Cheryl Ann Lipstreu Takes First Place

The first-ever Body Fine Art Competition, held May 16 in Los Angeles, couldn’t have gone better for show curator Nicolette Spear:

“The event was incredible! Things moved like a well-oiled machine, all the artists were thrilled and the audience was enthralled with the beautiful artwork and performances,” Spear said via email.

Body Fine Art Comp.: Cheryl Ann Lipstreu, first-place winner
Make-up by Cheryl Ann Lipstreu, first-place winner

Spear estimates that 800 people attended; 18 body painters competed for cash and prizes; Cheryl Ann Lipstreu of Belews Creek, N.C. won first place; David Gilmore of Los Angeles and Johannes Stötter of Tyrol, Italy came in second and third, respectively.

The theme for this body-painting competition was The Sacred Body. Lipstreu said she felt honored to compete and convey her message.

“The inspiration for my piece stems from a deep respect for the impact of what body painting can have on the world at large,” she said via email.

Details on future Body Fine Art Competitions, including how to apply, will be available at Pick up Issue 115 of Make-Up Artist magazine, coming in early July, for more images from the event.