Wednesday, August 22, 2007

About Grinder: Creative Arts Expo

Grinder: Creative Arts Expo is a highly unique visual arts experience designed to promote and expand the local arts community. It features an expo style marketplace and a live art show on the main stage.

1. COOL STUFF: The Grinder Marketplace features a large variety of creative stuff including comics, jewelry, paintings, fashion, films, poetry, zines, fiction, prints, t-shirts, posters, music, photography, drawings, sculpture, illustration, design, and more!

2. INSPIRATION: Grinder is one of the most unique arts events in Lafayette. Watch our team of artists paint and draw live on stage and place a bid on any piece you like. The live art is fueled by incredible grooves from DJ Rus and two live drummers. You will be inspired.

3. NETWORKING: Meet like-minded creative types and expand your network of friends and colleagues. Pick up a few new tricks or share a few of your own. Grinder is all about coming together to grow and promote the creative community.

4. LIFE IS SHORT: You don't enjoy it as often as you should. As new dates get posted, mark your calendar and tell a few friends. Trust us, you'll be glad you did.

EXHIBIT: Reserve a table and exhibit your creative work. Table registration information is available in the side column.

: Grinder is a huge event with a very long list of things that need to get done including promo, set-up, etc. If you'd like to help, please contact us by email:

GOSSIP: Getting the word out on such an unusual event is hard work. If you'd like to help, please consider telling as many people as you can. Our goal is to get bigger and better with every single event, and we'll need your help to get there.

REMEMBER: Please be respectful and avoid spamming and annoying people with this information. Everyone hates spam.

Since our event is typically hosted by local music venues, you must be 18 years or older to attend. Admission is $5 at the door. This is an expensive event to organize, the $5 allows us to hire musicians, buy art supplies and rent tables and other equipment we need for the night. Please don't hate us.

For more information, updates and changes, visit the official Grinder website every couple of weeks at

Grinder is the result of a coffee shop brainstorm session with Kody Chamberlain and Rob Guillory. Contributors and collaborators include Andrew Thibodeaux, Burt Durand, Robyn Patterson, Bryan Jock, Ryan LeFleur, Catherine Fontenot, Mary Hymel, Dave Maraist, Chris Broussard, and Collin Galyean.

Inspirations include the Antigravity Media Expo in New Orleans hosted by Leo McGovern (thanks Leo), live art shows hosted by Dave Crosland and Jim Mahfood, and everyone that's shared ideas and input from the last few Grinder shows.

Please contact us by email with any questions.

Our official website is:

If you're a member of the creative community, please get involved with and post your work, upcoming events, and various topics of discussion in the groups and forum.

You can also befriend us on MySpace