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Art Inspired by Music

I put out the call to my social media friends and followers once again, this time asking for music-inspired art and/or poster and album art. What I got was a rad and eclectic mix of poster designs, paintings, and photography. Check it out.

This painting is Sam Aplin's translation of Florence + the Machine's "Only if for a night" for the Secret 7" competition. © Sam Aplin Art 2012

The cover of "The Pattern Act" by M E D I A, submitted by @PunkSoda

From the "Envy" set (inspired by NIN's "Reptile"), as part of a photography series based on the 7 Deadly Sins. Shot and submitted by @AmberGhosh

A poster for Mixed Use Media & 22Thoughts in San Antonio, TX. Submitted by @PunkSoda

"Tangerine Trees and Marmalade Skies" - One of 2 lovely Beatles-inspired floral paintings submitted by Brandi Solomon.

"Sky of Blue and Sea of Green" - Beatles-inspired floral painting submitted by Brandi Solomon.

And, though this submission isn’t fine art, is certainly is creative design and would make an awesome gift for any music lover. Plus, I can’t pass up an opportunity to show off the seriously cool work my friends are doing. These coasters by Melissa Stewart at Crab Apple Designs are made from upcycled vintage sheet music.

(Click the photo for a link to the Etsy listing, where you can purchase this mega-cool coaster set.)

Next post theme in this series of curated art, just in time for Valentine’s Day: LOVE!
Send your submissions via Twitter to @JenHeartsArt.


Arthouse at the Jones Center presents the 2011 Five x Seven Art SPLURGE and Art SOCIAL

May 12th and 13th draws near, and Austin art appreciators know what that means! It’s time for the annual 5×7 exhibit at the Arthouse. The innovative, contemporary space on Congress Avenue recently reopened its doors after a major renovation, so be sure you’re there to break it in at this year’s Art SPLURGE and Art SOCIAL.

I can’t wait to see what some of my favorite local artists are contributing to this year’s exhibition!

More info here:

Arthouse at the Jones Center presents its annual 5 x 7 Exhibition and events – Austin art events | Examiner.com.

Image: Arthouse at the Jones Center


Earth Day fashion show at Whole Foods downtown ft local designers – Austin wearable art | Examiner.com

This evening on the outdoor plaza at Whole Foods (6th & Lamar), the 2nd Annual Eco Fashion Show takes place. The store is hosting tons of fun events throughout the weekend, and this one will be no exception. Some of the designers are close friends of mine, and all of them are extremely talented and awesome individuals.

Click here for more info: Earth Day fashion show at Whole Foods downtown ft local designers – Austin wearable art | Examiner.com.

Jinxedaposed Clothing, 2011. Photo: Jackson Wright Photography


downSTAIRS Apparel new location celebration – 4/20 – Austin wearable art

Earlier this month, after 8 years on South Lamar, downSTAIRS Apparel packed up and moved to a new location at 3100 South Congress Ave. The store now dwells in the same shopping center as Amy’s Ice Cream and STRUT, in a shared corner space with Path Salon.

Tonight, 4/20/2011, downSTAIRS celebrates the beginning of this new chapter along with Path’s 4-year anniversary with a shindig not to be missed. There will be live local DJs, food, drinks, and fine art by owner Jeff Strange’s brother, b.e. STRANGE.

Check out this post for all the details: downSTAIRS Apparel new location celebration + Path Salon anniversary – 4/20 – Austin wearable art | Examiner.com.

downSTAIRS Apparel is one of only two places in town where you can buy JenHeartsArt bow chokers and hair accessories, and they’ll be available there tonight amongst lots of great wearable art for both men and women by a variety of independent designers.

Photos of the new location…
(all photos by J. Cunningham)


The LoneStar Ladies present Shop Crafty – Saturday, April 16th

Fellow creative Austinite and friend of mine, Anne Marie, and her sister are throwing a fabulous craft fair this weekend! Tickets are $5 each, or 2 for 1 online. Get the scoop below, straight from the source’s press release, and check out the great post by Austin Knitting Examiner Joanna Bettelheim for a more personal look at who and what you’ll find at Shop Crafty.

Shop Crafty is a family-friendly celebration of the Handmade Community from Austin and all over the Nation! Austin’s hippest spring event will feature TWO Craft Lounges with Austin-area crafting and art studios doing demos and make-and-takes, a juried selection of crafters, a Charity Raffle for Crafting Comfort, and activities for the whole family.

Austin’s favorite Sewing Studio, The Stitch Lab, and Austin’s Hippest Mobile Craft Boutiqe, The WonderCraft, are Craft Lounge Sponsors for Shop Crafty. Attendees can learn how to make oil-cloth travel bags, leather stamped jewelry, fabric flowers and more at Shop Crafty! Vendors include fine jewelry, elegant home décor, keepsake kids clothing, stylish handbags and gifts for graduation, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthdays and moms-to-be.

The Lone Star Ladies, comprised of award-winning handbag designer Anne Marie Beard and sister Allison Beard Wall, produce fun, high end craft shows. “This is one of the best vendor selections I’ve seen in awhile,” says Bruce Willenzik, producer of the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar. Supported by the Austin Crafting Community, The Lone Star Ladies aim to bring fine craft vendors to the general public who may not usually attend a craft show. “We want to dispel the notion that ‘craft fair’ means cinnamon stick dolls with googlie eyes. Craft in America is a huge industry that appeals across ages and backgrounds. Shop Crafty will encourage would-be crafters to come out and learn, and shoppers to buy the best in Austin Handmade,” says Beard. “Community makes Austin what it is – and the Crafting Community is one of the friendliest and most supportive in town – it’s easy to join in!”

Crafting Comfort is a local volunteer-run organization that provides comfort to those in need through gifts of handcrafted items. These gifts include medical play dolls for children facing surgery or other procedures, plush monster dolls for comfort, specially designed camisoles for those recovering from breast cancer surgery, Alzheimer’s Activity Muffs, quilts, blankets and many more! More information can be found online at http://www.TheLoneStarLadies.com.


Mosaic Children’s Theater presents Beauty and The Beast

This Thursday, March 31, through Saturday, April 2, Mosaic Children’s Theater will perform Disney’s Beauty and The Beast, Jr., a Disney Theatrical Productions musical. The cast (of over 100 kids!) has been working hard alongside Director Kimberly Knight since November to bring this stage play to life, and the costumes are even based upon the ones worn in the Broadway production of Beauty and The Beast.

The performers range in age up to 8th grade, and are split into two casts to spread the workload over the show’s 3-day run, with two performances on the final day.

Several of the cast members’ parents have been working day and night piecing together amazing costumes for each character, managing ticket sales, lending a helping hand around the set, and organizing fundraisers to recover some of the costume and production costs that have been generously poured into this huge group effort.

The show’s major leads performed excerpts at a recent carnival held at Covington Middle School, where the play itself will take place this weekend. Before they sang, the actors in costume posed for photos, theme park style. (The photos seen in this post are from that preview show.)

Performances take place in the Covington auditorium as follows:
Thursday, March 31 @ 7pm
Friday, April 1 @ 7pm
Saturday, April 2 @ 2pm & 7pm

Tickets are $10 at the door or can be reserved by emailing mosaictheater@att.net.

I’m doing a fundraiser to help cover some of the costume material costs, which have been purchased and worked on primarily by Ms. Knight and a couple of extremely dedicated parent volunteers, and am extending the offer to any of you out there interested in helping support a local youth theatrical organization. That means you can help even if you can’t make it to the show! (Of course, ideally you buy a ticket to the show and then buy some of the items we have there to for sale to benefit the theater…) Another great way to contribute, if attending, is to purchase snacks from the volunteer-run concession table in the lobby.

I’ve been making a special collection of limited edition rosebud lapel pins, inspired by and designed especially for the Beauty and The Beast theme. They will be for sale in the lobby before and during each upcoming show time for $5 each (cash only). At the same table we’ll also be selling light-up stem roses for audience participation and commemorative t-shirts.

SPECIAL SUPER-LIMITED PRESALE OFFER-

Until the end of the day tomorrow, I’m taking presale orders for $3 per pin. This helps me cover the cost of supplies, as all proceeds from sales made at the event will be going directly to the theater and costuming contributors, and also ensures that you don’t miss out, as inventory is limited. Payment can be made via PayPal or credit card, and your order will be available for pickup at Covington on show dates unless other arrangements are made. Email smartest.artist@yahoo.com to order.


This is going to be an awesome production! Definitely a hard-working, talented performing arts group worth seeing and supporting.


Tuaca Body Art Ball – performance art + body paint

Looking for an awesome event to attend tonight? Something a little out-of-the-ordinary to offset all those casual live music experiences you encountered during SXSW? The Austin stop on the Tuaca Body Art Ball tour is it!

Photo: C&C Productions

The show takes place this evening at the Moody Theater and is sure to be an impressive spectacle of sights, sounds, and spirits. Check out all the official details in the link below.

Tuaca Body Art Ball brings pop culture to life through performance and body art – Austin wearable art | Examiner.com.

Photo: C&C Productions

Photo: C&C Productions


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