isaac, Jashua, and Jerod created their own subsection of ArtLoveMagic Alley where they showed and painted with friends all weekend.

The ArtLoveMagic Alley was an absolute success. We loved doing it and the artists had a great time. Day three had weather challenges. It never quite got to buckets of rain, but several times it drizzled, and the skies threatened to open up. There were more than a few instances where our artists had to quickly cover their work or get it under a tent (rain & live art don’t always mix).

I broke out the paints and markers and created this piece live during the first shift.

Today was a chill vibe and I created a piece myself. I even hung a full gallery display, something I rarely get a chance to do. It felt good. And I like the piece I painted. Many others live created as well, including the poets and musicians who created on the stage. Our stage was pure Dallas songwriting, with performers from our local streets as young as 19 years old holding down full sets.

Erin Gayden gets a little help from a friend when rain threatened to soak her set.

It's good to have friends. All day artists were helped through complex setups by volunteers. The spirit of helping others was evident all over.

So thank you Deep Ellum, thank you Arts Fest and thank you anyone who attended… and especially everyone who lent their hands to lifting, helping, promoting, selling, supporting. Our awesome producers… Deborah Driscoll, Josh Dryk, Isaac Davies, Jay Bookworm, Mario Cauley, and myself all busted our butts day after day to make this thing happen. Our volunteer crew was unbelievable as well. You know who you are and how much we needed you.

You’d enjoy volunteering at our shows if you never have. It’s hard work, but it’s FOR something- supporting artists, musicians, poets, building unique experiences, doing something that inspires people. Most of those folks behind our tables and in production roles are artists and performers themselves. Next time they’ll get on the mic, on the art stages. All they’ll be supported by the same people who helped them this weekend.

We split the day into two shifts of artists. Trayce Cochran painted on the second shift that closed out the festival.

Until next time… art. love. magic.

-ML

Arts Goggle – Review!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 5, 2009 by artlovemagic

On Saturday, October 3rd ArtLoveMagic’s first infiltration of Fort Worth was unmistakably ArtLoveMagicy.  A photo collection of some of the night’s badasses:

goggle2trayce

Trayce Cochran

goggle7hotchickpaint

Elizabeth Trosper

goggle5eddie

Eddie Walker

goggle6zach

Zach Scott Pohl

goggle3riki

and of course, Riki Johnson

Riki Johnson, David & Nicole Rodriguez, and Keanna Pohl were the producers on this event, and they really kicked butt.  All the artists and musicians were happily creating and performing inside of a chill vibe and colorful atmosphere.  One of our newest volunteers, Sara Brown took the time to relate her experience to Keanna & me.  As one that has been involved with ArtLoveMagic for a couple of years now, I always find it refreshing when new folks come in and share their love with us.  Here were some of the cool things Sara experienced:

“The Goggle Event was my first real exposure to this type of creative outlet.  I love the honesty, caring and spontaneity of the artists.  Josh Dryk (right) was the highlight for me, as he showed us how painting with fire could be done.  I love the smell and feel of fire, as well as the visual effect!joshdryk

I found this a healing experience for me, moving into this large city. It is so nice to know there is such angelic folks like you to make life feel so alive! It would benefit so many people that need to know they matter….”

Welcome, Sara.

I really dug the fire art, too.  Conor Muldoon (below) throwing pottery live is always one of my favorite’s, and there were plenty of people who agreed with me.  I had the honor of performing the classic “Four Women” by Nina Simone with Kelly Nygren at my side, and the entire main stage was hosted by Fort Worth’s own Mike Guinn.  National Spoken Word champion Nnambdi Orakpo (below) was the feature poet of the evening and when he spit his piece, “Play Pretend” my eyes couldn’t help but leak and my soul couldn’t stop it’s speak…as Malcolm Jamal-Warner of the Cosby Show said, “Nnambdi is pure fire.”  I was the greatful recipient of his new book, Avant-God, Vintage Poetry Collection, which he was kind enough to sign for me. The Texas Red Legs rocked me to the last drop at the end of the night with their smash hit, “Black Sky Growl”, and so much more lie in between, you had to have been there.  I do hope that we continue to do shows with our friends at Arts 5th Avenue.  What nice people!  Art on, Fort Worth.  We’ll be seeing you.

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photo of Josh Dryk fire painting by Jenice Johnson, photo of Nnambdi Orakpo by Sondra Beamon, all other photo’s by Amber Nix Matthew’s.

photo by Sondra Beaman

photo by Sondra Beamon