By Sarah Yowell
“Art is not a thing; it is a way,” Elbert Hubbard, American writer, artist, philosopher.
This quote is certainly true for Art-Hunger, a new organization hitting the Fort Worth area. Art-Hunger is the newest organization formed for both emerging and established artists who have the desire to show their artwork, sell, socialize, learn, share, network, practice their skills and gain more exposure.
Founded by Nick C. Kirk and friends Mike Moffatt and John Worley, Art-Hunger came into existence last summer simply by sensing a need.
“I mainly started the organization because no one else really helps the art community as a whole,” Kirk said. “There are competitions, but normally the same artists get those. Most galleries have their own little groups of artists they represent or show. There’s not a lot out there for emerging artists. I wanted to give an outlet to those artists trying to get their foot in the door. When I thought about it and wished something like this would have been around when I graduated college and was trying to start my art career, I knew it was something worth doing.”
Local artists taking part in Art-Hunger acknowledge how much it’s helping the local art community.
“I believe Art-Hunger is a huge opportunity for the art community, not only for established artists, but for emerging artists,” Nikole Lee, a local artist who shows her work with the organization, said.
Lee also mentioned the shows have been in great venues, the cost is minimal to the artist, and that 100% of sales go to the artist.
“Art-Hunger has benefited me first of all by providing shows that allow emerging artists like myself to show. I have made great connections in the art community, not only with local venues but with other artists,” Lee said.
Sarah Ayala, another local artist, also spoke about her involvement with the organization.
“I’ve met people that share the same passionate core I’ve been searching for and I’ve connected with art buyers that have given me the courage to continue on this artistic journey. I’ve learned how to market my art, something I had no concept of before Art-Hunger,” Ayala said.
Many more local artists who have worked with the organization speak highly of it, including Tom C. Carlton.
“It’s their enthusiasm and passion for art that motivates you and pushes you onward. They are super motivated to make things happen,” Carlton said.
Art-Hunger has proven to be beneficial not only to artists and art lovers, but the community as well.
“We have a couple of annuals [fundraisers] that we started last year including the Tarrant Area Food Bank Fundraiser we host around Thanksgiving in November, The Toys For Tots Fundraiser in December and for the first time this year in July we are hosting our first fundraiser for the organization during our One Year Anniversary called Urban Legends,” Kirk said.
Kirk and team are planning to raise enough money to void any fees for emerging artists showing their work at an Art-Hunger event, as well as pay for travel expenses such as motels, gas and rental trucks or trailers for out-of-town shows.
The Art-Hunger team and those that work with them truly live for art. This is evident from talking with them on the subject.
“I think art is highly important,” Kirk said. “It’s a form of expression. Not everyone is great with words or body language. Fine art is a great way to get those feelings out, just like music and playing an instrument. Art is also propaganda. The city is full of big business propaganda with billboards, advertisements, signage and such, I wish there was more local art in shops and stores and murals for everyone to see that had nothing to do with trying to sell anything, but just something fun to look at.”
Art-Hunger contributes pieces to interested businesses around town to do just that – provide something nice to look at. A few of the businesses already show-casing the organization’s artists are Esoterica Salon, Salon Purple, Coyote Boutique, The Usual and Live Oak.
When asked about art in society, local artist Carlton shared what it means to him.
“Art is my connection to God,” Carlton said. “Society without art is a godless world to me.”
Another Art-Hunger contributor also spoke about the connection between art and society.
“Art is the basis of society, it’s a love affair with creation,” Sarah Ayala said.
A great opportunity to find out more about Art-Hunger will be at their One Year Anniversary bash on July 13 at Deep Ellum in Dallas. They are hosting a one night event with more than 60 local artists showing and selling their artwork, live bands, DJ’s, a fashion show, live painting and more in 5 different venues all within the same block.
To keep up with upcoming shows, blogs about art in the Fort Worth area and more, Art-Hunger can be found at www.Art-Hunger.com or “LIKED” on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TexasArtHunger.