Body of Art

Artists Create Human Canvases at Fusion Event

Rub shoulders with real-life masterpieces at Fusion. The Greater Mystic and Greater Westerly-Pawcatuck chambers of commerce fuse together the area’s artistic talent on May 8 at 7 p.m. for an event featuring art, food, music and live body painting of more than twenty human models. “Watching the human body be transformed before your very eyes is the true essence of visual arts,” says Lisa Konicki, executive director of the Greater Westerly-Pawcatuck Area Chamber of Commerce. Never has an art gallery been so interactive. The Velvet Mill Studio in Stonington, Connecticut, is planning an eclectic mix of visual, musical and culinary arts, which is a joint fundraiser for businesses that recognize and promote the arts. The body painting is a painstaking process. Artists start painting an hour before doors open and many head-to-toe works take at least three more hours to complete. Painters are allowed to explore themes with no boundaries, creating designs that range from “animals to celestial beings.” Past person paintings include Van Gogh’s “Starry Night,” King Tut and butterflies, and there’s even a black light room where models show off psychedelic UV reactive paints.