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    #MPSpotlights: Paint Your Event - Live Event Artist, Heidi Schwartz

    Wanting to showcase the stories of the amazing professionals within the events industry, MeetingPlay occasionally showcases a fellow #EventProf in our #MPSpotlights. 

    Today we meet Heidi Schwartz of Paint Your Event - a live event painting experience. Meet Heidi:

    Paint Your EventQ: When did your interest in art begin?

    A: Childhood. Ever since I was a kid, it’s always been what I’ve done. I’m basically a kid about it now.

    Q: How have you developed your talent over time?

    A: Hours, just clocking hours doing the work. That’s really the only way to develop any talent – spending time with your craft. Nurturing anything is all time and attention; talent’s no different.

    Q: What made you think to combine your talent with the events industry?

    A: I didn’t. I completely fell into it by accident. I’d been pursuing music but had always painted, and I recorded an album where for each song I did a corresponding painting. Out of that, I was attempting to get a job singing on a showboat here in Nashville, where I still live, and the entertainment manager asked me to paint live at a dinner party after he happened to see my paintings. That was the start and it grew from there.

    Live event paintingQ: When meeting with potential clients – how do you best, and perhaps quickly, describe exactly what you do?

    A: I call myself “quiet entertainment.” I capture in real time the event in a creative, impressionistic way, basically setting up a mini-art studio at the event. And at the end, the client has a piece of art, a connection with that moment forever.

    Q: What is the hardest part about being a live event artist? 

    A: Setting up, tearing down. And organizing all my supplies to get on an airplane – getting each of my bags under the fifty-pound weight limit is always an adventure.

    live event artistQ: In the same sense, what is your favorite part about being a live event artist?

    A: I like that I get the opportunity to create art that people are connected to; that it isn’t just a piece of décor, it is a memory as a work of art. As for the process, painting under a time limit is exhilarating. It is like emergency art, like an E.R. doctor of art. It is zen for me and has benefited me a great deal personally, taught me about being grounded, present in my surroundings. I look at a room differently when I know I have to paint it and it centers me in the moment.

    Q: Who are your ideal clients?

    A: Every client is an ideal client because any person could have some special occasion or milestone they want to be captured in a work of art. I’ve done large events, intimate events, corporate retreats and fundraisers for non-profits. I have to say, those have been among the most rewarding – seeing my work auctioned off at the end of the evening, knowing it is lending tangible support a good cause.


    Heidi is extremely talented and brings a truly unique experience to events. You can view more of Heidi's work at www.PaintYourEvent.com or experience it on her YouTube page.

     Interested in showcasing your unique event product, solution or talent?

    Email us at hello@meetingplay.com 

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