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Help artist Lacey Lewis hire NYC's best performers as models during her residency this summer!
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Opportunity: Residency in Sparkill, NY

Shortly after the new year, I was notified that I was accepted into the Art Students League of NY's Residency at Vytlacil in Sparkill, NY and awarded a full scholarship to cover the costs of studio and housing for the month of June. I'm over-the-moon excited about this opportunity to submerge completely into my work for a full 4 weeks!

"Eartha Delights IV" Oil on Canvas Adhered to Panel 48" x 36"
"Eartha Delights IV" Oil on Canvas Adhered to Panel 48" x 36"

I want to maximize this opportunity and the proximity to NYC's unique burlesque scene by bringing these performers into my studio. With this favorable time I shall observe and study each performer and their elaborate costumes from life, creating new works surpassing what I have accomplished to date. I plan to create multiple works during the residency, and am excited to announce those whom I am working with in the coming weeks!

"Charlotte Treuse" Oil on Panel 36" x 24"
"Charlotte Treuse" Oil on Panel 36" x 24"

The Use of Funds and Where You Come In:

I am excited to work with the very top level of performers in the field. Among the list of performers working with me on this project is someone considered to be one of the single most important influences in that field today! The official lineup includes: Peekaboo Pointe, Delysia LaChatte, Amber Ray, and Dirty Martini!

The vast majority of funds raised will be used to pay for the performer, model and costume costs for this project. The rest of the funds will be used to cover postproduction costs for posters and prints.

These are the models committed to the project!
These are the models committed to the project!

Stretch Goal - $5000

I've reached funding early, and I am grateful and incredibly relieved that I will have funding to pay my models! So now I'm wondering, how can I make this project even more amazing, and make the deal sweeter for my backers?

For starters, I'd like to get a small piece of upholstered furniture (the studio will not be pre-furnished with anything other than a chair and an easel) and some props (pillows, throws, etc.) for the comfort of my models. Models? Oh yeah, how about I add another incredible performer, who 21st Century Burlesque recently deemed the #2 performer IN THE WORLD!?!


Perle Noire - Bonus Stretch Goal Model - Photo by Bettina May
Perle Noire - Bonus Stretch Goal Model - Photo by Bettina May

Last but not least, if the stretch goal is met, I will produce a video highlighting the process of one of the paintings and EVERY BACKER regardless of pledge level will receive it! I will include footage of myself working on the painting in addition to preparatory sketches and a narration of my thoughts from an artistic and technical standpoint.

Comfort for my models, a whole additional painting, and a video for all backers... everyone wins!

Why Paint Burlesque Artists?  

In 2010 I started a series of paintings that focused on local Kansas City performers of various types; fire dancers, jugglers, singers, and burlesque artists. At first I saw this as a chance to explore the alter egos of people who develop an on-stage persona and live in a way that is free from the constraints of typical daily American life. Over time I found that something about burlesque resonated with me on a personal level. I began to see beyond performances and props and realized the underlying theme of women who live liberated from the status quo of a misogynistic society. The burlesque stage is a place where women (and men, straight, gay, queer, and transgender all equally welcome) are free to express their sexuality without shame, and without the need to pander to or protect themselves from male desires. Body positivity and self-expression are encouraged if not required, and feminist social commentaries are applauded rather than discounted. What a wonderful world!

"Jeez Loueez" Oil on Canvas 48" x 24"
"Jeez Loueez" Oil on Canvas 48" x 24"

In my paintings, I seek to stir this feeling of power and freedom in the viewer, allowing them to vicariously experience the confidence, power, and abandon I've felt in the presence of these performers. Moreover, I present images of women as sexual subjects in a medium traditionally associated with respectability, making a subtle statement not only about the social perception of the performers specifically, but about women's sexuality in general.

"The Strawberry Siren" Oil on Canvas 24" x 30"
"The Strawberry Siren" Oil on Canvas 24" x 30"

The Rewards

Posters Available in the Poster Child Reward Level
Posters Available in the Poster Child Reward Level

As a thank you for supporting my goals during this residency, I will invite you to follow my progress via a secret blog where I will post exclusive photos, stories, and videos throughout the month of June and beyond! I also offer a variety of rewards including posters of some of my most popular paintings, Skype sessions, and original artwork. Finally, if you are as excited as I am about the opportunity to work with one of today's most celebrated burlesque figures, choose a poster, limited edition print, or heck, commission an original oil painting!

"Venusian Queen" available as a Limited Edition Print at the $95 level.
"Venusian Queen" available as a Limited Edition Print at the $95 level.
Drawing Inspiration $150 Reward: Images are not to scale. All are approximately 14"x19" - 20"x24"
Drawing Inspiration $150 Reward: Images are not to scale. All are approximately 14"x19" - 20"x24"
Examples of the "Your Face Here" Reward, where I Photoshop your image over one of my paintings.
Examples of the "Your Face Here" Reward, where I Photoshop your image over one of my paintings.

 Although life as an artist comes with it’s own set of hurdles and challenges; I have been fortunate to have experienced such intense and moving support from those within and outside the artist community. Knowing that there are people out there that appreciate my work keeps me going through both the challenges as well as the good times... I thank you most sincerely!

Risks and challenges

With a full month and complete flexibility on my end, it's hard to imagine that anything would get in the way of this project. In some *insanely unlikely* event that I am unable to paint during my stay in Sparkill, a rescheduling of modeling sessions at a later date will occur as necessary and painting will continue once home in Kansas City, thereby completing the paintings and fulfilling the rewards. The schedule may be affected, but not the result.

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    Shout Out!
    I will send you a shoutout on my Facebook page and my sincere thanks for helping to support my project. You will also have access to a secret blog where I will post photos, stories, and videos during my residency!

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    Postcard from Sparkill
    I will send you a shout-out on my Facebook page and a handwritten thank you postcard from the residency that features one of my popular burlesque paintings. You will also have access to a secret blog where I will post photos, stories, and videos during my residency!

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    Dear Diary
    You will receive a handwritten thank-you postcard from the residency and a PDF diary from my residency that features all paintings and drawings created during that time, along with some of my personal thoughts and behind the scenes photos and mementos. You will also get a shoutout on my Facebook page and have access to a secret blog where I will post photos, stories, and videos during my residency!

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    Your Face Here
    Email me a photo of yourself (or a loved one, or a friend) and I will Photoshop you into your choice of my paintings! This is meant to be entertaining and funny, so while I strive to do a good job with the editing, please expect that the image will look "Photoshopped"... but also expect lots of fun!! I will email you back a digital image that you can use any way you please. Great for a Facebook profile picture! You will also receive a PDF diary from my residency that features all paintings and drawings created during that time, along with some of my personal thoughts and behind the scenes photos and mementos, and have access to a secret blog where I will post photos, stories, and videos during my residency!

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    Poster Child
    You will receive a 17.3" x 11.5" signed poster featuring your choice of one of the following paintings on glossy paper and a handwritten thank you note:

    Miss Sophie Champagne
    Charlotte Treuse
    Jeez Loueez
    The Strawberry Siren
    Eartha Delights IV

    You will also receive a PDF diary from my residency that features all paintings and drawings created during that time, along with some of my personal thoughts and behind the scenes photos and mementos and have access to a secret blog where I will post photos, stories, and videos during my residency!

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    Dirty Martini Poster Child
    You will receive a 17.3" x 11.5" signed poster featuring a painting of Miss Dirty Martini on glossy paper and a handwritten thank you note!

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    Picture Picture
    Receive access to a fully narrated video demonstration from my online Virtual Figure Painting Workshop hosted earlier this year. Total run time is 3.5hrs. You will also receive a PDF diary from my residency that features all paintings and drawings created during that time, along with some of my personal thoughts and behind the scenes photos and mementos and have access to a secret blog where I will post photos, stories, and videos during my residency!

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    Any two 14" x 11" posters from the Poster Child reward and a handwritten thank-you note. You will also receive a PDF diary from my residency that features all paintings and drawings created during that time, along with some of my personal thoughts and behind the scenes photos and mementos and have access to a secret blog where I will post photos, stories, and videos during my residency!

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    Disciple
    1 Hour Skype Lesson or Critique
    Use this time to have me instruct you in a specific subject of your choice (anatomy, skin tones, or any other art-subjects in which I specialize in!) or have me critique your current work and offer suggestions for a course of study that will suit you. You will also receive a PDF diary from my residency that features all paintings and drawings created during that time, along with some of my personal thoughts and behind the scenes photos and mementos and have access to a secret blog where I will post photos, stories, and videos during my residency!

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    The New Yorker
    You will receive a set of FIVE 17.3" x 11.5" posters featuring images of new paintings from the residency, a handwritten thank-you note, and a postcard from Sparkill! Please note that this reward level is the last to ship to allow time for completion and photographing of multiple artworks.

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    A Unique Memento
    Receive an original 6" x 4" pen and ink portrait sketch and a handwritten thank you note. Portrait can be from your photo or my choice of one of my subjects. You will also receive a PDF diary from my residency that features all paintings and drawings created during that time, along with some of my personal thoughts and behind the scenes photos and mementos and have access to a secret blog where I will post photos, stories, and videos during my residency!

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    Venusian Queen Limited Edition
    You will receive a signed limited edition Giclee print of my painting, "Venusian Queen." The print has an 11" x 11" image area on a 12" x 12" sheet of Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Satin 310gsm paper. Print is limited to an edition of 50, and each print is signed and numbered by the artist. You will also receive a PDF diary from my residency that features all paintings and drawings created during that time, along with some of my personal thoughts and behind the scenes photos and mementos and have access to a secret blog where I will post photos, stories, and videos during my residency!

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    Limited Edition
    You will get a signed limited edition Giclee print (Approx 14" x 11", exact size TBD) of a finished painting created during my residency, specific model to be announced. This edition of prints will ONLY be available to my Kickstarter supporters! You will also receive a PDF diary from my residency that features all paintings and drawings created during that time, along with some of my personal thoughts and behind the scenes photos and mementos and have access to a secret blog where I will post photos, stories, and videos during my residency!

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    Drawing Inspiration
    Choose one of my charcoal figure drawings (pictured left, message me to reserve your choice) and it will be yours along with a heartfelt, handwritten thank you note for your generous contribution. You will also receive a PDF diary from my residency that features all paintings and drawings created during that time, along with some of my personal thoughts and behind the scenes photos and mementos and have access to a secret blog where I will post photos, stories, and videos during my residency!

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    During the residency I will create a 7" x 5" alla prima oil painting just for you, and send it along with a heartfelt, handwritten thank you note for your generous contribution. You will also receive a PDF diary from my residency that features all paintings and drawings created during that time, along with some of my personal thoughts and behind the scenes photos and mementos and have access to a secret blog where I will post photos, stories, and videos during my residency!

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    During the residency I will create an 8" x 6" alla prima oil painting just for you, and send it along with a heartfelt, handwritten thank you note for your generous contribution. You will also receive a PDF diary from my residency that features all paintings and drawings created during that time, along with some of my personal thoughts and behind the scenes photos and mementos and have access to a secret blog where I will post photos, stories, and videos during my residency!

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    During the residency I will create a 10" x 8" alla prima oil painting just for you, and send it along with a heartfelt, handwritten thank you note for your generous contribution. You will also receive a PDF diary from my residency that features all paintings and drawings created during that time, along with some of my personal thoughts and behind the scenes photos and mementos and have access to a secret blog where I will post photos, stories, and videos during my residency!

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    The Commissioner
    Commission a Painting of a World Famous Performer!
    You will receive a finished, varnished 24" x 18" oil painting on panel of (name to be announced during this campaign) herself! The artist will retain full creative control of the project. For your generous contribution you will receive an original 24" x 18" oil painting, along with a preparatory sketch and a handwritten thank you note. You will also receive a PDF diary from my residency that features all paintings and drawings created during that time, along with some of my personal thoughts and behind the scenes photos and mementos and have access to a secret blog where I will post photos, stories, and videos during my residency!

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    Receive TWO original 6" x 4" pen and ink portrait sketches and a handwritten thank you note along with TWO 1 Hour Skype Art Lessons! Portrait can be from your photo or my choice of one of my subjects. You will also receive a PDF diary from my residency that features all paintings and drawings created during that time, along with some of my personal thoughts and behind the scenes photos and mementos and have access to a secret blog where I will post photos, stories, and videos during my residency!

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