Ten Years of ARTwear

Posted by: on Nov 13, 2012 | No Comments

ARTwear has reached its tenth year of executing a fun and creative way to raise money for The Art Gallery of Calgary’s art education programs. Fortunately, this event has surpassed its initial intent and in a small way become almost an ambassador for creative talent in Calgary. While raising money for art programs, this event, held at Hotel Arts, managed to expose our city’s dedicated art students and emerging artists from the Alberta College of Art and Design (ACAD) as well as local fashion designers and boutiques – it’s a win-win.

I love that the gallery is inciting a future generation of homegrown Picassos by providing workshops and outreach programs for youths from kindergarten through grade twelve. The art programs are available through the gallery’s in-house school and throughout the community. By raising money, the gallery hopes to provide transportation for schools that can’t afford access to the gallery.

The ACAD Wearable Art class, lead by the vibrant  jeweler, artist and instructor Dee Fontans kicked off the runway by first showcasing the student work. Seeing the students’ ideas executed through wearable art was probably my favourite part of the evening. Local designers and boutiques that participated this year included Paul Hardy,  Lara Presber,  Coco + Violet,  Leo Boutique, Echo Evenings,  Henry Singer, and  BCBG.

Tara-Marie Winspur at 10 years Artwear at Hotel Art in Calgary Alberts Chantal Louise at 10 years Artwear at Hotel Art in Calgary Alberts

Top right: Now If the “Mondrian” day dress by Yves Saint Laurent was a part of your wardrobe,  you would also have to include this Jackson Pollock inspired dress by Chantal Louise to my collection. Loved it!
Top Left: Artist and Canada’s Next Top Model (Cycle 2) Tara-Marie Winspur

Artwear 10 years Fashion Show at Hotel ArtsArtwear 10 years Fashion Show at Hotel Arts

Artwear 10 years Fashion Show at Hotel ArtsArtwear 10 years Fashion Show at Hotel Arts

Dee Fontans internationally recognized jeweler, enamelist

Top left:  Jeweler, artist and ACAD instructor Dee Fontans.
Top Right: Stifle (a beeswax barrier) by Tara-Marie Winspur

Illustrator Jarett SItter and  Beatroute city editor Kaely CormackArt Director  / blogger Fernando Vargas and The Art Gallery of Calgary's Marketing & Communications Manager Dominique Ng

Top left: BeatRoute city editor Kaely Cormack with local illustrator Jarett Sitter
Top right: Dominique Ng, Marketing & Communications Manager of The Art Gallery of Calgary with me ;-D.

Groupseven owner Scott Sill and ACAD student Artist Chantal Louise

Top left: Groupseven owner Scott Sill and ACAD student Artist Chantal Louise.
Top right: An amazing woman who truly embraced the Vintage Hollywood theme of the evening. Love her!