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

Venus Rising- TOMORROW!!!

Hey friends, family and fans!

THE 4TH ANNUAL VENUS RISING: ALL WOMEN’S ART EXPO IS TOMORROW EVENING!!!

For those who don’t know- Venus Rising is an all women’s art expo that not only is dedicated to celebrating female artists of all mediums, but is also a fundraiser for Alternatives for Girls- a NPO dedicated to helping homeless and high-risk teen and young adult girls heal from and avoid violence, teen pregnancy and exploitation. 25% of all event proceeds will go to this NPO including: entry fee, art sales and donations.

My painting “Finding Peace Amidst the Chaos” will be hanging in the gallery and for sale at the event, so if you’re interested in having an original EmJae LIGHTningbug piece in your home I suggest coming tomorrow! Also, I will be live painting from 7-9PM, but the creativity will be going until 11PM, so come on by and show your support to me and my fellow femme artists!!! I hope to see you there!

The event is located at the Tangent Gallery in Detroit, MI. Doors will open at 7PM.

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Other updates: I will be painting at the Desert Hearts Spring Music Festival 2016 at Los Coyotes Indian Reservation, CA from April 1-4! Tier 4 tickets are available here, but you better jump on it, as tickets are selling quickly!! The Rez is located between L.A. and San Diego, slightly favoring the San Diego side.

 After the festival I will be painting at Venice Beach, CA from April 5-7 before heading back to the East Coast! More info including times and specs will be posted as we near the date. 

For quicker updates on my whereabouts and upcoming events, please follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

I sincerely hope to see you at any or all of these events! As always, thank you so much for your love and support. My work is for you to enjoy (:

Love and LIGHT-

EmJae. 

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For more info on Venus Rising, click here

For more info on Alternatives for Girls, click here

For lineup, location and ticketing info for Desert Hearts 2016, click here

4th Annual Venus Rising: All Women Art Exhibition

Evening, friends and fans!
My painting “Finding Peace Amidst the Chaos” has been accepted into the Venus Rising art gallery and will be for sale at the event for $400. This event is an all women art exhibition, and not only celebrates wonderful creative women, but also acts as a fundraiser for Alternatives for Girls- a non-profit organization that helps homeless and high-risk teens and young women avoid violence, teen pregnancy and exploitation. For more info, click here
I will also be live painting at the event from 7-9pm, and I’ll be working on my painting “Twin Flame,” so come say hi!! 

To keep up with my activity and developing paintings, please follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and/or Tumblr 😊

Love and Light to you all 💗

EmJae LIGHTningbug

Desert Hearts Spring Fest!

Exciting news, everyone- I have been accepted to be a featured artist at Desert Hearts 2016 at Los Coyotes Indian Reservation, CA! The festival is April 1-4, please visit their website for lineup and ticketing info. 

I’m not sure which paintings I’ll be bringing, but I have quite a few in the early stages that might make their first appearance here 😉

I hope to see you all at DH 2016!

Love & Light,

EmJae 

Starting September off with Some Site Updates!

How’s that title for alliteration, eh?!

Anyways, good evening and happy September, everyone! I really do love this month, as it signifies the coming of the Autumnal Equinox (my favorite season!). While I’d love to spend this whole post gushing over Autumn, I’ve actually got some updates both great and sad to share. So, here we go!

We’ll start with the sad news first – due to some personal conflicts, I wasn’t able to host my mandala color meditation workshop at the 3 Days of Light & Gathering Transformation Festival in Asheville this weekend, and I won’t be able to perform live painting at Dancefestopia in Kansas City next week. I ended up helping a dear friend out of a sticky situation, but the endeavor has rendered me financially incapable of travel for a few months. The mandalas are still online which you can download here, and more will be added in due time!

The exciting news is that I’ve finally set up an official Etsy shop! I’ll be putting all of my traditional paintings and pyrography pieces up within the next few days, and the digital works will follow suit. I’ll continue post links as works get listed, but in the meantime you can check out my 8x10in painting “Birds of Paradise” which is already listed here!

All of my digital art that’s on here will eventually be listed, as soon as I find an affordable and reliable printing service to use (if you have any suggestions, please hit me up).

That’s really all for now, folks! Thanks again for reading and checking out my work. Love and light to you all!