Wearable Art 'Fusion' awards announced

Awards for this year’s Wearable Art Extravaganza, “Fusion,” were announced Monday.

First place ($500) went to “The Beast in the Beauty,” a dress made from padauk and birds-eye maple veneers and aluminum by artist David Walker, modeled by Anna Gonwa Ramonda.

Second place ($250) was awarded to “Lady Blue” by artist Kathy Kartchner, who modeled her piece, created from more than a thousand blue mussels harvested from the beaches of Southeast Alaska.

Third place ($150) went to first-time wearable arts artist Larry DePute, who created “Still Flying” out of a cracked prop spinner and copper gaskets. It was modeled by Christina Vasquez.

Awards werebased on votes tallied from both Saturday’s and Sunday’s audiences.

Thirty-one entries walked the runway in this year’s show, the 12th annual. Proceeds from Saturday’s event go to help support the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council’s Fine Arts Scholarships and Individual Artist Grants, while those from Sunday’s event support the operation at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. A video of the performance will premier on 360 North on Saturday, March 17, at 8 p.m. Copies of the DVD will be available for sale from JAHC.

For more information, visit www.jahc.org.

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