Catalyst Arts Blog
  • HUMAN DÉCOR
  • May8th

    summer of love graphic
    This year is the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love and so of course the Events world is abuzz with events playing off of this theme.

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    Here are a couple recent parties that we provided entertainment for– customized to this theme.

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    Bash-Creative hired us to bring 4 Hippie Flower Child Stilt Walkers for a Parade at the ‘Share the Love Gala’ for Berkeley Art Museum on May 2nd.

    The parade had musicians and giant silk bird puppets and rainbow flags (from Giant puppets save the World) and featured our Giants- and it lead them from a cocktail reception in one building to the main event in another- acting as a festive and practical way to get guests from a to b.

    hippie flower child stilt walkers by Catalyst Arts for Share the Love Gala in Berkeley

    People loved posing with them and some very classic shots resulted! 

    hippie flower child stilt walkers by Catalyst Arts for Share the Love Gala in Berkeley

    On May 4th we were hired by Olive Events who planned a great invite-only events industry Showcase party at the newly renovated Hotel Zeppelin in San Francisco- to show what a perfect space it is for these sorts of soiree’s.
    We had 2 makeup artists and 3 body painted character model/go go dancers. The party also featured the Rambler restaurant’s food & drinks and The Dark Room Photo Studio, a DJ, and a Flower Crown making station.

    She asked us to create a ‘Cat Eye’ Makeup Station for sprucing up guests looks… and we did that and added some glitter and face paint to the menu so there was something for everyone from subtle to festive.Sixties themed Makeup artists at Cat eye station for Summer of Love Party- mua's by catalyst arts

    It has been our consistent experience that activities such as the Flower Crown making station and face paint and any ‘Human Décor’ as we like to call it- are always a good idea for theme parties because guests instantly feel more part of an event when they look the part… so it is fun to engage in as an activity but also leads to guests feeling more connected, and the photos that come out of the event also look that much better! 

    Face paint, fantasy makeup & beauty makeup station at Summer of Love themed event- by Catalyst Arts

    Our Flower Child Character Model Dancers were a huge hit because they greeted guests, they posed for pics with guests, they blew bubbles and frolicked and lightened the mood of the party, and they danced on the tabletops! (well they danced on the pool table on a cover that was put there for that purpose… but dancing on the pool table doesn’t have the same ring to it. 🙂 ) 

    Body painted flower child Summer of Love character model dancer styled by Audette Sophia- for www.catalystarts.com

    styling/body paint- Audette Sophia

    Catalyst Arts flower power girls at hotel zeppelin

    This giant peace sign is part of the decor at Hotel Zeppelin and of course made a great place to take photos.  

    Butterfly Hippie chick dancer by Catalyst Arts

    WHAT OUR CLIENT SAID:
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    “Everything was wonderful. Thank you so much!! I loved how much the Glam Cat Eye station brought to the event and the face painting addition, and the performers were exceptional. They brought so much beauty & vibrancy to the party and their costumes were spot on.”
    – Allison Fox, Olive Events


    If your throwing a party that could use some Flower Child characters or interactive stations or stilt walkers… Contact Us and we are happy to help.

    Here is the Gallery of the Pro Photographers Shots of the Event.

  • March31st

    Some of the Highlights from a very interesting eclectic March.

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    Early in the month we sent this elegant Champagne Skirt lady to a Wine Country Wedding on March 4th. 

    Elegant Pearl Champagne Skirt at wine country wedding- by www.catalystarts.com

    ****************************************************************************************Then on March 9th we were hired by Mktg event planners to bring some excitement to a very global after party for a conference. Our Living vine 4 legged Stilt Creature and Golden Champagne Skirt were both great hits! 

    Living Vine Stilt Walker from Catalyst Arts
    Champagne Skirt elegant champagne dress hostess at San Francisco party- by www.catalystarts.com

    ****************************************************************************************On March 21st we added some of our offerings to an amazing Spring showcase put on by our favorite agency client- Entire Productions. The theme was 60’s Palm Springs… and we debuted our brand new Grand Serving Tower as a greeting element… with a vintage air hostess type costume- our model served champagne & sparkling water off 3 tiers of the 8+ ft tall tower.

    Grand Serving Champagne Tower by www.catalystarts.comLater in the night our Mod Squad Fun Squad came out to liven up the dancefloor… featuring our silly tropical stilt walker and 2 psychedelic 60’s dancers… they had beach balls and bubbles and palm fans to fan guests with. Such fun! 60's Mod Dancers by Catalyst Arts

    silly tropical pool party Stilt Walker by www.catalystarts.com

    ****************************************************************************************Then on March 25th we were once again tagged to be part of the very grand affair that CSI throws at City Hall in San Francisco for their staff & friends.
    For this years ‘Back to the Future’ theme we created 4 futuristic bodysuits for dancers & our 2 contortionists to wear in the show… we also did fantasy makeup on some performers and 2 complete Body Paintings for some Alien ladies who greeted and posed with guests.
    (Body Painters Audette Sophia & Maria Luna. Headdresses/many costumes- Lori Lee, director- Jeff Nuss) 

    body painted Aliens and futuristic performers- photo opp at corporate event- Catalyst Arts Entertainment


    Space Geisha contortionist duo by www.catalystarts.com

     

  • January5th

    2016 glitter sparkle
    WOW WHAT A YEAR WE HAD!

    We were blessed to have clients bring to us their fun and interesting event themes and allow us to bring them to life with our fantastical eventertainment packages.
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    Before we go galloping into 2017 we wanted to pull a handful of those packages into the spotlight. 

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    January got off to a slow start with only 3 events… so let’s start with…
    FEBRUARY where we debuted our customized Beaker champagne skirt at a Mad Science themed event booked by Entire Productions, as well as a Gatsby event, The Marin Valentines Ball Fundraiser, and our spotlight event- a Chinese New Year Celebration at Pantheon SF. 

    Asian Empress Champagne Skirt and chinese new year asian stilt walker in SF by Catalyst Arts

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    MARCH was a little wild with 007 Bond themed Champagne skirt (at an elementary school fundraiser of all things) and 2 body painted tray ladies for a St. Patrick’s day pub promotion… and our spotlight was a geisha themed entertainment package for a large tech company- at the best sushi place in San Francisco… Ozumo SF. 

    Geisha and Geisha stilt walkers from Catalyst Arts at corporate event at Ozumo in San Francisco

    ************************************************************************************************In APRIL we provided some Gatsby hospitality entertainers and a grand Steampunk themed package for a school fundraiser including living statues, champagne skirt, and stilt walkers… but what stands out is an outrageous corporate event at SF City Hall where our Body painted cat characters created quite a stir… 

    Cats at City Hall!

    Face paint and body painted Cats and wild animals at corporate event by Audette Sophia and Catalyst Arts The VIDEO Can be found on our Human Décor Page

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    In MAY in addition to a humanitarian gala, blue moon wedding, and mardi gras event,
    we introduced our brand new PARTY ANIMALS on 4 legged stilts for a Netflix Event and they have gone on to delight people at the SF & Oakland Zoos, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass,
    3 Jack’s Night Markets in Oakland,
    & 2 Rainforest Action Network Events. And the Wild-Life of the Party are just getting started!
    * A percentage of proceeds from any party animal booking is donated to 2 of our favorite animal rights causes- Mercy for Animals & World Wildlife Fund. 

    Party Animals- giraffe, zebra, and tiger stilts & stilt walking animals by Catalyst Arts Entertainment in CA

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    In JUNE we did a Gatsby and LGBT/Rainbow champagne skirt and 2 futuristic stilt walkers for Trevor Project fundraiser at Twitter and other things… but what takes the cake was…

    We had the great pleasure of producing a whole Body Art & Beauty Lounge area in the VIP area for the 20th anniversary of Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) Las Vegas!
    Featuring a team of 7 professional face/body artists lead by Audette Sophia & our 25 ft airstream trailer known as the Catalyst Airship

    EDC Vegas VIP Body Art & Beauty Bar by Catalyst Arts Entertainment

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    In JULY our executive director spent a week studying and networking at the World Bodypainting Festival in Austria, and we brought special interactive elements to a 50th b-day party in Northern California and to one in Southern California, as well as providing 3 Mardi Gras themed Entertainers for 4 dates at California’s Great America ‘Taste of Orleans’. 

    Catalyst Arts Mardi Gras stilt walker and dancer at California's Great America Taste of Orleans

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    In AUGUST in addition to flappers, mermaids, and a very fun UV bodypaint & glow go dance package for a fundraiser… we produced one of the most Luscious unique entertainment packages ever. Thanks to our best client Entire Productions– we were invited to the penthouse at the Fairmont in San Francisco for an exclusive birthday soiree where our fanciful steampunk character greeted, our champagne skirt lady gave out bubbly, and our 2 body painted bird ballerinas sat upon a giant gold cage and treated guests to a gorgeous dance performance on point. 

    2 colorful birds of paradise with gold cage + ballerinas + unique entertainment san francisco

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    In SEPTEMBER we had nautical champagne skirt, swimming mermaids, stone living statue, wine country wedding, and a fun Circus themed package with a handful of stilt walkers. But what stands out was what we did for the American Cancer Society’s Discovery Gala… where our two aerialists dangled amongst the chandeliers over the guests heads and our Living dessert table delivered treats to guests on the dancefloor in the penthouse after dinner. 

    Silks aerial performers from Catalyst Arts Entertainment in San Francisco at the Discovery Gala charity ball

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    In OCTOBER we sent mad scientists to the Exploratorium and Bigge Crane 100 year anniversary party had interactive character models from the 20’s, 40’s, 60’s & 80’s… and we did body paint and giant stilt walking flowers for a wild party at the SF Battery (where Jefferson Starship headlined!) We were hired by Do Good Events to bring  4 Stilt Walkers to the fundraising Gala for the Rainforest Action Network. 

    Butterfly Stilt walker + Illuminated LED Stilt Walkers by Catalyst Arts at Rainforest Action Network Revel event in San Francisco

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    In NOVEMBER, in addition to sending stilt walkers and champagne skirts to swanky soirees and fundraisers… we had the absolute privilege of providing entertainment (or animation as they like to call it) for the US Premier of Cirque du Soleil’s LUZIA, as well as for their VIP area and a business networking event… and we will be doing their San Jose Premier on February 9th! The rest of the Amazing Pics can be found in Recent Events

    Cirque Entertainers at Luzia premier in SF by Catalyst Arts Entertainment in San Francisco

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    In DECEMBER we did 18 events… which to spotlight?
    We had a lot of fun bringing a Circus themed Holiday party to life with temp tattoo artists, champagne skirts, stilt walking juggler and two tarot readers… one strolling around in a serving skirt and the other inside our custom built Oracle booth. 

    Interactive Circus themed Entertainment package by Catalyst Arts

    And of the 3 NYE Events we did– we must also spotlight the grand Fantasy production Imagine NYE.
    For the 2nd year in a row we provided the specialty variety entertainers for this classy event at the Payne Mansion in SF- produced by Donovan & Theme Dream Productions.

    This year we did fantasy makeup on all characters plus provided a mermaid, aristocrat french fromage cheese skirt, wizard magician, crystal fairy ballerina, and 3 Stilt Walkers!

    Imagine NYE Catalyst Arts entertainers + character models for NYE party in San Francisco
    GALLERY of Amazing pics can be found Here

     

     

  • November30th

    Hello!

    Here are a few of the Fabulous Events we got up to in November 2016!

    November 15th-
    We were an official Entertainment sponsor providing an elegant vintage antoinette illuminated Champagne Skirt to this lovely NACE Gala ( North American Caterers Association)

    Antoinette elegant champagne skirt model hostess in san francisco by Catalyst Arts

    Olivia Smartt Photography

    Vintage San Francisco Antoinette themed Champagne Skirt by Catalyst Arts Entertainmment Photo by Jim Vetter

    Vintage San Francisco Antoinette themed Champagne Skirt by Catalyst Arts Entertainment
    Photo by Jim Vetter Photography

    Here is the Lovely NACE Recap Blog Post– shows all the great sponsors and lovely event pics.

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    7 Catalyst Arts Entertainers at Cirque du Soleils Luzia Premier in San Francisco!

    We were very honored to be hired by Cirque du Soleil & White Rain Productions to help animate the US Premier of Luzia in San Francisco. We had 7 entertainers for opening night. 

    These 2 Colorful Latin Luzia inspired Costumed Stilt Walkers greeted guests and passed out paper flowers before the show. 

    Luzia latin cirque inspired stilt walkers by Catalyst Arts Entertainment in San Francisco

    Our Day of the Dead Maestro played music and handed out flowers also.
    Costume- Suliman Nawid, Makeup- Audette Sophia Photographer- Peter Philips
    Day of the Dead Maestro accordion player interactive walkabout by Catalyst Arts Entertainment For the After-party we provided a Glow Hooper, an Acrobatic dancer, and 2 LED Stilt Walkers… who helped guide guests to the party at At&t park.
    Full gallery will be up soon on Recent Events Gallery

    LED Stilt Walkers stilt dancers by Catalyst Arts Entertainment at Luzia SF

    Circus performer Spiral at Luzia premier after party- costume/booking- Catalyst Arts

    Circus performer Spiral at Luzia premier after party- costume/booking- Catalyst Arts

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    Nov. 18th-
    We provided 2 Interactive costumed characters to bring animation to their VIP area at Luzia

    Silk fan & silk butterfly wings character models at Luzia VIP by Catalyst Arts Silk fan & silk butterfly wings character models at Luzia VIP by Catalyst Arts
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    Nov. 18th 

    We provided 2 Stilt Walkers at a Champagne themed Stem Cell Fundraiser in SF

    Cream gold elegant Stilt Walkers by Catalyst Arts Entertainment creamgoldstilts_withballoons

  • November1st

    As is usual in the Events industry October was an action-packed month!

    Here are some of Catalyst Arts Event Highlights!

    Era models 60's & 80's & construction models by Catalyst Arts flapperruntrivia

     

    On October 8th we did a very customized entertainment package for Bigge Crane 100 year Anniversary celebration at Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, California. This package was to bring animation to the key eras in their 100 years as well as the industrial revolution they are a part of and it included Era Character Models from the 20’s, 40’s, 60’s & 80’s… construction models serving signature drinks, a Rosie the Riviter & our Strolling Tarot Tray Lady.

    era character models by Catalyst Arts 20's, 40'srosie the riviter model by catalyst arts san francisco

     

    On October 13th we had a blast bringing 4 of our Stilt Walkers to Rainforest Action Network’s fundraiser gala soiree at Metreon SF. This is a cause close to our hearts… so we sent out Tiger Stilt animal and debuted our upgraded Butterfly as well as our updated LED Stilt dancers!

    fabulous stilt walkers by Catalyst Arts San Franciisco

    all 4 of our stilt walkers-

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    Our Tiger Party Animal Photo bombing in the photo studio

    LED Stilt walker Sf by Catalyst Arts

    LED Stilt walker tickling a guest on the dancefloor 🙂

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    We got to send a few Mad Science characters to the Exploratorium this month thanks to our big sister agency client Entire Productions– both our Mad Science Beaker Skirt (10/15) and our Walkabout Tray Scientist characters (10/25)

    Mad Science tray characters + glow sticks at SF Exploratorium for Entire ProductionsMad Science Champagne Skirt model at Exploratorium in SF
    The end of October is a Face paint marathon and we had most of our Face Paint team busy at about a dozen events from small to huge.

     

    And finally at the end of the month we got tagged by Scott Levkoff of Mystic Midway to bring a few elements to add to his huge production at a psychedelic 60’s Wonderland themed event at the SF Battery headlined by Jefferson Starship.
    Audette Sophia added her face & body paint magic to both the performers & guests, and our 2 Pink Flower stilt characters came out extra groovy and colorful for the night.
    Here are a few pics including a ridiculous elevator shot. 🙂  

    tarot reader and stilt walker in the elevator

    mystic midway ladies body painted by Audette- at Battery SF party

    Mystic Midway ladies body painted by Audette Sophia- at Battery Acid Halloween party at Battery SF

    stilt walker & yellow submarine man at Battery Acid party creative director Scott of Mystic Midway

    Submarine man at Battery Acid party creative director Scott of Mystic Midway