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  • June30th

    Its the start of summer and well, things are getting hotter and hotter at Catalyst Arts!
    We bring you the highlights of this month!

    Starting with June 3 at the Day at the Races for CM2… their Eventertainment Package included:

              A Glam Unicorn (glamacorn)

              Strolling Magician

              2 Tarot Readers (one stationary one roving with tray)

               Showgirl Stilt Walker


    Variety entertainment with Catalyst Arts- unicorn, tarot & contorionist

    We have lot’s of great pics- check the Full Gallery of Images HERE

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    On June 12th, Catalyst Arts  got the chance to be a part of the Mock Wedding Event at the beautiful historical University Club of San Francisco.

    The theme was ‘We left our Heart in San Francisco’ so we setup our Become the Art Cart with our  DIY Heart Photo Opp at the entrance/lobby.
    We also provided a gorgeous Champagne Skirt hostess who made quite the first impression as guests got off the elevator- to immediately be greeted by her and extended a glass of bubbly. photo by Sonya Yruel

    Catalyst Arts Drinks Dress Champagne skirt- photo by sonya yruel

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    Red Queen- queen of hearts stilt walker by www.catalystarts.comWe all know June is also Graduation season! On the June 16th, we got to be a part of an Alice In Wonderland themed Graduation Party and it was wonderful!
    Wonderland Elements we provided:

    • Tarot Card Reader (dressed as white rabbit) 
    • Caricature Artist 
    • Queen of the Heart’s Stilt Walker 
    • Henna Tattoos
      Alice in wonderland characters White Rabbit & Queen of Hearts by www.catalystarts.com

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    For June 22nd, Entire Productions booked us to bring some Flower Children & a Temp Tattoo station to a big tech companies Summer of Love/Pride Event.

    Summer of Love entertainment & interactive entertainers by www.catalystarts.com

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    And on June 24th we sent this gorgeous classically trained costumed Opera singer to a Masquerade Ball at the SF Mint.

    Costumed Opera Singer by Catalyst Arts entertainment in san fracisco

    Costumed opera singer by Catalyst Arts www.catalystarts.com

  • 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

     

  • February29th

    Some of the Great Events we got to bring Entertainment to this Month included:

    Chinese New Year Tech Party

    We brought some great color and excitement to a Chinese New Year themed party at a Tech company in San Francisco.
    The red and gold costumed entertainers represented the Fire for the fire monkey year… and we had a Stilt Walker, Living Table, and Champagne Skirt.Asian Empress Champagne Skirt and chinese new year asian stilt walker in SF by Catalyst Arts

    Fire showgirl Living Table and chinese new year asian stilt walker in SF by Catalyst Arts

     

    Wedding Pop up at the City Club SF

     Our fabulous golden Deluxe Champagne Skirt Lady greeted guests as they wandered into the charming Wedding Pop up produced and hosted by San Francisco City Club. Guests got to sample many options available to them for wedding rentals including hair/makeup, drinks and nibbles, photo booths, cigar rolling, and of course the champagne bar perched on the costume of our performer.
    Their official blog about it- with fabulous pics!

    Golden Wedding Chamapagne Skirt at City Club by Catalyst Arts Entertainment

    Mad Science themed event at the Exploratorium

    Our favorite Entertainment Agency client Entire Productions brought us in as part of a highly customized Entertainment package for a corporate event at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. Entire Productions worked closely with the client to come up with the beaker skirt concept and then we got to bring it to life!

    It was a Mad Science theme and all the catering staff were in lab coats. We got to create a futuristic new costume and bring out a Champagne Skirt specifically designed/created to carry glass beakers- which can be used to hold flowers or messages- or in this case bubbly with flavored liquers. More on our Champagne Skirts

    Beaker Champagne Skirt futuristic cyborg performer- Catalyst ArtsOur Mad Scientist character actor was going around engaging guests in his eccentric geeky way while also serving nibbles of a lit up tray. This is what we love to do- have fantastical characters that also serve practical functions.

    Mad Scientist walkabout character with serving tray by Catalyst Arts Entertainment

    Great Gatsby Party at Mountain Winery

    We were brought in under Rick Herns Productions on a gorgeous Gatsby themed corporate soiree up on the hill in Saratoga at the Mountain Winery.
    As always Rick Herns did an incredible job with all the Decor. He has props and decor for almost every theme and custom made some new ones for this.

    Gatsby Themed Event Decor by Rick Herns Productions

    Gatsby Themed Event Decor by Rick Herns Productions

    Our Gatsby Showgirl Champagne Lady was a greeter and bubbly hostess… making guests feel special as they arrived. Rick paired her with 2 other character actors that gave out “money” for the gambling tables and hair decorations for the ladies to get into the theme.

    Gold 20's Gatsby Champagne Skirt** We also added a new page to our web site that highlights a variety of 20’s Themed Entertainment Options available through Catalyst Arts.
    CHECK OUT OUR 20’s ENTERTAINMENT MENU

  • January5th

    What a crazy busy Holiday Party Season Catalyst Arts saw this December!
    We did more events last month (23) than we did in all of 2013!

    Many of them were Winter Wonderland themed and we got to debut our new Champagne Skirt and the
    2 most popular entertainment categories were Stilt Walkers and Strolling Servers!

    Here are some highlight pics from a few of the Holiday party events.

    Snow Queen Living Table winter wonderland by Catalyst Arts
    Winter Wonderland/Snow Queen living table serves champagne at a private party in San Francisco. Booked by Entire Productions.

    Holiday Party Entertainment + Winter Wonderland
    2 Stilt Walkers and 2 Serving Skirts bringing Solar City’s Winter Wonderland themed holiday party to life. At the Metreon in SF– Booked by Stungun Productions. To see more of this event go to http://catalystarts.com/recent-events/

    snow queen stilt walker

    Snow Queen Champagne Skirt Winter Wonderland
    Winter Wonderland Deluxe Champagne Skirt serving up bubbly at Adobe San Jose’s Holiday Party. (An image of this skirt went viral on Reddit!)

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    Some photo strips from the Catalyst Airship Photo Studio at
    Numi Tea’s Holiday Party in Oakland