Wearable Art Show: "Beautiful Apparel ~ Beyond Belief"

Friday, May 13 7:30 p.m.

Proceeds from the show will benefit the Jefferson County Community Foundation’s Fund for Women & Girls, which makes grants to local nonprofit agencies that make a difference in the lives of women and girls in our community.

Artistic apparel takes to the runway.




Is it artwork or fashion? A vest made of neckties, a dress made of wire…handwoven collector jackets, repurposed wedding dresses…an outfit made of papier mache, another of leaves and moss. And you won’t believe the clothing created from one roll of caution tape!

This is a juried runway show that melds art and fashion, using the human form as a kinetic part of an artistic piece. This one is modeled on wildly popular wearable art shows in cities like Baton Rouge, Ketchikan, Halifax, and Wellington, New Zealand.

For this inaugural event, 18 regional artists have submitted 27 pieces to be paraded by live models and to compete for prizes.

The works range from functional to fantastic, and include creations fashioned from silk and leather, woven radio wire, and found objects like seashells and beach glass. Many pieces are for sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the endowed Fund for Women & Girls.

“You have to see this to believe it—and when you do, you won't be disappointed!” says event chair Debbi Steele.

While entries came from as far away as Alaska, Portland and Seattle, the illustrious local artists participating include Judith Bird, Joyce Wilkerson, Marsha Wiener, Susan Hazard, Linda Abbott-Roe, Paula pay la Renta, Anita Edwards, and Nancy Van Allen. Three teenaged artists are also represented: Anna Moore, Hana McAdam, and Annalise Rubida.

There are two pieces in the show by Teri Nomura, a leading local Realtor and a veteran wearable artist whose work has been shown in galleries in several states. Beverly Michaelsen created her piece from finds in her downtown consignment shop, Wandering Wardrobe. Acclaimed wire sculptor Margie McDonald has two pieces of her own in the show and has mentored several art students from Port Townsend High School who will be making a short presentation during the judge’s deliberations.

The Best in Show $250 cash award will be chosen by judge Anna Nasset, owner of Artisans on Taylor Gallery. Nasset will also choose the Student Award, while the audience will select the People's Choice awardee. Prize donors are Russ Hoover of Edward Jones Investments, Akamai Art Supply, The Clothes Horse, and Wandering Wardrobe.  

Models are your neighbors and friends, including Jan Burr (Nia Instructor at Madrona MindBody), Kay Goetz, Allison Dey (Co-Founder of Madrona MindBody) and Teresa Verraes. The event is emceed by Shelly Randall, an actress familiar to Key City Public Theatre audiences.

Event chair Debbi Steele moved to Port Townsend in 2007 and brought the idea of a wearable art show with her. Her former hometown of Ketchikan, Alaska, puts on a wildly popular show each year with more than 50 outfits and three different shows with over 250 attendees each. Steele was one of the volunteers who was always willing to take to the runway in some amazing creations. She has also made a pilgrimage to the World of Wearable Art museum in Nelson, New Zealand.

“Fashionistas, don't miss this movable feast for the eyes!” says Steele.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and the runway show starts at 7:30. Tickets are $25, which includes a champagne reception following the show where the pieces will be on display and the artists will be available to discuss their work.

For more information call (360) 379-3667 or to register online click below. Tickets also available at Madrona Registration Desk.