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  • January5th

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    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

     

     

  • April30th

    Some Highlights from a few of our fabulous April Events!

    On April 2nd, our Body Painted models were quite the photo opportunity during cocktail hour and we face painted these  Broadway hit musical “Cats” inspired creatures for a big show on the steps of SF City Hall! CSI knows how to throw a party for sure.
    Lead Body painter-  Audette Sophia

    Face paint and body painted Cats and wild animals at corporate event by Audette Sophia and Catalyst Arts

    Body painted wild cats posing with guests at corporate event in SF by Audette Sophia & Catalyst Arts

    Great Video Here-

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    On April 9th we got to create a whimsical and elegant Steampunk Themed Eventertainment package for the 50th anniversary of the Athenian School at Ruby Hill Winery.
    Two Golden Living Statues (a gentlemen & an airship captain), two Stilt Walkers, and a Champagne Skirt lady greeted and entertained guests at the very special Steampunk Gala.

    Two Stilt Walkers and a Steampunk Champagne Skirt at a Steampunk Gala by Catalyst Arts Entertainment
    “Thank you so much for providing a one-of -a-kind experience for our guests!  Everyone loved the beautiful champagne skirted lady, the dancing victorian stilt wakers and the steampunk gold statues!  They all did an amazing job surprising and entertaining our guests!
    We had a very successful evening providing a fun and festive celebration and we raised more money than expected.” – Odette K. gala co-chair

    Two Gold Steampunk themed Living Statues greeted guests at a Steampunk Gala by Catalyst Arts Entertainment in SFMore of our Living Statue Options can be found Here
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    On April 19th, we were hired by Innovative Entertainment to bring our popular Champagne Skirt to the supremely elegant Palace Hotel in SF for a corporate event. Our golden model greeted guests with a glass of bubbly at the door and then switched to offering red and white wine during dinner.

    Our popular Golden Champagne Skirt was hired to offer greet guests at the door and offer red and white wine during dinner at the Palace Hotel in SF by Catalyst Arts Entertainment**************************************************************
    And on April 30th we were hired by SF Proms to bring this Gatsby themed Living Table to a Prom at the Bentley Reserve. She greeted the teenagers and offered them some sparkling cider. 🙂 See more of our 20’s themed Entertainment Offerings Here
    Gatsby Showgirl Living Table + Ambient Entertainment by Catalyst Arts in SF Bay Area

  • 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

  • October1st

    It has been a Fabulous month with a decidedly Vintage lean…

    Guide Dogs for the Blind- Aviation themed Fundraiser in SF (our 2nd big event for them!) Our Airship Captain & 2 Air hostesses brought the theme to life. Special Thanks to Mimi from The Party Queen Event planning for booking us again.
    WW2 Air Hostess tray lady by Catalyst Arts
    Air Stewardess Tap Dancing

    Aviation Trio airship captain & hostesses at Guide Dogs for the Blind Event

    September 19th We Also Got to do a Gatsby themed Wedding in lovely Calistoga (Booked by our favorite entertainment agency- Entire Productions)

    We showcased our brand new Peacock Gatsby Showgirl costume (designed by our own Audette Sophia) and a baby blue bling showgirl costumed by Mercy Daae

    Gatsby Showgirls at wine country wedding

    Gatsby Showgirls at wine country wedding

    peacock flapper gatsby showgirl
    Gatsby Wedding stiletta feather fan in the vineyard