I am excited to share with you the launch of our new digital magazine, En Face and our performing arts ballet collection.

En Face is dedicated to celebrating ballet and its many stories across the United States. We are committed to bringing you quality content that captures the beauty and grace of this art form, while also shining a light on the dancers, choreographers, and other artists who make it all possible.

During these unprecedented times, it is more important than ever to support the arts. I hope that you will join us in our mission to promote ballet and help keep this vital art form alive and thriving.

Misty Tompoles

Misty Tompoles | Artslandia Founder

Misty Tompoles launched her first publication as a 7-year-old in Indiana—a hand-drawn tribute magazine to The Cars—her course was set. Her post as editor of her grad school literary review led to a position at a local magazine, where she fell in love with graphic design. Thanks to a generous boss, who nurtured her eagerness with on-the-job training in the art, Misty returned to her entrepreneurial roots. Dance presenters Walter Jaffe and Paul King took a chance on the fledgling graphic design shop, and PlaybillsNW was born. The venture gained four clients and published 27 playbills for a circulation of 98,000 in its first year. Several years into her meteoric rise among a performing arts community experiencing an explosion of creation and appreciation, Misty returned the favor by conceiving Artslandia—a love letter to the community of artists that shared the rising tide.

Since founding Artslandia in 2008, Misty has helped create and navigate the currents that course through Portland’s ever-changing cultural waters. Her influence in the media landscape has helped shape the region’s national reputation as an independent, innovative incubator for creative entrepreneurship. She has now set her eyes across the country to stages, specifically ballet, for her newest labor of love, En Face Magazine.

Working with ballet companies across the country to create dynamic digital playbills during the trauma of the Covid shutdown, was a lifeline of creativity that inspired innovation and expansion. Misty’s goal is to create a community of ballet fans with En Face Magazine. Much like Artslandia did for the city of Portland, En Face will unite ballet audiences and lovers across the country.