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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

  • 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

  • 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!

    StiltAnimals_zoo

    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. 

    WildCats_bodypaintPhotoOpp

    -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.