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Eddie Walker’s POETS

Posted in Artists, Community, Love with tags , , , , on May 11, 2011 by artlovemagic

Airbrush artist Eddie Walker has been documenting the history of artlovemagic and our participating artists for years now. He’s created nearly a dozen large size original paintings to that end. His latest piece, POETS, shows spoken word regulars Will Richey, Maggie Smith, Zach Shrotter, and Alexandra Marie.

Amazing work, Eddie.

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.

Art & Coffee photos

Posted in Artists, Deep Ellum, Love, photography, Shows with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 8, 2010 by artlovemagic

post by Michael Lagocki

Art & Coffee, our monthly open mic and live art show has been really good lately. The microphone has welcomed plenty of new talent and built a steady stream of talented regulars. Our mission to provide you with new lineups of live artists every time has created some gorgeous displays.

August’s Art & Coffee was a great time. I walked around a took a few shots (through the lens of my cracked Iphone…sigh) and wanted to share.


We moved the microphone inside for this show, because it rained on and off throughout the night (sound equipment + water = baaaaaad). Our host, Konichiwa Zach held it together as always, bringing up a slew of poets and musicians to the microphone. Personally, I liked the feel with the stage inside. It kept the coffee shop crowded all night and opened up the porch for those who wanted to take a break from the event.

Mitsubishi brought out the car that our artists painted during the LakeSide Market Summer Festival. Four of us who painted it (myself, David Rodriguez, Eddie Walker, and Joshua Boulet) were in attendance, so we took a minute to snap a few more pics with the canvas (I mean “car”).
Very cool.

ArtLoveMagic co-founder David Rodriguez joined the lineup of live artists and worked on a commission piece that was huge. This is a small details of the four panel piece, that when finished, will be viewable as four separate painting or one large image.

One of my favorite local musicians, Erin Gayden, was our feature. She played two sets during the evening.

Josh Dryk brought the fire. Always a cool spectacle.

Josh’s technique with fire painting is evolving. Lately he’s been trying some figurative images that he burns into the wood, like drawing with a small flame.

Local comic book artist Jose Esquivel joined us and drew this Batman while he was there. We encourage many artists who create live with us to work just like they would work at home or in the studio. It’s one way we tear down the walls between the artists and the audience.

Another way to really involve the audience is to set up interactive displays. Carolyn Collins set up a Photo-Ink challenge that encouraged audience members to pick up a pen or marker and interact with her photographs. She put about a dozen images on a huge butcher paper back drop, and audiences wrote captions for them, or drew around and on top of them. It’s good to be creative.

Art & Coffee is a great first show for artists new to ArtLoveMagic. This was Adele Caunce’s first show with us and her BIG UGLY FISHIES sculptures were a hit with our audience, especially the kids who Adele took the time to teach her technique to.

An open mic means there’s always a surprise. This collaborative spoken word piece from our feature poet Darryl Ratcliff and DaVerse Lounge founder Will Richey was a treat.

Great audience, great artists, great performers, great show. Thanks to everyone who participated, particularly our producers Nicole and Kylun Rodriguez. The next Art & Coffee is Friday September 3rd at It’s A Grind. As always it will be an open mic with a fresh lineup of live artists. See you there!

Press Release for Arts Goggle on 10/3/09, ArtLoveMagic’s first Ft. Worth show

Posted in PR with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 28, 2009 by artlovemagic

September 9, 2009


Mario Cauley


Arts Fifth Avenue presents Arts Goggle featuring ArtLoveMagic


Fort Worth, TX – (October 3, 2009) Dallas art collective ArtLoveMagic will partner with Arts Fifth Avenue to present Arts Goggle from 3:00 – 10:30 pm at Arts Fifth Avenue located at 1628 5th Avenue, Fort Worth, TX 76104.  Arts Fifth Avenue kicks off the event with a free gallery exhibit preview from 3:00-6:00 pm, followed by ArtLoveMagic’s live entertainment beginning at 7:00 pm. Admission is $10.00 at the door, or $5.00 with a student ID.  $5.00 presale tickets are available now at  The Arts Goggle event accompanies a gallery exhibit which runs from September 27 – October 3 at Arts Fifth Avenue.


ArtLoveMagic creates unique art, music, and poetry fusion experiences that gather together local artists and performers from multiple disciplines to create live for the audience. The Arts Goggle marks ArtLoveMagic’s Forth Worth premiere and will spotlight the collaborative talent and skill of Fort Worth, Arlington and Dallas. Featured artists include spoken word artists Michael Guinn, Will Richey and Nnamdi Orakpo; painter Riki Johnson; and the music of GaydenLee, Rin Tin Tin and The Texas Red Legs. Come and experience live music, live artwork, spoken word and more.


“When people attend our events they are enveloped in the arts and are always encouraged to create with us,” says co-founder David Rodriguez.  “We are intentionally positive, seriously creative, and seek to produce events that inspire us as well as our audiences.”


ArtLoveMagic was co-founded in January of 2007 by Michael Lagocki, Justin Nygren, and David Rodriguez.  Since then, ArtLoveMagic has created more than 30 unique live experiences in Dallas, involving over 100 artists and performers. No two shows are the same, and each adds new ideas and creativity.  The collective’s mission is to tear down the walls that divide the artist from the audience and create a meaningful connection through the phenomenon of artistic interaction.


For more information on the Arts Goggle event, please visit 



last few days…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on September 18, 2009 by artlovemagic

post by Michael Lagocki


I have two more days in artlovemagic before taking an extended break (see: artlovesabbatical) and I’m filled with a lot of Love for this organization. The other night someone asked me if I was going to look at the website while I’m away. The question shocked me a bit. I hadn’t thought about that.

As I prepare to go, things look good. girlShow was our most successful event ever (was that only last month!?!!?) The DART event just went off well despite the most hardcore rainstorm I’ve ever seen an event like this go down in. ArtLoveMagic and weather have a long and strange history (ask Justin about it).


Arts Goggle ad by David Rodriguez and Riki Johnson

Ahead of us, the upcoming Fort Worth event looks crazy. That is an incredible lineup. You should make plans to go. Mike Guinn and Will Richey and The Texas Redlegs sharing a stage is no joke. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Fire painting, live welding, live DJs, the visual artist list is bananas. Really, don’t miss it.

Also in the weeks before my break, it’s been clear the organization is growing fast and has more dedicated people then ever. Getting involved here means making a difference in the lives of creative people; all of us (musicians, artists, poets, actors, writers) working together to do something positive and impactful.

I love that at this moment we’re seeing many of the artists we work closely with us enjoying growth in their careers and lives. Last night I watched the Texas Redlegs perform an amazing set and win the second round of the Shiner Rising Stars Competition. They’re on to the finals where they’ll compete for a record contract and tour. This week I purchased work by photographer Jenice Johnson at Paperie & Co. in Mockingbird Station. Will Richey’s company is growing. Hal Samples has landed some incredible assignments. Samax made the cover fo the Dallas Quick. I’ve gotten lucky enough to do several gigs with the Dallas Museum of Art, something I really enjoy. Many of us have been blessed.

Jenice Johnson's Gummy Bear card photography.
That’s why finding ways we can collaborate together, doing shows, community engagement, friendship- it all just makes sense. I talked to Tom and Paul of Nomad Arts a few nights ago, another group with a similar mission to ArtLoveMagic. We agreed, the pool of creative talent in this city is nearly unlimited. We talked about how the city could benefit from more organizations like us, and that rather than feel competitive, we should find ways to do cool things together. I hope to put together a joint show with them some day.

I’ve spent the last week hanging out with a lot of ArtLoveMagic people. I will miss them terribly over the next season. I kid that I’m going “off-planet”. I’m thinking more and more about renting a car and picking a direction and doing a long time on the road. I’m open to whatever comes at me.

I believe my time away will be good for this organization and healing to myself.

Please support this artlovedream any way you can while I’m gone.


photo credits:
Sarah and Michael in Art Park photographed by Nicole Rodriguez, Michael’s rainsoaked drawing from the DART event was photographed by Amanda Davis, the Arts Goggle ad was designed by David Rodriguez with art by Riki Johnson, the awesome Gummy Bear card was created by Jenice Johnson

Art & Coffee @ Saxby’s

Posted in Artists, Magic with tags , , , , , , on August 15, 2009 by artlovemagic
Jennifer Shipley

Jennifer Shipley

ArtLoveMagic’s Art & Coffee events are so multifaceted they are hard to describe.  For an evening artists and art lovers, musicians and music lovers, barristas and coffee lovers come together to share the joy of art, music and coffee.

Dianna Hawkins-Rushing was there with handmade books.  Sketchbooks with handmade paper and natural elements woven in, accordion books, and altered books lined her table.  The one that intrigued me the most was two books in one contrasting the family grown up in with the family you create.  The first side was dark–all done in blacks and browns.  It told a story of abuse, fear and neglect. The other side was the rest of the story done in vibrant greens which told of health, healing and joy.

Jennifer Shipley pulled out a blank canvas, quickly sketched with pencil and over the course of the night, we watched the colors come together to form a flower in front of our eyes.


Josh Dryk

Poet, Maggie Smith’s clever constructions engaged me deeply and later–as I sat listening to Will Richey’s poetry, a blast of fire caught the corner of my eye–so of course, I had to investigate. With spray paint and a blow torch, this artist (someone please comment with his name) was creating on sheets of plywood. Luckily this distraction happened after Will’s piece “I am in love with a hypocrite.”  The piece was so moving, I find that snatches of it still play in my mind this morning.

As with all ArtLoveMagic events, the postive energy of the crowd was elevating.  Kelly Nygren aptly said, “Art & Coffee is like methadone for Girl Show.”

Too true…

–Posted by Cathy Hutchison

REiL – local poetry voices

Posted in Love, poetry with tags , , , , , , on May 31, 2009 by artlovemagic

review by Serena Wills
pics by Delilah Wisenhunt


REiL Show Review!!!!!
Lights dim
Guitars strumming
Violin singing tunes to the audience
While the drummer is beating on your heart
Coffee aroma tickling my nose as low chatter ceases

Welcome to the REiL Show where three phenomenal spoken word artists took the stage with vengeance at the Opening Bell Coffee house at its second and new location downtown at 300 N. Akard Street. Not your average coffee shop as you walk to the back with book cases that are sky high to the ceiling stacked with old records like Jimmy Hendrix, accordions, an old box radio, books about culture and artists accented with a trumpet to name a few items. Lori Mosely opened up the night loving on her guitar as she sang to the beat of a djembe drum in the background setting the tone for the evening.

Everywhere I turned there were people as they lined the walls like the bookcases and no seat was left empty to come out to see what all the fuss was about for the REiL Show.

Faint Image then took the stage playing background music that would make you fall in love with this band instantly as the Whimsical Will Richey, the Gifted G.F. Soldier and the feature…the Dynamic David Ratcliff blew people away with thought provoking, deeper than the ocean floor poetry!

Will Richey captivated the audience with his piece, “Agape.” Brief lesson for those who don’t know what the word means. Agape means an unconditional love. When you hear the word people relate it to how much God loves His people. This is something that one doesn’t receive often unless it’s from their Creator. Love as pure as a newborn babe. As his arms flared into the sky grasping for the rain that he imagined to pour out of the atmosphere as you heard him say, drip, drop, drip, drop… Agape love was raining down on the audience as they were lost in his subliminal words. He works crowds that makes the coolest person whose personality is like ice feel as warm as the chai tea latte that I was sipping on. He can be as humorous as he talks about his crazy days of being a pizza delivery guy to the seriousness as he did a piece about his friend Jake who plummeted to his death at the age of 19.


Next up we have David Ratcliff. Age is nothing but a number for this young 17 year old who is already a published author. His book Positive Poetry in Pink displays his emotions on paper from the time when his mother was battling breast cancer. You can log onto his website to order your copy at

Adults adorn him, children admire and want to be like him when they “grow up” and poets are speechless as his young tongue talks the knowledge of an elder. Although he admits that he has a lot of growing up to do he has surpassed the comprehension of the average teenager. As he, “Preaches poetry,” and looks at his hands like, “Night lights” because he can’t turn them off the crowd is feeling his slow to fast back to slow pace of his poetry. All the poets in the room were in agreement when he spit the line, “I woke up with a pen in my hand could’ve sworn I was dreaming.” As a few of us go to sleep with a pen, pencil and journal at our bedside. As his parents were sitting at the table beside me swaying to his ragtime feature, “Sleep Walking.” Taking it back to the old school he had the ladies singing (I…I think I’m…I…I…I think I’m) while the brothers chimed in and were crooning (Sleep Walkinggggggg… Sleep Walkinggggggg). By the end of the night we were bopping our heads and swaying to his poetry/smooth rap lyrics to ragtime. One gentleman leaned over to me and said, “That boy has been here before…he has an old soul.” That he does as he wore a shirt that was the color of royalty with the shade of deep purple. Even down to the blinged out Chuck Taylors there were hints of purple as he was the King of the night.


The round robin format they had was perfect as they did two rounds then a break and came back for one final round. I don’t know if the crowd was ready for GF Soldier who hails from New Orleans, LA. He was swept in after Hurricane Katrina and noted that his therapy for depression at that time was his poetry as he preaches the gospel through his lyrics. His presence demands your attention as he placed the mic behind him and stepped to the edge of the stage. His voice bounced off of the walls as he reached into the depths of your soul and spirit as he spit his poetry accapela to no music for the first two rounds. He broke down issues of depression, how he is grateful for the kingdom and Lord Jesus Christ to bring him through the storms and how a man should view their woman.

His poetry is about obedience to God and what can happen when one falls off the path of being one with Christ. He talks about being a real man and, “To be able to tell my brother I love him without feeling less of a man” struck cords with the most masculine brothers in there as they shifted in their seats.  This brother is so secure that he can tell you he loves you and knows he is still a man…a man of God. The last piece he did he tried a little something different. Faint Image laid down a smooth tune in the backdrop as he grabbed the microphone so we could really hear this piece. Ladies were snapping their fingers when he said, “You can’t put a price tag on her for she is your woman of virtue, of wisdom…” I wanted to put my journal down and give him a standing ovation. He’s a true man of the word and through his voice you feel the pain and anguish he went through losing everything in the massive storm and how God brought him out of it.


As the night dwindled down and came to an end I was astonished at these gentlemen who ripped the microphone and touched everyone in that audience. As Will stated, “Poetry is to be received and not judged.” It’s almost how people should view one another and not judge a person by how they look or dress. Receive them and get to know them because they can be like the great poets that blessed the mic.

I’m looking forward to the next Opening Bell Poetry Show as the brain power of Darryl Ratcliff is already working on cranking out an Artist Night Out and putting together another show at this cool and cozy coffee shop.

I left feeling energized and wanting to crack my laptop open and write to the good people who will read this review. I’m inspired by these gentlemen to keep writing and making things happen in the divine 2009. This is your friendly poet and writer Serena Wills signing off from the REiL Show. Stay tuned for more slamming shows! Peace and love!