I cannot believe that October is here already, it’s crazy how this year has literally gone by. I want to thank you for reading my blog, I know I been slacking because I haven’t been writing a lot, but it’s been crazy for me. I moved again last week and to be honest with you it has taken a toll on me. Life is just crazy, no one really teaches you how to adult so I am trying to make it work, just like Tim Gunn would say.
So besides the new changes in my life, it’s been hard to stay inspired or motivated. I been kinda in my cave and haven’t really gone out too much, so this weekend before the craziness started again, I wanted to go somewhere and look for inspiration. Sometimes we let certain things get on the way, but we can’t let that take over our dreams and goals that we have to achieve. So I had heard of this place “Artegon” which is in my hometown Orlando, FL. where I currently reside but not for too long, and it’s a huge marketplace. Artegon Marketplace is located in International Drive which is a tourist area, and to be honest I was not expecting what I saw. I needed to go out somewhere that didn’t have your typical stores, and what you expect to see at a mall, I needed color, details, objects, mediums I was looking for therapy, and I found it.
Art is truly my therapy because every time I feel creatively blocked, and in some sort of funk, I find a place, or something that has art in it and it really helps. Even just grabbing some paper and coloring it’t therapeutic, and I was doing some more research online about it and a couple of therapist advice their patients to get involved in art activities and exercises because it helps. There is art therapist out there for people who really need someone, but you can pick an art form and use that as your therapy. Anything that has creative expression can help a person improve their mental, emotional and physical state, and it can improve their quality of life. I have seen it in my personal life that, when I draw, or dance it helps me to reduce stress, to think better, and honestly to feel better about myself.
I could have stayed in this weekend, and not go out there to this new place, but honestly it helped me so much to see so much art, colors, shapes, mediums, it was so different from your typical mall. I felt like I was in another place, so I hope you guys enjoy this post and get inspired and motivated to go out there even when you don’t feel like doing it. Think about what’s your therapy? is it shopping, going to the movies, meeting new people? anything that makes us happy and moves us in a way can be our therapy.
Once you walk in the place it’s so big but you can start from anywhere, I started on a walking gallery and the first piece I saw was this Heart piece which was so great, it’s all graffiti. I loved the combination of elements and if you look at the photograph closer you can see the animals.
Artist: German Lemus
This wall reminds me of New York so much, the progress of the city and people think is a city of just high fashion but there is so much more than that, it’s an art gallery.
Artist: Special Sons
I love this corner pieces, its combination of colors, and the rendering it’s so cool.
Artist: Special Sons
One of the many things that you should know about me is that I love hip hop, the real hip hop and this wall of the spray cans and the art frames spoke so much to me about hip hop and it’s culture. (Blog post about hip hop coming soon.)
Artist: Special Sons
I love Lions, they represent for me power and royalty. If you look closer the eyes are made of CD’s who uses those anymore? I know about that life, haha I still have some in my car.
Artist: German Lemus
There are a couple of walls that had some quotes, so many statements!
This is actually a store, it’s called Brooklyn Street Threads! You can find items like hats, t-shirts, mugs with that Brooklyn urban fashion flair.
Here I am! haha in front of this wall of paint brushes. When I first saw it from a far, it looks like the shape of our country, and I love the fact that there are so many colors because that’s out country, so diverse.
Dress: Victoria’s Secret Shoes: Adidas Originals
Over 14 feet! and it’s all yarn, such a unique piece.
Buckets of pain, all carefully placed together creating the shape of a heart.
Paint rollers with their handles facing up and down, such an original idea.
They used the top bucket of paint cans to make this piece.
Lampshades of different forms and styles.
One of my favorites was this wall full of chairs , all this chairs are different styles yet when you look from far away the volume and shape looks like they were all the same.
This R’n R’ Record Shop it’s so great, look how great that back wall is. One day that I have a loft I want to re-create that using old school records, I remember growing up and my parents using those.
You can find vintage records, collections of movies, I also saw pins and patches.
There is also the Hyder Gallery which provides artist of all levels to network and put their ideas into canvas. You can’t take photos of the art work, but I took this picture because you can sign up for an art class & wine glass every Friday & Saturday Night. It’s a great gallery full of a combination of many artist and also it’s a great idea for a date night.
For more info: http://www.artegonmarketplace.com/shop/hyder-gallery/
So one of my many goals is to visit Morocco, and Artegon has a shop called“Moroccan Bazaar” which is full of imported goods, traditional ware, fabric scarves, hookahs and many more.
If you are like me and want to travel the world, there is this awesome store “Vegabond Traveler” where you can find high quality leather bags of all styles.
What an awesome random adventure! There are so many awesome shops, great walls and things to see. I definitely advice everyone who is a local or a visitor to check it out, Orlando is not just theme parks, there are so many talented people in this city it’s incredible, I am so honored to call Orlando my home, and wherever this road of life takes me I will never forget where I grew as a person and most importantly as an artist. ❤
For more information check out:
- Hyder Gallery Center For Fine Art
- Special Sons
- German Lemus
- Brooklyn Street Treads
- R’n R Records|Collectibles
- Moroccan Bazaar”
- Vegabond Traveler”