An Evening of Firsts

Saturday, January 16th is a date that us artMEATers will remember for years to come.  We had the sincere pleasure of hanging with Austin’s finest, eating delicious food, having fabulous libations, and getting our ribs tickled and hearts touched by a fantastic play reading during our very first artGATHER. The party also served to celebrate the launch of our premiere issue Ø! We had a fantastic turnout and good times were had by all.        

The play reading was a work entitled The Flick by Annie Baker. The Flick takes place in a movie theatre in Massachusetts and is centered around three of its employees, Avery, Sam and Rose. They do all of the work to keep the place running, which includes a lot of stage directions about sweeping. The show consists of mostly everyday conversations between the employees. Due to the clever writing and the fantastic delivery of the actors we brought together for the reading, lots of laughter ensued. We are already busy planning the next artGATHER event which might get a bit musical.

Amber Quick, Delanté G. Keys, Miles Chick, Nicholas Kier, and Kayleigh Axtell reading  The Flick  by Annie Baker.

Amber Quick, Delanté G. Keys, Miles Chick, Nicholas Kier, and Kayleigh Axtell reading The Flick by Annie Baker.

If you have not yet had a chance, please head over to the Zine side of the website to check out our premiere issue of artMEAT. We were lucky enough to have some of our local contributors attend the event and it was so wonderful for all of these talented artists to get to share and celebrate their work. We are working on casting our distribution net, so keep an eye out for more artMEAT news in your neighborhood. In addition, we are very close to going public with the theme for the Zine's issue 1.

So, how are you going to make sure that you never miss another artGATHER event? You are going to follow us on all the social media formats and you are going to send your email address to thisisartmeat@gmail.com. This will save you from being out in the cold again next time! Until next time you lovely lads and lasses!

CrEATively Yours,

K

               

               

On Set with Adam & Steve

To whet your appetite for our premiere issue, we would like to share our first artMEAT mashup. Delanté Keys, our fearless leader, is working with the amazing Austin photographer, Maureen Delaney. He shared a poem he wrote inspired by the story of Genesis, and they worked together on an Adam & Steve love story photo shoot. The story board they are creating adds relevance and interest to what could be a stale story. 

With the idea in mind, Delanté and I searched our new neighborhood on Austin’s east side for the perfect location. At the Texas State Cemetery, we found a number of choice “Tree(s) of Knowledge” along with a beautiful stream. The date was set so Delanté worked tirelessly to locate some models. We were lucky enough to find Nicolas Kier, who was a wonderful model and a super fun addition to the group. When Delanté couldn’t locate another model to play Steve, we convinced him to join the shoot.

In typical Delanté fashion, he laid out an amazing breakfast spread with mimosas for our little crew. Please note, all future contributors – you will be fed and probably given alcohol if you participate in an artMEAT event. We set out with our Design/Visual Arts Editor, Shelby Aranyi to start shooting. It was kind of a gloomy day but thanks to our procurement of a light reflector, we were able to add some warmth to a lot of the shots.

As soon as we got to the cemetery, Maureen took off. She was full of ideas and was a fantastic director. There was no time wasted as she moved from one location to the next. A variety of poses were used as we attempted to story board Delanté’s poem. It was so great to take this idea and bring it to life through Maureen’s artistic talents. After a variety of shots were taken, our fantastic photographer decided she was done and the day was a wrap.

We hope this collaboration will be the first of many. We are working to bring together artists from all walks of life to work in concert. If you are interested in participating in this kind of collaboration, please let us know. That is it for now, Tribe!

CrEATively Yours,

K  

Why artMEAT?

                  We all have some history with art, and it’s probably more in depth than a semester long course in Art History. Art is the physical manifestation of the “Je ne sais quoi” that distinguishes us from the animal kingdom. We are enlightened beings aware of our surroundings and intrigued by our purpose. That being said, we here at artMEAT believe, whole-heARTedly that art is a significant and necessary part of the human experience. We believe that art can satiate and nourish our minds and spirits like food does our bodies. We want to help you experience art from a place of need and not just interest.

                My interest in art stems from my experiences in the Drama Club in high school. Being a stage manager allowed me to shed my introverted ways and finally find my voice. Along the way I changed interests and chose a career working for the Government. Personally, I have not found a lot of opportunities for creativity working for the Government, therefore I was very intrigued by Delanté’s idea to start artMEAT. We know tons of artists as well as others in search of a creative outlet. Over the past decade there has been a movement to nurture our minds and bodies from practicing meditation to eating healthy. We are making a push for you to be supported creatively as well.

                Everyone, no matter his or her profession, needs a creative outlet. You need to have your voice heard.  We are interested in your perspective. This art will strengthen your brain, your resolve, and your confidence. It will open you to the world and allow for knowledge and perspectives to be shared. A taxidermist may learn a new technique for adding perspective by working with an engineer at a tech company. That engineer may learn about color composition from a tattoo artist. We all have something that we can share and something we can learn. This forum will create a community for these kinds of experiences and it will help us all grow.

                All are welcome here at artMEAT. Whether you are a contributor, a participant at our upcoming artGATHER salon, a teacher in our artGRASP series, or reader of our zine, you are in. You are part of the family, the community, the tribe. We welcome you to tell your friends and loved ones. Let’s help this group grow. Together we will create something new, something interesting, and foster this place for art to meet. 

CrEATively Yours,

K