by Andrew Crisp
UPDATE: This story corrected for content. Hunter's last painting was of Jesus, not his mother.
Heading into the Fulton Street Showroom, the basement art gallery/dance studio, was like being led behind the curtain of a speakeasy. It was dark, cool and the shapes of faces materialized out of the shadows amid clinking glasses and whispers.
“It feels like you’re cooler than other people when you’re down here," dancer Chanel DeSilva of the Trey McIntyre Project told the audience at last Saturday's Patcasso Party.
As DeSilva began her performance, artist Patrick Hunter—who organized the event—took to the easel for one of his own. DeSilva put together a composition to James Brown and Etta James, a dance that was urban, modern and a little bit Sunday afternoon. One envisioned a pink telephone and a poodle skirt. As DeSilva finished, Hunter finished a vibrant portrait of a woman.
The event also incorporated dance from Ballet Idaho's Adrienne Kerr and Daniel Ojeda, to Paint it Black by the Rolling Stones. Los Angeles singer Krista Mone sang between acts, and Story Story Night's Jessica Holmes told a story of fire.
The event had a strict black-attire theme, which was crucial—the prior event was all white, and the one before that was purple. It was also Hunter's birthday, which was celebrated with cake and a final, energetic live portrait of Jesus.
For more info on other upcoming events, visit Patcasso's Facebook page.