Pop Art Block Party Mural
(Photos by Krisada)
A 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.
Gabriel 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.
"Justin the Electric"
The first person I met on my tour was an electrician/ electricity artist, Justin. Who showed us how he puts a spark in a conversation. We shared a common language and field of knowledge. It was electrifying to talk shop again and reminisce on my military career as an aircraft electrician.
Justin Electricity/ Electronics
"David the Flamebender"
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.
The 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.
All photos by Krisada
Even Krisada was entranced by the flames.
As we walked through a bit more I ran into a beautifully talented body painter.
This is Danielle and her gorgeous model as Wonder Woman.
You can find more of her work on Instagram @Danielleloves2create
My new marketer Tore & I
Tore and I found a cool UV paint spot!
Afterwards I went browsing and found some seriously awesome art and very genuine people.
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.
Naomi and I met and instantly had a connection through life and art.
When she met me she was immediately excited and wanted to give me a hug!
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
Also the indoor Bartenders were super awesome keeping drinks full and smiles readily available.
They were totally my kind of peeps.
Trisha Anne Padilla displayed vivid work and kept everyone entranced.
you can find her on Insta @trishannepadilla
I had so much fun talking to Brian Barnard
and about his painting titled Kitty Mountain.
You can find more of his art at
or on Facebook at BrianBarnardArt
Met and watched street artist KBM
He painted most of the murals at the event.
You can follow him on insta @graffbykbm
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!
A great night was had by all!