So I’m in Chicago on a business trip, and I’m staying at an AirBnB apartment. First thing I notice as I enter my room is this striking piece of artwork. It’s messy and angry but also full of lovely little details like cut pieces of patterned paper. It’s a college telling a story I’m not entirely sure I understand. And at the bottom of the print is a large signature screaming “BEVERLY FRESH.”
Of course I hit google, and immediately stumble upon BeverlyFresh.com. I was surprised to find that not only is this feller a visual artist, but he’s also a hip hop artist!
Not only is he a visual and hip hop artist, but he lives just north of me in Detroit! And not only does he live 45 miles away from me, make art and music I love….
Toledo’s bi-annual art circus Artomatic 419 is back! This year, the event boasts well over 500 creatives sharing their visual and performing arts with an audience thats going into thousands upon thousands. This free to the public event celebrates ALL forms of creativity, from sculpture to screaming, all five sense are affected by this event. There are surprises around every corner!
As I’ve blogged in the past, many of the artists in Toledo choose to be here… and it shows in the effort they put into events like this. They are proud of their city and community, and it rubs off on everyone in attendance.
For the first four Artomatics, I was deeply involved in the planning and execution of the event. Huge events like this take a lot of time from a lot of people. Blood, sweat, tears and a ton of paint. While I was loosely involved in the steering committee aspect, I chose to sit this one out for the set-up and planning. Why? Because I wanted to experience Artomatic as the public does. Walking around the building, exploring, and discovering new things.
Well let me tell you something… I’m glad I did it. It’s amazing! The feeling of walking into the space for the first time this afternoon, seeing how much time and effort everyone put into the space just shocked me. They’ve turned a 60,000 sq foot empty warehouse into a building overflowing with life and vibrancy.
If you are in or around Toledo over the last 3 Saturdays this April, you should visit Artomatic. Each Saturday offers different live entertainment and experiences. More information can be found here: theartscommission.org/programs/artomatic