Artageous sparks creativity

Sept. 15 event blends music, paint and performance art

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A different type of entertainment event is coming to the Paris Center of Fine Arts stage that is sure to provide a colorful experience for the audience.

Artrageous performs at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 15 with a blend of music, dance and the creation of visual art.

“It’s live music with singing and dancing going on while artists are creating giant masterpieces,” said Lauri Francis, who has been with the ensemble group since it started in 1980.

She is one of the creators doing the art on stage and also serves as one of the emcees.

“Everybody has many different roles,” she said.

During the performance, the visual artists create seven to eight paintings ranging in size from four feet by six feet up to six feet by nine feet. One of those creations is given away to an audience member via a random drawing.

Francis said the visual art created during the Artrageous performance doesn’t fall neatly within a particular genre.

“Pop art is probably the closest,” said Francis. “It’s similar to Jackson Pollock with lots of splatter.”

And splatter is not confined to the giant pieces of heavy photo paper used for the artpieces. Artrageous staff sets up a splatter station where audience members can place T-shirts, hats, backpacks, jackets or other clothing items for the artists to decorate.

“They can walk away with an original piece of Artrageous art,” Francis said.

The show offers lots of family entertainment with life-size puppetry and the performance of songs spanning several decades that audience members are likely to know, plus a mix of original compositions. It is a fast paced performance that does not drag, which Francis explains comes from the background of many cast members as street performers.

Audience participation is a major component of Artrageous.

“Right from the get-go as soon as patrons enter the theater, we are out there meeting everybody and passing out props they will need later,” Francis said.

She added people participate at the level where they feel comfortable. That can range from simply tapping their feet to the music or singing along with songs, dancing in the aisles or joining the performers on stage.

Tickets for the show are still available by visiting the PCOFA website at pcofa.net.