I feel very appreciative and honored any time I am allowed to send a custom piece out to be showcased at an event, and if I can be there to celebrate and to show my appreciation then even better! Friday, May 7th, in Lincoln, NE I was in attendance for one of the first 2.5 inch Qee shows of its kind - the first stop in the Qeeology 2.5 tour.
As a part of First Friday Art Walks down in Lincoln, no matter how hard the wind blew, or how far the temperatures dropped, hundreds of people came out to show their support for the arts and made their way to the MARZ martini bar.
Hit the jump to check out some of the photos and read more about this fantastic event!
First off I'd like to give a huge shoutout and say thanks to Kevin Winnik of Toy2R for putting together such an amazing event, and also to MARZ for having such a fun place to have such a show, as well as keeping such great service on such a busy night. The food was fantastic, the atmosphere was amazing, and the custom Qees were beyond words.
I do apologize for the quality of some of the photos though, as my camera tends to get finicky in dark areas and so a lot of the photos didn't turn out the best. If you see your custom is missing, please don't be offended, it's just that the photos didn't turn out clearly.
It's hard to pick a favorite piece, especially when so many talented artists are represented, but one of them that jumped out at me immediately was Cupcake Jiangshi by J*Ryu. I absolutely love his work, and this piece was even that much more amazing with the added lighting effects.
Qeel Your Television was another piece I loved that had me laughing as I watched the little Qee flying through the air attacking the TV.
This was one of my favorite corners as all of the pieces were very original and fun to look at. I especially liked Top Shotta and Buzz Light Qee by William Long. Both were very creative and seeing a Qee pilot a mech is pretty badass in its own right.
The Anything But Generic pieces by Kid Ink Industries were also neat and I liked seeing how the textured paint looked on the pieces. This had been something I'd wanted to try for a while and never had gotten around to it, so I was glad to see that they turn out pretty awesome.
One of the designs I personally fell in love with was the Bob Mackie/Cher/Demon Fairy by Cathy Solarana. The colors used, details added and personality felt throughout this piece was fantastic and I just adored it. I would love to have a big version of this for my collection one day!
Of course, I wouldn't be me if I didn't freak out at the appearance of a Harley Quinn custom Qee. Quinn Qee by babyvtec was so adorable I just wanted to hug her up. I loved the sculpting done to her and it just looked phenomenal in person.
Both Pocket Wookie and Ryan Holt knocked it out of the park with their food related Qees. Homer in a Blanket made me laugh ridiculously hard and I just loved him, while the Sprinkles set were definitely something to behold as well. Ryan's Icee was fantastic and made me thirsty to go and find one after seeing it.
I fell in love with Quan Vu's Small-Bot as well, who just had the most adorable face. If I could have something this adorable in plush form to hug all day long my life would be made.
Of course DrilOne's piece was amazing, because well.. DrilOne is amazing! His Toyer Scout that came completely with a wooden box and dog tags looked so great in person it was ridiculous. I love his ability to make the rust look work, and the extra accessories made it even that much more of a winner.
In addition to the 140+ professional artists' pieces that were in attendance, there were also 60 pieces from 8th grade art students at Park Middle School. A lot of these young kids showed some serious talent, so I can't wait to see the names that start popping up in the professional side on down the line out of this group.
As you can see there were tons of fantastic pieces in the show, and I can't stress to you hard enough that if there is a show coming to your area - take the time to go! It means a lot to the artists to see people enjoying their work, and they are such fun events you won't want to miss them. Be sure to check out the Toy2R USA page on Facebook to see when they might be coming to a town near you!
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