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  • May8th

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    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.

  • September14th

    Our Party Animals made their debut for the Rainforest Action Network at the Starline Social Club where they made the crowd go WILD. These animals tower above your guests (on four-legged stilts), they can be “tamed” and elegant, or ridiculously and playfully interactive. You’d be surprised at what a zebra could get away with at a party!

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    Stilt Animals by Catalyst Arts EntertainmentEnthusiasticGreetersRanUnicornonDancefloor

    These signature characters were also the (wild)life of the party at the San Francisco and Oakland Zoo! We can incorporate your custom theme or request through our realistic or fantastical body paint animals! Below a corporate party at SF City Hall we body painted these characters for great photo opps for the guests and the dancers for their Broadway inspired show. 

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    -This Summer our Tiger and Zebra strolled around bringing wonder to Jack’s Night Market in Oakland for all 3 of it’s dates. Blogger Sally mentioned on her blog Little Hiccups,”Kids will love the carnival entertainers that stroll around the markets. The stilt walking zebra and tiger were a huge hit with all the kids…”

    GOOD CAUSE- The Party Animals are part of our giving back initiatives…so every party animal booking results in a donation to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Mercy For Animals.

    Practical Considerations: Stilt Party Animals require a designated ground supporter, which can provided by Catalyst Arts for a small fee or assigned from your staff or volunteers. For large crowded events or events with copious amounts of alcohol, we include a “zookeeper” to protect the animals and also serve as a photographer.

    Pricing:  Bookings for ground animals start at $350; stilt animals start at $500. Please see our price sheet for more information.

  • August1st

    Some July Highlights!
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    Executive Director/Owner, Audette Sophia participated in the World Body Painting Festival in Austria for the 1st week of July- taking 4 days of Intensive Bodypaint Workshops in the WB Academy to learn new techniques. This program is unlike anything available at any makeup school in the World.
    She studied Fashion Bodypainting, Geiger Style Airbrush, 3D Blacklight Body Paint, & Composition Bodypainting.

    WB Academy body paint education posterDuring the festival itself people can wander around and watch as hundreds of the top bodypainters from all around the world bring their ideas to life on human canvases.

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    She was also at the WBF in 2013… now with 2 of these inspirational overload weeks and over 8 years of professional people paint experience- we are excited to see more body painting in our Catalyst Arts eventertainment package.  Visit her personal art website for more info on her Body Art Services: http://www.audettesophia.com/

    body painted special fx at WBF 2016The Whole Gallery of 215 Images from the Festival is up on the Become the Art Facebook Page-

    The direct link is HERE
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    On July 16th, we sent a red and gold Casino Real-themed Champagne Skirt to celebrate a 50th birthday at the Westin St. Francis. She greeted guests with glasses of bubbly as they entered the Coat Check, and later on in the evening as dessert was served.

    Casino Real Showgirl Champagne Skirt by Catalyst Arts**************************************************************************************

    Our fabulous Living Table and Champagne Skirt models helped to celebrate a Silver Showgirl-themed 50th birthday in Rancho Cordova on July 23rd. They cruised around the event floor offering guests refreshments and a stellar photo opp.

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    On July 23rd we sent a Henna Artist & Living Tarot Lady Table to a private birthday party in Southern California. Guests were delighted to have henna adornments and get insightful readings from our lovely oracle. Click Here To see more of our Southern California Lady Table branch. 

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    We were hired by California’s Great America for their ‘Taste of Orleans’  event series on July 22nd, 23rd, 30th and 31st!
    We sent 3 festive Mardi Gras costumed entertainers, including 2 stilt walkers.
    They danced, distributed masks & beads, blew bubbles, gave high fives to the little ones and posed for 10,001 pictures. Official article here
    * Check our More of our MASQUERADE ENTERTAINMENT Here

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

     

     

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  • June30th

    Catalyst Arts had the pleasure of producing the Beauty & Body Art Bar, an Interactive Zone in the VIP area for the 20th anniversary of the Electric Daisy Carnival  June 17th-19th in Las Vegas!Airstream Body art Zone at EDC VegasInside the Kinetich Fields we had an amazing location, alongside a champagne and coconut water vendor and an oxygen bar. The free to the public Body Art Services provided by our team was one of the biggest highlights of the whole VIP Experience!

    Audette Sophia face painter body painter in airstream Catalyst Airship at Electric Daisy Carnival Vegas

    Full Gallery on our Facebook Page

    Lucky VIP guests had the luxury of relaxing in  Catalyst Art’s 25 foot Airstream trailer known as the Catalyst Airship or in the tented area where they enjoyed full-service hair, fantasy makeup & bodypaint by our fabulous professional human décor artists. (see who below) 

    Become the Art Human Decor Team by Catalyst Arts at EDC Vegas

    EDC VIP Face Painter for Catalyst Arts EntertainmentOceana face paint girl at EDC Vegas in Body Art Zonecolorful festival face paint by Audette Sophia at EDC Vegas for Catalyst Arts

    Catalyst Arts also unveiled an experimental new interactive game: Catalyst Cards, a unique social playing card game that encouraged guests to engage with each other while lounging in the Beauty Bar.

    Catalyst Cards social playing card game

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    Our fabulous rainbow-themed Champagne Skirt and face painters helped employees celebrate Pride at a large tech companies SF offices.
    It was very fun to create this outrageous colorful new look for the champagne skirt.

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    And still on a Pride Note… On June 23rd, we had the pleasure of being a part of a Fundraiser for the Trevor Project held at Twitter’s Headquarters in SF.
    We provided 2 futuristic-themed Stilt Walkers to liven up the ‘orange carpet’ as well as one elegant Champagne Skirt model who greeted guests at the elevators with glasses of bubbly and fresh fruit.

    Futuristic Fantastic Stilt Walkers by Catalyst Arts Entertainment for Twitter San Francisco Event

     

     

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    We sent a Gatsby-themed Champagne Skirt to a wine bar in Palo Alto on June 29th to help celebrate their 1st anniversary. (
    thanks to Rick Herns Productions)
    She made quick the photo opp as she handed glasses of champagne to guests entering the bar and enticed passersby to enter the bar as well.

    Gatsby 20's Champagne Skirt hostess by Catalyst Arts

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  • May30th

    Just a few Highlights from our Events in May!

    Zebra and Tiger and Giraffe at Netflix Employee Appreciation Event

    Netflix Employee taking Selfie with Tiger Stilt Walker at Netflix Employee Appreciation Event

    On May 6th, we brought our brand new 4 Legged Stilt ‘Party Animals’ to an Employee Appreciation lunch event at Netflix Headquarters! Booked by Ideas Events. Employees loved munching on yummy foods while dancing and prancing along with our elaborately costumed Stilt Walkers.

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    On May 18th, we brought a Mardi Gras-themed Living Table and an Airbrush Artist to the New Orleans Blues and Jazz event at the City Club in San Francisco.

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    Our fabulous Living Table model offered guests a taste of New Orleans while our Airbrush Artist, Audette Sophia created fanciful decorations on the faces and arms of guests.

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    Golden & Silver Champagne Skirts at SF City Hall

    Our favorite entertainment agency client Entire Productions brought us in to provide two elegant Champagne Skirts to the Human Kindness Gala at San Francisco’s City Hall on May 19th.
    Our models dazzled as they offered guests a refreshing glass of bubbly.

    2 elegant champagne skirts by Catalyst Arts Entertainment at SF City hall for humanitarian Gala

    Champagne Skirt & Airbrush/Face Paint at Blue Moon Wedding

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    Our professional Human Decor team (Audette Sophia & Nastassia Weit) painted the performers and then the guests once they arrived.
    After the ceremony as a surprise element– our champagne skirt lady distributed bubbly for the toast- and as a nice touch the guests got to take home their painted blue glasses. Gallery of Pics Here

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    Catalyst Oasis at Lightning in a Bottle Festival

    We provided an entire Interactive Zone at the Lightning in a Bottle festival from May 27th through 30th. It featured our Face/Body Paint services as well as a Refresh Essential Oil spritzer tree and the latest version of our experimental social playing card game– Catalyst Cards!