Friday, February 21, 2014

So long, Blogger!

Since I started my blogspot blog exactly five years ago, it has served me well.  Alas, it's finally time for me to graduate from my trusty blogspot to my new official website, where my blog will now exist.

Quickly, I need to reinforce that a blogger or wordpress blog just like this one has been a powerful tool for me.  While not everyone can afford to build a professional website, everyone can afford to build a blog, and publish content helpful to your online presence.  This blog has been the reason I made connections I otherwise wouldn't have that afforded me huge career opportunities that otherwise would never have happened.  I connected with people, businesses and brands around the world.   I organized my thoughts here, I shared my passion for art, I shared my adventures, life lessons and announced my events and art shows.   I've loved when I struck a hot topic relevant to readers who reached out to me afterwards.  It has been one of the greatest marketing tools a young entrepreneur/creative/artist/model could have.

My blog didn't start because I wanted a blog, or because I had anything particularly interesting to say that anyone would want to read.    My college professor had his whole "Future of Advertising" class start one as a class assignment.   Some of us went to blogger, some to Wordpress. We were exploring free ways to build a digital footprint that we could fill with beneficial content relevant to our careers and personal growth.  If it weren't for my professor, I am not sure I would have a blog... and all the life-changing opportunities that have come with it.

In celebration of five years writing my blog, I am happy to announce I am moving it...  I will still keep this blog public, but I won't be updating here any longer.  You can find my new blog on my website: 

Thank you to all of my loyal readers.  I hope you will enjoy the new experience!


Saturday, February 15, 2014

Honored to be a part of this years' Red Dress Collection 2014!

This year has already been off to an incredible start.  The Pepsi Superbowl Event in New York was a huge success, I just moved into my dream art studio last week (more on both of these events later) and tomorrow is (so excited!)...  the 2014 Red Dress Collection fashion show!

Let me start by explaining what the Red Dress Collection is and why I am excited to be a part of it.  The Red Dress Collection fashion show was created to raise proceeds and awareness for the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women Program- a passionate organization dedicated to empowering women to take control of their health.    It has gained huge national publicity over the last ten years, even kicking off Mercedes Benz NewYork Fashion Week just last week  (see the photos from it here). The event pairs celebrities with designers who create a one-of-a-kind red dress to be revealed in the show.  The Red Dress is the national symbol for women's hear disease and awareness and the events take place near Valentine's Day each year.

Tomorrow night is the Twin Cities' 2014 Red Dress Collection Show at the beautiful Graves Hotel in downtown Minneapolis.  While the first and second row tickets sold out almost immediately, you can still get your hands on a general admission ticket here.   Sixteen local celebrities paired with a local designer will be rocking the runway revealing the beautiful one-of-a-kind red dresses designed just for the show.  There will also be silent auction, cocktail party and pop-up shops. One of my favorite items to be auctioned are the designers' original sketches of the dress they created for their model!  As an artist, I think that is pretty cool.  Read more about the show here.

I was paired up with fashion designer, Tessa Louise , who has been working for the last three months on the most gorgeous… red dress for me.  She has put her heart and soul into this dress and I am going to be so proud to wear it for her tomorrow!  I feel like I got pretty lucky to get paired up with Tessa!  I am not allowed to say anything about what the dress looks like (which is hard), but I will say that it is going to be memorable.

I am honored to be a participating in this event with such a beautiful group of strong women.  To see all the local celebrities, click here.  To see all of this years' participating designers, click here.

February 16, 2014
6:00 p.m.: Doors Open
6-8 p.m. Silent auction, pop up shops, hors d'oeuvres and cocktails
8:15 p.m.: Runway Show
9:00 p.m.: Closing and Cocktails

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Come see me at PepsiCo's #PEPCITY Super Bowl Celebration in NYC!

If only you could see the loft where I live right now.  You would certainly be able to tell I must be preparing for some kind of crazy art event… and you would most certainly be right!  Canvases, art supplies, sketches… but today it will all be shipped to New York just in time for the next weeks PepsiCo Superbowl event called #PEPCITY.

If you haven't heard about #PEPCITY yet, let me share!

For Immediate Release:

PepsiCo to Host Super Bowl Celebration in New York City’s Winter Village
at Bryant Park 
First-Of-Its-Kind, Dome-Enclosed Space Called #PEPCITY will Feature Unique PepsiCo Food and Beverage Offerings from Celebrity Chefs David Burke, Marc Forgione, & Michael Psilakis; Concerts from Austin Mahone, Prince Royce, & Ziggy Marley; and Works by Artists Snarkitecture, Valerie Carpender, Marcela Gutierrez, Jolt & Playwright Lemon Andersen

If you are going to be in New York next week, consider this your invitation to come see me paint live during PepsiCo's massive (literally massive in size) #PEPCITY event taking place in Bryant Park.  You won't want to miss it, plus you won't be able to miss it.   It's as a celebration of all things New York, including this years' official Super Bowl party with food, music, art and non-stop entertainment and musical performances.  Don't worry about the cold… #PEPCITY is enclosed and it will be warm.  And…   it's free!

My performances: I will be doing four live painting performances per day on Wed, Thursday and Saturday of next week at 2:30, 3:30, 4:30 and 5:30.   I will have just eight minutes of performance time to complete a painting from start to finish… you read that right…. eight minutes!!!!!  I will be joined by the other super talented artists Marcela Gutierrez and Jolt (watch him here) while the talented playwright Lemmon Anderson narrates.  Bryant Park is located in Midtown Manhattan between 40th and 42nd Streets and 5th and 6th Aves.

This is the first time I have ever had to complete a whole painting in 8 minutes, but I am working on a strategy… hence why my home is full of art supplies right now. Practice makes perfect.  I am sure I will be really good at this by the time I finish my 12th painting in three days!   I won't tell you exactly what I will be painting, but I am sure you have an idea… I might include subtle nods to PepsiCo in my own way… hint, hint.

I can't wait.  This will be so much fun for me.  See you in New York!!!

And don't forget to tweet to me @vcarpender with the hashtag #PEPCITY.  Find me on Instagram, too.

Want more info on the #PEPCITY event, appearances and music performers?  Check this out.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

A note for all of you about love… and how to have a great Holiday no matter what your situation.

For many, the holidays can be lonely, bring feelings of sadness or be a reminder of financial or health problems.  Not everyone is surrounded by large, functional and happy families like the ones we we see in those Old Navy commercials. To the millions of Americans suffering financially this season or worried about their job, stretching a tight budget to accommodate for Christmas gifts and hosting Thanksgiving dinners can create added stress rather than enjoyment.   For anyone who has suffered a big loss (for me, it is my father), holidays remind you of how they will never be the same as they once were.  

Additionally, the modern day commercialized holiday season continues to completely disconnected us from the real meaning of these holidays even further. Turn on the t.v. at any given time and it's all about Santa Claus, Black Friday and hosting a perfect dinner party to Martha Stewarts' standards.  Holidays can sometimes create friction and family divide.  And I am sure my generation and younger is too busy instagramming to actually connect, causing even more of a divide.  Often, with priorities focused on all the wrong places, disappointment follows as a reminder of what is really important. 

You know what?  We could all stand to re-evaluate our attitude towards this Holiday.  None of us have the right to pity ourselves when we have the same power and choice to feel good about ourselves- in any situation.  Why choose sadness?  Why choose to surround yourself with negative people this Holiday when you're ready to rise above it?  Why wish for something different when when you can act?   The person we see each morning is more or less the result of our life decisions- in relationships, financially and in health. Circumstances that challenge us aren't "bad luck" or misfortune- they're all opportunities that are meant for us to find out what we're really made of.  I can understand that it's hard for everyone to see it this way though, because sometimes life does just seem unfair.

In contrast, we forget that we should be grateful for the strength, courage and determination that has made us who we are today.  We forget to be grateful to the people who've helped us become who we are.  We don't celebrate life's little triumphs nearly enough- we often wait for holidays to do that.  We take for granted the little things in life that are missed the most when they're gone.  For all of the little achievements and big successes you've worked hard for this year, give yourself a pat on the back.  You earned it.  Celebrate.  

I want to share a little paragraph from one of my favorite books that really resonates with me. I am hopeful that any sadness, loneliness or problems you may be facing this Holiday can be overcome by a simple mind shift.  Everything changed for me once I started to make decisions and live according to this understanding:

"Every action taken by human beings is based in love or fear, not simply those dealing with relationships.  Decisions affecting business, industry, politics, religion, the education of our young, the social agenda of your nations, the economic goals of your society, choices involving war, peace, attack, defense, aggression, submission, determinations to covet or give away, to save or to share, to unite or divide- every single free choice you ever undertake arises out of one of the only two possible thoughts there are: a thought of love or a thought of fear." -NDW

We make our choices out of only two emotional feelings: either fear or love, and the definitions of the two words are not what our English dictionary limits us to.  Love is the energy that reveals, opens up, shares, heals, expands and connects us all.  Fear the energy that closes us down, draws us in, runs, hides, hoards and harms.  All of our decisions are made out of one or the other, and nothing in between.

This Holiday Season, I hope you will share more love, and remember why we should be celebrating.  Be conscious of decisions you're making out of fear.  Remember how to really connect deeply with old and new friends, share everything you have, heal a broken heart, help those less fortunate to realize their opportunity, offer the greatest gift you can give: your time.  Do this and I promise you won't be disappointed this Holiday. 

Sending all my love this Holiday!


Monday, November 4, 2013

Posting Etiquette for the "ME" Generation

It used to be "keeping up with the Joneses", now it's keeping up with and out-doing your 3,000 friends online. Posting, sharing, streaming, following and uploading everything we do is about is as second nature as brushing your teeth.  Anyone under 30 knows that iPhones are now a part of table settings and Instagram breaks are an understood, undisputed part of both work and time with friends.  We view our world through the lens of our camera phones and social media. 

I  think one of the beautiful things about connecting via our online networks is that we can and should be able to share whatever we want- even if it's only the "Kodak" moments.  Sharing the highlights and keeping in touch with friends and family is certainly the primary use of our Facebook, but how do we know when we are sharing too much? And importantly, who can we trust to give us an intervention on sharing etiquette if we need it? 

My generation (already known for being entitled and self-absorbed) took the lead on using social media as the perfect vehicle for over-doing the self-promotion.   And then, somewhere around the time Instagram became popular a couple years ago, everyone could take a great photo and "selfies" started to take over.  I know people who have taken literally hundreds of selfies (and that doesn't include the 20 out-takes per photo that didn't make the cut).

Scary enough, I am almost numb to the shock value of the over-sharing of some people's posts. I have a lot of model friends on Facebook and they never hesitate to post a topless or nearly nude photo of themselves.  A while ago, an older gentleman sitting next to me on an airplane did a double-take at my phone once as I was thumbing through my Facebook feed before we took off. It was embarrassing- I think he thought I was looking at something way raunchier than my Facebook. I put the phone away, limited their posts from my newsfeed and now only check Twitter before take-off and someone is sitting next to me.  

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Video: Live Guitar Painting

Before I get to the video I am about to share, I regret to inform you all that I keep starting (and not finishing) all these "insightful" blog posts.  It's not that I don't like any of the topics I am writing about, I just can't pick the one to just finish and hit publish!  This has been such a learning and growing year for me personally, and I have so much to share that I don't even know where to begin.  Adding to this, as more and more readers tune in each month, my duty to blog about relevant and insightful topics regularly has now created a sort of writers' stage fright.  I'll get over it, I am sure!

In the meantime,  I want to share a time-lapse video of me painting live at the Budweiser Made in America Concert Tour.  On their stop in Minneapolis, I was asked to paint a guitar in front of a live audience- a very loud, audience as you can see!   It took me about 3.5 hours to finish the guitar from a blank white canvas to the finished project- which is a tribute to the Minneapolis music scene.  Anyone from Minneapolis will likely recognize the stars and logos of First Ave, one of our older and most well-known concert venues.  

The guitar was sent on with the Budweiser tour, making its' final stop at the Made in America Music Festival in Phillidelphia last weekend along with this video.  Big thank you to Budweiser and Big Shoulders for hiring me for the job!  I had a great time and really enjoyed creating this guitar for you all to see. 

During the Minneapolis stop on the Budweiser Made in America Tour, I was asked to do a live painting during the concert event unlike one I've done before. Instead of a canvas, I painted a guitar with quite the audience and about three hours to do it! I painted a tribute to one of the most iconic music venues in Minneapolis- First Avenue. The guitar continued on with the tour and found its way to the Budweiser Made in America Music Festival last weekend. Thank you to Big Shoulders and Budweiser for having me paint a part of the experience!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

On the road... busy month in the world of fashion!

Well, I am on day number four of my multi-city journey starting Minneapolis ending in Mallorca.  This will be the most consecutive days I have been away from home base in Minneapolis for quite a while! On Thursday I will be in Miami for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week... or more appropriately, Swim Week.  But at this moment, I am in my hotel room in Tampa... well, technically St. Petersburg for a three day shoot.  Bummer that I am missing all the Swim Week castings in Miami right now, but I am grateful to be working.  It's raining outside, so this is the perfect reason to slow down, stay in and write a little blog post that I have been meaning to do. I have to admit that I find myself missing the comforts of home already, especially miss my little dog, Teddy. I have grown used to being with his happy little licking, wagging, cuddly, floppy-eared self 24-7.  I won't see him until August 4th!!!

I stopped by my agency in Miami a couple days ago, armed with my portfolio on my iPad per usual.  I was so excited to show them my newest digital portfolio addition.  It wasn't a new tear sheet.  Or test shoot. To me, it was the next best thing to a Vogue cover.  It was a sweet little 40 second video collaboration created by the talented photographer/videographer David Puente.  The agency loved it.  They wanted another one.

If you ask me, little videos like this are the future of modeling and photography portfolios.  Clients regularly ask to see video in addition to photos, because video can't be photoshopped and what you see is what you get!  It's engaging and a bit unexpected to hit the little play button after you swipe through still photos.  Video is becoming a normal addition to most paid photo shoots as well.  Video is more honest when showing the true fit of clothing to customers online.

Shooting our little video was easy and required minimal equipment or props, but Daves' editing skills and eye for composition are what make the video interesting. It's intentionally under a minute, although we had enough footage to make it much longer.  The short length serves two purposes: you are more likely to watch the whole video before you get bored or distracted by one of your ten open browser tabs. And, if I show it to someone on my iPad and they don't like it, they don't need to awkwardly endure several minutes of my video just to be nice.  But, the feedback has been 100% positive so far, and this video added a whole new life to my portfolio.

Dave and I are planning to make another one soon.  Stay tuned!

Here's the vid:

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

VIDEO- WCCO Morning Show Interview

Thanks to everyone who tuned in and responded!  In case you missed it, here is the video from my WCCO interview that aired last week.

Friday, June 21, 2013

WCCO Morning Show (link to video)

I'm very excited to share this with everyone! Check out my story that aired on WCCO this morning about what I do as a model and artist.  News reporter Natalie Nyhus (Kane) wrote the piece, and I am more than happy with what she had to say about my work.

To everyone who missed it when it aired bright and early this morning, click on this link to read the full story and watch my video interview.

Monday, June 17, 2013

A total inspiration

Beauty is the whole package- and I met her last week!
Last week, I was shooting the Holiday looks for a new Minneapolis based clothing company, Sophia Graydon. This was the second time shooting for the brand, specializing in ultra luxury womens' loungewear. One of the reasons I absolutely love my job modeling is because of the people I get to meet, especially those who have a positive impact on myself and those around us for what they contribute to the world.  Through shooting for Sophia Graydon, I met a woman so beautiful inside and out whom I found so inspiring, I had to write about her.  She's a perfect example of a lot of the messages I try to convey in my paintings: true beauty in a woman comes from something way more than what we see on the outside. It's the whole package.  It's strength.   It's attitude.  It's drive.

The first time I shot for Sophia Graydon, I didn't know much about the woman who started the company, or why.  I just knew I loved working for the brand for several reasons (everyone was super nice, the clothes were beyond comfortable and I shot with one of my fave Mpls. photographers, Michael Haug).  The first shoot went well, so I was more than happy to work for them again last week.  But this time, the founder of the company, Monica Nassif was coming to help with the shoot all day.  Typically, when a client comes on set, stress levels rise.  But not this time.

I think all of us at the shoot were blown away by Monica and how inspiring it was to be around her, absorbing her stories.  She probably had no idea that she was such a positive force when she came to be hands-on with her photo shoot last Thursday.  Not only did she have an elegant, stunning presence, but the way she spoke about her business and life values made me hang onto every one of her words. She is probably one of the most successful women I've ever met, yet so humble, so balanced and a brilliant woman in business.  She is someone I want to be around all the time (although I would probably drive her crazy with my "ideaphoria").  She is addicted to starting and growing businesses that involve products that people will love and find useful.  All of these qualities make for a recipe for enormous success.

A cover-up from our last shoot for S.G.
Monica's previous business endeavors include founding Caldrea and Mrs. Meyers Clean Day products- very popular products that I use every day! The name Caldrea is a combination of her daughters' names (Calla and Aundrea) and Mrs. Meyers is actually her mother- a real life embodiment of the brand.   Monica saw a need in the market to make cleaning products without all the harsh chemicals, obnoxious packaging and bad smells.  She built the companies up to enormous success and sold them to S.C. Johnson in 2008.  Now, she is switching lanes to her newest business challenge- her clothing company, Sophia Graydon.  In her own struggle to find elegant loungewear that wasn't too overly sexy, she created a brand that fills that gap.  Sophia Graydon (also names from her family tree) makes the most luxurious longewear in the world.  I would know, the soft silk she uses is fit for a Queen.

Monica loves the thrill and excitement of building and starting new businesses- and everything she touches seems to be a success.  She's a serial entrepreneur (video). And she's not slowing down.  She told me that her husband just retired, but she's not joining him!   Retirement would be torture for Monica.  Her favorite thing in the world to do is work on building her businesses.

So why did Monica Nassif have such an impact on me that it is four days later and I still can't stop thinking about her?  I meet business people, celebrities and entrepreneurs all the time in my business, so what was it about her that was so different? It was a combination of everything she is.  Not only does she prove that she can be a powerful player in the world of business, but Monica has a side to her that is so humble and anchored in her love for her family and values.  She radiates this. She's raised her two beautiful daughters to be just the same. That's how I want to be.

Based on Monica's track record, I predict much success in the future for Sophia Graydon!

Check out this article in Minneapols/St. Paul Magazine on Monica.  Also, check out Sophia Graydon's FB page where there are all kinds of photos and great little bits of information!  They're also having a sample sale in Minneapolis on June 27th where you can score 80% off on her line.

Sometimes all it takes is one person in your life who really inspires you to think, 'I can do that!".  We are all a product of the relationships we choose to have around us.  We can choose good relationships that lift us up, which is what I've learned to value more as I get older.  

Alright, big week for me, so I need to get going!  Interview with Natalie Kane from WCCO tomorrow morning, so  I'll post on Twitter the details for where you can watch me on t.v.   Stay tuned!  Then, off to Chicago tomorrow... Happy Monday everyone!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

"Free Falling" in its new home!

When one of my paintings finds its way to a perfect home, I am reminded of why I make art. I love when something I made resonates with someone else.  That's exactly what happened when Nancy Dall saw my "Free Falling" painting, which now has a fabulous new home in her Lake Minnetonka condo. Thank you to Nancy Dall for giving it such a special place to live and I hope you enjoy it for years to come.

I think we are going to have to see Tom Petty when he comes to town next month, right Nancy?

I hate my art.

*I promise there's a point to this.  Please read whole post.  

Yup.  I said it.  Sometimes, I really hate my art.  This is the weekend of a pretty big art event for me (Art-A-Whirl) and I confess. I hate my art.  I am doubting myself. Sometimes I wonder what I am doing- I mean, can I really make a career out of being an artist?  Am I delusional?  Besides, no one needs original art... Target and Ikea prints suit most people just fine!

Hanging my work for Art-A-Whirl this weekend
I feel like it's written all over my face- that I am a fraudulent artist and everyone sees that my work isn't that good. Sometimes months go by and I don't sell anything, which makes me feel like I am failing. There must be something wrong- I'm failing with my work, my passion is steering me in the wrong direction, I am wasting my time and effort.  It's dumb.  I'm dumb for trying.  Is this normal? Am I normal?  Wait, don't answer that.

Some days I hate my art more than others, like the  days I will fix my attention on a certain piece and obsess about how I hate it so much that I can't even look at it another minute.  I completely whitewash it without a moment of hesitation.  No one will ever know it's gone, except me.  And then I paint something else on that same canvas, forcing myself to make something better than what is was before (it works every time).  I feel better in some kind of way.  If I don't like it, no one else would like it, so I get rid of it's evidence forever!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Art-A-Whirl 2013- here's all you need to know!

It seems like forever ago that I participated in Art-A-Whirl in Minneapolis. In fact, it was.  When I was in college, I set up a show during the big event and had quite the... um... interesting display.  In fact, I am sure you can see that post right here.  Looking back, my show was kind of a mess of everything- abstracts, girls, digital arts, horses... whew.  And I still managed to sell five paintings!  Oh the bittersweet memories.  That was the first year I had the idea I could actually make money from my artwork.

Anyways, years have gone by, and I am very excited to re-emerge into the Art-A-Whirl scene.  But this time, things will be quite different.  I will have a real gallery-type space in the Northrup King Building (and not just a wire wall), hosted by my friend Todd Andrew Gross of New World Productions.  It's a beautiful space!  The show is sponsored by Dear Appvice, which you should probably download for your iPhone now.  And, needless to say, my work has evolved and this show should be a much more cohesive display...  At least, I hope it is!

My show will be a collection of my most beautiful paintings I have been working on recently, and a couple brand new ones.  I am showing all girls, of course, playing on my theme of seeking the true meaning of beauty.  I want everyone who comes to see my show to remember it, if nothing else.

For those of you who live in Minneapolis, you've probably (or maybe not) heard of Art-A-Whirl.  It's quite a big event, drawing in crowds of thousands of art buyers from around the midwest.  Northeast Minneapolis, home to hundreds of local artists and artist studios, becomes a giant art show, with everyone's doors open and artists showing their original works.  If you want original art, this is where you go in the midwest!  The Art-A-Whirl crowd draws thousands of art buyers, food vendors and outdoor/indoor activities for a whole weekend.  It's quite the experience from what I remember!

So, come buy original art!  You don't even have to buy mine (although I'd love it), just come support any local artist(s).  Besides you want original, hand-made art that makes a way better statement and conversation piece that you can feel proud to hang in your home.  For those of you who think original art is out of your budget, you can walk home from Art-A-Whirl with a big painting for under $500... easily.  There are a lot of artists who just want to sell their work at reasonable prices.  So, don't be afraid!

Here is the invite and where to find me at my art show during the weekend.  Todd and I will be there all three days mingling and meeting buyers.  Come say hi!  Please do, and bring your friends!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Event re-cap and photos from Citypages Envision Artopia 2013!

It was so wonderful to see so many fashionable and well-dressed faces at the Citypages Envision Artopia 2013 fashion show at the Graves Hotel!  It has been years since I have attended the event (I modeled for the show back in 2009) and I was blown away at how much it has grown since then.  The show is certainly an impressive production, combining a New-York style fashion show with the local arts scene.  The two-part fashion show featured all local designers and models from Ignite, a fast-growing exclusive modeling agency in Minneapolis.  In addition, there was an exhibition of selected RAW Minneapolis Artists, catering by Crave, Skinny Girl Martini's, a photo booth, swag bags, beauty demonstrations and that's just the beginning!  With so much going on, it was easy to have a good time.

My involvement in the fashion event was not on the runway this time, but on the side.  I did a live art piece to raise money for Free Arts Minnesota, a charity that supports underprivileged young artists.  I painted one of my closest friends, Lalita Zapata, who modeled for me while everyone watched.  Lalita and I coincidentally met backstage at Envision in 2009 when we were both walking in the show.  She is so elegant and beautiful inside and out, which made it easy to paint her!  This also created an added pressure to make her perfect. The painting took about two hours, with a couple breaks for us to watch the show and sample the martini's everyone was raving about. At the end of the night, we auctioned the painting to raise money for Free Arts Minnesota. It was such a fun and social night in support of a great charity.  Congratulations to Angie for her winning bid!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Live Art Performance @ Envision Artopia Fashion Show this Saturday!

I'm very excited to be doing a live painting during the Twin Cities' largest fashion event this Saturday, Envision Artopia 2013. Doing a live art performance during a fashion show is something I've always wanted to do... I can't think of a better place to share my style of work!  The plan: to start and finish a painting from scratch during the fashion show.  I love a good challenge.

My favorite part?  The painting I create will be auctioned at the end of the evening with all proceeds donated to Free Arts Minnesota.  Free Arts Minnesota inspires hope and builds self-esteem for youth who have experienced poverty, homelessness, abuse and mental illness, using the healing powers of artistic expression and caring adult mentors. It is important to me that I use my artwork as a way to help support causes I believe in.  Always. 

In addition to the live performance I will be doing, I will also have a small selection of my artwork to share and sell.  I am bringing a couple very special pieces that just returned home from their Miami tour!  

Buy your tickets here.

Event details:
Where: Graves|601 Hotel, Minneapolis
When: Saturday, April 13 
Time: 8pm-midnight   

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