An amazing evening participating in @publicdreams interactive art at @VanAFL 18th annual auction!

A huge thank you to Azfir, the fabulous creative director of Public Dreams, for a wonderful interactive experience painting live on a canvas dress with the audience at Vancouver Art For Life 18th annual art auction last night!

Public Dreams promotes community participation in the arts by providing interactive and accessible public art programming.  They produce events, rituals, and traditions that promote healthy and vibrant neighbourhoods.

They strive to:

  • Create artistically innovative, culturally inclusive and environmentally sensitive productions.
  • Encourage creative collaborations and build fellowship amongst diverse communities.
  • Foster the fertile ground necessary to create and enhance community vitality.
  • Provide economic opportunities for local artists, communities, and businesses.
The performance began with a bloodcurdling scream and a spotlight follows a woman drained of her color [a metaphor for the impact of receiving a devastating diagnosis].  She is tortured by a giant figure in black whose sounds are haunting, guttural and from the dark depths of fear and loneliness.  But she is eventually  approached by support- handmaidens who help her by applying color.  As she embraces her “new normal” and accepts the support, she becomes full of life and color again.
 

Nikki Wallin and Neezar Bizarre

 
 
 
 

Azfir, creative director (note paint on his cheek. He got into it!)

Drag Queens of Vancouver (Coco, Carlotta Gurl, Joan-E, Summer Clearance, Milan Milano, Robyn Graves)

My outfit.
Photo by Victor Bearpark
Photo courtesy of Vancouver Art For Life
Photo courtesy of Vancouver Art For Life
Back seat of my car! Squeeeeeeeeeeeeze!

A big thank you as well to Robyn Green of Kai Event Management!

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!

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!