If you think you know this collection, watch out because there is a dark side. Before the Kintsukori Collection focused on beautifully fixed pieces but what happens when they aren't fully mended with gold? What if they are still broken? What if I showed you a side only the people from my home town has ever seen? Well, St. Augustine this is my first Home Town exhibit! So be prepared for a wild fun night.

Opening night will be the night to be seen! So don't miss out on Cocktails, Fashion, Hair by Push Push Salon, Music by DJ Hugh Ward.... and more exciting things developing. All with attribute to my Dark Roots and Newest addition to my Kinstukori Collection.

I will reveal of my newest piece titled "It's all There" and a few other originals will be on display for the following month.

 

 Continue reading to see How Dark Roots Emerged into the Kinsukori Collection 

 

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Rachel Cross /Art Director/ Artist
Hugh Ward/ event coordinator/ art collaborater

Push Push production team
Tyler Creek/ hair/ production/ host
Taylor-ann Joseph/ hair/ production
Jacqualine Fermin/ hair/ production
Make up by Morganne Woltner

Models
Shainee Zimmerman Ellison/ runway model/ actress
Beni Foley/ exhibit model/ runway model
Christavia Patterson/ exhibit model/ runway model
David Igou/ exhibit model/ runway model

Video Production by Nicalex Productions

 

,Dark Roots
The story about Dark Roots is really about my journey out of depression. As many people struggle to find worth and value from their lives sometimes the struggle turns into fight.
It was a fight to get out of bed. Get out of my own head. Get out of solitude. Get out of all these new terrible things life just threw upon me. I am but one person.
I felt collapsed under the weight of the roles and responsibilities I have taken on and all that is expected of me. My health, life, and stability was shattered. I reached towards my Kintsukuroi(click for definition) inspiration to look towards the gold.

It took a community and nudging from friends to step out of the dark even for short bits. It was my friends who inspired me to get back out and have an exhibit. With love and support the Dark Root exhibit became my first hometown exhibit and turned into something much more than expected. The collection of artists and creatives that came together and made opening night happen were all in themselves impressive and is what gave the event it's special touch.

The Opening Night Exhibit
Welcome, welcome, one and all.
As you arrive you receive a red, black, or gold token.
If you brought a friend you more than likely have a different color.
Ushered into the holding tank, confusion creeps in. A Cocktail and uncomfortable conversation brings no answers. Until the Narrator assures you the Queen Has arrived.

She takes you by color
Gold
Red
Black
 You're separated from your friends and pulled into the Dark.
Depending on the emotion tied to the color you evoked, your tour highlighted each emotion.

Gold- Prosecco served, The golden highlights, the repair
Red-  Pinot Noir served, Love, dedication, the struggle
Black- Special Dark Chocolate, the darkness, sadness, the breaks/ cracks

Each tour was just a little of what went into the making of art and experience. I wanted to spark conversations between people and their different perspectives of my art after the tour was over. Maybe even new conversations with a stranger. Life imitates art. Different layers, meanings, perspectives. It's what binds us.

On display was an exhibit only piece titled
It's not always pretty
It tied the theory and inspiration of Kintsukuroi and Dark Roots together. A very deep and vulnerable painting.
Sold opening night.


I hope you enjoyed the exhibit
and thank you for your continued support!
I could never do what I do with out you!

Love,

 Rachel Cross R ONLY 325Wx90H

 

Every Second Thursday

Starting August 10th  |   5PM - 9PM

ARTISTS

Browse over 30 local artists & makers at the monthly Art Walk located in one of Jacksonville's oldest historic districts

 

BOUTIQUES + SHOPS

Explore some of Jacksonville's premier locally owned shops & retail establishments which will have extended hours

 

FOOD

Dine at North Florida's most popular & top rated dining destinations, cafe's and dessert shops

 

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Pop Art Block Party Mural
(Photos by Krisada)

 

Rachel Cross at Pop Art Block Party Event   DSC 3390A drop of the dime invite to this event by my friend Matthew Koepka it was an unexpected but a very enjoyable event. I was greeted around every corner by artist of all kinds. Which is really my sort of party! I felt I had a connection with all of the artists on some common ground. The event was hosted by Unleash Management Group and SciHouse Jacksonville. The co-host Gabriel Licina from Scihouse and I had a chance to talk and see what the Scihouse by Makers Space and Bio-hacking Lab, is all about. 

 

 

 Med Res   Rachel Cross at Pop Art Block Party Event   DSC 3397Gabriel was excited by what Scihouse offers at their facilities. Science and engineering aren’t things that stay locked in a lab. Anyone, anywhere can do it. Scihouse provides hardware equipment, electronics bench space, and even lab space, for anyone who wants to get started building the projects they’ve been dreaming about. Small membership fee like a gym membership unlocks the tools that fuel your imagination. So, naturally I had to go explore more and visit the booths they had opened for the event.

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 Justin Electricity/ Electronics

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As we continued on to the next booth flames were ignited when I met David. Seriously, David is a flameworker and he was working with molten glass on a Double Helix for a stem to a pair of wine glasses. Super nerded out and desired to own the pair. I asked if we could make a trade for my flameworking tools and spare glass in exchange. The longer we talked the more and more I wanted to go home and fire up my own torch and melt some glass in my garage again. An old flame was rekindled. My love for flameworking was returning. I pondered my trade deal.

 Med Res   Rachel Cross at Pop Art Block Party Event   DSC 3463The stems were looking pretty cool too! I stayed and chatted about our shared and mutual hobby. I decided to take precautionary measures and put on some protective eye wear.

 

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Even Krisada was entranced by the flames.

 

As we walked through a bit more I ran into a beautifully talented body painter. 

Med Res   Rachel Cross at Pop Art Block Party Event   DSC 3623This is Danielle and her gorgeous model as Wonder Woman.
You can find more of her work on Instagram @Danielleloves2create

 

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My new marketer Tore & I

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 Tore and I found a cool UV paint spot!


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Afterwards I went browsing and found some seriously awesome art and very genuine people.

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 My claws out with a painting by NFM

I found myself running into a very cool chick named Naomi McDonald.
She is also a Survivor which is a story she clearly conveys in her art. 

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Naomi and I met and instantly had a connection through life and art.

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When she met me she was immediately excited and wanted to give me a hug!
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 And asked to have picture with me.
Of course! She was so adorably sweet!  

Naomi McDonald is a truly heartfelt person. Raw and personable. I urge you to check out her art @ArtbyNFM

 

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Also the indoor Bartenders were super awesome keeping drinks full and smiles readily available.
They were totally my kind of peeps.

 

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Trisha Anne Padilla displayed vivid work and kept everyone entranced.
you can find her on Insta @trishannepadilla

 

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I had so much fun talking to Brian Barnard
and about his painting titled Kitty Mountain.
You can find more of his art at
BrianBarnard.com
or on Facebook at BrianBarnardArt

 

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Met and watched street artist KBM
He painted most of the murals at the event.
You can follow him on insta @graffbykbm

 

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Thanks for the invite Matthew Koepka from Daniel James Salon. It was great chatting with you!

 

Here are some more awesome shots from the night, by Krisada! 

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A great night was had by all!