There was no spontaneous outburst of music, no two people started dancing in sync and there was no culmination of a large group overtaking Amarillo’s Sixth Avenue, but it was a flash mob nonetheless Sunday afternoon.
A self-described art flash mob there lasted about 30 minutes, where five artists on both sides of the 2800 block of Sixth, took to putting their passion and artistic abilities on display.
“I’m passionate about bringing art to more people,” said organizer Addie Walsh. “(This is) just so much about creating something instead of destroying something. There’s so much destruction in the world. We wanted to do something beautiful that we’re all passionate about.”
Walsh and her husband Nic, owners of 2740 Art and Apparel, formerly Spirited Expressions, wanted to bring something different and creative to Amarillo and took to social media to get people involved.
Amber Hawkins created in chalk, while Anthony Ramirez created the galaxy with spray paint, Walsh got political in paint, Amanda O’Donnell sang and Aime Girard used her body as art, not just as a canvas but also in dance.
“Every part of your life can be artistic,” Walsh said. “Everybody’s an artist — you just have to figure out what you’re passionate about. That’s why I wanted to have so many varieties of different people doing different things.”
“We just wanted to spread art, and love and freedom of expression,” Girard said.
While wearing a shirt painted with the words “Be fearless and play,” Girard sat cross-legged miming the words to music and painting her face before dancing with a hula hoop.
“Don’t take yourself so seriously — enjoy yourself and have fun,” she said.
O’Donnell, who was recruited for the Sunday afternoon artistic delight by Girard, showed up to display her talent and support for the other artists.
“Aime said to just show up and bring whatever you can express artistically,” O’Donnell said. “It’s all in the holiday spirit and making new friends.”
O’Donnell choose to express her artistic skills by singing “O’ Holy Night” for passersby and those sitting on the patio of The 806.
“I really love that song because of my belief in Christ,” she said. “I gained my salvation when I was a really young girl and I’ve just grown up really loving Jesus and I wanted to dedicate a song to him.”
As quietly and spontaneously as it began, the art flash mob dispersed in the same fashion. Some artists left their creations alongside The 806 for anyone to take.
While she doesn’t know when the next artistic flash mob will will be, Girard said she does hope the event was inspiring.
“It’s very important to try to find art in every aspect of your life. It’ll make you a lot happier.”