Saturday, August 25, 2012

Beautiful Beloved

Kassandra Kharis was an exotic and beautiful local artist who unfortunately chose to leave this world. I never met Kassandra but I did like her dark and mysterious art. On MySpace she had 6818 friends and she reached a Facebook limit with 5656 friends. As she wrote in her Facebook bio, "I am an indecisive being, but loyal to a fault. An introverted extrovert, I get anxiety in the most 'usual' of places and go into agoraphobia mode from time to time, so good job we have the Internet, for the people who can't stand to be around people, yet don't want to feel totally alone either."

I went to Bombshell's Tavern, (5405 Edgewater Drive, Orlando), where a charity art event was going to he held in her honor. I went on the wrong date however, but I ordered a beer in her memory and did a sketch anyway. The pool table was active all night with the regular customers joking and competing for hours in this smokey dive bar. The jukebox supplied the 80s tunes. The game was briefly interrupted by the Olympic swimming event on TV.

The Kassandra Kharis Charity Art Event will be held on Wednesday, August 29st, 2012, from 8pm-2am. It is  being held to celebrate the life of our beloved friend and local artist, Kassandra Kharis. All proceeds will go to pay for her memorial services and excess funds will be donated to the American Humane Association in her name, since her love and concern for animal welfare was so great.

There will be Goth, Industrial and Alt Rock spun by DJ Spank, Burlesque by Grotesque Burlesque, an Art Auction and Raffles of donated prizes. Cover charge will be donation based only, so all of her friends can attend, but suggested donation is $5 - $10 for those that can contribute towards her fundraiser. The event will be ALL AGES so that ALL of her friends and family can attend, though after 11pm, the Burlesque performances by Kass' friends in Grotesque Burlesque will be taking place in the big stage room, which will be 18+ admittance. Any artists or local businesses who wish to donate items for auction and raffle at the event, or entertainers who would like to perform at the event, please respond here or message, Full donation details can be found here.

 These were some of Kassandra's favorite quotes...
"Find out what you're afraid of and go live there." - Chuck Palahniuk
"The only way to possibly find true happiness is to risk being completely cut open." - C. Palahniuk
“If neurotic is wanting two mutually exclusive things at one and the same time, then I'm neurotic as hell. I'll be flying back and forth between one mutually exclusive thing and another for the rest of my days" - Sylvia Plath

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

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