Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Woo HOO! Petit Montmartre was an enormous success!

Ten artists, Nine hours, eight musical acts, and countless paint-covered kiddos. What a fun Sunday! Merci beaucoup, Artists & Musicians of the first Petit Montmartre, Atwater Edition. I am totally blown away not only by the range of talent I experienced, but also by the richness of personalities I met. The community's response was terrific--(by the end of the night, people were dragging out tables from inside just to have seating!) This pilot Petit Montmartre surpassed my expectations and even my hopes, and you'd better believe the gears are already turning for part deux!
The Far Country performs a set at dusk.
Check em out here: http://thefarcountry.bandcamp.com/
Petit Montmartre was organized and produced in three weeks with a $0 budget by Cat Moore, and was hosted by Revo Cafe in Atwater Village, CA. The vision of Petit Montmartre is to create a casual, creative space, reminiscent of the artist quarter of Montmartre in Paris, for local artists and musicians to create, display, and sell their affordable work directly to their neighbors. What's more, however, is that we want this public space with an intimate atmosphere to encourage genuine, dynamic relationships (that are commonplace in small towns) within the ever-changing, sprawling metropolis of Los Angeles.

Abstract Acrylics Artist, Angel Sawle working
on a piece with her knitting needle method of app.
Moving forward, I'd be thrilled to partner with the local businesses, schools, and community organizations to make Petit Montmartre a truly home-grown, collaborative affair. The goal is also to keep the event FREE to the artists, musicians, and community by finding sponsorship and donations for all necessary supplies, promotion, labor, and administration. If you are interested in participating in any of those ways, jump
right in!

For more information, or to register for Petit Montmartre Part Deux, email CatMooreArt@Gmail.Com. We would LOVE to have you!

Check out some of the highlights from Sunday's pilot Petit Montmartre!:

Veteran wood-carver, Jackie Hadnot, pulled a marathon work session from noon til nine, working by moonlight towards the end and never losing his smile! Jackie specializes in large-scale carvings of trains, but also receives commissionsfrom businesses, city governments, museums, and private collectors. Pictured above are some of his tools and two smaller train carvings.
Daryl Darden, professional jazz and R&B guitarist, closed out the evening backed by Kane Brechlin and Silent Violet. With nearly four decades of studio work and live performances, Daryl has collaborated with the likes of Dolly Parton, Albert King, and Chaka Khan. Listen for yourself or book him at: www.DarylDarden.Com

Also, Art by Psychedelic Acrylic Artist, Ceci Romero, provides an impromptu stage set!
As heard on The Jon Steward Show, unique singer-songwriter, Harvey Sid Fisher, gets the crowd smiling and singing along to his quick-witted tunes about all 12 astrological signs. Hear them at: www.HarveySidFisher.com.
Behold the blank canvas of abstract artist, Jackie Hile! It didn't stay that way for long! Find her work for sale on etsy at:  http://www.etsy.com/shop/JacquelynAlyse 
Here are some of our petit Petit Montmartre artists at work creating with tempera paint. Perhaps one of the most beautiful creations of the evening was the paint-splattered, chalk-drawn cement tiles after a day and night of pure imagination. Kids had stampers to make greeting cards, pastel pencils, coloring book pages from print-outs of Picasso drawings, sidewalk chalk, and easels (which they ended up painting directly on instead of bothering with affixing paper!) By 9pm, this area looked like a firework of color. Good job, kids! In the earlier part of the day, we were lucky to have three volunteers assisting with the art creation station: Ramona, a local children's librarian, her friend, Maria, and our sweet high-school friend, Sarah, who wants to become a pre-school teacher. Thank you, volunteers!
This six foot tall easel was built by master craftsman, Kane Brechlin, over at Kanesworks.com, for my own art show last fall, but I totally repurposed these bad boys with the help of the co-owner of Revo, who helped me transport them in his pick-up truck to and from the event. Along the top are bios for our musicians. The central painting was donated to me by my dear friend, Michelle over at MadeMod on Ebay, with carte blanche on how I used it in the event. I decided to hang it and use it as the background for a community painting. So we drilled plastic cups into the board, poured in some paint, stuck in some brushes, and asked the attendees to add some strokes to the piece. I plan to continue the tradition at each subsequent PM!
Impromptu Poet, Jacqueline Suskin, sets up her Poem Store at Petit Montmartre, asking you to name your subject and name your price. She then composes on the spot, reads it to you if you'd like, and signs it, while you get to take it home to cherish forever. So RAD!
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Stunning photograph by Don Nocon, who set up shop with some of the most amazing work I've ever seen. I literally couldn't believe what I was seeing in person. Check out is fabulous shots at: www.DonNocon.com


Kate Devin opened PM on solo keys, toughing it out through laryngitis! Her indie-rock originality can be caught here: www.KateDevinMusic.com

Collage Tape Art by Artist Stephen Wiesmore! Basically, while using painter's tape to secure other paintings, Stephen discovered that the way the paint dried on the tape itself created amazing color and texture, so he began painting directly onto the tape, then cutting it up to create these super original collages. Get em here: www.StephenWiesmore.com

Mariam of Silent Violet listening to the prior act with her merch table behind her. Musicians stuck around to either support or collaborate with the musicians before and after them. BECAUSE THEY ARE SO GREAT.

Gorgeous Oil Painting by Artist Carlos Nieto III. Carlos came by the DAY AFTER organizing his own enormous art event, Artbeat 2013, to benefit Children's Hospital of LA where he is an Artist in Residence, helping kids cope with illness through art. At Petit Montmartre, he set up shop and worked by lamplight on a commissioned piece for a local restaurant. Support him here: www.CarlosNietoiiiArt.com

Composer, Producer, Singer, Guitarist, Cellist, Violinist, David Brymer sets up shop!
 I'd also like to THANK the following local businesses,  organizations, and individuals for their time, skills, materials, and enthusiasm: Silverlake Community Church, The Little Village Pre-School, Atwater Village Library, Starbucks on Glenfeliz, All American Printers, Kanesworks, MadeMod, Babysitter-Extraordinair Sarah Jett, Graphic Designer Xavier Caceras, Structural Engineer Garrett Mills, and French Journalist Guillaume Serina!


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