Art Attack – The Mayhem begins
Before the true Mayhem begins May 1 – this weekend, starting April 27, Richard Bloch has his first one-man show at The Space. It will be interesting to see what Richard, who is co-owner and chef at Autumn Breeze cooks up on canvas.
If his invitation is any indication (Richard shirtless with a rifle across his chest, lying atop a paint splattered canvas) it should be a very interesting show. Opening reception is this Saturday from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. You gotta love those hours.
This week I will be up to my elbows in wallpaper paste, installing the large MUGS portraits on brick buildings around town for the Eureka Springs May Festival of the Arts. The very “serious” portraits pay homage to many of our local artists and creative characters who inhabit our town.
There are more than a hundred portraits and I’ll need a team to help paste these portraits up. If you or your friends can volunteer a few hours of time, please arrive at the New Delhi on Main St., Tuesday, April 30 at 5 p.m.
Wednesday, May 1, is the first big event to kick off the May festival. MUGS En Masse, another Creative Energy Project event, invites the public to celebrate our local creative talent. It’s also the debut of the MUGS poster that incorporates all the artist portraits and will be available for sale.
At the event, photographer Jeremy Mason McGraw plans to capture a group image of the area’s artists. Hosted by the Queen Anne Mansion, it all starts at 4:30 p.m. I extend a personal invitation to Mayor Pate, our city council, and, of course, all artists, whether you participated in the MUGS portrait series or not, for this historic one-shot photo-op.
Working alongside extremely talented people is a whole lot of fun, and raises your game. Jeremy Mason McGraw and his Creative Energy Project has chosen two major projects that will garner a lot of attention to our little town in May. MUGS and Robert Norman’s SPHERES are two large installations designed to be public and interactive to its audience. The very funny promo videos for both events can be viewed at creativeenergyproject.com, and a new promo video featuring cameos from yours truly, Angelo Yao, Robert Norman, Sandy Martin, Mike Bishop, Zeek Taylor and many others is rumored to be out soon and guaranteed to make you LOL.
And speaking of talented people, congratulations to the Indy staff for putting out an outstanding FUN GUIDE for May. It’s the official publication for the Eureka Springs May Festival of the Arts and it’s informative, eye-catching and just plain FUN.