3rd Wearable Arts Exhibit to open Feb. 6

Fun, funky and chic outfits star in annual art show

Posted: Friday, January 23, 2004

The Juneau-Douglas City Museum joins the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council in exhibiting several fun, funky and chic wearable art outfits in the Third Wearable Art Exhibition at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum. The exhibit opens with a public reception at 4:30-7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 6. This year will feature a special selection of wearable art pieces modeled by the artists.

The exhibit features Wired on Mardi Gras by Jenna O'Fontanella; Galaxy 49 by David Walker; SAD by Janice Waller; Java Wrap by Jane Stokes; Bedazzled Dancer by Nancy Karacand; A Walk in the Woods by Barbara Greening; Newspaper Girl and Exo-skeleton by Susan Oshida; Fishing For The Perfect Man by Heather Harris; and Hunting and Gathering at the North Douglas Cotillion by Philip Fitzgerald, Ellen Naughter, and Annie McIlvain.

The outfit Newspaper Girl, designed and constructed by Susan Oshida is made of over 100 recycled Juneau Empire orange plastic newspaper sleeves sewn over a black slip. "Because it always seems to be raining, we get so many of these sleeves, they are so colorful I didn't want to throw them away," says Oshida. The plastic sleeves were also used to fashion orange roses that are fitted on the top of the dress, and on the pancake style hat. "The dress is a very wearable and comfortable cocktail dress that repeals water," says Oshida.

For wearable art wannabes, instructor Noelle Dersé will lead a Wearable Arts Workshop at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum for ages 7 and older at 1-2 p.m. and 2-3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 14. Participants have the opportunity to create funky wearable art necklaces with colorful buttons, yarn and silver clasps. Enrollment is limited, pre-registration and pre-payment is required and there is a $5 materials fee.

Information, entry forms, and tickets for this year's Wearable Art Event, Rampaging Imagination will be available at the public reception. The Wearable Arts Exhibit runs through Feb. 28.

Rampaging Imagination, is an annual fund-raiser for Juneau Arts and Humanities Council grant and scholarship program and features a runway show, entertainment, refreshments, a no-host bar and silent auction. Rampaging Imagination will be held at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 20, at the ANB Hall. Call 586-ARTS for more information.

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