What is art to you? That’s the question being asked by the second annual ARTrageous Vegas show. Varying art forms—from a juried visual exhibit to burlesque performances to body painting to live music—collide Saturday night at the Cosmopolitan.
The cultural extravaganza aims to challenge one’s perception of art and to raise funds for the Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada. Proceeds from ticket sales and half the money raised from the sale of artwork will go to the Center, to be used for its many programs and services. ARTrageous chairman Desiree Duncan also hopes the event can help bridge the gap between the two communities represented by the event.
“We have always had an art show that was tied into Las Vegas Pride, and it felt like there was always a disconnect between our art show and the arts community,” Duncan says. (This year’s Pride festival has been rescheduled for mid-September.)
ARTrageous’ juried exhibition will feature work by both well-known locals, including KD Matheson, Mikel Patrik and Weekly art critic Danielle Kelly, and up-and-comers. Wearable art will be highlighted in a fashion show featuring original avant-garde pieces by local designers like Jennifer Henry and Jessica Galindo.
Live sounds will come courtesy of Candy Warpop, Jacuzzihidive, Honeypot and Lady L.U.S.T. And the performance art doesn’t end there; Sue Nami Sake brings burlesque to the artistic affair, with performances by drag and fire-dancing troupes also on the schedule. “There’s something for everyone here,” Duncan says. “We want to show that everyone is welcome.”