Piasa Summer 2018 is the Hottest Event of the Summer

Photos by Julia Johnson

Photos by Julia Johnson

The summer season just started to peak for the Alton area, but this past Saturday, “Loosey Goosey” turned the heat all the way up.

July 21st was the seventh annual Piasa Summer to raise funds for the next publication of “Loosey Goosey,” an art magazine based in New York with Alton roots. To say it was successful is an understatement — people packed the East Gallery of Jacoby Arts Center along with the entire front sidewalk covered with attendees. It was super inspiring to see these hundreds of locals supporting local art, music and vendors.

“Loosey Goosey” not only offered a party of the summer, but also a place to celebrate and appreciate the talent and hardwork of those in the area who do not always receive the recognition they deserve. Eleven artists were featured in the art show, along with several bands including Polyshades and Jr. Clooney. Several businesses and artists were featured as vendors in the event: Inner Dream Designs, Maeva’s Coffee and The Old Bakery Beer Company, among others.

Polyshades (L-R: Joe Crawford (photographing), Cody Hale (guitar) and Ricky Wilson (guitar, vocals).    

Polyshades (L-R: Joe Crawford (photographing), Cody Hale (guitar) and Ricky Wilson (guitar, vocals).
 

The overhead lights were turned off, but the gallery featured spotlights on the artwork and string lights draped across the ceiling, providing a feeling of connection and intimacy with the art. Projectors were used on the backstage wall for a groovy feeling when the bands performed.

There was even an open bar that eventually ran out of beer toward the end of the night. The sheer range of angles “Loosey Goosey” covered is amazing — it feels like the event touched and impacted almost every part of Alton in some way and then some.

Piasa Summer 2018 felt like a special part of home — a place where everyone came together to appreciate the heart of Alton — art.

Check out “Loosey Goosey’s” website https://www.looseygooseyart.com/

L-R Chris Perkins-Cook (photographer), Kyle Lamble, Joe Crawford, and Jesse Lankford Co-founders of Loosey Goosey, Tyler Wiggins (long time local friend of Loosey Goosey)   

L-R Chris Perkins-Cook (photographer), Kyle Lamble, Joe Crawford, and Jesse Lankford Co-founders of Loosey Goosey, Tyler Wiggins (long time local friend of Loosey Goosey)