Talking Shop with LizardoArt

Crazy, Acrylic on Canvas by LizardoArt

Etsy Dallas members Liz Ballard, of LizardoArt, and Cheyne Little, of Cut Out and Collect and The Coffee Haus Downtown, sat down to talk shop, earlier this week. LizardoArt's abstract paintings will be on display at the Coffee Haus through July. You can meet Liz and view her work at an after hours reception this Friday, July 17th 7-8pm.

Cheyne: How long have you been painting?
Liz Ballard: For about 5 years now. I didn't intend to learn how to paint. I was doing a simple project for my apartment and that turned into this.

C: What inspires you to create art?
L: I like to listen to music and if I find something I like, I can paint for quite a while. Otherwise I usually want to paint after I've been hanging out in Dallas or any new city. I'm inspired by any kind of cool textures I see and old, weathered buildings. I also love fashion magazines and find inspiration in that too.

C: How often are you able to paint?
L: It depends on the time of the year. I can paint more right now because I have no classes. I have two semesters of college left and then I hope I can paint a lot more.

C: What music do you listen to while you paint?
L: I usually listen to podcasts or when I paint. I like trance music like Tiesto. is good because it keeps going and I don't get distracted playing with CDs and things. I also have a thing for gangsta

C: (As an abstract artist, texture and color must be important) Do you use color to express emotion/subject matter - or do you work with whatever inspires you?
L: I think I am expressing emotions but not because I set out to do that. I guess you can't really help it when you are doing something artistic. I am usually inspired by a certain color that I can't get enough of. Also, I like to find new techniques and playing around with those usually inspires me. If I find a new way of making a texture, I'll want to keep playing with it and that inspires me to paint.

C: Why did you want to be part of Etsy Dallas?
L: I really liked the idea of meeting people who lived near me. I also love that everyone does different things, complementing each other. Plus it just looked like a cool team.

Etsy Dallas Weekend Guide: June 12-14

It's that time again. Get out your date book and pencil in some fun this weekend. The Etsy Dallas Weekend Guide is pleased to announce 5 great events that you just can't miss. From Friday night to Sunday evening, there's just no excuse this weekend to sit around.

The Dark Carnival - Deep Ellum
Join Etsy Dallas's Tara to the T at the Dark Carnival as she presents her new Fashion Accessories with a Vintage Twist. Along with her will be the sensational smells of Vicious Vixen Candles by Dark Candles.

Jugglers, Mimes, Magicians, Tarot Card Readers, Face Painters & Freak Shows,

DJ "Wild In The Streets" the Video Bar

Free Cotton Candy & Popcorn

Date: Friday, June, 12th
Time: doors open at 9pm
Location: The Church, Dallas
Cost: Admission: $10 over 21/ $15 under 21
$5 off with Church VIP or Dog Tags
18 + welcome

"Dudescapes" by Alan Tolleson - Coffee Haus Downtown, Arlington
The Coffee Haus Downtown, which regularly features a boutique with the work of Etsy Dallas members Cut Out and Collect, Tefi Designs, Pamela Michelle, Texas Tarts and Tara to the T, is pleased to present a mixed media artwork collection by the artist Alan Tolleson. As a middle school art teacher, Tolleson finds an endless source of inspiration in the unintentional humor his students convey in their own work. When this inspiration is mixed with a few of his daydreams and the juxtaposition of oddities found sprawled across Arlington, Tolleson's spontaneous art becomes a handful of insights and hilarious surprises. Join the Coffee Haus in a special artist’s reception this Friday.

Date: Friday, June 12th
Time: 7pm-8pm, Alan Tolleson’s artwork will hang through June
Location: The Coffee Haus Downtown in Arlington
Cost: FREE! But do try their coffee while you’re there. Yum!

City Arts Festival - Dallas
This FREE festival will offer new attractions and showcase the outstanding cultural, performing, visual and culinary arts of Dallas and the region. Plus, the CityArts Celebration will, for the first time, feature the works of visual artists nationwide, in addition to original works of art and fine crafts by Texas artists.

Visit Etsy Dallas members: Beading Genie will be in booth FE39 (FE stands for Flora East, meaning in front of the Meyerson). And next door in booth FE40 will be the Kessler Craftsman.

Date: Friday June 12th – Sunday june 14th
Time: (F) 6-10, (S) 11-10, (Su) 11-6
Location: Downtown Arts District, in front of the Meyerson
Cost: FREE

Oak Cliff Visual Speed Bump Art Tour 2009 - Oak Cliff
This event is free and open to the public. This is your opportunity to leisurely tour Oak Cliff and see local artists in the natural habitats. Maps are available at each of the stops. The tour runs from 12:00-6:00 PM, and is followed by a reception at Mighty Fine Arts Gallery. A whole day full of art and fun!

Date: Saturday, June 13
Time: 12pm-6pm
Location: Oak Cliff
Richard Ross' Solo Show
Kettle Art is hosting Richard Ross' solo show, 100% Recycled: Landscapes of a Landfill, from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday.

As a visual artist, Ross experiments with all types of media, from pencils, acrylics and oils to found collage materials. His hope is to communicate his search for beauty and glimpses of the Platonic Forms into a new mythology. It seems he is always searching for new icons by sifting through old beliefs and a disposable contemporary society. With an inventory of works well into the hundreds, this show will be something to see first hand.

Date: Saturday, June 13
Time: 7pm-10pm
Location: Kettle Art, Dallas
Cost: FREE!

Paper Nerds Cyanotype Workshop
The cyanotype process, also known as the blueprint process, was first introduced by John Herschel in 1842 and has remained virtually unchanged since its invention. The class will introduce students to the history of the cyanotype process and will mostly take place outside, as sunlight will be used to expose the cyanotypes. This workshop is adaptable for participants of all ages and levels of experience.

Date: Sunday, June 14
Time: 1-4pm
Location: 4101 Commerce, Suite#6, Dallas
Cost: $95 in advance/$100 at the door

Posted by Pamela Michelle

Etsy Dallas Weekend Guide

This weekend is picking up speed. It might be a good idea to go ahead and clone yourself to make it to all these amazing events going on in the DFW area this weekend. There's everything from indie shopping, to bike riding, to music, to free foods and drinks, and even oppertunities to bring along your little furry fido friend.

The Denton Arts & Jazz Festival is a FREE 2 1/2 day event held in the heart of the city, beautiful Quakertown Park . Over 2,200 performers on 6 stages, fine arts and crafts, children's art activities, food and games, and four hundred festival members volunteer their time each year for this exciting annual event on the last, full weekend in April.

In the North Part of the Park, you'll find Etsy Dallas Member Beading Genie selling her fine jewelry, along with 70 other artists and crafters. There you will find clothing, metal & wood crafts, jewelry, paintings, candles, masks, puppets, dolls, etc. Artists will also be set up in the Denton Civic Center, and the surrounding areas outside the building.

When: Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Time: (F) 5-11pm, (S) 10am-11pm, (Su) 11am-9pm
Where: Quakertown Park, Denton, TX
Cost: FREE!

Let's get Funky! It's finally time for the highly anticipated Spring Fling in Fort Worth, brought to you by our friends over at Funky Finds. The indoor event will showcase the work of over 130 talented artisans providing consumers the opportunity to find hand-crafted one-of-a-kind gifts, unique accessories, fashionable attire, home dècor and more.

The Spring Fling is a terrific way to celebrate Earth Day as many vendors create recycled and upcycled goods. Eco-conscious shoppers will appreciate having over 100 shops in one location eliminating the waste of time and gasoline driving around town. Attend the Funky Finds Spring Fling on April 25 and celebrate handmade goods and independent artisans.

There will be a flood of Etsy Dallas members out in Fort Worth this weekend for the Spring Fling. Be sure to stop by and say hello, and get your shop on.
Also visit the Etsy Dallasites online shops for a sneak prewiew: Cut Out & Collect, Dowdy Studio, F is for Frank, Harrilu, Kessler Craftsman, Lolafalk, Little Cookie, Man Handled, Mia Maria, Michelle Cook, Modest Ambition, Nerdbomber, Pink Lemonade Bags, Pamela Michelle, Pin Up Pixie, Rimrock View Studio, Sadie's Things, Scribble Scrabble, Superchica, Sherry's Crafts, Tara to the T, Texas Tarts, Tefi Designs, Three Yellow Starfish, XY Factory

When: Saturday
Time: 10am-6pm
Where: Will Rodgers Memorial Center, Fort Worth, TX
Cost: FREE!

For the First Annual Oak Cliff Art Crawl, several Art Galleries and Artist studios will open their doors for receptions and festivities in Oak Cliff. This event is free and a map of destinations will be provided at each venue. Participating galleries include Cube Creative - a brand new gallery on Tyler St., Ice House Cultural Center, Soda Gallery, Decorazon, Texas Theater, 9th Street Town Homes, Bishop Arts Studio Co-op, Mighty Fine Arts and more!

A few of the things you can expect at this fun filled art crawl are live bands, free refreshments and beverages, a unique art experience at each venue (including a Beatles themed reception at the Soda Gallery), a large group of bicyclists visiting each location, and of course, quality art available for purchase.

Make sure you stop at the Soda Gallery to listen to Etsy Dallas artist and musician DJ Tigerbee spin the Beatles music and see our very own Kessler Craftsman's glass recreation of Yellow Submarine.
When: Saturday
Time: 4pm-9pm
Where: Oak Cliff (click for map of venues)
Cost: FREE!

Arlington's Studio 204 will have their second gallery show April 25th from 6pm-10pm with a circus flair (rumor has it there will be pop corn and balloon animals). They're located at 204 S. East Street, near J. Gilligan's and Bird's Copies.

You can also drop by Coffee Haus to view the Pop Art collection before heading to Studio 204 on your way home from the Funky Finds Spring Fling! Both the Pop Art and Art of Circus feature Etsy Dallas's own Rhonda Warren of Color Box Design.

When: Saturday
Time: 6pm-10pm
Cost: FREE!
Website: Art&Seek

Coming Up! - Saturday, May 16th

Get out your big red sharpie and circle May 16th on that calendar, then cancel any appointments, and have your secretary hold all calls that day, cause you're gonna be bashing it up indie style with Etsy Dallas.

The 1st Annual Etsy Dallas Spring Bash will be held at the historic South Side on Lamar, the old red Sears Building, on Saturday, May 16th from 11am to 5pm. The show will feature over 50 local handpicked artists and crafters, hand spun tunes from DJ John Durbin, Make & Take crafts for the kiddos or yourself, a free Etsy Dallas-sized raffle, a picture perfect Vanity Stand and 50 free swag bags for the first 50 shoppers chock full of handmade Etsy Dallas goodies.

While this show will be family-friendly, the vibe will be a fun bash full of handmade love and good times. Think of it as a party - not your typical craft show! Get ready to Bash!

When: Saturday, May 16th
Time: 11am-5pm
Where: 1409 S. Lamar, Dallas
Cost: FREE!