A really cool event is going on tomorrow, Thursday July 8th. One of wellthatscool.com’s favorite people, Elliott McPherson, is having an art show at the Mellow Mushroom in downtown Tuscaloosa. The event costs $5 with the proceeds going straight to Gulf Coast relief. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because Elliott is one of the founding members of the Tuscaloosa based band the Dexateens. Elliott makes lightboxes from found objects as well as other discarded items that have a very delightfully southern feel to them. So how does a rocker end up making light boxes? Well the bio on elliottmcpherson.com sums it up pretty well.
” I made the first “Lightbox” in a last-minute effort to complete an album cover for the band’s self-titled release in 2004. That first Lightbox featured the same headphones that McPherson had used as a child to “listen to the rock and roll that my parents forbade me to listen to…Since then, every Dexateens release has borne a Lightbox on its cover…I like making art out of things that some might say are used up and ready to be thrown away. Folks don’t realize that when they use something, they put a part of themselves into that thing”
Elliott is a man of many hats. When not rocking asses or building lightboxes, he can be found running a kitchen and bath cabinetry business that he and his wife run together. Elliott is a hard working family man that was one of the first people to show that being from where we are is nothing to be ashamed of and in fact, there is nowhere nicer then here in west Alabama. Your community is what you make of it and we are lucky to have Elliott in ours to make it cooler. So come out and check out some great art with some really great people. The event starts at 9pm and runs till 11:30pm and will feature local Tuscaloosa celebrities spinning their favorite vinyl LP’s and 45′s.