Become One: A Soulful Art Show Party

Between bliss and beauty, there is but One–and at the Become One Art Show, the works of many became just that. On a brisk September evening in Sherman Oaks, CA,  bloomed the vision of artist and curator, Aaron McElligott. McElligott, an actor, poet and overall creative junkie, envisioned an organic art event in which a rich mix of creatives, craftsmen, and performers could express their talent together in living, breathing unity.

Aaron McElligott, curator and organizer of “Become One” speaks beats

Artists offer one-of-a-kind jewelry and hand-made accessories

Live portraits by the hand of painter Stephen Romio

Painters, photographers, film editors, sculptors, leather jewelers, illustrators, jam making mamas,  musicians and fellow spoken word smiths gathered at the intimate venue fusing their creative sparks to burn a community fire free to all. Talents such as Sean Hill, poet and song writer, declared in his poem, “Love In You,” that saying “you’re beautiful” to someone is actually “a fact, not a compliment.” New York native and color field painter Anaya Brunson, shared solid shades on canvas, while bohemian leather making beauty, Angel Annet draped one-of-a-kind pieces on artists and attendees alike.

Virgina Val sculpts a head change for the crowd

An audience sits to view the film future of Become One

Angel Annet models her unique leather necklaces with Aaron and her daughter Galleri

Spontaneous poetry tattoos brought by writer Bernadette Lynn Ignacio

Spoken word poet and pal, Sean Hill smiles and rhymes with Aaron

Cohesion and interactivity weaved connecting threads through the showcase of work. Everything from live gesture portraits by Stephen Romio, to hand-stitched accessories of Omar Castro, and community poetry tattoos, along with tastegasmic bites of sweet, organic preserves by Mami Molly Jam, were among the array things that one could enjoy or admire. Guests also viewed a live screening of the trailer for Become One the film, edited by independent director, Dirk Ellis. The visual center piece of the creative space was occupied by sculptor extraordinaire, Virgina Val, who hand-carved a clay piece for an on looking crowd. But last, and furthest from least, McElligott himself free styled spontaneous poetry for the people, filling the air with riddles, statements and rhymes. In keeping with the growing, organic theme, guests could add their own art with blank posters and colors of the rainbow provided, or, offer their own flesh as canvas for a henna tattoo.

Henna happened at Become One with Joe Fernandez

Amber the Jam Girl serves love in dollops with Mami Jolly Jams

A rustic leather collection by Oscar Castro

Guests get colorful with their contributions to Become One

Become One  indeed became a beautifully put together, soulful art show party made possible with the gift of giving by all those who participated. At the evening’s end, Aaron announced that he plans for the exhibition to evolve into a monthly event. Through the manifestation of his own making, McElligott and many others found their bliss in becoming one. Hope to see you there in the future when finding yours.

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