Let your body be the canvas at painting event
July 10, 2012
By Christina Corrales-Toy
The American Association of Nude Recreation is offering a unique way for local artists to showcase their work.
At the group’s Amazing Canvas Nudist Face and Body Painting Event, the canvas will be the human body and the tools will be paint.
The July 14 event is from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and takes place at Fraternity Snoqualmie, a 40-acre family nudist park on the side of Tiger Mountain.
“The only perfect body is a naked one, and to an artist the naked body is a canvas,” Fraternity Snoqualmie spokeswoman Dawnzella Gearhart said.
Professional and amateur local artists will compete for prizes in various categories, including funniest, silliest and scariest creations. The audience and Fraternity Snoqualmie judges will assess local entries and then submit pictures of the best ones to the American Association of Nude Recreation headquarters, where the grand-prize winners will be determined.
Cash prizes will be awarded in each category. First-place amateur and professional artists receive $500 each, second-place artists receive $250 and third-place artists receive $100.
Body painting is not a new phenomenon, according to Gearhart.
“Body painting is no new trend, and actually has roots dating back millennia, as body painting with clay and other natural pigments existed in tribal cultures and still survives in this ancient form among the indigenous people of Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands and parts of Africa,” she said.
It’s the first time Fraternity Snoqualmie has hosted such an event, but Gearhart expects to see unique artwork and a lot of creativity.
“I am always truly amazed and impressed by the beautiful designs these artists come up with,” Gearhart said.
Fraternity Snoqualmie will have paint available, as well as paint to sell, for artists. There is no artist fee to participate, but artists and their canvas will need to sign a photo release form.
The event is appropriate for all ages, Gearhart said. Children younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent. Photo identification is required for all who enter, but the event is free.
Christina Corrales-Toy: 392-6434, ext. 241, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.