Friday, May 29, 2009

TALK ABOUT COMMITMENT

After 6 years of dedicated employment, Shaun took the plunge. Last week he showed his FREEB!RDS love by getting an old school tattoo. Stay tuned for info on what he loves most about working with us. Do any of you Fanatics out there have any of your own art to share?

Friday, May 22, 2009

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

...a new store is coming to you, and it's coming to The Woodlands. We're gearing up for a July 8th opening, so for those of you in the area, plan ahead. Grab your friends, co-workers, other Fanatics....get ready - the Bird is coming.

Friday, May 8, 2009

HEY FANATICS....

Have you checked your inbox?
Well today's the day if you haven't....

All registered FREEB!RDS Fanatics receieved an email for a Buy One, Get One Free.

All you need to do is print your email, the one with the foil, bring it to your nearest FREEB!RDS location, and we'll buy your friend something for free (you coudn't possibly eat two burritos, so you've gotta share it with a pal). The best part is that you decide what you like, and we'll give you something free (as long as it's equal or lesser value). Dine-in only and the offer expires May 25, 2009. If you're not a Fanatic, be sure to register your card online to receive points for free stuff, offers and more.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

TASTE OF ADDISON: MAY 8-10

What are you doing this weekend? Well if you're in Addison, or nearby, be sure to come by and taste your way through some of the best restaurants (ah-hem....FREEB!RDS) in town. We'll be there bright and early looking for some fellow FANAT!CS, so be sure to keep your eyes out.

Addison Circle Park

A tasty weekend of food, music and family fun, this three-day festival features over 50 Addison restaurants serving generous samplings of their food at reduced prices. Festivities include national musical entertainment, celebrity chef demonstrations, carnival rides, midway games, arts and crafts, wine tasting and seminars, children's entertainment and more. Tickets are $5 for ages 4 and older prior to 5:00pm and $10 after 5:00pm.


Local artists find advice, friendship through Lubbock Sketch Club

By: Sarah Reiman/Staff Writer: posted: 4/27/09

The Lubbock Sketch Club meets every Saturday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. to bring together a variety of artists to share and learn from each other.

Artists of every age and experience level meet at Freebird's near Slide Road and Loop 289, said Will Terrell, a Lubbock artist who create the club.

As many as 70 local artists have attended the weekly meeting, he said, but about 40 to 50 artists usually attend.

Sarah Vaughn, a freshman studio art major from Lubbock, said the Sketch Club has enabled her to feature multiple pieces of abstract art during First Friday Art Trail in the Depot District and has given her direction in publishing the graphic novel she is creating.

"It is nice to associate with other artists," Vaughn said.

Vaughn received treatment through horse therapy after being declared disabled for a period of time during her life.

Because of her healing experiences with horses, she now draws abstract versions of horses for the art shows she participates in.

Vaughn said she has been coming to Sketch Club meetings for a year a half and the members of the group have offered her advice and encouraged her artwork.

Marc Watson, an alumnus from Lubbock who will return to Tech in the fall to earn a fine arts master's degree, said the Lubbock Sketch Club has provided "an enjoyable environment" for him where connections with famous artists can be made.

He said he brings his 10-year-old brother to the weekly meetings, where artists ages 6 to 80 interact with each other.

Watson, who has created murals for Covenant Medical Center, encourages students interested in comics, art or graphics to come and enjoy Saturday meetings and not be afraid to bring examples of their work to share.

Also, the group offers opportunities to participate in the Lubbock Arts Festival, Comic Expos, classes, workshops and booths at craft fairs.

Terrell said the Lubbock Comic Book Expo will be hosted Friday through Sunday by Lubbock Sketch Club and Star Comics during the Lubbock Arts Festival at the Civic Center.

Terrell said the comics will be given out at the festival as part of National Free Comic Book Day, which takes place the first Saturday in May.

"This is huge for a comic book event in West Texas," he said.

Ariel Walden, a junior broadcast journalism major from Lubbock, said many of the friendships she has today have been gained through the Lubbock Sketch Club.

The club offers support from artists with similar interests and "talent with different styles," she said. Those who attend the meetings are friendly and give input on work.

She said people who "love art should draw a little every single day."

Terrell said he advises those interested in becoming better artists to find teachers and practice. He said the best way of learning is to "imitate things you see and ask questions."

"Most people think you have to be born talented to do work of any kind, especially with comic books," he said, "but I don't believe that's true at all. I think that it's like reading or writing or math. If society nourished it and encouraged it on a regular basis, everybody could draw and reach a certain level."

The Sketch Club caters to artists at whatever skill level they are at, he said, and if the artists enjoy drawing and are passionate about it, then they have the potential of getting to the skill level they desire.

"The Sketch Club is a way of challenging each other," Terrell said.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

ART CAR PARADE: MAY 8-10

This Saturday, May 9 we are particpating in the annual ART CAR PARADE throughout the streets of Houston. Keep an eye out for our FREEB!RDS FREEDOM RIDE as we stroll along Allen Parkway between Taft and Downtown. Our FREEB!RDS Street Team will also be running around town passing out cool stuff that you don't want to miss out on - t-shirts, coupons and more. We look forward to seeing you this weekend!