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Updated: Oct 18, 2018

Sure!  I can paint on guitars! That was my response when I was contacted by Budweiser and asked if I could paint a guitar live in front of a very large audience during their music festival.  

I have painted a guitar before (a custom Taylor Guitar). As I’m concerned, just about any surface can be painted on with acrylics!

This summer,  Budweiser, Beyonce and Jay-Z decided to team up and take their annual Made in America Festival on tour around the US. The idea is to bring culture, arts, music, and Budweiser  together for a fun night in just about every major city. On their stop in Minneapolis, I was asked to paint a guitar in front of a live audience—a very loud, audience as you can see!  It took me about 3.5 hours to finish the guitar from a blank white canvas to the finished project, which is a tribute to the Minneapolis music scene. If you’re from Minneapolis, you’ll likely recognize the iconic stars!

The guitar was sent on with the Budweiser tour, joining fellow guitars from other artists from various cities on the tour.  Its final stop is at the big Made in America Music Festival in Philadelphia, where it will be on permanent display.

The guitar took me about 2.5 hours to complete and I did it while doing my best to stay focused! The music was really loud and the drinks were flowing! And if you’re wondering, no, I didn’t get to meet Beyonce or Jay-Z (bummer).  Maybe next time?!

Big thank you to Budweiser for having me be a part of this fun event! I had a blast.

#budweiser #madeinamerica #valeriecarpender #artist #guitarpainting #liveperformance

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This weekend was a big weekend for me! I mentored a group of aspiring young artists, taught them to paint, then created a huge mural with them, filmed it all, then co-produced and hosted the first episode for my new television show concept, American Artland. Scroll to bottom to watch teaser.

The premise of the 10-part show is to ignite creativity and passion where it is needed most- in America's youth. The kids selected for the show will transform from creative hopefuls to creative leaders in their community by the end of each episode. Think heart-warming qualities of "Extreme Home Makeover" meets feel-good docuseries that leaves you feeling inspired.

In each episode, I will be mentoring, teaching art lessons and guiding a group of kids from the Boys and Girls of America. Together, we will leave our mark all across America- one mural at a time. The murals will all be themed to represent vintage American postcards- resulting in a mural you'll want to stand in front of and take selfies with! We will be beautifying buildings all across the country while enabling kids to create something larger-than-life... literally!

The tagline for the show is one that I truly believe in. It is also to be featured on the bottom of every mural:

You are the artist. Life is your canvas.

This was such a rewarding project for me because it's all about inspiring kids and showing them they can create something they didn't think was possible! The incredible group of kids from the Twin Cities Boys & Girls Club were so willing and excited to learn from me, and they even taught me a thing or two about being a kid again.

Teaching my young artists the basics of painting!

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Our first mural project in Minneapolis was a huge success and I hope that the people here learn about the story behind it and appreciate it even more. The plan is to pick ten cities across America to beautify, with the whole process being documented within each episode ending with a big "reveal".

I'm looking forward to leaving my mark on America, one kid and one wall at a time.  

You can watch the teaser right here:

#AmericanArtland #minneapolismural #mural #minneapolis #valeriecarpender #boysandgirlsclub

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Valerie is a Minneapolis based multimedia artist who has carved out a unique career doing what she loves each day- creating.  


Using every medium she can get her hands on, creates her own rules for what it means to be an artist- from meaningful commissioned artwork and custom guitars and handbags to live art performed in front of thousands at events as large as the Super Bowl. She has also has established herself as a leading fashion model, where she has traveled the globe shooting everything from magazine covers and brands such as Spanx, Champion, Calvin Klein and Target.