Weekly Update 1/7/2017

Happy post-New Year everyone! I hope you all had a lovely NYE and first week of 2017. I had the opportunity to live paint at Redolencia Coffee in Ludington, MI for the ball drop, and it was a hit! You can view the event slideshow here.

Other bit of news- I’m running a really great deal on commissions during the month of January! Here’s the prices below:

16x20in acrylic: $150

16x20in oil: $200

18x24in acrylic: $200

18x24in oil: $275

•FREE SHIPPING IN THE USA!•

Email me at lightningbugart@gmail.com or message me on Facebook or Instagram for inquiries.

SHOP updates:

Due to some financial difficulties in Dec and Jan, the shop is looking to open in March 2017 rather than next month. Hopefully there won’t be any more delays, and as always you can message/email me about any products you’d like. I’m always interested in suggestions, and I will do custom orders (i.e. Tapestries) if requested.

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Manistee Nat’l Forest Festival: Reflection 

To sum up this past weekend, all I can say is “wow!”  Live painting around town during the Forest Festival/4th of July weekend has been an absolutely incredible, educational and inspiring experience! Thank you so much to everyone who came out and supported all of the local arts and festivities!! 


Words can’t really do this whole experience justice, so I’ve posted some photos from the past few days to help. I must say, though, there have been three major events that really stuck out to me. 

First there was all of the children I met on River Street during my painting sessions in Goody’s and outside of Surroundings. About 5 different children ranging from ages 4-7 came up and watched me paint with awe. A few of them begged their mothers to stop and watch and told both their moms and me how they wanted to be an artist, too! It was such a humbling experience to see the light in these childrens’ eyes and knowing my work was inspiring them. I gave them all some cards with “Finding Peace Amidst the Chaos” in the hopes that our meeting will continue to inspire them to explore their creativity. 

Second was my kismet meeting with a lovely holistic and artistic couple from Grand Rapids who drifted into Manistee by chance on their way to the Traverse City cherry festival. The woman, Amanda,  is a professional henna artist and her partner Michael is a holistic chiropractor. She tattooed my arm and I showed them around town and introduced them to a lot of people interested in purchasing tattoo art from her. We bonded so strongly and quickly, and they ended up staying the night at my house and we spent the next day together. We’re working on some future collaborations, and they’ll be back up here at the end of the month to host some healing workshops with Iron Works Cafe and myself.  The best part is that it all started by me saying “hey, I love your skirt!” and Michael responding with “nice paisley vest.” 

Third was live painting on stage with Cole Black, a Manistee local DJ, for the very first pre-fireworks party on 1st Street Beach. While I’ve painted at festivals, there was something so awesome about being up on a stage that I experienced a really powerful “aha” moment, and I realized that I am a professional live painter!  Plus, Cole is really an amazing person and I enjoyed working with him and building up our collaborative relationship with this event. 

Thank you so much to everyone who came up to Manistee, came out to our events and supported our town and local arts! I hope to see more people wandering through town, and I seriously hope add to their love and inspiration from Manistee. 

Pictures of the whole weekend are up on my Facebook page

Love & Light,

EmJae 

NW Michigan Forest Festival Live Painting Schedule~

Hey all! This weekend in Manistee we are celebrating the 2016 Forest Festival! I will be live painting all over town during the festivities, and unless a few more businesses downtown specifically ask for my presence, this will be the schedule of where to find me all weekend!

Friday, July 1st

12/noon-3pm: Ironworks Cafe

**corner of River Street and Highway 31 outside the Michigan Ironworks building.**

4pm-6pm: Goody’s Juice & Java

**Located on River Street across from Famous Flynn’s and River St Station**

7:30pm-sunset: 1st Street Beach



Saturday, July 2nd 

10am-12/noon: 5th Ave Beach

2pm-5pm: Surroundings 

**Cigar/smoking event. Located on River street on the opposite side of Maple Rd from Ramsdell Inn**

7:30pm-sunset: 1st Street Beach


Sunday, July 3rd

9am-12/noon: Manistee River Walk 

**Entrances to river walk on both ends of River Street near drawbridges**

1pm-4pm: 1st Street Beach 

**Live DJ Cole Black performing on beach. Main stage set later in evening**

7:30pm-10:30pm: 1st Street Beach

**Live DJ Cole Black performing from 8:30-10:30 on main stage**


Monday, July 4th 
10am-12/noon: Goody’s Juice & Java

**Located on River Street across from Famous Flynn’s and River St Station**

1pm-4pm: 1st Street Beach

**DJ Cole Black performing at beach. Main stage set later in evening**

7:30pm-10:30pm: 1st Street Beach

**Main stage set by DJ Cole Black from 8:30-10:30. Times on July 4th are subject to change**

Thanks for reading! We hope to see you at this year’s Forest Festival!!! 

Love & Light,

EmJae