Sunday, January 15, 2017

SMITH MAP STUDIO FEATURED IN TEXAS MONTHLY

Smith Map Studio - photo taken at
2016 Cottonwood Art Festival

Christopher Alan Smith, the illustrator and owner of Smith Map Studio, was one of the 250 artists selected by the jury panel for Cottonwood Art Festival.  The semi-annual show was held the weekend of October 1-2, 2016 in Richardson, TX.  

This was also the exact date that Texas Monthly released their monthly issue featuring Smith Map Studio.  The two-page interview describes how he has always been a "map geek" and his childhood passion transitioned into a full career in 2008 after he held his first show and made $5,500 in sales.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

ITALIAN APÉ RESIDES IN RICHARDSON

Wound Up Café - Mobile Coffee 
Have you met the guy in Richardson who owns an incredibly rare and slow moving Italian Apé?  These were first discovered in the 1940’s and the one Jason Hapka cares for happens to put off a super strong aroma.  Try pronouncing Apé as Ah-Pay and substitute three wheels for the pair of hairy legs you may have visualized. 

Five years ago, Jason tracked down this European scooter to start a new business, the Wound Up Café.  Cottonwood Art Festival invited him to participate as a vendor that same year and he continues to participate at the semi-annual show.