It was so wonderful to see so many fashionable and well-dressed faces at the Citypages Envision Artopia 2013 fashion show at the Graves Hotel! It has been years since I have attended the event (I modeled for the show back in 2009) and I was blown away at how much it has grown since then. The show is certainly an impressive production, combining a New-York style fashion show with the local arts scene. The two-part fashion show featured all local designers and models from Ignite, a fast-growing exclusive modeling agency in Minneapolis. In addition, there was an exhibition of selected RAW Minneapolis Artists, catering by Crave, Skinny Girl Martini's, a photo booth, swag bags, beauty demonstrations and that's just the beginning! With so much going on, it was easy to have a good time.
My involvement in the fashion event was not on the runway this time, but on the side. I did a live art piece to raise money for Free Arts Minnesota, a charity that supports underprivileged young artists. I painted one of my closest friends, Lalita Zapata, who modeled for me while everyone watched. Lalita and I coincidentally met backstage at Envision in 2009 when we were both walking in the show. She is so elegant and beautiful inside and out, which made it easy to paint her! This also created an added pressure to make her perfect. The painting took about two hours, with a couple breaks for us to watch the show and sample the martini's everyone was raving about. At the end of the night, we auctioned the painting to raise money for Free Arts Minnesota. It was such a fun and social night in support of a great charity. Congratulations to Angie for her winning bid!