Event flyer for Magic Inkwell’s first gallery exhibition

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Artist Manuel Zamudio. Photo by: Pete Brown

This past Friday, June 27, 2013, marked the night of our first official MAGIC INKWELL STUDIO & GALLERY art exhibit in conjunction with Harlingen Art Night. The studio hosted the work of Manuel Zamudio, aka RAID, an extremely talented graffiti writer who straddles the divide between the high aesthetic of gallery art and “lo-brow” iconographic (read: street/urban) art. His enigmatic work has been featured in many different venues across the Rio Grande Valley, with murals adorning more than one of the area’s more popular night clubs.

I wrote this article about his debut solo show at the Weslaco Museum as a reporter for La Feria News which will give you a more indepth description of the artist and his work.

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Since his debut in Weslaco, RAID has added religious and neoclassical elements to his work with the visual landscape either peeling or having been torn from the firmament to reveal patterns akin to the designs of high fashion fabrics. The devil’s in the details and RAID, an artist essentially trained to produce large pieces of art on walls with the idea of expendability and impermanence, sharpens his focus to the miniscule, with laborious attention to shading and color as he hones his skills with brush and acrylic paint. We were proud to host his work and thank him immensely for helping us inaugurate our monthly gallery shows!

ArtistsAlleyPosterMagic Inkwell was also proud to host the very first Artists’ Alley art walk this past Friday. Artists, jewellers, and crafts folks were invited to set up tables to sell their wares for a modest fee.

alley CHRISTOPHERMARTINEZLive entertainment was provided by our friends and featured artist’s crew Boom Bap Masterpiece Records: Ultra talented local hip hop cypher impresario Elo the Emcee held down the sound and provided a sneak peek at his new acoustic project while sharing the night with performances by Evolve and Farmertron.

Toward the back of the alley, we set up a small graffiti wall live-painted by TUSK. Thanks so much to everyone that came to be a part of our first ARTISTS’ ALLEY. We’re excited for the next one!

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