Wearable art applications due Friday by 5 p.m.

Posted: Thursday, January 13, 2011

Registrations are now being accepted for Juneau Arts and Humanities Council’s 2011 Wearable Arts extravaganza: “Illuminate.”

Wearable Arts allows local artists to spotlight their talents in a unique fashion and this year many of the entries will be lit in a whole new way: for the first time in the 11 years of Wearable Arts in Juneau, the use of glowing materials is actually being encouraged.

“In the past, things that glowed were simply washed out by the stage lighting.” said Director Patricia Hull. “Our design team has worked around those problems to allow glowing, glow-in-the-dark and black-light sensitive elements to be used.”

Set Designers Jeremy Bauer and Jason Clifton, Lighting Designer Calvin Anderson and Technical Director Rik Pruitt are creating an environment where artists now have the option of embracing creative possibilities involving light that were previously unavailable.

Hull says the timing for such show is good because there’s now a large array of materials available for artists including fiber optics, LED wire and lights -- even old cell phones.

“These newer lights don’t require as much power so artists are now freed-up from the constraint of how to incorporate battery packs into their pieces.”

And while this year’s show promises to shine, the use of lights in a piece isn’t required, “We never want any artist to feel constrained by our theme,” says Hull, “The fun of Wearable Art people letting their imaginations cut loose and fly.”

Artists can register online http://jahc.org/2011-illuminate-wearable-art-extravaganza or print out your registration and bring it by in person to the JACC. The deadline is 5 p.m., Jan. 15, 2011 “Illuminate” will be presented at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 12 with a 3 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Feb. 13.

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