Local artists featured at annual house show

Julia Adams

This weekend the third annual Pop-Up Art & Comic Shop and House Show Extravaganza was hosted at Falcon’s Nest on Chestnut Street. Local artists were featured at Falcon’s Nest and other musicians played afterward at the Former Friend of Young America house.

Lauren Culbreth, co-owner of Falcon’s Nest said she got the inspiration for the event after a trip to St. Louis.

“They had a really cool art scene,” Culbreth said. “I wondered: why relocate when I can cultivate a scene like that in my hometown?”

Falcon’s Nest has hosted bands and house shows previously.

“All of my friends are super talented and they need a venue to display that,” Culbreth said.

Many artists showed up to display a variety of art styles. Homemade jewelry, paintings, prints, baked goods, light fixtures and other mediums were featured.

“There’s a lack of opportunity in Bowling Green for young people, and some older people, to showcase their art,” Culbreth said.

The third Pop-Up has been unlike the two before it. With more notoriety, the event has grown.

“This was the first event where I could get sponsorship from local businesses,” Culbreth said. “Being able to have things donated makes this more of a sustainable project.”

Culbreth said the most difficult part of creating the event was the communication with the artists and the vendors.

“Artists are artists; we’re kind of last minute procrastinators,” she said.

Culbreth looks forward to the growth of the event.

“If this keeps growing and getting bigger, we may have to expand to a larger venue,” she said.

One of the featured artists was Brittnie Lineberg. She said she’s been interested in art since fifth grade.

“I was right around 10,” Lineberg said. “This dude and I would draw Bugs Bunny for people, then I moved to horses. It was the only time I made money for my art.”

Lineberg works with a variety of media to create her pieces.

“I’ve been trying to get more into mixed media lately: glitter, confetti,” she said. “My heart will always be with ink and watercolor.”

Lineberg describes her art style as “wishy-washy.”

“I enjoy small details,” she said. “I enjoy not completing anything. I like to not cry onto my art.”

When Lineberg was first starting high school, her biggest artistic influence was Alex Pardee, an artist inspired by old cartoons, according to his website.

“Right now, I’m influenced by genitals,” she said. “I’m trying to get into embroidery though.”

Common themes that show up in Lineberg’s work include “faces, beer, cigarettes and tears,” she said.

As far as why people create art, Lineberg believes “everyone has their own motives.”

Another artist featured at the Pop-Up was Drew Guy, who described himself as an illumination artist, working with lighting.

“I’ve been interested in art since I was two years old,” Guy said. “I got shocked by a Christmas tree and I’ve been obsessed with electricity since.”

Right now, Guy is interested in everything spooky and scary. The front of the Falcon’s Nest showcased one of Guy’s pieces, a huge, cut-out cat with blood dripping from its mouth.

“The cat was inspired by 1941 German Halloween decor,” Guy said.

Guy said his style is inspired by minimalism, goth style and sex.

“Sexual things are going to be very prominent,” he said.

In the future, Guy hopes to expand to different kinds of media.

“I’m interested in working on animations, motors and more moving parts,” he said.

“It was so cool to have friends to work on this,” Guy said. “Seeing these crazy, hair-brained ideas come to life has been so gratifying.”

“Don’t let time or money hold you back,” Guy said as advice to young artists. “If you want something, make it work.”

Reporter Julia Adams can be reached at 270-745-2655 and [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter at @JuliaSkyeAdams.