April 22, 2013

Event re-cap and photos from Citypages Envision Artopia 2013!

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!

April 11, 2013

Live Art Performance @ Envision Artopia Fashion Show this Saturday!

I'm very excited to be doing a live painting during the Twin Cities' largest fashion event this Saturday, Envision Artopia 2013. Doing a live art performance during a fashion show is something I've always wanted to do... I can't think of a better place to share my style of work!  The plan: to start and finish a painting from scratch during the fashion show.  I love a good challenge.

My favorite part?  The painting I create will be auctioned at the end of the evening with all proceeds donated to Free Arts Minnesota.  Free Arts Minnesota inspires hope and builds self-esteem for youth who have experienced poverty, homelessness, abuse and mental illness, using the healing powers of artistic expression and caring adult mentors. It is important to me that I use my artwork as a way to help support causes I believe in.  Always. 

In addition to the live performance I will be doing, I will also have a small selection of my artwork to share and sell.  I am bringing a couple very special pieces that just returned home from their Miami tour!  

Buy your tickets here.

Event details:
Where: Graves|601 Hotel, Minneapolis
When: Saturday, April 13 
Time: 8pm-midnight   

April 5, 2013

MN Monthly Magazine- April 2013

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As always, I like to throw in a little post about what's been happening in the world of fashion as well as the arts! This month, check out my latest fashion spread in Minnesota Monthly Magazine shot by the talented Minneapolis photographer, Erika Ludwig.  Hair and makeup by Margo Gordon.  Location: beautiful home on Lake of the Isles.

Stylist Barbara Schmidt took me out of my usual jeans, boots and t-shirt ensemble I have been living in all winter... so nice!   Imaginative pairings of pattern and color seems to be the trend everywhere this spring. Everything we shot can be found local, mixing high end with vintage finds.

Also in this issue is the beauty advice (below) from friend and extremely talented (and famous) makeup artist, Fatima Olive.  Anything Fatima advises, I know I can trust.  Coincidentally, we worked together yesterday on a shoot and she used her "expert's product pick" on me, so I can agree... the Clinique Chubby Stick is a winner.    Check out Fatima's website and her beauty blog... It's really well done and has more great advice.