Monday, October 2, 2017

Columbus Art Walk was great, Meridian Artwalk Next!

We had a great time at the artwalk at Books & Boards in downtown Columbus this past Thursday! Thanks for hosting us  and thanks to everyone who came and checked out our art!!

Some folks at the artwalk! 

greenness is goodness
No slowing down for us - We will be at the Meridian Artwalk at Union Station this Saturday, October 7 from 10 AM to 2 PM. Come see us if you are there! There are some wonderful artists in Meridian, and we are fun too.
Joseph at a recent Meridian Artwalk

Following the artwalk, we will head to the Meridian Museum of Art for the 44th Annual Bi-State Art Competition Reception from 2 to 4 PM. I had two weird pictures accepted in the show, "The Board of Aldermen" and " Pentamerous Archetypes". This is always a great show, and Saturday is the last day of the show. Come check it out!!

Pentamerous Archetypes 

Board of Aldermen

As always, I am working on plenty of things in my studio. Most recently I have been working on a colorful lobster drawing/painting on wood. As with many of my recent pictures, I am using a variety of colored India inks, which I apply with both brushes and pens. Here are a few progress shots!




Of course, Halloween is coming up, so I am also doing some basic decorations for the yard and house. Just started a few wooden cutouts.

Frank, Pumpkin-head, and Bob
I do love this time of year, not so much because of the holidays, but because its so nice outside! I try to walk along my trails at least daily. Just finished replacing two wooden bridges over a creek in the woods. Here are a couple of views of the trail.



Monday, September 25, 2017

MacGown Art at Books & Boards, Columbus Art Walk, Thursday 5:30-7:30



Joseph and I will be set at Books & Boards on Main Street, Columbus this Thursday, September 28 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM as a part of the Columbus Art Walk! If you happen to be in Columbus, come by and see us and hang around this relatively new cool book store. Also, numerous other downtown businesses will be a part of the Art Walk.


A view of folks having fun at Books & Boards

Last week was fairly busy with the Bulldog Bash Vendor Market in downtown Starkville on Friday and the Sunday Funday in the Cotton District, the latter of which is getting better every time! Here are a couple of pictures from the Bash and Sunday Funday.

Bulldog Bash with Noah, Joseph, Pops, Ella, Lindsay, and me (right) (Photo by Luisa Porter)
Our tent just after setup at the Bash

A view of one of our tents at Sunday Funday


inside of our tent at Sunday Funday

Monday, September 11, 2017

Upcoming Art events in the Starkville area

We had a great time at the Prairie Arts Festival this past Saturday selling and showing our weird art. In general, the Prairie Arts Festival has become less of an art festival and more of a craft/clothing/food vendor event, but there are still a few artists participating. Although, we did note that many of the artists have added t-shirts to their sales, which I suppose basically signifies the end as far as this being an art festival that attracts art buyers. For sure that was the case this year, with what appeared to be a smaller crowd that was not into buying art. We did sell a few prints though, and in general we again shared our weird art with the predominantly ultra conservative West Point folks. Believe me, we had some awkward conversations! On a positive note, the weather was great, and I won first place in the drawing/mixed media division of the juried show!

First place in drawing/mixed media with "Chance Meeting"

Our tent setup early in the morn. Joseph in the back trying to wake up. 

We again have lots going on this week in Starkville beginning with the opening reception for the Starkville Area Arts Council's Abstract Show this Thursday from 5:30 to 7:00 PM at 200 Main Street. Both Joseph and I have three pieces each in this show, and several other local artists will also have their works on display. Food and wine will be available during the reception. The show will be up for a couple of months if you can't make the opening. 

The Bulldog Bash Vendors Market will be held this Friday afternoon from 2 to 6 on Main Street! Joseph and I will have a tent of our triptacular art on the street out in front of the Book Mart! Come see us and the other vendors (almost 40 vendors), then hang around for the free concert starting at 7 PM. Read more about Bulldog Bash on their website

The next Sunday Funday is this weekend from 12 to 6 PM. As usual, we will be set up with the other vendors along Grand Ru du Fromage in the Cotton District with live music and lots of fun times. Our other Fundays were on the fourth Sunday of the month, but this one and the next two are being held on home football weekends for big games. So, come see us and the others and hang out Sunday afternoon! 

If you happen to be in Meridian, stop by the Meridian Museum of Art and check out the BiState Competition that is currently on display there. I had two pictures accepted into the show, "Board of Alderman" and my triptych "Pentamerous Archetypes." This show is up until October 7, when the winners will be announced during a late afternoon reception! 

Board of Alderman, ink on wood (3 x 4 feet), 

Pentamerous Archetypes, outside closed, ink on wood 

Pentamerous Archetypes, open view of the inside, ink on wood (about 24 x 40 inches)

Monday, August 28, 2017

MacGown Art at the Prairie Arts Festival - 2 September 2017

This Saturday, 2 September 2017 from 9 AM to 4 PM, Joseph and Joe will once again have a booth full of art at the Prairie Arts Festival in West Point, Mississippi.  This will be our third consecutive year to participate in the show!  Come see us. We will be set up in the grassy area near the water fountain. We will be the jokers with the weird to semi weird art. Some originals and plenty of affordable prints. Thanks again to our friends at Chalet Arts for their wonderful framing and printing!! 

A 2 x 4 ft triptych on wood I have been working on! 
There is so much going on with the arts in our area lately! Awesome!! The Greater Starkville Development Partnership has a "Night Market" planned for this coming Friday evening, 1 September from 7 to 9 PM at the Fire Station Park on Russell Street. A $20 ticket will get you free food and beer samples, a few artsy vendors with be present, some local retailers, etc. Last year they had music, though it's unclear if they will this year. It a pregame sort of get-together, and lots of MSU Bulldog apparel clad fans are sure to be present. That same night, at Mary Holmes College in West Point will be the 22nd annual Black Prairie Blues Festival starting at 5:30 PM! You don't want to miss this wonderful event!!! On the same day as the arts festival in West Point there will be an art walk in Meridian, which we obviously can't do. On Thursday, 14 September, from 5:30-7 PM, the Starkville Area Arts Council will have a reception for the Abstract Show at the Greater Starkville Development Partnership Gallery at 200 Main Street in Starkville! Both Joseph and I will have 3 abstract pieces in this show for sale. The following day, Friday, 15 September, the Bulldog Bash will be happening in downtown Starkville with art, food, and other vendors present from 2 to 6 PM, then free music that evening!! We are planning on having some of our MacGown art there for that. The next Sunday Funday in the Cotton District is slated for 17 September from 12 to 6 PM. On Thursday, 28 September from 5 to 7 PM, we will be participating in the Columbus Artwalk. Thanks to our  friends at Books & Boards on Main Street for inviting us to set up in their Store. The following Saturday, 7 October, we will be back in Meridian for the art walk downtown from about 10 AM to 2 PM. Following the art walk, we will head a couple blocks over to the Meridian Museum of Art for their annual BiState Competition reception. I had two pieces accepted into that show. October and November look to be equally busy! 

"Here 4 you//Interdimensional larval caveman" by Joseph MacGown 

A few pieces on wood in progress by Joe MacGown

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Sunday Funday August 27, 2017 in the Cotton District, Starkville, MS

Come join us for the next Sunday Funday tomorrow, 27 August 2017 from noon to 6 PM along Rue du Grand Fromage in the historic Cotton District of Starkville, MS. About 20 tents with local artists will be present, Scooter's Records will again be selling sweet vinyls, and we will have live music all afternoon showcasing some of our amazing local talent. Of course, our buds at Two Brother's Smoked Meats will open their doors with a limited menu and beer sales! 


Joe and Joseph MacGown

So come on out and spend a relaxing afternoon in the Cotton District looking at art and listening to music! Joseph and I will again have a tent full of art with a blend of affordable prints and originals! As always, we will have some new things to check out. Thanks again to Chalet Arts for their support, to The Greater Good Collective for the event, and to the Camp family for cooperation with the event, and to the local businesses involved such as Two Brother's Smoked Meats. 

Dog, by Joe A. MacGown

Eclipse Watcher by Joe A. MacGown

Artwork by Joseph H. MacGown

Artwork by Joseph H. MacGown

Saturday, July 29, 2017

local shows, international shows-awesomeness.

Lots of art events have been happening in my local area here in Mississipp! Despite the craziness of our times, or perhaps because of it, art and music seems especially important. And I am happy to be a part of it.

Locally, I have participated in several cool art events in Starkville the last few weeks, many of them in conjunction with my art/music/writer son Joseph. Since my last posting here, we have exhibited at two more Sunday Funday events in our local Cotton District, I showed my work at the Mississippi Made show at our wonderful local 929 Coffee Shop on Main Street, I live painted a bit with Joseph one Thursday night at Rick's Cafe, and next Saturday (5 August) we will be in Meridian, MS for the downtown artwalk from 11 AM to 3 PM!

I had one cool piece in the 7th Annual Biennial MS Invitational Art Show in Greenville, MS, and just heard this week that I had two pieces accepted into the upcomiong 44th Annual Bi-State Art Competition at the Meridian Museum of Art in Meridian, MS.

Our amazing international group "Surrealism Now" spearheaded by Santiago Ribiero of Portugal is slated to open at the Poros Multimedia Museum in Condeixa-a-Nova, Portugal on 17 September 2017! This show will be phenomenal and will feature works by at least 108 artists from 48 countries! There was even an ad for the show in Time Square recently! 






In December, I will have artwork in another exciting show in Colombia with the Dreams and Divinities group organized by Parisian artist Liba Waring Stambolllion! This show, "Heart-Conscious Art and Mural Making",. co-hosted by Semillas de la Anaconda will run from 9-16 December 2017 and will be held at Rio Dond Diego, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia.


Monday, June 5, 2017

Recent arty happenings at Sunday Funday


Some of The Greater Good Collective Ringleaders, left to right: Lindsay Runnels, Bonnie Brumley, Blair Edwards,  Joseph MacGown, and Joe MacGown (posing for a story in the Columbus Dispatch)
Last Sunday, May 28th, marked the inaugural Sunday Funday arts and music  day in the Cotton District of Starkville, MS. The event was sponsored by the newly formed organization called The Greater Good Collective, whose mission is to foster community oriented events, especially art related. The day started out rainy, and we had to move the start time from 11 AM to 12:30 PM, but then it was beautiful. Joseph and I set up our tent, and the entire road of Rue du Grande Fromage was filled with artists, artisans, musicians, dogs, kids, and grownups! Two Brother's Smoked Meats opened up to serve select food and beverages, 929 Coffee had a nitro coffee and tea cart, and the Poporium had selections of gourmet popcorn. One end of the road featured live music and the other had records being played by Keatzi Gunmoney at Scooter's Records! All in all, it was a great and successful first Sunday Funday. The next one will be on June 25! Here are a bunch of photos I got from the event.

Thanks a bunch to the Camps of the Cotton District for allowing us  to set up there, to Two Brothers Smoked Meats, to Chalet Arts, and to all the great volunteers!