seARTS Celebrate Wearable Art IV runway event returns in the fall: Call for runway artists is open; new awards announced; new website launched

seARTS Celebrate Wearable Art IV runway event returns in the fall:  Call for runway artists is open; new awards announced; new website launched

The plans for seARTS the October 1, 2017 Celebrate Wearable Art IV (CWAIV) runway show are in full swing with a diverse cadre of exhibiting vendor artists, sponsorships under way, newly designed artist awards, and a reserved ticket seating plan at Cruiseport.   All the show information is now conveniently located on the new website: .

Lorene Ireland mosaic piece at PEM Opening

The seARTS group, commemorating ten years, catapulted into CWAIV in February thanks to the opening week’s activities at the Peabody-Essex Museum’s (PEM) World of Wearable Art (TM) Exhibit.  A representative group of artists showcased their work in the atrium of the PEM and engaged in demonstrations during the opening events.   The PEM is among the first organizations to be welcomed by seARTS as a sponsor of the October event.  The WOW exhibit closes June 11.

The seARTS show is multi-faceted and there are many ways for artists, designers, makers, and creative businesses to engage with the seARTS team.   Here’s what you need to know to be part of this exciting showcase!

Coat by Barbara Poole

The Runway: Wearable Art is open to all makers and the committee encourages all creative persons and businesses to consider an entry that uses the human form as the essential ingredient for showing their work.  The runway will showcase of Cape Ann’s most talented artists alongside regional and international makers of wearable art including Lorene Ireland of Nantucket who has competed and won the New Zealand competition and New York City couture designer.  Students are encouraged to apply.   Under the leadership of art teacher Tamara Burns, Manchester-Essex Regional group has already applied and is treating the opportunity as an Advanced Placement class.

Some of us need just a little reason to dream up something marvelous, and THIS IS IT, says Martha Sutyak, the CWA runway stylist, “Do something just for the sake of thinking it up, and help seARTS prosper at the same time.”

The call to artists is detailed here   seARTS Members and Students may apply with no fee.  Runway entries will be accepted on a rolling basis until the runway spots have all been filled and no later than September 1.  Early entry is encouraged.   Artists can send inquiries to

2015 Fashion Award: Redat Davidson RISD

Awards: The new focus on awards is an important step in the evolution of CWA.  The committee has carefully designed the following awards to help encourage artists to experiment in new ways.  Awards will be supported through sponsorships – both cash and in-kind.   Looks will be awarded on-site by a group of VIP judges from the design and wearable art community.

  1. The seARTS Best of Show Award
  2. Coastal Inspiration Award
  3. Eco – Upcycled Award
  4. Architectural Award
  5. Student Innovation Award

The Wearable Art Exhibit & Sale: The following exhibiting artists from Cape Ann and beyond will exhibit and sell work before and after the runway show: Bonnie Bishoff, Marlene Cann, Joanne Demetra, Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco, Christine Gauthier-Kelley, Pavlina Gilson, Jennifer Greeke, Sonja Grondstra, Susan Kenna, Camilla MacFadyen, Nurit Niskala, Fran Osten, Barbara Poole, Regina Loiacano, Kiki Taron Kinney, Beth Williams, and Sara Wright.

New seating plan & ticketing incentive:  New technology has allowed seARTS to create an online seating chart at Cruiseport.  The runway down the middle of the room (as it was in 2015) with premier seating tables of ten next to the runway and the rest of the seating will be in tables of 6.

Buyers have access to reserve seating.  To encourage early ticket purchase, tickets paid for by June 15th will receive a shopping credit of $25 (1 per person). 

Visit for more details.

Supporting Sponsors,  BMW Cruising Bike Drawing, & Beauport Hotel Package: As this is the major biennial seARTS benefit, seARTS seeks sponsors at all levels.   2017 sponsors will be featured in the new Wearable Art Guide that will be distributed at the event and around town. seARTS is pleased to welcome the early sponsors of the show:   Art New England Magazine, Beauport Hotel, Beauport Financial, BMW Peabody, Cape Ann Savings Bank, Minuteman Press, the Peabody-Essex Museum, and North Shore Magazine.

BMW Cruise Bike

Tickets to enter a drawing for an $1100 BMW Cruising Bike drawing are available now via the website at $25 or 3 for $60.  A limited number will be sold and the drawing will be held when on or before October 1.  A special CWA package that includes a 20% discount, a ticket to CWA, and breakfast is being offered through seARTS and the Beauport Hotel.  To be counted among this fabulous group of supporters, please contact us at

Email Inquiries: or for sponsorships