Transforming “another cool Birmingham space” for the annual theme of Magic City Art Connection’s Art Bash is no easy task. Thanks to a creative team, lots of ingenuity, plus generous partners providing key raw materials, Art Bash is able to make a fun, fresh, and always dramatic space metamorphasis that transports its partygoers to another place. Christophe Nicolet has lead the charge with event producer Alex Kunzman the last 3 years. Christophe is an architect by training. But his many talents stretch beyond that title, making him a true renaissance man. And we’re not just saying that because he’s French. You may have seen his work around town from sets he’s built for local theatres and events like TEDxBirmingham, to lighting at your favorite local salon or gallery, or even photo shoots with our resident Art Bash photographer, Liesa Cole of Omni Studio. He has his hands in many great projects, and there isn’t much he can’t do. This year, we are excited about a new addition to the design team and his synergistic contributions to the 2015 forest-inspired party theme — Jon Woolley of Little Forest
We first encountered Jon Woolley and Little Forest as he was setting up a pop up shop in 5 Points South for one of the REVIVE Birmingham community events presented by REV Birmingham. We were instantly enamored with his organic point of view, business concept, and the creative team of artisans and collaborators he ammassed along the way to bring his unique vision to light. Little Forest aims to transport you from the urban mundane to a magical little world of natural beauty, Southern lore, and forgotten places. Their handmade crafts, local art, sustainably constructed furniture, and gifts from the land all tell a story of place and connection.
We knew we wanted to work with Jon at some future point. It was just a matter of when. That perfect opportunity presented itself when we landed on the forest-inspired theme for Magic City Art Connection’s annual fundraiser, Art Bash, which is slated for this Saturday in “another cool Birmingham space” (3116 4th Avenue South). Thankfully, Jon was available, said yes, and was excited to explore an enchanted woodland with our resident designer, Christophe Nicolet, for Art Bash 2015. Jon was especially eager to take on the set design for Art Bash’s highly anticipated guest portraits with award winning Birmingham photographer, Liesa Cole, and her partner Tony Rodio of Omni Studio. It’s great to have him on the Art Bash team this year! It is set to be one of the fundraiser’s most dramatic venue transformations to date.
Step into our urban forest on February 21st from 7-10pm for art from the festival’s 2015 exhibiting artists, music, some forage-inspired dishes, libations, your annual portrait with the amazing Liesa Cole, and more! Get more information and order tickets here. Into the woods we go!