Awesome Art Conspiracy

Indie art fans swarm Dallas warehouse for frenzied Art Con 9 fundraiser

Indie art fans swarm Dallas warehouse for frenzied Art Con fundraiser

Andrea Kushan, Natalia Fredericks, Robin Bartolini at Art Con 9
Andrea Kushan, Natalia Fredericks, Robin Bartolini Photo by William Neal
Alayna Macpherson, Cathey Miller, Roxanne Mather, Ashley Kosatka at Art Con 9
Alayna Macpherson, Cathey Miller, Roxanne Mather, Ashley Kosatka Photo by William Neal
Art Con 9 in Dallas
Proceeds from Art Con 9 support Plano-based My Possibilities. Photo by William Neal
Justin Roberts, Robin Wilson at Art Con 9
Justin Roberts, Robin Wilson Photo by William Neal
New Fumes at Art Con 9
New Fumes Photo by William Neal
Art Con 9 in Dallas
Artists created works live at Art Con 9. Photo by William Neal
Art Con 9 in Dallas
Food trucks sated the appetites at Art Con 9. Photo by William Neal
Art Con 9
Photo by William Neal
David Howard, JR Denson, Peter Swulius at Art Con 9
David Howard, JR Denson, Peter Swulius Photo by William Neal
Casey Parrot, Dana Jeffrees, Daniela Bulla at Art Con 9
Casey Parrot, Dana Jeffrees, Daniela Bulla Photo by William Neal
Dani Walker, Corey Godfrey at Art Con 9
Dani Walker, Corey Godfrey Photo by William Neal
Heather Marcus, Jelaine Geml at Art Con 9
Heather Marcus, Jelaine Geml Photo by William Neal
Art Con 9 in Dallas
Works from 150 artists were up for bid. Photo by William Neal
Art Con 9 in Dallas
Rawlins Gilliland led one of the auctions at Art Con 9. Photo by William Neal
Paul Slavens at Art Con 9
Paul Slavens Photo by William Neal
Chris Garcia, Hallie Garcia at Art Con 9
Chris Garcia, Hallie Garcia Photo by William Neal
Sarah Magill, Ko Asante, Liz Magill at Art Con 9
Sarah Magill, Ko Asante, Liz Magill Photo by William Neal
Jasmine Madson, Navid, Christina Deorchis at Art Con 9
Jasmine Madson, Navid, Christina Deorchis Photo by William Neal
Terri Bush, Sheri Line, Cordey Lash at Art Con 9
Terri Bush, Sheri Line, Cordey Lash Photo by William Neal
Casey Daniell, Ashley Cupp at Art Con 9
Casey Daniell, Ashley Cupp Photo by William Neal
Kelly Teeples, Allison Teeples at Art Con 9
Kelly Teeples, Allison Teeples Photo by William Neal
Marissa Woolf, Yasmina Johnston at Art Con 9
Marissa Woolf, Yasmina Johnston Photo by William Neal
Art Con 9 in Dallas
Art Con is in its ninth year. Photo by William Neal
Andrea Kushan, Natalia Fredericks, Robin Bartolini at Art Con 9
Alayna Macpherson, Cathey Miller, Roxanne Mather, Ashley Kosatka at Art Con 9
Art Con 9 in Dallas
Justin Roberts, Robin Wilson at Art Con 9
New Fumes at Art Con 9
Art Con 9 in Dallas
Art Con 9 in Dallas
Art Con 9
David Howard, JR Denson, Peter Swulius at Art Con 9
Casey Parrot, Dana Jeffrees, Daniela Bulla at Art Con 9
Dani Walker, Corey Godfrey at Art Con 9
Heather Marcus, Jelaine Geml at Art Con 9
Art Con 9 in Dallas
Art Con 9 in Dallas
Paul Slavens at Art Con 9
Chris Garcia, Hallie Garcia at Art Con 9
Sarah Magill, Ko Asante, Liz Magill at Art Con 9
Jasmine Madson, Navid, Christina Deorchis at Art Con 9
Terri Bush, Sheri Line, Cordey Lash at Art Con 9
Casey Daniell, Ashley Cupp at Art Con 9
Kelly Teeples, Allison Teeples at Art Con 9
Marissa Woolf, Yasmina Johnston at Art Con 9
Art Con 9 in Dallas

It was an oddly warm November evening when hordes of Dallas art-lovers, artists and music fans flocked to a warehouse just beyond Trinity Groves for Art Con 9. The annual art-slash-music fundraiser aims to make art affordable for everyone while benefiting a local nonprofit.

One hundred and fifty artists, selected through a lottery process, created original pieces on Art Con’s signature 18-by-18 plywood boards. The works were sold to the highest bidders in a frenzied auction as attendees cooled down (it was hot in there!) with beers from Deep Ellum Brewing Company and noshed on food truck fare from Nammi, Easy Sliders and the The Butcher's Son.

In addition to ogling the artwork, savvy scenesters — including Allison and Kelly Teeples, Marissa Woolf, Yasmina Johnston, Hallie and Chris Garcia, Dani Walker, Corey Godfrey, Casey Parrot, Dana Jeffrees, Daniela Bulla, Andrea Kushan, Natalia Fredericks, and Robin Bartolini — listened to sounds by Zhora, New Fumes, DJ Emptycylinder and special guest DJ Sarah Jaffe.

Proceeds from Art Con 9 support the Create program at My Possibilities, a Plano-based nonprofit for adults with disabilities. The organization is the first full-day, full-year continuing education program in DFW for Texans with disabilities that have “aged out” of secondary education, and it is considered a leader in North Texas for meeting the needs of adults with special needs.

Art Conspiracy was born in 2005, originally a one-off fundraiser to help children displaced by Hurricane Katrina. As befitting its “conspiracy” name — which also refers to the way artists and musicians conspire to benefit the local arts scene — that first event was held in the Texas Theater in Oak Cliff where Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested after President John F. Kennedy was shot.

Now, nine events later, Art Con continues in its mission to inspire the Dallas art and music scenes to join forces for the benefit of local nonprofit arts and music organizations.