Monday, January 4, 2016
On the 4th Thursday of every month, Drip hosts a Local Art Night. Located on International Drive behind Denny's and Senior Frogs, (8747 International Dr #102, Orlando, FL). You literally enter the venue via the loading dock, Drip offers an industrial, grunge , speakeasy flair. The usual Drip show combines a dance love and loss story line with flying sand and paint. Every where in the venue is a splash zone. Although the usual performances don't happen on Drip Art Night, there is often burlesque belly dancers, and other forms of experimental dance that pop up.
The evening mostly showcases Visual Artists, Performance Artists, Art Installations, and Body Painters. Spaces are available for $10 and artists keep 100% of all sales. Janae Corrado is a local artist who sets up regularly at the Art Night. She sets up early and starts painting as other artists are rushing to set up. Her work is mystical and surreal using age old master painting techniques to build up the polished final work. Word is starting to get out that this is a fun evening and so the entire venue is now packed full of artists.
I love sketching the chaos. When a performance breaks out, the crowd surrounds them like school kids pressing in to see a fight. I have to accept that I only catch a passing glimpse of the performers through the crowd. At a future art nigh I hope to Sketch from the stage, which is often only used by the DJ. This would give me an elevated view over the crowd so I could see the performers. This is why I usually sketch rehearsals, there is no audience to get in the way.
Mark your calendar! The next Drip local Art Night is January 28, 2016. The doors open to the public at 8pm. There is a $5 cover charge. Escape the Orlando's white bread theme park quaintness and experience some Orlando craziness.