Monday, June 25, 2012

Faeries Afoot by Thomine Wilson

Annual Midsummer’s Night Dream Faerie Party   is afoot and the fun is set to begin on Saturday 23 June  from 8pm to midnight. It will be held at Fusionglass Co  (8872 La Mesa Boulevard  La Mesa, CA 91942) More info Debb Solan 619.461.4440 

Faeries afoot Saturday night as magic, beauty, and artistry were in full swing once again at Fusionglass Co in La Mesa. Owners Debbie Solan and Paul Fernandes hosted their annual Midsummer Night’s Dream Party complete with a decadent array of tasty nibbles, an outpouring of wine, ‘booty bag’ prizes filled with gorgeous jewelry, and exhibits by a select group of talented guest artists whose art was out of this world.

In true form, this Fusionglass party was a terrific success and the crowd tipped to over 200 people. There was a fascinating and creative selection of faerie flair of all colors and the evening was delightfully enchanting. Faerie costumes were plentiful made from recycled wedding and cocktail dresses spray painted and adorned with fluttering floral designs. Gowns were accessorized with faerie wings, an ethereal crown of flowers, and legendary pointy shoes with bells! Other guests were wrapped in a bounty of colorful hand painted silks that were truly a feast for the eyes. More daring faeries pranced in their frilly lace PJs complete with sequin bedroom slippers and a sprinkling of fairy dust to spread throughout the glorious night air. Included among the guests was a tribe of camouflaged warriors who provided just the right touch of forestry to protect the spirited crowd.

New this year was an appearance by a masked man from Mardi Gras who surprised the crowd and greeted each guest with sparkling beads and baubles from faraway lands. Also featured was a photo booth with a selection of feathered faerie wings to try on and fly if you dared.

Paul Fernandes, a natural behind the microphone, belted out the names of prizewinners every 15 minutes throughout the entire evening while the strumming guitars of Pound Dog played familiars from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s.

Guest artists included Julie Arroyo whose watercolor and Chinese calligraphy on wood added a hint of serenity to the fairytale night. Leah ‘Nina’ Carter exhibited an exquisite line of organic and geometric jewelry inspired by nature and made of a mix of copper, brass, and silver. Kira Carrillo Corser’s painted photographs using pastels, inks, and oil pencils were inspirational and contained stunning and fantastic imagery. Peggy Hinaeken’s atmospheric and lyrical etchings and lithographs depicted historical and literary figures that made a lovely addition to the tales of the evening. Finally, Emily Vermillion’s black ink drawings of faerie lore and garden flowers provided a sensation of beauty and renewal among the mystical moments of this magical do.

As the clock struck midnight, there were lots of vixens vying for attention and a very beautiful faerie won the grand jewelry prize. There’s definitely a tale to tell of Fusionglass and all the faeries…but you will have to wait till next Mid Summer’s Night when the clock strikes 8 and there are faeries at your gate. Come ready for entertainment, beautiful art, generous prizes, and a night filled with fun and laughter! Keep your eyes open for more magical happenings at Fusionglass Co.

Thomine Wilson (pronounced Tom-in-e) is a San Diego artist who is working to promote the ‘Employee Art Program’, a training alliance composed of professional educators who help organizations accelerate business performance and foster sustainability through on site arts-based learning, culture change agents, and innovation experts.

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