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!

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