“When I find someone that I want to paint, I will add like a chicken head on it — I love chickens — just something different,” Cassette said. “It’s just trying to bring something new and fresh into a world that I find so monotonous. A lot of those images are just women that I identified with.”
Cassette connected to The Beehive through a friend and mentor, Tonya Sink, a stylist at the salon. She said they formed a tight friendship living in the same town and recently Sink reached out to her to be the artist for these months.
“I’m just really grateful for the exposure and the opportunity, for one thing,” Cassette said. “I’ve never done this before. I’m really excited to experience standing there with my art while people come in. That's never happened to me before. Just getting to talk to people and see how they react to it.”
Transitioning into a gallery for local artist is not the only part of The Beehive’s community, though. Owner Diane Koistinen said there also is local jewelry, soap and other beauty products for sale in the salon.
Additionally, it hosts a themed art challenge every year. Various artists all submit pieces and The Beehive displays them on the walls. This year will mark the 12th art challenge hosted by The Beehive.
“I like the fact that we are able to highlight different, local artists and let people experience some of their work maybe they wouldn’t have seen before,” Koistinen said. “Also, for us, it’s important to be a part of a community."
Koistinen said she would characterize the atmosphere as fun, relaxed and comfortable. Hopper, who has worked there for six years, said the art adds another unique layer to the salon.
“It definitely changes the color palette in the salon,” Hopper said. “When stuff is big and bright and vibrant, it becomes a lot more cheerful in here."
Cassette said the styles involved in most of works and general way of life, and especially in "Portrait of My Selves," are in the attempt to add a bold vintage spin on the dull aspects of daily life.
“The way I dress and collect things and live my life is my war on starkness or conventionality or mediocrity,” Cassette said. “I’m just starving for freak-ness or flair.”
She said she hopes her work inspires viewers and makes them realize something about who they are.
“I hope it jolts them with the bright colors and broad strokes,” Cassette said. “I hope it makes them forget the bounds of reality and helps them transcend that to embrace something new and fresh. I hope it wakes them up. I really want to wake up people to their own authenticity and rekindle the fire in their heart if it, God forbid, has gone out — to me that’s like the saddest thing in the world. I’m on a mission to keep mine burning no matter what.”