Well, we did it. In the waning days of the pandemic — which turned out not to be so waning after all — we brought our community back to Provincetown for our fifth and final The Artist Summit Provincetown. We vaxed, masked and did whatever it took to gather in the most magical place on the planet for what would be our last time together as a community for this program.
What started out in 2008 as a multi-day, shopping and education event, morphed in 2013 into the program it has been since. We shifted the energy to a true summit with more inspiration, more big ideas and more time together as a community. I couldn’t be more proud of what The Artist Summit has become over the past decade to our The Powder Group community. But all things move on…evolve.
Our The Artist Summit 2021 program was indeed our last in Provincetown and we can not wait to share all that is next with TPG and our big picture programming. But more importantly than that, I want to acknowledge and thank every single person who was a part of these programs over the years. The Artist Summit has been a true labor of love and one that takes a village to produce. Without the amazing support of my TPG team, our presenters and our incredibly supportive brand partners, the event could never be all that it has become. Thank you all for your belief in this program and for all you do for our community.
To my 2021 team — Kenya Daugherty, Stacy Robinson, Ahbi Nisham, Nina Corpuz, Cheri Fletcher and Katie Ambrose — thank you for giving so much to our community. To the best co-producer I could ever ask for over the past decade of these events, James Vincent, I can’t wait to create what comes next with you.
The 2021 program was truly a master class in creating a business and career that not only celebrates focus, drive and following your personal truth, but that inspires an industry. Over the three day summit program attendees experienced the following sessions: Eugenia Weston – Lesson From a Life In Beauty, Damone Roberts – A Study in Focus, Romero Jennings – The Editorial Eye, Rashida LaShawn – On My Terms, Marietta Carter-Narcisse – To Be Continued, Dany Sanz – Vision and The Visionary, Stephanie Flor – Trust The Journey, Chris McCarthy – The Art of Curation, Nick Lujan – Achieving Artistry, Sarah Rigano – Beyond Limits, James Vincent – That’s The Plan and Michael DeVellis – On Going Farther. We also presented two amazing panels, Our Industry Today: Inclusion and Diversity with Damone Roberts, Joe Dulude ll, Stephanie Flor and Alice An, and Me, My Brand and I with Stacy Robinson, Auralis Flores and James Vincent.
The Artist Summit 2021 was sponsored by the most generous and pro-supportive brands in our business — OMNIA, Skindinavia, SENNA, Cinema Secrets, B3 Balm, Beekman 1802, ESUM, Alcone Company, MAC, Kevyn Aucoin Beauty and Nigel Beauty. An extra special thanks to Skindinavia along with Founder, Allen Goldman and Director of Brand Development, Deb Milley, who were not only sponsors of the the main program, but also hosted our Welcome Reception on Sunday, as they have since we launched the event in Provincetown in 2013. Thank you to all of our brand partners for your generosity and for those who were able to join us in Provincetown for the program, thank you for being with us!
As we wrap up this chapter of TPG programming I want to thank the roster for the past programs — representing a veritable who’s who of pro makeup artistry and business in our industry. Along with myself and James Vincent for each program, the following keynote speakers helped to shift hundreds of lives and careers over the past ten years and I, and our community, will be forever grateful.
Sarah Lucero, Michael Duenas, Johnny Lavoy, Kate Leydon, Kevin James Bennett, Linda Mason, Michael Angelo, Crystal Wright, Chris McCarthy, Marietta Carter-Narcisse.
Albert Sanchez, Pedro Zalba, Charlie Wan, Alee Cao, Roque Cozzette, Stephanie Flor, William Edge, Eve Pearl, Leslie Christin, Chad Hayduk, Dani Fonseca, Eugenia Weston, Chris McCarthy.
AJ Crimson, Carl Ray, Danessa Myricks, Alphonse Wiebelt, Sheila McKenna, Bethany Townes, Orlando Santiago, Ryan Burke, Ryan McKnight, Sutan Amrull, Yvonne MacInnis, Chris McCarthy, Sarah Rigano.
Raisa Flowers, Louie Zakarian, Wiliam Edge, Alyson Hoag, Joanne McDonough, Kisha Augustine, Aga Rhodes, John Stapleton, Chris McCarthy, Julia Dalton Brush, Terri Tomlinson, Angelique Valez, Sylvia Colon, Zach Garfinkel, Joe Dulude ll, Sarah Rigano.
It goes without saying that each of these visionary leaders have helped to pave the way for our community in many more ways than through The Artist Summit, but I, for one, could not imagine where we as a TPG community would be today without their involvement in these programs. Thank you all and here’s to our pro family and to all that is yet to come.
Words Michael DeVellis
Photos Katie Ambrose