Hello! I am Diane Michele May. Welcome to my website! I’m happy you stopped by. Thank you for browsing! If I can answer any questions for you, please let me know!
A new year is fast upon us so I better update my website with my 2017 dates as I know them. This year I am cutting back on the amount of outdoor festivals I am doing and I am increasing the amount of private parties I am face-painting at. There are two very good reasons for this; I have not been able to make a profit at the outdoor festivals that is worth the amount of time and work it takes to set up, run, and breakdown for them and I am being hired by more private parties for face-painting. If you want/need some of my cards and prints of my paintings, contact me and I will make sure they are at The Art Shoppe for you or we can meet face-to-face. I am still volunteering Wednesday mornings at The Art Shoppe in the Midtown Global Market on Lake Street from 10am to 1:45pm where I continue to offer face-painting for the “Wee Wednesday” crowd.
I have been hired to work the Children’s Activities Tent for the Swede Hollow Art Festival, Saturday, June 3rd. I will be overseeing the drawing table while I provide free cheek art face-painting for anyone who wants one.
Wednesday, June 21st is International Music Day but the Midtown Global Market will be celebrating it on the previous Saturday. I have been hired to offer free face-painting to anyone under the MGM Children’s Activities tent on Saturday, June 17th. I will be outside facing the Main Stage behind all the seating. I worked their event last year and it was fabulous. There were Aztec dancers as well as a Chinese dragon as well as a Hip Hop Line Dance instructor. I will be working from 1 to 4pm, but the music starts at 10am and goes until 5pm on both the outdoor and the indoor stage.
Sunday, June 23rd is Open Streets Minneapolis and I will also be working under the Children’s Tent outside for the Midtown Global Market from 12:30 to 6:30pm. I will be face-painting for free as MGM is paying me to be there.
Saturday, July 22nd there will be a Peace Celebration and I will be offering free face-painting during it at the Battle Creek Recreation Center. My booth will be set up from 3 to 7pm and this is a public event so anyone can attend.
Saturday, August 12th I will be offering face-painting for a reduced fee at Saint Pascal’s Baylon’s Summerfest. This is the same church fundraiser that I have worked at for them for 5 years straight. I will have some prints and cards there for sale, but it won’t be the elaborate display I have done in the past.
Saturday, September 16th I will be providing free face-painting at the Richfield Church of Christ from 12 to 2pm. This is a public event that starts at 11am and all are welcome to come.
Saturday, September 23rd I will be providing free face-painting at the Gustavus Adolphus Lutheran Church from 2 to 6pm. This is also a public event that anyone is welcome to attend.
MCBA’s Fall ComicCon date has not been released yet, but I know I will be there selling face-paints to help people cos-play as their favorite superhero. All I know so far is it will be at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds and it will be sometime in October. Stay tuned for further details. Thank-you!
I have been telling customers recently that they really need to book me far in advance for their events and here’s an example of that. I was just hired for a year from today to face-paint for the East Side Harvest Festival on Payne Avenue. So, next year (2016) on September 17th I will be face-painting after the big parade that kicks off at noon on Maryland Avenue and goes all the way down to Wells Street. I will be with the other vendors for the big party where there are usually 2 bouncy houses going and the brightly-colored Aztec dancers. I can’t wait!
I am also booked out indefinitely by St Pascal to do their National Night Out Event which is always the first Tuesday night in August. Next year, National Night Out falls on August 2nd.
If you think you will want me for your child’s birthday party, let’s get something on the books now. I don’t want to disappoint the kiddos! 🙂
“Superhero Face-Painter”, Diane May
I was just booked for Sunday, September 27th to face-paint at a local Church’s Fall Festival. Saint Pascal’s Fall Festival goes from noon to 4pm at 1757 Conway St, St Paul, MN 55106. I will be stationed upstairs on the second floor by the cakewalk again, very close to the dinner area. Come on out and support this great community of believers.
The Superhero Face-Painter (me!) will be at the Street Fair at the Women’s Soccer Tournament booth on Lake Street June 27th from 11-2pm. The cross street is 4th Avenue South. Hope to see you there!
The Superhero Face-Painter will be outside at the Metropolitan State University Library for the Open Eye Theater’s production of “Tucker’s Robot” from 6-8pm on Wednesday, July 8th. This event is free to all and promises to be awesome!
I will be unavailable to hire as a face-painter the evenings of July 13 through July 15 as I will be teaching preschoolers at Camp Sacajawea during my church’s Vacation Bible School.
Besides getting a face-paint from me at The Art Shoppe in the Midtown Global Market Wednesdays, 10-4pm OR Thursday night, 4-8pm at the Eastside Open Market at 463 Maria Avenue, St Paul, MN, 55106, I will be showing at Festa Italiana Minnesota. Fest Italiana is a celebration of Italian Culture that will take place on Harriet Island in St Paul, Friday July 17th and Saturday July 18th. I will be in the big Artist’s tent next to The Art Shoppe’s booth.
I will be unavailable to hire as a face-painter from July 26th to August 1st as I will be camping with my son up at Flaming Pine Youth Camp in Togo, MN all that week.
This is also the first year that I will be showing at the Powderhorn Park Art Festival Saturday, August 8th and Sunday, August 9th. I will not be there the entire time for this event, but will post my hours as they become available to me.
I have already been booked for National Night Out at St. Pascal’s Baylon on 3rd Street and White Bear Avenue.
I have already been booked to do the face-painting for a private graduation party Saturday, August 15th.
I am face-painting at the Mounds Park United Methodist Church from 5 to 7pm as part of their “Fruits of The Spirit” lesson. There is a community dinner going on from 5 to 6pm and the public is welcome to attend both the dinner and the message afterwards.
I have already been booked to do a private birthday party Saturday, August 22nd.
I have also been asked back to provide the face-painting for the Urban Oasis Food Fest which is scheduled for Saturday, September 19th, 2015.
On September 27th I will be face-painting at St Pascal of Baylon’s Harvest Festival fund-raiser. This event is open to the public, starts at noon and goes until 5pm. There will be (among other things) a spaghetti dinner, cake-walk, games, prizes and raffles.
I have already been booked for October 3rd from 4pm to 10pm at Flaming Pine Youth Camp’s Fall Festival. This is a fund-raiser for the non-profit camp that my son and I attend. The public is more than welcome to come and purchase a face-paint from me for a good cause.
I will be the “Super-hero Face-Painter” at 2015 FallCon (Saturday, October 10th) at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, in the Education Building. The event goes from 10am to 6pm and is always such a good time!
I have already been booked on October 29th from 5:45 to 7:30pm. I will be face-painting at the Duluth and Case Recreation Center’s Halloween Party. This event is free and open to the public.
I am booked for a private painting event on October 24th, 2015 in Woodbury from 11:30 to 3:30pm.
Please e-mail me or message me if you have a specific question about my availability for your event. Thank-you!
Starting in March, I work Wednesdays at The Art Shoppe at 920 E Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN, 55407. The Art Shoppe is a consignment shop for artists located in the Midtown Global Market. It is one stall down from the Children’s Play area which makes it a great location for me to provide face-painting services when I work there. They also sell my cards and Art Prints at The Art Shoppe. If there is a specific design or amount you wish to purchase, please contact me ahead of time so I can make sure it is in stock for you. I also try to face-paint as often as I can at the Friday Family Fun Nights in the Midtown Global Market next to the stage where live music is being played. The family-friendly bands such as The Roe Family Singers start performing at 5:30pm and usually end at 7:30. Please send me an e-mail if you are wondering if I will be at a specific Friday Family Fun Night.
Saturday, March 14th is the Green Craft Fair at the Midtown Global Market. I will have my table set up to sell art cards, prints, and face-painting from 10am to 5pm on that day.
Thursday evening, March 19th, from 5:30 to 7pm, I have a personal “Meet and Greet” scheduled for The Art Shoppe in the Midtown Global Market (the old Sears building at 2929 Chicago Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN, 55407) on the Lake Street Side.
Friday, May 1st I will be the “Superhero Face-Painter” for the McDonough Recreation Center for 3 to 6 pm and am super excited about being asked to come back there. 🙂
Saturday, May 2nd from 9am to 4pm we will kick-off the Eastside Open Market (our local farmer’s market) at the First Lutheran Church of St Paul, 463 Maria Avenue, St Paul, MN, 55106 with a Spring Boutique. We have given the neighborhood 2 years of Holiday Boutiques and now are going to try a Spring offering as well. Our farmer’s market will follow this event shortly.
Saturday, May 16th and Sunday May 17th I will be the “Superhero Face-Painter” in full costume at the Midwest Comic Book Associations MSP Comicon. The MSP Comicon will be held at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds Grandstand, 1265 Snelling Ave. N., Saint Paul, MN, 55108, and both days the doors will open at 10am and close at 5pm.
Thursday, May 21st from 4 to 8 pm I will be sponsoring a chalk art contest at the Eastside Open Market. The chalk is provided and anyone can enter. First prize is $25 and second prize is an assortment of art materials. The Eastside Open Market is our local farmer’s Market held every Thursday night at the First Lutheran Church of St Paul. Our tagline is, “We Make It Or Grow It.”
Saturday, June 6, I will have a booth at the Swede Hollow Art Festival down in picturesque Swede Hollow Park. This outdoor event will take place rain or shine and starts 10am. To gain entrance into this St Paul Park park go to Beaumont at Drewry Lane, which is one block south east of Payne and East Minnehaha Avenues (watch for the signs). In case of rain it will be held at the Hope Academy at the corner of Payne Avenue and Minnehaha.
Wednesday evening, June 17th I will be face-painting at the Community Picnic for Mounds Park United Methodist Church. This picnic will be held at the Indian Mounds Park next to their new playground unless it is raining. In that case it will be held inside the Mounds Park United Methodist Churches basement fellowship hall.
Wednesday, July 8, I will be face-painting at the Metropolitan State Library outdoors. Open Eye Theater will be performing “Tucker’s Robot” from 6-8pm. This event is free and open to the public. Hope to see you soon! Thank-you, Diane.
I have recently become a co-owner of a very cool store called “The Art Shoppe”. The Art Shoppe is basically a consignment shop for artists. Right now we have 90 Minnesota artists that sell their work in our store which is located in the Midtown Global Market on Lake Street (the old Sears building).
Several of our artists have endured life-challenges and/or health issues. We were started by the non-profit “A Minnesota Without Poverty” to help give artists a viable place to sell their wares while gaining marketing skills. Now, three years later, we donate 5% of our proceeds back to “A Minnesota Without Poverty”.
In March, 2015 I will be the “Wall Artist” which means I get to hang my art up on an entire wall in the shop. There will be a “Meet The Artist” event for me on March 19th from 5:30 to 7pm which is open to the public. I will be talking about why I paint places and make “squiggly-squirrelly” lines and fielding your questions. I hope you can come! Finger foods will be provided.
Even if you can’t come to the “Meet the Artist” event, please stop in and support The Art Shoppe if you are in need of a card, a gift, or ART. 90 artists on a mission to end poverty is a great thing to support. 🙂
Thursday nights through October 30, 4-8 pm., “Market On The Bluff.” This is the Dayton’s Bluff Farmer’s Market located at the First Lutheran Church of St Paul, 463 Maria Avenue. I will be doing face-painting as well as selling Art Cards and Prints.
September 6, 1:30 to 2:30 pm. Private Event hired for Superhero Face-painting.
September 6, 5 to 10 pm. Little Mekong Night Market, 400 block of University Avenue West, Saint Paul, (near to the Western Avenue Light Rail Station). I will be Superhero Face-painting as well as selling Art Cards and Prints.
September 13, noon to 4pm. Private Event hired for Superhero Face-painting.
September 20 and 21, 1 to 4pm. Open House for Original East Side inspired Artwork at the Realife Cooperative of Phalen Village located at 1355 Phalen Blvd., St. Paul, 55106. My work will be sharing “The Great Room” with the Nature Artist Chellie Niska. I will not be personally appearing at this Open House.
September 20, 1 to 6 pm. Harvest Festival on Payne Avenue, empty lot between Kendall’s Ace Hardware and Ward 6 Food and Drink. I will be Superhero face-painting. This event is open to the public and there will be no charge for the face-painting.
September 21, 12:30 to 4pm. I will have a booth (location yet undetermined) on University Avenue for the Day Market in conjunction with The Little Mekong Night Market.
September 28, 11:30 to 4:30pm. St Pascal’s Fall Festival, 1757 Conway Street, St. Paul, MN 55106. I will be Superhero Face-Painting and selling Art Cards and Prints.
September 30, 5-7pm. Private Event hired for Art Lesson.
October 4, 10am to 5pm. Fall Con- the Comic Con located in the Education Building on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. I will be Superhero Face-painting.
October 19, noon to 3pm. I will be Superhero face-painting at the Valu Thrift Store located in the Sun Ray Shopping Center. This event is open to the public and there will be no charge for the face-painting.
October 30, 5-8pm. New Moon harvest celebration at Market On The Bluff. I have been hired to paint pumpkins with the kids that come to the event.
November 8th, 9am to 3pm. St Rita’s Craft Fair, 8694 8-th St. S., Cottage Grove, MN 55016. I will be Superhero face-painting as well as selling Art Cards and Prints.
December 4th. Allina Commons Craft Fair, 2925 Chicago Avenue, Minneapolis, 55407. I will be representing wares from The Art Shoppe (one of the stores at the Global Market next door) and selling my own Art Cards and Prints.
December 6, 8am to 4pm. Holiday Boutique at the First Lutheran Church of St. Paul, 463 Maria Avenue, St Paul, MN, 55106. I will be selling Art Cards and Prints.
Spring and Summer Appearances Scheduled
April 3rd, 6:30-8:30 pm, Swede Hollow Cafe, 725 7th St. E, St Paul, MN. Solo Art Exhibition
April 25, 26, 27th, Saint Paul Art Crawl, Tilsner Artist Co-Op, 300 Broadway St., St Paul, MN. Guest Artist with 4 other “Market On The Bluff” vendors at the “Market On The Bluff” tables
May 17 & 18, MCBA SpringCon Comic Book Celebration, MN State Fairgrounds Grandstand, 1265 Snelling Avenue, St Paul, MN. Superhero Face-Painting
May 29-October 30th, THURSDAY nights only, Market On The Bluff, First Lutheran Church, 463 Maria Avenue, St Paul, MN. Face-painting, selling cards, Art Prints, and originals.
June 7th, Art In The Hollow, 10am-5pm, Swede Hollow Park, 650 Payne Avenue. Outdoor Booth set up for face-painting as well as selling cards, Art prints, and originals
June 14th, 5-8 pm, Little Mekong Night Market, 400 block of University Avenue new the Western Ave. Light Rail Station, St. Paul, MN. Superhero Face-Painting
June 20th, 4pm- 8pm, Night Out On Seventh, Seventh Street and Margaret Avenue in St Paul, MN. Kick Off For The Dayton’s Bluff Enterprise Center
June 24th, 5-7pm, Solo Art Show at East Side Area Arts Council, 977 Payne Avenue, St Paul, MN. Show runs until September 8th.
July 5th, 5-8 pm, Little Mekong Night Market, 400 block of University Avenue new the Western Ave. Light Rail Station, St. Paul, MN. Superhero Face-Painting
August 16th, 5-8 pm, Little Mekong Night Market, 400 block of University Avenue new the Western Ave. Light Rail Station, St. Paul, MN. Superhero Face-Painting
September 6th, 5-8 pm, Little Mekong Night Market, 400 block of University Avenue new the Western Ave. Light Rail Station, St. Paul, MN. Superhero Face-Painting
I am hunkering down in my studio to complete several commissions I agreed to do, but will happily meet with you to get you some of my blank cards, art prints, or other artwork. When my 2014 show schedule is solidified, I will post it here.
Here is my Holiday Schedule where you can find me selling prints, originals, and cards:
- November 30th -SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY- Dayton’s Bluff Community Council Offices, 12-4pm
- December 4th -Allina Craft Fair- Minneapolis Headquarters, 7am-4pm
- December 6th and 7th -Midwest Karate Boutique -St. Paul’s Midwest Karate on 7th Street, Fri. 4-8pm and Sat. 7:30am-noon
- December 20th and 21st -Holiday Boutique- St. Paul’s First Lutheran Church, Fri. 4-8pm and Sat. 10am-5pm