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 

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. 

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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

Updates! New Art! Travel!

Happy Sunday, everyone!

Just an update- I have a few new pieces up which you can check out here.

This Thursday I leave Los Angeles to spend a few months out on the road. I’m taking my Mandala Color Meditation project to the 3 Days of Light and Gathering Festival in Asheville, NC followed by some live painting at Dancefestopia in Kansas City, MO. After that I’m thinking Denver for a bit, but I’m going to put some intention into getting prints made of all my digital work and linking them up to the site! Lots of progress to look forward to on this next phase of my artistic journey.

That’s all for now, folks! Enjoy your week ~

Love & Light

xxEmJae