Macon body-painting show back on, with no nudity or alcohol

A body-painting show in downtown Macon is back on for Friday night -- with a few changes.

Female models will be dressed in sports bras and boy shorts -- akin to women’s underpants or bikini bottoms. Male models will have on underwear. And no alcohol will be served during the show, organizer Daniel Montoute said.

“We’ve got all the little kinks worked out,” he said.

Montoute said he expects about 200 people to attend the show at the SoChi Gallery on Second Street that’s scheduled to begin at 9 p.m.

“Everywhere I go, people are asking me about it,” he said. “It’s getting a lot of buzz.”

Last week, the show, called “Dark Eden,” was canceled after reports that some models might be nude while they were being painted. Also, given its setup at the time, the show required a catering license that it didn’t have, but that’s not necessary now, said Terrell Sandefur, who owns the gallery.

After a story in The Telegraph, a Bibb County sheriff’s deputy and a state revenue agent told Montoute and Sandefur that there could not be nudity and alcohol together at a public event.

The changes, Montoute said Wednesday, “won’t hinder the creative process in any way” for the rescheduled show.

“Nudity was never the focus of the art show,” he added.

Some artists who were coming to Macon from out of state can’t attend now because of the schedule change, Montoute said. For now, most of the artists participating -- about a dozen -- are local, although he said he’s still talking to others.

About 24 models -- women and men -- will be getting painted as a DJ “sets the mood” with music, Montoute said.

No alcohol will be available during the show, but wine will be available for ticket holders at an “after party” at the Midtown Key Club on Third Street. At that gathering, those who bought tickets also “will get to mingle and talk to the artists personally,” Montoute said.

The gallery’s capacity for shows at one time is about 175 people, Sandefur said. But he expects many people who attend Friday night will come and go, not staying the entire time. He said he’s had 350 people come and go at other shows, adding that the body-painting show could draw similarly.

In an email Wednesday, Montoute said the show would “signal a message to the art world. Revolution!”

It continued, “Throughout history forms of art have gone through periodic drastic changes called ‘Artistic Revolutions.’ The old way comes to an abrupt end and is replaced by a new movement. Watch as the old ‘status quo’ undergoes a rapid and striking revolution. Dark Eden is here and the revolution is now!!!”

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