Bearden Middle School Sessions


For the 2011 - 2012 School Year, we had to privilege of working with some local middle school students in Knoxville, TN. Michael Weineinger, a native New Yorker, and now an art teacher at Bearden Middle School, has been teaching his students about contemporary art, street art, and graffiti. He invited us to BMS for some collaborative projects that proved to be valuable for all parties involved.

In Fall 2011, Lifted Lab gave presentations at Bearden Middle School to 6th and 7th grade art students about modern day artists. We talked about Bigfoot, Infamous JeanClaude, Grifter, Zach Widgren, Berk Visual, Lifter Baron, and other young creatives. Students got to see a powerpoint presentation about the work of these artists, and collaborative projects they produce. We explored the idea of making a career from art, and encouraged kids to follow their creativity. 




Students began working on a project about cultural diversity in September. They were given the assignment to create a mask from  layers of colored paper that represents a unique culture from another part of the world. After completing this project, a handful of the masks would be selected for an art show in downtown Knoxville hosted by Lifted Lab. The art show was titled "These Funky Masks" and took place in November of 2011.




In Spring of 2012, Lifted Lab returned to BMS for an evening themed around New York City. We set up a workshop table for kids, parents, grandparents to stop by and see art, prints, toys, apparel, books, and stickers by Lifted Lab artists and New York artists that we're inspired by. Kids learned about the origins of graffiti and how to practice bubble letters and hand styles. 








Shout out to Michael Weininger for the opportunity to put all of this together and big up to all the inspiring, talented kids following their creativity at BMS.

Asheville Collaboration: Saturday


Manifest Collective is group of healing arts practitioners whom are reaching out to the Appalachian community through events that offer yoga, meditation workshops, massage therapy, live music, and more. Their goal of spreading a holistic awareness also includes showcasing art that expresses a sense of consciousness.  They have looked to Lifted Lab as their inspiration for accompanying installations at their events.

The latest event being hosted by Manifest Collective is titled “Hypno Yoga” and takes place this Saturday in Asheville, NC. Beginning at 9:00pm, there will be a yoga and meditation workshop focusing on connecting with the inner Self.  Lifted Lab will be featured in an installation of soulful art pieces to help participants visually identify various levels of awareness.

The installation will include paintings and prints from BIGFOOT, INFAMOUS JEANCLAUDE, ZACH WIDGREN, BERK VISUAL, GRIFTER, Dalek, Sam Flores, Free Gums, TSL, Katy Smith, Andy Reed, and Stan Lee.

For the rest of the evening, there will be a show featuring local musicians Aligning Minds, Perileyes, Futexture, and This Is Art. 


We are very pleased to add that Mamma Chia will be sponsoring Lifted Lab again, and will be supplying their tasty organic chia seed beverages for FREE. Big thank you and lots of respect out to this company! 

"Hypno Yoga"
Saturday, November 5, 2011
8:00pm - 3:00am 
The Garage at Biltmore

Dissecting Your Duality


Lifted Lab is all about promoting progressive creative arts, and recently has teamed up with ManiFest Collective, a group of women teaching and promoting the healing arts. They incorporate yoga, massage, reiki, sound therapy, aromatherapy, art therapy, mediation, and more while reaching out to communities in East TN and North Carolina to provide classes, work shops, and events inspired by holistic health and healing.

We collaborated earlier this year during Unity Healing Arts Festival, and now we meet again for an event titled, "Dissecting Your Duality."

Lifted Lab will be curating an art installation with black and white pieces that deal with topics such as: Positive vs. Negative States of Mind, Physical Existence as Both Particle and Wave, Dark vs. Light, Male vs. Female, Hermetic Philosophy, and Balancing of Dualistic Characteristics.

This installation will help further interpret and visualize the vibe of the workshop. Work from ZACHARY WIDGREN, Katy Smith, Stan Lee, Hedges, and GRIFTER will be shown in the installation, and there will also be a Lifted Lab merch booth to browse through.


Mamma Chia will also be sponsoring this event with bottles of their delicious, HEALTHY chia seed drinks for everyone to try for FREE.

This stuff is amazing and tastes like a jello drink. Chia seeds are an ancient super food that give you an instant mental and physical boost because they are full of antioxidants, vitamins, calcium, protein, fiber, and omegas. Please look into their site for more info.

We are so excited to have support from this honorable and conscious-minded company.

Dissecting Your Duality
October 7, 2011 at 9:00 PM
Galaxy Lounge
216 East Main Street, Johnson City, TN  379604
Tickets: $10 at the door

Unity Fest Pix


Here are some pictures from Unity Healing Arts Festival that took place on June 4th in Johnson City, TN. Unity was held from 2:00PM - 3:00AM with a full schedule of yoga, dancing, food, music, meditation, and art therapy.  Lifted Lab artists Zachary Widgren, Berk Visual, Grifter, and Infamous JeanClaude were included in an art installation at the venue, in addition to Katy Smith, Amelia Sayle, Stephen Wells, Stan Lee and Rebecca Kaufman. The art pieces were used as part of the Art Therapy session, which invited attendants to create a piece of art using the medium of their choice. After starting their pieces, they were given information about how to interpret their creations through symbolism and color.

The art therapy allowed for a deeper understanding of ideas that come to us from the subconscious, and how they can help one cope, heal, express, understand, and connect to themSelf.


Unity attendees also got a chance to become inspired by the art brought in for the installation and interpret the different themes such as Human Consciousness, Sacred Geometry, Knowledge, Motivation, Positivity, Nature, Street Life, Drugs, Family, Love, Mind Expansion, Duality, and Imagination.

 Stephen Wells and Zach Widgren (bottom three)
 Berk Visual, Stephen Wells, Grifter (clockwise)
 Katy Smith, Stan Lee
 Zach Widgren, Grifter, Infamous JeanClaude (right side, bottom 3)
  Infamous JeanClaude
 Stan Lee, Zach Widgren
 Stan Lee
Rebecca Kaufman

Unity Healing Arts Festival


This weekend during Blue Plum Festival in Johnson City, TN, Manifest Collective will be holding its own separate event at the Next Door, just a few blocks from downtown. Manifest Collective is a duo of yogis who teach free community yoga classes and donation based class series. They will be hosting Unity Yoga and Healing Arts Festival, an all day and night event that incorporates their yoga teachings, along with other regional healing art practitioners. Lifted Lab artists GRIFTER, INFAMOUS JEANCLAUDE, BERK VISUAL, and ZACH WIDGREN will be included in an art installation inside the venue during this festival. Other regional visual artists that will be on display include Katy Smith, Amelia Sayle, Rebecca Kaufman, and Stephen Wells.

The full schedule of events for this day is listed here:

2:00- 2:30- Explore meditation with Marcie Bowdish 
2:30-3:00-Kirtan
3:00-4:00- Art therapy with Katie Pilgrm
(Vinyl DJ set during this hour performed by Tracy Scott Lucas)
4:00- 5:00- Vinyasa Yoga with Kim, owner of Shakti in the Moutains. Visit her at  www.shaktiinthemountains.c
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5:00-6:00- Belly Dance Performance by Kim McLeod

6:30-8:00- Warrior Yoga with Sarah Gunnin
8:30-9:15- Ecstatic Dance with Manifest Collective
(With live DJ set from Katie Pilgrim)
9:20-9:40- Unity Circle, ending meditation
10:00 PM- 3:00 AM- LIVE MUSIC from The Messengers, Neck Brecka Society, Hykll, Crazy Horse and Holston, Dana and The Robots 


Unity Healing Arts Festival
The Next Door 
415 West Walnut Street Johnson City, TN 37604
2:00 PM - 3:00 AM
$7.00 Entry