Its the wild woman in Joy Barrett that makes her connect with the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, whose flamboyant mode of dress and intensely personal paintings have kept her a cult figure long after her death in 1954. I admire her lifestyle and how she was able to express herself through her paintings, conquering pain through her art and appearance, Barrett says. For that reason, Barrett, a local artist/entrepreneur, has been hosting her annual Beads, Braids and Brows: FridaStyle ArtShow for the past six years. The show features an array of local art and craft for sale, all directly inspired by Fridas art and folk-Mexican milieu but its also an event that strays into other avenues.
This years Beads, Braids and Brows, taking place from 5 to 10 p.m. tonight at Comfort Cafe, 3945 Tennyson Street, includes a Mexican feast of roasted pork and side dishes available for a reasonable price (Comfort Cafe is a pay-what-you-can eatery). There will also be a shrine exhibit, an art-vending machine and Fridas Fotobooth, where Barrett says all faux Fridas and dapper Diegos can get a souvenir snapshot.
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Admission is free, but come ready to buy, and dont forget to put on your best fiesta-wear and pencil in that unibrow. Last year, we even had an infant Frida, complete with stuffed monkeys, Barrett recalls. For details, visit www.studiobead.com.
Fri., Oct. 1, 5-10 p.m., 2010