Wow, last night was really something special. Georgetown Art Attack was excellent: All City Coffee, The Mix, The Stables and others. There was lots of space for art promoted by businesses in the neighborhood. Forget the coffee and hot chocolate, the 9lb Hammer Bar was the center of the volcano - on fire. There was a constant flow of people, art, colors, smells and sights, always with the distinctive flavor of Georgetown. Classy, trendy, punk and retro with "innovative" fashion that was much appreciated. The intention was to have a good time, welcome friends, to appreciate the talent of the participants and drink well. Last night was the celebration of the Art Jam 5, which consists of setting up a scenario/theme, (this time at the 9lb Hammer) provide space and materials and set the visual artists free to create original pieces right then and there. It was very interesting to see how each of the participants developed their ideas under the inescapable influence of the music, alcohol and supportive, enthusiastic friends cheering the artists along. The event lasted until about 2 am. The rain never stopped, people who remained to support the intuitive creative process added an edge which did not seem to diminish the high quality of the paintings.The art created in those few hours was sold immediately to the art hungry appreciators in the audience.
Art Jam 5 - five years of celebrating the creative process in Georgetown; a rare and unique event in this city. The night was very productive for us. Oscar and I struck up close ties with our neighbors and fellow art critics/patrons to open a whole world of possibilities about our project: Fonda la Catrina. Our soon to open space we’ve been pouring our efforts into has attracted many creative, engaged, progressive people who are interested in collaborating some way to ensure that our ideas come true. Soon we will be rewarded by our efforts to project the image and identity of our culture: who we are and what we can offer our adopted community. Fonda la Catrina will open in 2011, contributing to the fire that dominates this part of the city and generates so much creativity and life, fused with originality, the avant-garde and tenacity that has always characterizes entrepreneurs with dreams. It is a quality that Georgetown has inspired and incubated for many years. Fonda la Catrina will add our flavor to this fine mix; as distinctive and contemporary as the Mexico we love so much and want to promote.
Congratulations to all Art Jam 5 participants. Thanks for sharing your art, your vision and motivating so many people to act on their craft and collaborating together. Thank you 9lb Hammer, thanks to the organizers of Art Jam 5 and Art Attack. See you soon.