Slideluck Potshow at the Power Station: Bringing Together (and Feeding) Dallas' Photographers

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A submission by Can Turkyilmaz, featuring local band Home by Hovercraft.
The idea for Slideluck Potshow was cooked-up in the Seattle backyard of photographer Casey Kelbaugh. The concept was simple: have a bunch of fellow artists over for a potluck dinner and show off their recent work through a multimedia slideshow.

Kelbaugh knew about the unifying power of food, but he hadn't predicted the strength of its range. Strangers became friends while ladling egg noodles and chatting about aspect ratio. Projects were born. And by the night's end, more than 50 artists communed over crockpots and portfolios. It was a success.

Now Slideluck Potshow is a registered non-profit, with events popping up all over the globe, from Bogotá to Toronto.

Dallas is sharpening its utensils, preparing to slice into its first serving of the phenomenon, which happens Saturday at the Power Station. Anyone is invited to attend (bring a dish, a jar of peanut butter for the Food Bank, or $10 dollars to get in), and dig into the potluck from 6 to 8 p.m., then digest a lovely, 45-minute slideshow of work by great local artists.

We got this event by chance. It's a sort of vacation souvenir brought back by the event's main organizer, photographer Leila Wright. She wound up at a Slideluck Potshow on a recent trip to New York and became enamored by its ability to unite and give peers a leg up. "It was really inspiring," says Wright. "It's not too often that an event connects people like that and breaks down all of the barriers."

The added benefit, of course, is exposure. Everyone, regardless of professional status, is invited to submit work to Slideluck, all of which is sifted through by some very sought-after eyes. Dallas' Slideluck organizers cast a finely woven net for curation talent. They pulled in Stacey Clarkson, art director at Harper's Magazine, Guy Reynolds, photo editor at Dallas Morning News, Thorne Anderson, a UNT photojournalism professor and director of the UNT photo scholarship, and a handful of other resources from print publishing, academia and gallery worlds that would otherwise be unapproachable for many.

"That gives [Slideluck] a whole other level of value," says Wright, "because you know that by submitting, these people will see your work."

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