And The Winner Is...


It's a pretty cool feeling telling someone they've won something. We've had our first experience with that moment as we have informed three of our followers who bought raffle tickets for the abstract artwork painted by artists Wayne Epperly and Amber Stone in September as part of our "Canvas and Keys" event, that they were winners. The first time was a total spur of the moment adventure as we showed up at Mack and Mack unannounced and completely surprised Robin Davis as she greeted us at the door by handing over her painting. The expression on her face as we snapped her picture said it all.

We took advantage of another moment during the show at Sessions with The South Carolina Broadcasters and Nikki Talley to announce the second winner. Once again we managed to surprise one of our staunch supporters, knowing he would be in attendance,  by calling out Frank Orthel's name from the stage.  Another little twist on that night which made things even more meaningful was that we were able to acknowledge Wayne Epperly presence during the presentation as he was among the audience members there for the show. He seemed quite happy to be a winner, don't you think?

There is one more moment yet to come. Though there will not be that element of surprise since our last recipient already knows she has won, there is still the anticipation of waiting for it to be delivered. We have a little road trip to Chapel Hill planned for next week to transport the third and final painting to its new owner Susun Coleman Miller. An update about our visit will come soon after we return

Each of our three winners and all the others who participated in the raffle have our deepest gratitude.  Their participation helped generate funds for the artists and for The Collabative.

A Night Of High Achievers: Brushes, Body & Beats


We are thrilled to tell you that our body painting artist for Brushes, Body & Beats, Cheryl Lipstreu, has been crowned the winner in the "Emerging Artist" category at The Living Art America Body Painting competition held recently in Atlanta, Georgia! In fact between Cheryl and Matty Sheets who is in every band known to Greensboro, (not really but it seems that way) it will be a night featuring high-achievers and one you won't want to miss. We'll have more to share about our participants over the coming weeks, but we thought we'd start you off with a piece written by Cheryl that tells the story of her introduction to body painting and how it has evolved for her.

The Painted Painter And How My Adventures In Body Painting Began

By: Professional Artist Cheryl Ann Lipstreu

I grew up on an Arabian horse farm in Belews Creek, North Carolina. At a very young age I began drawing, and when introduced to oil paint at age 10, fell in love with painting and the art of making art. Ever since I've continued painting as both a lifelong passion and a professional career.

In May of 2011, I met International Artist World Champion Body Painter, Madelyn Greco, in a figure drawing group where we struck an instant friendship in our conversations of a mutual love for Art and Color. It was at that time, that magical moment when I asked Madelyn if she'd like to paint me and my horse Peanut one day and she immediately jumped at chance and we did the painting the following week. It was not only my very first experience with body painting but possibly one of the most magical moments of my entire life. I simply fell in love with the entire experience of Body Painting when this Painter got Painted.

Since that first meeting with Madelyn, I've helped to assist her and Scott Fray of Livingbrush Studios however much I could. From posing as a model for their International Competition in Daegu Korea, (click then scroll down a bit for photo) to painting alongside of them for the various functions and performances they do, I've gathered a strong sense of how body painting came to light as its own unique and stylized art form. Its rarity, its overtly glorified essence of divine artistic incarnation drew me to it like a moth to a flame and I can not deny its appeal or future within my own artistic destiny.

Now I employ weekly body paintings into my schedule and am looking forward to participating in many events and competitions that are just on the horizon. This new and incredible world of art and art appreciation in the divine human form has embraced my career with a new path; a new beginning if you would of an old art. An art as natural and as magnificent in quality as it is in individuality in which I feel best an opportunity of self expression. What a wonderful world to belong to! I hope you can share in the experience of this world to see the color live while I am painting in person at The Collabative Event on Oct 26th! My paintbrushes will be waiting! 

Canvas & Keys - a sliver


We didn't know quite what to expect when we announced our first Canvas & Keys event, but we did anticipate something big. For us, the magical part was setting four artists loose and seeing where they ended up. In front of the audience's eyes, Wayne Epperly and Amber Stone, with no plan at all, and having never met before, created the painting you see below. And the grooves laid down by Luguzy Atkins and Matthew Parrish rounded out the improvisational vibe of the night.

In the next day or two, we will have more of the story for you. Raffle tickets to win one of the 3 paintings created Saturday night will go live here on our site very soon. For now, we just wanted to show this sneak peek and say thank you to everybody involved.