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New interactive art experience and bar WONDERLAND DREAMS opens in New York in October

Artist Alexa Meade and Catching Flights, founders of the best-selling immersive exhibition Rosé Mansion, announced Wonderland Dreams, a new interactive art experience and bar launch in New York City (529 5th Avenue) on Friday, October 7, 2022 The experience will be open for a limited time, until April 2023. Tickets are on sale now at: wonderlanddreams.com. Follow @wonderlanddreamland on ICT Tac and instagram for the latest updates.

Go on a fascinating journey through the looking glass and into an immersive dreamscape loosely inspired by the magic of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Every inch of the 26,000 square foot exhibit space is floor-to-ceiling painted in Alexa Meade’s signature 3D painting style that allows visitors to step inside the painting.

The Wonderland Dreams Art Experience includes:

  • The main paid exhibit where visitors of all ages can walk through more than 20 rooms filled with Alexa Meade’s painted dreams, each filled with sensational art installations. Fall down the rabbit hole into a world of giant playing cards, secret rose gardens, crazy tea parties and a living art gallery that puts you as part of the picture.

  • A story-based wine bar, embracing the idea of ​​celebrating every day, like the non-anniversaries in the novel. Adult guests can order the same wine sipped by royalty, like Queen Victoria’s sweet Tokaji or Cleopatra’s Brachetto. The bar invites guests to daydream as they are whisked away to another time and place with each bespoke bottle and glass. Small plates and themed snacks accompany the libations. The bar is open to the public, without tickets, by reservation or without an appointment.

  • The Wonderland Gift Show, a playful exhibit shop, allows guests to take home their favorite pieces from the immersive experience. The offerings include painted clothing, playing cards and unique 3D painted art by Alexa Meade.

“I believe that art should make everyone feel welcome and leave them inspired, which is exactly my goal with this experience. At Wonderland Dreams, everyone who enters the exhibit becomes part of this living work of art,” says Alexa Meade.

“We’re thrilled to work with Alexa to bring Wonderland to life. It’s the perfect way for the world to experience its art in a much more intimate and immersive way. Wonderland Dreams will be an interactive experience for everyone, and a perfect encapsulation of our belief that art should give people a chance to get in touch with their sense of play as they interact with every dream,” says Morgan First, co-founder of Catching Flights.

“We want everyone who comes to Wonderland Dreams to have fun and feel free to roam and explore. An important part of the experience is the bar, which will echo Alexa’s work in the paid experience. and will bring a sense of playfulness in socializing. After All, art and wine are very similar, it all depends on the stories they tell,” says Tyler Balliet, co-founder of Catching Flights.

Artist Alexa Meade paints on the human body and three-dimensional spaces, creating the illusion that our reality is a two-dimensional painting. As The New York Times describes Alexa’s work, “Think of it as a Van Gogh — that is, if one of his paintings came to life as a performative protest.”

Alexa’s art has been exhibited worldwide at the Grand Palais in Paris, the Saatchi Gallery in London, the United Nations in New York, Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo, and the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC. His works have also been exhibited in space, orbiting the Earth as part of the historic SpaceX Inspiration4 mission.

She has created interactive installations at Coachella, Cannes Lions and Art Basel. Alexa painted over Ariana Grande’s body for her iconic ‘God is a Woman’ music video, which has over 350 million views. His solo show on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills drew forty thousand people throughout its 5 week run. Alexa’s art has been elevated to the top spot on Reddit’s homepage. She has been commissioned by Apple, BMW and Sony. During the Covid-19 pandemic, Alexa partnered with LEGO as Master Builder for their “Rebuild the World” campaign.

Collaborating with space-time researchers, Alexa was the first-ever artist-in-residence at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. She was also Artist-in-Residence at Google, where she worked alongside engineers advancing Light Field imaging technology.

Alexa and her work have been honored with the Tribeca Film Festival’s “Disruptive Innovation Award”. Respected for her thought leadership and non-traditional career path, Alexa has spoken at TED, Stanford and Princeton. Alexa accepted an invitation to the White House under President Obama. Google Arts & Culture chose Alexa as the face of its “Faces of Frida” campaign, celebrating the legacy of Frida Kahlo and the female artists who carry it on today. InStyle named Alexa one of its “Badass Women”.

Catching Flights is an immersive storytelling company that imagines, designs and builds exciting cultural experiences across the United States. Founded by Morgan First and Tyler Balliet, they believe in creating magical and educational events that inspire and bring joy to a wide range of people.

In 2009, First and Balliet founded Wine Riot, a traveling wine tasting festival that traveled to New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Chicago and Boston. In 2018, they launched Rosé Mansion, an interactive wine-tasting adventure in New York City that sold nearly 100,000 tickets and was featured on Good Morning America, ABC News, Harper’s Bazaar and more.

Both First and Balliet appeared on Inc Magazine’s 30 Under 30 list. In 2013, Balliet graced the cover of Wine Enthusiast magazine for its first 40 Under 40 issue. In 2019, Morgan appeared in Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s 40 Under 40 issue and Design: Retail’s 40 Under 40 list. In the spring of 2023, Balliet will publish her first book, Rebel School of Wine, An Illustrated Guide to Wine Confidence, with HarperCollins.

Wonderland Dreams is located at 529 5th Ave, New York, New York 10017, minutes from Grand Central Station and Bryant Park. It is easily accessible from the F or D train (stop 42 St-Bryant Pk.), the 4, 5 or 6 train (stop Grand Central-42 St.), the 7 train (stop 5 Av), as well as the bus M22 (Madison/Clinton stop), M1 or M3 (Madison Ave/E 43 St stop).

Tickets are $36 (Monday-Thursday) and $46 (Friday-Sunday). Visitors are encouraged to purchase their tickets online at wonderlanddreams.com.