Why You Should Seek out Art Culture in Northeast Texas
Let me take you on a magical tour of the art background in Northeast Texas, where art is mysterious, seductive, loud, and most of all, fun. The atmosphere here in Northeast Texas vibes with anyone with an open mind, and it resonates with anyone with a love for art. Let your curiosity lead you into places of this unknown night life and most importantly, be inspired to do more, be more, and live more. This is the artists’ way of life and the struggles they face day to day to be more inspired, usually comes from the experiences they live daily.
The Edom Art Emporium has more to offer than just paintings.
The First event this past weekend, was in Edom on Valentine’s Day, Thursday night. Jessica Lisby, the Edom’s Art Emporium Jewelry Designer, was on-site at the heart of the Edom’s Downtown Art District for the Almost Classy Open Mic. This also was a great time to get a sneak peek of the It Figures-Figurative Art Showing. Shane Rendon and T Gordon Mayhall from the Rendon Brothers Band coupled with a few other Edom shop owners, for example: Joseph Hopps, owner at the Arbor Castle Birdhouses joined in the fun and played the harmonica. This had a very uptown feel that was mellow, and lively. This is a place that will let you join in the fun or sit and watch. This night marked the beginning of a fun-filled adventure of what it really looks like from the eyes of an artist, and their way of life.
The Edom’s Art Emporium had their intimate invite only: It Figures-figurative Art Opening.
Friday, February 15, 2019, the Edom’s Art Emporium had an intimate invite only: It Figures-figurative Art show, just a month after their ribbon cutting. The local Northeast Artists had their art up for grabs that varied from paintings, sculptures, photography, and crochet. The evening was very classy, yet provocative as figurative art can be on the riskier side of the art culture. Figurative art communicates any form of modern art that retains strong references to the real world, which pertains to the human figure. The art on display portrayed the very essence of the figurative design and teased the imagination. Since the night was a mix of mystery and seduction, it is no surprise that eight pieces of art were sold. The Edom Art Emporium supports all local artists, and there was an incredible showing. In fact, there were many local artists represented at this opening. This was a great night of showing local art, indeed.
The list of featured artists were:
TribalLifeArt entertained guests with their talents in tribal body art this past weekend. Models and guests alike posed for pictures. TribalLifeArt is a Dallas based art company and is well known in Downtown Dallas Art Districts such as, Deep Ellum. Dannyray Williams: tribal artist, along with his two beautiful models: McKenzie Woodfin and Haylea Ashmore, graced the guest with their artistic abilities in the beauty of body art. Body art is art made on, with, or consisting of, the human body. Dannyray Williams used paint and electrical tape for his inspired look. Guests even participated and were either painted or Dannyray put patterned tape on them. Williams Dannyray is his name on Facebook. Look him up; he might even be able to travel to your next private or public event.
Photos by Amandi Goldman
Dannyray Williams’ opinion on how the event went, “There is a secret place called Edom, Texas, where there is a town filled with beautiful loving people with true southern hospitality, a place that is a small town with an open mind and free from judgement! McKenzie and I took the tribe down there in the spirit of art and unity! One of the best nights we ever had with music, a great vibe and very welcoming people! Edom, Texas you guys, treated us like Rockstars and your Gallery is very impressive with phenomenal art everywhere! Check out the Edom Art Emporium! A true gem. Jessica Lisby and Kerian Massey, what a beautiful community you have! Thank you for your great hospitality. You folks have treated us better than anyone has since we’ve started this TribalLifeArt thing! Even in our own cities, and the world could learn a lot from you beautiful people down there! Thank you again from Tribalifeart! And thank you for keeping art alive! Till we meet again, we got a special place in our hearts for Edom, Texas!”
Poetry and Music in Athens, Texas: Underground Arts Fair
The Underground Arts Fair was Shane Rendon’s vision, but by the end of collaborating with other artists and sponsors, it was clear it was more of a “community effort by show time,” according to Shane. The Underground Arts Fair was a collective group that ranged from painters, musicians, jewelers, and poets. The Fair took place at the Royal Athens Club Trace Bar, located inside a hotel off of Hwy 31 on Saturday February 16, 2019. It is important to note that this was a fairly small venue, yet each artist made room for each other so everyone had their art displayed along the walls or on tables. The live poetry readings were very entertaining and each of the bands one-upped the other, so by the end of the night, you were impressed or moved by something you saw or heard.
Shane was asked if he would like to comment on the event. He said, “I just like to see artists be artists. It’s a lot of fun to see generally under-appreciated artists in their element, expressing themselves.”
Following the Rendon Brothers to Deep Ellum
Monday night open mic night at the Deep Ellum Art Co was alive with various young and seasoned musicians. The Rendon Brothers, a local Northeast Texas band traveled all the way to this Downtown Dallas Historic Arts District to put on an awesome show. On February 18 at 7:00 p.m. the Rendon Brothers opened up for the open mic night. The band played for 45 minutes and the crowd enjoyed every single minute of it. If you are a young or seasoned musician this is a place to feel the love while learning or perfecting your stage presence. It is worth the drive to have your name on the sign-up sheet. One could really feel the love as they applauded and encouraged one another.
There are so many reasons to support local artist. One can support the local artists in Edom and take an art class or visit the many shops and buy a wide variety of art. Another option is following your local band to the next county over, or travel all the way to the many different Historic Art Districts all over this great State of Texas. With so many varieties of art available, there is definitely something for everyone to enjoy.