Erica Joy Photography Presents: The King and Queen of ARTS Fundraiser Event
Rare are the days that you’ll find an unpretentious art scene in Brooklyn. Ya know, a creative community driven by passion, fearless, colors outside the lines, breeds compassion, hard-working, lacks judgment… Well, I recently discovered an emerging art scene in the form of a hidden gem.
The King and Queen of ARTS Fundraiser event for NYC Arts in Public Schools was a colorful night in Brooklyn, full of live music, canvas painting, body painting and drinks, all while supporting a good cause. The night began with blank canvases and blossomed into bursting colors, just like May flowers.
Presented by Erica Joy Photography, the event celebrated art as it’s being created. She definitely mastered the craft of filling in every final crevice with opportunities to express and create beauty. From the selection of live music and live painting to accepting donations for the Center for Arts Education, every sliver of The King and Queen of ARTS event oozed with a perpetual rawness of emotion and expression.
Phillip Huang (left) and Anna Paulette on ukulele (right)
As a talented artist and host, Erica Joy appreciates the power of art as well as the creative process. An air of artistic inspiration seized the room on Saturday night, which was cultivated on account of her appreciation and vision. Why have an art show with only finished pieces when the process, passion and meaning behind it are the most important parts? I was actually surprised when she told me that it was only her second time hosting an art show.
“I had my first event last spring,” said Joy, “which was for artists like myself who had never showcased before and were nervous or just needed a foot in the door. It really felt great to be around other fellow artists who were suddenly unafraid to express themselves and come out of their shells.” That creative energy she was referring to is exactly what sets her events apart from many others, although every creative environment harnesses their own unique atmosphere.
Painting by Nicholai Khan
“I was honored to receive a painting as a gift from Nicholai Khan, who is an unbelievable artist,” said Joy, “I’m excited to give the generous donations to the Center for Arts Education, and it was great to see everyone so excited about the cause.” Another highlight she mentioned was the spontaneous breakout of live painting on human canvases. The best part, hands down, was experiencing the thrill buzzing from the artists that had no idea they would even be participating in the event that night. This spontaneity is certainly an essential part of every creative process.
Joy also made a crucial point regarding the sense of a creative community, saying “It’s pretty much exactly what I wanted as far as artists getting to meet and collaborate.”
Her vision of more frequent events at larger venues is currently in the works, including more elaborate live elements. In spite of how much I would love to tell every single art-lover a teensy bit more, I am not at liberty to disclose much more info; just know that the future of art shows will be revolutionized– mind blowing even– and will bring art back to it’s core purpose of self expression, understanding and compassion.
I suppose I can, however, give you just a little taste of what’s to come: she hinted at bridging the gap between digital art and canvas painting through the use of various means, one being projectors. The exponential rate of support and recognition that her events have already gained leaves me with no doubt that the next event will be something to look forward to.
Photography by Erica Joy
More photos from the event can be viewed on Erica Joy Photography’s Facebook page here.
10:15-10:45 –Anna Paulette—–><–Ginseng–
11:00-11:30 –Music Set———–><–Chris Sinatra–>
11:45-12:15–Louis Moskowitz—-><–Ben Lyon——->
12:30-12:55–Kenny Gramz——–><–Joe IOK——–>
1:10 – 1:35–Majestic Originality-><–Nicolai Khan—>
1:50———–Music Set————><Free Painting Time
Anna Paulette (original acoustic)
Louis Moskowitz (acoustic classic rock)