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PAINTED KITES PRODUCTIONS LLC specializes in freelance event production, event coaching and consulting, and business operations.

Sheri Piecuch Vyfvinkel has seen it all from her work on international sporting events to regional non-profit festivals. Her knowledge of the live events and festivals industry has been strengthened by a variety of roles including talent logistics and production for major music festivals for the City of Chicago, the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, Chicago‚Äôs Navy Pier, as well as concerts, live events, corporate and private events, festivals, and international sporting events throughout the United States, United Kingdom and Australia. 

Now a freelance project manager, Sheri works with a variety of clients from local fairs and festivals to the annual Academy of Country Music Awards. Often described as "the most organized person I know", Sheri thrives on translating a creative vision into a budget, developing timelines and schedules, keeping projects on-time and on-budget, and utilizing technology to maximize efficiency and team communication. 

Depending on the size and scope, Painted Kites Productions can create a custom-built team of experts for your next event or project.

Event Production

Whether you need help planning your event from the start, or simply to execute your vision on-site, consider Painted Kites part of your team. Available for:

  • Event and festival logistics and operations
  • Event Office management
  • Budgeting, forecasting, tracking, and accounts payable 
  • Travel logistics
  • Talent/Cast and backstage operations
  • Volunteer management
  • Ceremonies production
  • Event staffing, training and team leadership
  • Timeline and project management
  • On-site/day-of production roles

Event Consulting

Festivals and public events showcase local culture, drive tourism, create new traditions, and promote positive community pride. They celebrate who we are and can help build bridges of understanding. Painted Kites Productions offers specifically designed coaching and training programs to lead your team through a successful event from start to finish. With our large network of industry experts, we match you with the coaches and partners required to make this your best event yet.

We understand the joys and challenges of producing public festivals and events in municipalities and for non-profit organizations. From permitting, marketing, securing vendors, training staff, and creating programming, there are so many components required before the gates even open. Looking for a tune-up or to grow your event? We can also facilitate a 360 degree evaluation of your event to assist you in future planning and defining metrics for success. 


Business Operations

We focus on the behind-the-scene details so you can focus on your mission and the reasons you wanted to be a business owner or event producer (and save time, money, and resources along the way)! Through file management, professional documents, accurate accounting, and clearly defined procedures and processes, we will help you create a foundation for your staff to work productively and effectively.

Depending on the scope of your project, we can provide services billable by the hour or for a flat rate.

  • BUDGETING,  BOOKKEEPING, AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
    Knowing your true financial state not only helps you grow your business, it also enables you to make educated choices and decisions. 
  • ADMINISTRATIVE PROJECTS
    Organizing offices and filing systems, creating custom forms, spreadsheets, meeting preparation and presentations
  • WEBSITE DEVELOPMENT AND CONTENT MANAGEMENT
  • GRAPHIC DESIGN, SIGNAGE AND PRINTING
    Logo design, business cards, posters, brochures, flyers, print ads, signage, marketing materials
  • COMPUTER ASSISTANCE
    Intuit Quickbooks, Quicken, Word, Excel, Outlook, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, Powerpoint, Keynote, Showorks, Squarespace, Asana, GroupMe, InitLive, JoinMe, Evernote, IOS/Windows platforms
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    Experience

    From the very beginning of her career, Sheri realized that she was destined for a career that was, quite literally, all across the globe. Her passion for live events, coupled with a love of spreadsheets, schedules, and budgets has provided her with diverse opportunities and experiences for a variety of clients and organizations. Named after a lyric from her favorite Frank Sinatra songs Summer Wind, Sheri "launched" Painted Kites Productions LLC in January 2016. 

    Festivals & Fairs

    • ACM Party for a Cause: Dallas, Texas & Las Vegas, Nevada
    • Celtic Fest Chicago: Chicago, Illinois
    • Chicago Blues Festival: Chicago, Illinois
    • Chicago Jazz Festival: Chicago, Illinois
    • Chicago Gospel Festival: Chicago, Illinois
    • Chicago Air & Water Show: Chicago, Illinois
    • Dark Lord Day: Muncie, Indiana
    • Fountain Square Art Festival: Evanston, Illinois
    • Great Performers of Illinois Festival: Chicago, Illinois
    • Great Chicago Spaces & Places: Chicago, Illinois
    • Lake County Fair: Grayslake, Illinois
    • Snow Days Chicago: Chicago, Illinois
    • Tall Ships Chicago: Chicago, Illinois
    • Taste of Chicago: Chicago, Illinois
    • Viva! Chicago Latin Music Festival: Chicago, Illinois
    • Wells Street Art Festival: Chicago, Illinois
    • Winter WonderFest: Chicago, Illinois
    • World Music Festival: Chicago, Illinois

    Special Events

    • Academy of Country Music Awards: Dallas, Texas & Las Vegas, Nevada 
    • Jam Productions: Chicago, Illinois
    • Navy Pier Entertainment: Chicago, Illinois
    • Northwestern University: Chicago, Illinois
    • TP Events: Sydney, Australia 
    • US Field Logistics Management: Nationwide, USA
    • Wallaby Bar/2003 Rugby World Cup Events: Sydney, Australia
     

    International Sport

    • 2002 Winter Olympic Games: Salt Lake City, Utah
    • 2002 Winter Paralympic Games: Salt Lake City, Utah
    • 2002 Commonwealth Games: Manchester, England
    • 2003 MLB All-Star Game: Chicago, Illinois
    • 2008 ESPN Bassmaster Classic: Greenville, South Carolina
     

    AFFILIATIONS

    Sheri believes strongly in giving back and a portion of profits from each project is donated to various global philanthropic initiatives.

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