If you're looking for a "Wow!" factor for your next party or special event, have I got a suggestion for you!
Last spring I went to an event at the Mandarin Oriental to celebrate their 10th anniversary in Washington, DC. They invited former clients who had hosted events there, as well as vendors who had worked various events held there.
The décor was fabulous, the food was delicious, and the entertainment was lively. But the most interesting factor was something I had never seen before - an artist painting the scene as it unfolded around us.
She had set up her easel and paints along a windowed corridor with a nice view of the cocktail tables inside and the grassy area outside, where the live music was staged with more cocktail tables and food stations.
It was amazing to stand there and watch her add figures to the work and then look outside and see the human versions of those figures standing and having a conversation, unaware that they had just been immortalized in a painting!
What I find most fascinating about this is that you can present, in one work, what is basically a composite snapshot of the night. Instead of a photograph, which only captures one moment in time, an artist can paint for a few hours and create a scene that never really existed – one that is made up of many moments that took place throughout the event. Even cooler: besides having a magnificent piece of art for your wall, you can turn the finished painting into prints, thank you notes, corporate stationery, and more.
The artist at the Mandarin Oriental event was named Jamie Peterson, and her company is The Painted Lens. You can see her painting from the Mandarin Oriental event here. I was impressed with her skill and recommend her if you're looking for something a little different for your wedding or special event.