LAUGH stands for Lafayette Art UnderGround Hustle.
Say what? Yup.
LAUGH is fun people making funky art and creatively schlepping their goods to make a little money for their efforts. The mission of LAUGH is to promote and support fellow creatives in a manner that is itself creative. LAUGH is for the starving artist, the side-hustler, the bashful, the successful, the funky, the bold, the mainstream, and the new to the scene. LAUGH endeavors to maintain a program with modest financial commitments from their artists but in turn uses the craftiness of the members to help market and spread event propaganda.
LAUGH is a labor of love endeavor. It's working on a shoestring budget and collects only the smallest most necessary fee from the artist participants. It is cultivating creativity within the community for the community. LAUGH is here to motivate artists and encourage everyone to discover the unique underground artistic movement evolving in their neighborhood. It's proving that it is not the work alone that makes art, it is also the process and the person. There is no room for hate in a LAUGH event because art takes all forms, all colors, all sizes, and has no gender.
LAUGH is Brian Wood (Dogs & Stars) and Marleen Endicott (Misfits Work) — two friends, neighbors and fellow creatives.
LAUGH spurred from a collaboration they did in June 2022. Marleen was on the Lafayette Garden Tour and also launched her ceramic art side hustle during the event. Brian had an open studio the same day and they let people wander in and out of their respective studio/yards to see what they had been creating. Marleen & Brian live across an alley from each other!
The response was super postitive and Marleen thought it'd be amazing to get more support and exposure for all the unknown, smaller artists in our town — like them!
For every one person in this town who is aware of an artist's work, there are 5000 who probably have no idea who the heck us artists are up to and what our process looks like!
So Marleen thought: wouldn't an art tour in town be awesome to showcase some of Lafayette's local talent and hidden studios?
And here we are!