I went to the Meet the Artist reception for the Three Apples art exhibit at Royal-T Cafe and it was way cool!
I decided to get there a little early in the afternoon since events were scheduled throughout the whole day. I wanted to avoid having to line up to get in later that night. Fortunately, one of the artist, Angry Woebot, was already well on his way in his live painting session. I even watched Peekabo Monster put the last touches on his painting. It was amazing to watch Camilla d’Errico start a piece and finish it live. She is so precise with her brush strokes… I was incredibly impressed by her process! She didn’t even make one mistake- and if she did, she hid it really well. I was pretty inspired by the end of the night by all the creativity. Close to the end of the night, they brought out a final canvas where all the artists made a mark. Mostly doodles, but still cool to have a single canvas with so many different artists (such as Gary Basseman!) creating graffiti on it.
The line to the Sanrio store inside the cafe was tremendous. There was also a long line for screen printing your own Hello Kitty shirts with designs from the artists. I didn’t have the patience to get in line for it so I passed up on getting a Lady Gaga Hello Kitty shirt, unfortunately! Ha!
The exhibit was constantly full of people and more streamed in as the night went on. My friends, the girls of Bubble Punch kept me company on and off in between their work duties. They will be hosting the Hello Kitty Goth Party this Friday the 13th! It’s going to be amazing and fun.
The enthusiasm for Hello Kitty has been tremendous.
It’s fun to look at the vintage merchandise on display and hear girls exclaiming: “I used to have that!”
It made me realize how Sanrio really has been a part of people’s childhood then and even now. She is a simple icon that each generation seem to relate to, no matter how much she has aged. Good job, Hello Kitty! Here’s to another 35 years!
More photos at my Meet the Artists flickr set!