Friday, May 5, 2017

MacGown Art at Gumtree Art Festival May 13-14, 2017

The weirdness that is MacGown Art will be on display in a tent during this year's Gumtree Art Festival in Tupelo, MS from May  13 to 14, 2017. This two event has always attracted big crowds. On Saturday, the festival is open from 9 am to 6 pm, with an evening concert, and on Sunday festival hours are 10 am to 5 pm. 
here's a picture of me and Joseph at last year's Cotton District Festival

So, if you are in t he Tupelo area next weekend, come on by the tent and look at or buy some MacGown Art.  I believe our tent will be near the Lyric Theater. 
As always, thanks a bunch to Chalet Arts of Starkville for printing and framing!!!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Rick's Earth Day Art Expo and Concert with Tesheva and CBDB

The Earth Day Art and Music Expo at Rick's Cafe in Starkville on April 22 was an amazing artistic adventure that featured works by numerous local artists from 7-10 pm and amazing music by CBDB and the southern funkedelic Tesheva. 

The front room was packed with folks selling originals, prints, handmade apparel, vinyl records, ceramics, jewelry with some artists live painting! Some of these artists and other also painted live during the concert and everyone was into this wonderful Earth Day celebration of nature, music, and the arts. 

Here is a list of some of the artists who were present

Joe MacGown
Joseph MacGown
Lars Roberts 
Holley Rumbarger
Natalie Parrott
Joseph Gerard Woods 
Bri Rodoflich
Blaine Gerrard
Rob Swindal
Joseph Garland

Scott Thomas (Scooter's Records) 
Todd Rowan
Georgia Graham
Paul Buckley
Libby Cagle 



As always, thanks to Chalet Arts for the awesome prints they make for us and great framing! Thanks to Ricks for hosting this and promoting local arts! Thanks to Kori Baudoin and Ryan Handran for inviting us to participate!

Here are some photos from the event 






































Monday, April 17, 2017

MacGown Art: Earth Day at Rick's Cafe - 22 April 2017



Joseph and Joe MacGown Art at Rick's Earth Day! 

Rick's Cafe in Starkville is hosting an Earth Day celebration on April 22 starting at 7 PM featuring work by numerous local artists from 7-10 pm followed by the amazing music of CBDB and the southern funkedelic Tesheva. No admission for art showing, but for music admission price is $8 online (at www.rickscafe.net )and $10 at door.  


Look for all kinds of cool local artists to have stuff here! Here the list of artists I know about:

Joe MacGown
Joseph MacGown
Lars Roberts
Holley Rumbarger
Natalie Parrott
Joseph Gerard Woods 
Bri Rodoflich
Blaine Gerrard
Rob Swindal
Joseph Garland

As always, thanks to Chalet Arts for the awesome prints they make for us and great framing! Thanks to Ricks for hosting this and promoting local arts! Thanks to Kori Baudoin and Ryan Handran for inviting us to participate!


Here are a few photos from our last art adventure at Rick's Cafe





Thursday, April 13, 2017

Cotton District Arts Festival 2017 - Recap

Howdy art lovers 
The Cotton District Arts Festival, held this past Saturday, 8 April 2017 from 9am to 4pm in the Cotton District area of Starkville, MS, was a great one. More art booths than ever, a beautiful day, and large crowds. 

Joe and Joseph MacGown in their art tent! 
We had a pretty steady day and sold quite a few prints from postcard size to 12 X 18 inches, as well as a couple originals. This was only our second year of having a booth/tent at the festival, and we are learning a lot. One drawback to being new is that our tent is near the end of the line, and we noticed that many people never made it to us. However, we hope to gradually turn our end into a mecca for weird art lovers by bringing even more and cooler stuff  next year. We may add an additional tent as well, because it was cramped in there. 

Art enthusiasists

Joseph selling a weird painting to the Brasfields of West Point, MS
The wonderful juried show that is a part of the festival was held in the MSU Visual Arts building, which was basically right across the road from our tent! Ruth Miller, talented embroidery artist from the Jackson, MS area, was this year's juror. Each year, the arts council brings in a different juror. I only managed to get one entry of three into the show this year, and I partly blame the ridiculous entry rules for this, which state that digital images (submitted on a CD) be no more than 600 px in longer measurement. This restriction really hurts me because my large pieces are very detailed, and reducing them to that size essentially makes them look like a confusing mass of crazy. Oh well. Despite only having one entry, my "Pentamerous Archetypes" triptych won Best of Show! That purple ribbon is great, but the check that comes with it is even better.  Each year, the show is different, in part due to selections made by the different jurors, but also as a result  of who enters the competition.  Some years we have had entries from several states, with professional artists and various art professors entering. This year, the show seemed to be very local with most of the pieces done by Starkvillians. I thought compared to some years, the show was a little weak due to the lack of more outside entries, but still good. This show has been very good to me, as I have won best of show 5 or 6 times and first in the painting/drawing division multiple times! 

Pentamerous Archetypes, by Joe MacGown, Best of Show



Wednesday, April 5, 2017

MacGown Art at Cotton District Arts Festival this Saturday!

The Cotton District Arts Festival is this Saturday, 8 April 2017 from 9am to 4pm in the Cotton District area of Starkville, MS. My son Joseph and I will have original arts and prints for sale. Our booth number is 338! Its on University Drive near the last stage before the bridge to MSU and opposite the Visual Arts Center!


Also, check out my Pentamerous Archetypes triptych in the Juried Show in the Visual Arts Center along with the other cool pieces of art that were accepted in the show by others.


Thanks to Chalet Arts for their wonderful printing and Framing!!!