By Leslie D. Rose
Brentwood Street in Baton Rouge may never be the same again.
Lined with the cars of young hipsters and free-walking patrons, the location that houses The Healthcare Gallery was haven for the third installment of artHASAHOME. presented by creative development firm Modern Day Scribe.
The day-long into the evening event began at 1 p.m. and took over the entire inside of the gallery and the majority of its parking lot. Here’s what we loved about the show.
On the exterior, art lined the building while DJ Automatik provided music from around 3 p.m. until the end at 8 p.m. A variety of acts also went on, including flamethrowers.
Inside, the gallery was colorful from the contemporary works of young, local talents and dozens upon dozens of bright balloons being bounced around. It’s also where Modern Day Scriber Luke St. John McKnight was talking to patrons and artists.
The quite weary McKnight admitted that he hadn’t slept in a while and had been back and forth from the event to Baker all day running errands and making sure the art showcase went on perfectly.
Of the artist displayed were Kelly C. Tate, TJ Black, Lord Huey, Scott Finch, Marc Fresh and many others. McKnight said numerous volunteers came to hang artwork, so many volunteers, he said, that he couldn’t even recall of the artists’ names because he wasn’t able to put his own hands on the work thanks to the tens of volunteers.
There were easily hundreds of patrons, even at the event’s closing hours.
“It’s a testament to progressive events in the community,” McKnight said of the event’s success. “You see some of the same faces and new faces.”
And while the sponsorships, large crowd and artist participation were huge nods of success, one of the greatest attributes to the event was easily the distance some artists traveled to display artwork.
While New Orleans may be just a mere 80 mile, hour-long drive, for an artist to believe that Baton Rouge is the place to showcase is quite remarkable when comparing the art of the two cities – and to pack up and drive here, is totally another surprise. Kara Crowley however did just that, loading up her car with her Mardi Gras-Louisiana influenced work and taking on to the Capital City.
Crowley said she works mostly on art that depicts people that young people are influenced by and also her own emotions. She said it was important to display at artHASAHOME because it’s an event produced by young African-Americans.
“I wanted to be a part of it,” she said.
artHASAHOME isn’t exclusive, and that’s why we love it. Founder Patrick Melon stands behind the idea of inclusion, of creating spaces where artists can come together.
“What I learned is that inclusion is the most important thing,” he said. “I’ve been to art shows where everything is hand-selected and you can’t expect a big turnout when you hand-select a certain amount of people.”
McKnight agrees, saying that artHASAHOME and Modern Day Scribe is for the people.
“This isn’t it,” he said. “Stay in touch and stay engaged, because this is your story as well as ours.”