Interactive art event!

Photos by Victor Bearpark, Julia Kozlov, Barb Snelgrove, Julian Bowers, Miko Philip, Kat Thorsen.

Together we can increase participation in the arts

I LOVE SEEING WHAT PEOPLE DO TO MY ART DESIGNED SPECIFICALLY FOR AN EVENT!  By adding and changing they make it their own!

Photo by Julia Kozlov

At my events in June, the subjects of portraits I had started were in attendance.  The portraits were lined on the walls and art supplies were made available.  The attendees finished the portraits during the events as part of a large interactive art therapy session celebrating the subjects and celebrating freedom of expression!!!  At first I worried no one would dare add to the portraits.  Needless to say, my worries were unwarranted!!!

EVENT 1: heroes with heART June 23:

See also:

Post-mortem findings

Art event feedback

Evolution of a portrait

 

EVENT 2: Art Hairapy 

I strive to give to others a sense of sacredness, because an art event is not just a formal fact but also a moment where you put a mark on your dedication. You must have a feeling of joining a tribe where there is the stick of command, because you are in a sacred place with its rules. – Enzo Cucchi

     

       

Audience development, community dialogue and promotion of your cause through interactive art events

Read more about the YOUTHCO event at: TOOLS FOR CHANGE CAMPAIGN LAUNCH

DRAWN TOGETHER BY POST STREET LAUNCH 2013:

*Hosted by Anna T Fabulous

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Post-mortem findings after art event: POSITIVE! Here’s a taste!

THE EVENT.  WOW.

Truly an interactive night that included EVERYBODY in the creative process– the artist (me), the youth, the hosts, the helpers, the venue, the staff, the food, the drinks, the photographers, the filmographer AND the subjects and  attendees who all were artists!!!  And of course the beneficiaries!

I want to develop this concept further and make it into a career!  I welcome feedback!!!!!  Love you all!

See also: INTERACTIVE ART EVENTS GALLERY

THE SETUP

  

THE HOSTS

Rebecca Rawlinson and Tommy D

THE YOUTH ART

Photo by Julia Kozlov

THE PROCESS

THE FIRST BRUSHSTROKES!

 

THE LAST BRUSHSTROKE!

THE DOCUMENTATION:

Victor Bearpark (photo by Barb Snelgrove)

THE AUCTION:

We raised about $1800 to Vancouver Friends For Life!

EXAMPLE:

THE EVOLUTION OF TRACEY BELL’S PORTRAIT

Tracey Bell! (Photo by Victor Bearpark)

Photo by Victor Bearpark
Magical result, people!!! (photo by Victor Bearpark)

MAKE SURE to check out Julia Kozlov’s blog post about the event!

AUCTION UPDATE! June 23 Art Event heroes with heART! Auction night of the event!

This piece (11" x 17" on acid-free bristol board) will be up for auction June 23!

KEN BOESEM!

***UPDATE! We’ve decided to auction off ALL the 40″ x 60″ interactive portraits THE NIGHT of heroes with heART: Katarina Thorsen’s Interactive Portrait Event! Proceeds from these pieces go to Vancouver Friends For Life! About 5 of my smaller portraits, like the one featured here, will also be auctioned off during the evening, with part of proceeds benefiting Intersections Media as well as my youth at-risk art therapy program!

Barb Snelgrove and Charmaine Crooks! 2 fantastic heroes with heART! Meet them and paint on their portraits June 23rd!

  Barb Snelgrove

A long time fixture in Vancouver’s LGTB community, Barb Snelgrove has been a Board member  or volunteered for various charitable organizations such as the Vancouver Pride Society, Qmunity & the DMS. She currently sits on the Vancouver City Hall LGTBQ Advisory Committee (Chair of the Sub-committee on Creative Capital) sits on the Vancouver Police Dept. Diversity Advisory Committee and is a member of the Positive Living BC Red Ribbon Advisory Panel and The Diversity Project Advisory Committee.  Barb is the Communications Director for the 2011 Vancouver Outgames and writes a monthly column for LOV Magazine, one of Vancouver’s LGTB publications.  Barb was awarded the 2008 VPS Outstanding Community Member award, the 2010 Citizen of the Year Award from the Rhinestone Charitable Foundation & was the 2010 Vancouver Pride Parade Grand Marshal – Local Hero.  Better known as “megamouthmedia” you know her as the MC of many well known community events such as The Pride Festival stage, Numbers IDOL, Diorama, The annual Gathering Place block party and The Feud. 

What an experiment this portrait night will be!  heroes with heART such as Barb and Charmaine will be in attendance!

 The centre of the workshop room will be filled with art supplies, and all the participants  will interact with the subjects who are in attendance and paint on the unfinished pieces (which are 40″ x 60″) as a big group art session. It’s an experiment. How people finish the pieces is unknown! It’s about letting go and sharing. Finishing with colors, painting on clothes, throwing on glitter, writing words, conversing!

***UPDATE! We’ve decided to auction off the 40″ x 60″ interactive portraits THE NIGHT of heroes with heART: Katarina Thorsen’s Interactive Portrait Event! Proceeds from these pieces go to Vancouver Friends For Life! About 5 of my smaller portraits will also be auctioned off during the evening, with part of proceeds benefiting Intersections Media as well as Kat’s youth at-risk art therapy program!

Charmaine Crooks

 Charmaine is a five-time Olympian and Olympic Silver Medalist (LA ’84, 4X400m Relay) who represented Canada for close to 20 years in Athletics.  Charmaine is president and founder of NGU Consulting, a sports marketing, management and corporate consulting company, which provides strategic counsel and growth strategies to major corporations on a national and global basis.  BUT THERE’S SO MUCH MORE!

To find out more about Charmaine, watch this fabulous video:

The first portrait...
My first portrait of Charmaine is a little too serious! So I added glamour and her spectacular smile for the second one! Both will be available to paint on!

For MORE INFO click on:

‘heroes with heART’ June 23rd! Finish portraits like these of @RebeccaRaw and @ryansteeleshow

Rebecca Rawlinson 24″ x 40″ 

Vancouver is not a city famous for fashion and glamour, but it will be thanks to fabulous women like Rebecca Rawlinson. Rebecca directly deals with designer and luxury fashion and gets to fly to places like new NY to attend fashion shows. She also loves to post images from her favorite runway collections directly on the blog – so always stay tuned! Besides following recent runway shows and trends, Rebecca is an avid attendee of fabulous events in Vancouver, where she always shows up looking amazing and loves to take photos. Her blog is a unique place to visit because it is truly is one-stop place for all things designer and fashion both in Vancouver & globally. Make sure you continue to tune in to check up on local fashion and art related events in Vancouver, to stay on top of designer fashion trends, check out the local directory for designer and vintage fashion shopping in Vancouver and flip through photo documentation of Rebecca’s trips to different cities, the trends and clothes she spots and the different events she attends.

Ryan Steele 40″ x 60″

Ryan Steele is a local sketch comedian and bartender extraordinaire. He wrote and produced ‘The Ryan Steele Show’ for 3 1/2 years at 1181 and then the Odyssey. These days, Ryan is focussing on making comedy videos for his website (www.ryansteeleshow.com ) and producing a 2-man show with his comedy partner Amy Goodmurphy. Some of Ryan’s interests include his cats, working out, drinking vodka, cleaning, and getting attention. Ryan plans on being world famous very soon.       

Join the subjects June 23rd at District 319!!!  The evening runs from 8-11 PM and the group art therapy session will cost $15 Early bird! $20 after 9 PM per participant!  As you enter the workshop room, you’ll pay your fee and get a bracelet which allows in and out access and get two raffle tix!  There will be tons to do and see.  The fee includes a chance to win my original artwork!  There will be a full cash bar, delicious goodies by Copper Alley Cafe, lots of art to look at, I’ll be body painting, there will be tons of art supplies to use to finish the portraits that I have started.  DELISH!

***UPDATE! We’ve decided to auction off the 40″ x 60″ interactive portraits THE NIGHT of heroes with heART: Katarina Thorsen’s Interactive Portrait Event! Proceeds from these pieces go to Vancouver Friends For Life! About 5 of my smaller portraits will also be auctioned off during the evening, with part of proceeds benefiting Intersections Media as well as Kat’s youth at-risk art therapy program!

Julia Kozlov will be taking individual photos of the subjects and participants for Vancouver’s Inside Out Project.  The entire experiment will be filmed and I encourage YOU to talk about the creative process and how it all felt!  I can’t wait to see how the pieces evolve!

We are commemorating the anniversary of Stonewall, as it represents to me the power of the human voice to speak loud and be proud!  The subjects at my art event are all incredible individuals who embrace the beauty and variety of the human spirit.  And YOU get to meet them, work with them, celebrate them!

WATCH the entire film STONEWALL UPRISING:

See also:

TEASER #1

TEASER #2 

Proud to announce that Copper Alley Cafe is a sponsor for this event!  Their incredible food will be available to sample!

Photo by Jon Rawlinson
Photo by Jon Rawlinson 
Photo by Jon Rawlinson

Teaser #2 for June 23 interactive art event “heroes with heART.” Poster features @annatfabulous

The original pencil drawing of Anna T Fabulous (11″ x 17″ on acid-free bristol board ) will be raffled off at the event!

The interactive part of the evening will feature portraits of heroes with heART- I start the portraits, you finish them with the subject!  The finished portraits will be donated to Vancouver Friends For Life!  There will also be 3-5 finished portraits in the lobby that will go up for auction!  Part of proceeds go to Intersection Media Film Program for At-Risk Youth!

***UPDATE! We’ve decided to auction off the 40″ x 60″ interactive portraits THE NIGHT of heroes with heART: Katarina Thorsen’s Interactive Portrait Event! Proceeds from these pieces go to Vancouver Friends For Life! About 5 of my smaller portraits will also be auctioned off during the evening, with part of proceeds benefiting Intersections Media as well as Kat’s youth at-risk art therapy program!

The list of portrait subjects includes Tommy-D, Rebecca Rawlinson, Joan-EJonny Staub, Tracey Bell, Linda Fillmore, Barb Snelgrove, Velvet Steele, Fred Lee, Charmaine Crooks, Ryan Steele, Peter Breeze, Adam Dreaddy, Mia More, Jocelyn Louise, Jay Fisher and MORE!  OMG!

For more info go to:

At my June 23 Interactive Art Event “heroes with heART” you will add to this portrait of @Joan_E_Drag!

This is what my next two events are all about!  We CELEBRATE incredible people in our community [guest list coming soon] by adding to their portraits.  I start them.  You finish them!  Paint, glitter, graffiti etc!  Fabulous!  Here’s a taste:

ADD TO THIS PIECE! So excited to see how this experiment unfolds! Model: Joan-E. China Marker on Foam Board. 40" x 60"

In partnership with INTERSECTIONS MEDIA, in collaboration with VANCOUVER FRIENDS FOR LIFEJune 23 interactive art eventheroes with heART at District 319!

THURSDAY June 23, 2011 8 PM- 11PM

319 Main Street, Vancouver BC. 

Ticket sales, sponsorship opportunities, event schedule coming soon!

Hosted by Rebecca Rawlinson and Tommy D, featuring Vancouver activist icons as both portrait subjects and special guests including Joan-E!

Joan-E 

***UPDATE! We’ve decided to auction off the 40″ x 60″ interactive portraits THE NIGHT of heroes with heART: Katarina Thorsen’s Interactive Portrait Event! Proceeds from these pieces go to Vancouver Friends For Life! About 5 of my smaller portraits will also be auctioned off during the evening, with part of proceeds benefiting Intersections Media as well as Kat’s youth at-risk art therapy program!



Teaser #1 for June 23 interactive art event “heroes with heART.” Poster features @RebeccaRaw

 Model: Rebecca Rawlinson

 

In partnership with INTERSECTIONS MEDIA, in collaboration with VANCOUVER FRIENDS FOR LIFE , I introduce my June 23 interactive art event: heroes with heART at District 319!

THURSDAY June 23, 2011 8 PM- 11PM, DISTRICT 319

319 Main Street, Vancouver BC. 

More details in post links below!

Hosted by Rebecca Rawlinson and Tommy D, featuring Vancouver activist icons as both portrait subjects and special guests including Joan-E!
This event, at the elegant District 319, is an interactive, therapeutic art night to celebrate iconic heroes in the LGBT activist community.

We are commemorating the anniversary of Stonewall, as it represents to me the power of the human voice to speak loud and be proud!  The subjects at my art event are all incredible individuals who embrace the beauty and variety of the human spirit.  And YOU get to meet them, work with them, celebrate them!

WATCH the entire film STONEWALL UPRISING on PBS online.

$15 Early bird! $20 after 9 PM per participant!

At the event, the subjects (about 15 of them) will be in attendance. In the main workshop room, the portraits will line the walls and art supplies will be on tables in the centre.  The attendees will finish the portraits during the event as part of a large interactive art therapy session celebrating freedom of expression!!!

MORE INFO!  See POSTS:

ADD TO THIS PORTRAIT OF JOAN-E

ADD TO THIS PORTRAIT OF TOMMY-D

ADD TO THESE PORTRAITS OF TRACEY BELL AND JONNY STAUB

TEASER #2 FEATURING ANNA T FABULOUS

GROUP ART THERAPY FEATURING REBECCA RAWLINSON AND RYAN STEELE

WIN THIS DRAWING OF JOCELYN LOUISE

LINDA FILLMORE

BARB SNELGROVE AND CHARMAINE CROOKS

TEASER #3 KEN BOESEM

FRED LEE!

VELVET STEELE!

PETER, SYREN, MIA AND TEASER #4 WITH TRACEY BELL

BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE INSIDE AND OUT- JAY, JOCELYN, TRACEY, TIKO, LADY GAGA

REBECCA AND TOMMY AS FRIDA AND DIEGO

JULIA KOZLOV/ INSIDE OUT PROJECT

In the main lobby there will be a full cash bar, lots of treats and community connections.  There will also be youth art on display by four of my art therapy students- Maryellen, Alicia, Emily and Miko.

Alicia
Maryellen
Miko
Emily

In the theatre, there will be looping videos and a lounge for attendees.

At the event, I will do a live portrait and body painting on a model.

***UPDATE! We’ve decided to auction off the 40″ x 60″ interactive portraits THE NIGHT of heroes with heART: Katarina Thorsen’s Interactive Portrait Event! Proceeds from these pieces go to Vancouver Friends For Life! About 5 of my smaller portraits will also be auctioned off during the evening, with part of proceeds benefiting Intersections Media as well as Kat’s youth at-risk art therapy program!

The entire process will be documented on film by INTERSECTIONS MEDIA, and photographed by Julia Kozlov!

Recall my March 10 art event that started it all!

Interactive art and feedback from March 10th art event! Sharing time and space. #arttherapy

This event was born out of a conversation I had with my dear friend Diane Clement, who made me realize “YES, I CAN!”

What an evening of art and people supporting at-risk youth programs!  Here are photos of art created by participants in our mega-art therapy session!  I am also including feedback and my thank you’s below.

Host Rebecca working the room at the beautiful District 319 venue

In my art school (1980’s), teachers would not share their art work until the last day of the course so as not to influence us.  I have found that allowing people to be surrounded by my art and creative process seems to make people at ease and encourage self-expression.

If anything, tonight has made me, and others, want to get our paints and canvases out and just…do this. – Jocelyn Louise (March 10th art event)

ART STATIONS

Photo sources from Julia Kozlov, Jocelyn Louise, Jon Rawlinson, Jay Peachy, Rebecca Rawlinson, my own and others.  More photos to come!  Stay tuned!

1. I allowed people to work on some of my unfinished pieces.Here are some highlights.  Love it!

Dustin Jones, Jay Fisher

  UPDATE: GO TO A VERY PRIVATE PIECE FINISHED IN A PUBLIC WAY

 

Frida by Oliver McTavish Wisden

2. My friend Jay Peachy shared his art including painting on Fabricio Borges!  I encourage you to go to jay’s site and learn more about this extraordinary human!

Art is a means of survival. – Jay Peachy

Documentarian Janelle Cara Huopalainen is doing a film about Jay and captured the entire evening!  Thanks, Janelle!

3. Rebecca Rawlinson not only hosted the night and had her portrait done, but shared her gorgeous business cards (featuring her photography) which are collectors items!

4. In the centre of the room we arranged a large group canvas piece for people to paint on.  Magical!

Team Stomp (Jasmine, Sam, Hannah, Ashleigh) by Jasmine Schuett

By Oliver McTavish Wisden

By Oliver McTavish Wisden

Blue and white bird by Roz M

Orange cat by Salted Lion

 

By @selinastarr


5. Vancouver artist, photographer, activist Julia Kozlov did a pre-event interview and documented the night.  See her blog post: MARCH 10 / KAT THORSEN SHOW

6. AWE-INSPIRING filmmaker, photographer Jon Rawlinson documented the night!  See photos at Rebecca’s blog: KAT’S ART EVENT AT DISTRICT 319!!!

FEEDBACK:

I received some amazing feedback, and that certainly feels good!  But it’s not all about me- it’s about sharing time, space and art with you, my community!  Love you all!

Congratulations to Rebecca Bree Rawlinson and Kat Thorsen for hosting an amazing artistic experience. Best I’ve ever been to in Vancouver. I had an amazing time looking at all the work and being able to create my own. The food was fabulous, and the whole atmosphere was fun and beautiful. I can’t wait for future collaborations between you two.  My first Kat Thorsen event led me to being incredibly impressed, amazed and in awe of the whole experience. I have never been to an interactive art show – and it was fabulous. The atmosphered, layout, mediums to draw on, quality and variety of work exhibited were all though-out and done with full quality from a curating context. I am very excited for future events hosted by Rebecca Rawlinson x Kat Thorsen team. – Julia Kozlov

I am thrilled to live in a city, which offers programs such as Intersections Media. I wish more people knew that it existed so I’m doing my part to spread the news. – MC

Kat, that was incredible. So many people want to get their art supplies out. Me as well. – JL

Your show was amazing. It was nice to have you in the spotlight and not your amazing offspring. – CD

Finishing up at @katthorsen s art event! #amazeballs! #loveit! – HA

Looks like everyone is having a great time at @KatThorsen ‘s Art Show!! Yippee!! #prouddaughter – AT

@katthorsen love your passion for at risk students with your art dream, @shetoshic is completely supportive in any future work to help out!

At an amazing art event for @KatThorsen hosted by @RebeccaRaw wow!! What a wonderful display of incredible art!  Love it! – JR

What a great night last night !  The crowd, the food, the art work, the creativity, and event was really first class and enjoyable!  Kat- I’m proud of what you achieved last night….you put smiles on many peoples faces!  How rapidly you created the portrait painting left many of us in awe… – DA

What a FUN, MAGICAL NIGHT – [Kat] was AMAZING – the ‘instant’ picture of her friend and the friends paintings she unveiled – were SENSATIONAL – so REAL – they looked ALIVE. AND – her personal books of her work, and her many eclectic art pieces were unique.  She spoke so well and sincerely – she is a very special, warm, giving, talented young woman – D. and I have so much admiration for her and for [her two siblings] – Their mother is ‘beaming’ down at her “Mighty Trio” with pride! – Diane Clement

Pies para que los quiero, si tengo alas para volar (Frida) – CA

Amazing work! – RM

Fantastic! – CC

The amount of your own self you express in all your work is amazing.  You are a brilliant and revolutionary artist. – JK

Mamma skulle vara så glad i det här.  Fantastisk! – FT

What an amazing night you put on. My friends and I were so impressed by the venue, the set up and, mostly, your incredible talent. – IP

Thank you for everything I enjoyed myself so much. You are so awesome and thank you for sharing with us your time and energy. You have inspired me to want to do more with my life that is for sure. – DJ

Loved being there – you are awesome!!!!!! – LG

Wow, what an impressive night… congratulations, Kat! – BS

THANK YOU’S

My muses (Rebecca Rawlinson, Jocelyn Louise, Jay Fisher) and I thank you for an incredible experience. The first of many!

Thank you’s to:

– Diane Clement whose support and encouragement a few months ago led to this event and to Doug whose wisdom, talent and eye always inspires me.

District 319 (Dahel Cox, Lynn Vince, Miguel Gomez, Louis, Lazarro and all the staff and crew) for their incredible venue, generosity, set up and support!!!

Intersections Media (incl. Selina) and my brother Fredrik for their inspiring youth program, for all the support, and for supplying great atmosphere and videos!  Thank you little brother for all you do!

– Marcia Fordyce-Coons of Copper Alley Cafe for providing such gorgeous food!  A hit!

– Rebecca for making this night a success and whose support has changed my life.

– Rick for helping with the art, for his general loveliness and for supplying his van!

– My mentor DA for showing me new ways of looking at myself and for challenging me.

– Jay Peachy for making everything seem possible!  (and Star, one of the most beautiful dogs in the world).

– Jainy, Ashleigh, Jasmine, Sam, Hannah and Julian for making the evening run so smoothly (and thank you, Julian for the soundtrack!)

– Jocelyn and Jay for being so inspiring and allowing me such freedom (and Jay for my blond hair!)

– Fabricio for his participation, enthusiasm and beauty.

– Julia Kozlov for her support, her interview, her coverage of the event and her activism.

– The Rawlinson family for their generous support.

– To my entire extended family for EVERYTHING!

– TO ALL OF YOU who participated, donated and who supported youth programs by buying art!

Well, that was AMAZING!!  What a night!  Let’s do it all over again!!

– Rebecca Rawlinson


@RebeccaRaw and I will see you tonight! Art event!

We’e setting up!  This will be an adventure to say the least!   There will be plenty for you to see and interact with and don’t worry about getting your hands dirty!  (there will be handywipes)

New portrait of Jay Fisher revealed tonight!
New portrait of Jocelyn Louise revealed tonight!

I’ll start my portrait of Rebecca at around 8:30.  Jay Peachy will be painting on canvas and people!   At 9:30 there will be a short talk in the theatre and we’ll unveil some new portraits!  There’s plenty of art on sale throughout the venue!  Silent auctions end at 10:30- cash, cheque or paypal accepted!  Sales benefit youth at risk film and art programs!   See you in a few!!!

Love Katarina and Rebecca

ART EVENT

OUR INTERVIEW WITH JULIA KOZLOV


March 10th, New time! 8-11PM! Katarina Thorsen Art Event! Art Sale! Live Portrait! Interactive Art Table! #District319 #Vancouver hosted by @RebeccaRaw

Katarina Thorsen Art Event, 2011 (China Marker on Foam Core) NEW TIME: 8-11 PM

***UPDATE MARCH 9, 2011: OUR INTERVIEW WITH JULIA KOZLOV***

To celebrate 20 years since my breakthrough art show in Gastown (highly protested, fights at the opening, angry mobs) and to celebrate my reaching a new life chapter and launching my new art business- I am emptying the vault and starting fresh!  On March 10, 2011, my latest muse Rebecca Rawlinson will be hosting my art event at the beautiful venue District 319.  I will be doing a live portrait of Rebecca that evening.  My art work will be on sale for garage sale prices as well as through silent auction, I’ll be revealing new portraits of my fave muses Jay Fisher and Jocelyn Louise, there will be an art table (by donation with proceeds going to Intersections Media Opportunities For Youth for at risk youth) where you can paint and splash on a group piece.  Also snacks by Copper Alley Cafe and a full cash bar, music and looping videos in the theatre!  My friend Jay Peachy will be doing a live painting and body painting!  I anticipate a relaxing and interactive evening!

March 10, 2011, 8-11 PM

District 319, 319 Main Street Vancouver BC


Love Katarina and Rebecca

***UPDATE MARCH 9, 2011: OUR INTERVIEW WITH JULIA KOZLOV

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