Draw-mania! celebrates 30th show. The popular art event is a draw-a-thon and show, features live art models and acts from the best new talent in the NYC scene.
Online PR News – 23-July-2014 – Immediate release/New York City – Monday, June 30th, Draw-mania!, now well into its fourth year, celebrated its 30th show, with no end in sight. The popular artists’ event is a combination draw-a-thon and variety show, featuring live art models, a DJ, and music, art and comedy performances from some of the best up-and-coming performers in the New York scene.
At 8pm. on Monday night, the models took the stage, the DJ started playing the music, and the backroom at Otto’s Shrunken Head suddenly got quiet—not what you’d expect from a near capacity audience in this venerable East Village rock venue, but this was not your usual audience. The people in this audience are turning what they see into art, because Draw-mania!’s audience are all artists. To be fair, some have never picked up a pencil before, but at Draw-mania! a desire to draw is all that’s needed to join the fun. Professional artists mingle with absolute beginners, and fill the back room to sketch from the best, most popular art models in New York City. The models caper freely around the stage in impossible dances, or hold gravity-defying poses, while the attendees capture the movement on paper (or the occasional tablet computer). But it’s not an art class—it’s an art party.
For the next four hours, the models will do their thing, interspersed with performers who are usually musicians and comedians, but poets, burlesque performers and modern dancers have been featured. Tonight’s show featured Wildman-street-performer Matthew Silver, as well as comedian Lawson Leong and a live musical performance from Mike Ogletree. What’s most amazing about this 4-hour art avalanche is that a lot of people never leave their seats, for fear of missing even a minute of the excitement.
Organizer Jeff Sauber, runs figure drawing classes on his own and at various institutions around the city for over 15 years, “In a traditional art class, there’s one model and everyone works in silent focus,” he explains, “but this is very different. This is a kind of an arts-oriented party that allows everyone to interact with each other, if they want to, and different kinds of performers and audiences to get to know each other, too.”
Sauber, a veteran graphic artist from the advertising industry, paired with his friend Pedro Hernandez, a top graphic designer in the fashion industry, to bring this event into being. (Hernandez is currently AWOL Monday nights due to other commitments, but still works behind the scenes) Draw-mania! can be found at Otto’s Shrunken Head, 538 East 14th st. the last Monday night of each month.