“Fire on the River”

Fire Performance and Bodypainting on the Dan River
Saturday, August 19, 2017


The idea is to combine fire performance (poi), bodypainting and beautiful landscapes for the purpose of creating stunning photos and video. After the shooting, there will be a night of music and fire performance (featuring our beautiful bodypainted models), as well as music performance at the local concert venue of the river, “The Green Heron”. The next day, for those that choose to take advantage of this, we will have a day floating down the Dan River in a kayak. The PERFECT way to spend a summer afternoon!

This is an artist’s retreat. For the professional photographer, it is a chance to shoot beautiful models in gorgeous bodypaint placed in amazing natural settings, including incredible rock formations. This is a rare opportunity for a group of artists, models and photographers to have the entirety of the lodge completely to ourselves, to make art, shoot photos, enjoy the camaraderie, set amidst a gorgeous natural landscape. Sunday morning we will spend a day enjoying a day on the river in a kayak.

This is actually a recreation of a project we did in 2008 called, “Grand Fire Trine”. The title came from a rare astrological conjunction of planets in three fire signs. We made some films about it and you can see those below. You’ll notice that the painting was black and white geometrics. We chose this because years of experience taught us that the light from the fire washes out all color and only bold designs really cut through. We would like to keep to that same philosophy this time as well, with the addition of adding metallic gold and silver.

“Grand Fire Trine” videos from 2008

Dan River Company kayaks and canoes

The Green Heron, Music Venue and Bar

Stokes County Arts Council


For Models, Photographers and Artists

Models – This is a collaboration between the artist and model to bring the artist’s concept to life visually in the body as canvas and emotionally in how the model portrays the artist’s vision during the “runway” portion of the show. It is also an opportunity to expand the base and create vibrant bodypaint communities in North Carolina and adjacent states by introducing models from the local model community into the art form.

Artists – Unlike a juried event, this is an opportunity for artists to experiment with new concepts and work with new models, providing a forum for new visionary expression, and strengthening the creative community.

Photographers – This a chance to capture one-of-a-kind photos that both tell a story and are visually unique. We ask photographers to give Living Art America a section of images to use for promotion (about 20 is recommended). This is important to ensure artists and models have a remembrance and promotional materials. LAA will handle all model releases and provide them to the photographers.

PRICING, For participants only TBA

Photographer’s pass (day and night) – TBA

Lodging – TBA
SPACE IS LIMITED – this is a very special event and we only have space for a limited number of models and artists. ALL models and artists will be lodging overnight at SingleTree Lodge
2pm – 7pm bodypainting at Singletree Lodge
7pm transport to location
7:30 – 9pm video shoot, twilight and darkness, fire performance on location on the river
9:30pm Fire Performance at the Green Heron Ale House begins
Note: Sunset is projected to be at exactly 8:05pm

• Kayaking trip on the Dan River – The Dan River Company has generously sponsored our event by providing  boats for a limited number of our participants. You will spend about 4 hours on the river in an easy relaxing float. The take-out point is where the boats are returned and your cars are parked.
• Kayaking trip, shuttle service only (if you have your own boat) – $5 per person

Fire Performers / Bodypaint Models

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Photographers / Videographers

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Bodypaint Artists

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The Dan River, Danbury, North Carolina (near Hanging Rock State Park)

SingleTree Lodge
1215 Single Tree Rd, Danbury, NC 27016
(336) 593-2155
SingleTree Lodge Website

The Green Heron Ale House
1110 Flinchum Rd, Danbury, NC 27016
Phone: (336) 593-4733

The Green Heron

Singletree Lodge