Celebrate Wearable Art IV News: Call for Models, Ticketing, VIP Judges & Celebrity Emcees

Celebrate Wearable Art IV News: Call for Models, Ticketing, Judges & Celebrity Emcees

Woodland Gown by Rick Crangle: Photo by Amy Watt

The plans for seARTS the October 1, 2017 Celebrate Wearable Art IV (CWAIV) runway show are in full swing with a curated Wearable Art Marketplace,  newly designed artist awards, VIP runways judging panel,  and a reserved ticket seating plan at Cruiseport.   All the show information is now conveniently located on the new website!

Celebrate Wearable Art is a multi-faceted event and there are many ways for artists, designers, makers, and creative businesses to engage with the seARTS team.   Tickets are over half-sold and can be purchased directly here.    All ticket buyers now have access to reserve seating via Eventbrite.  Tickets are $150 for individual tickets and all will be seated at tables of six.  $185 tickets at VIP Tables are available on a very limited basis by contacting seARTS at info@searts.org .  Using Eventbrite, buyers can open up a map of the room and choose their seats.   Checks will be accepted for anyone wishing to purchase a table for six and can be sent to seARTS, PO Box 1476, Gloucester, MA. 01931 and an email to info@searts.org should accompany the check indicating the information for the guests at the table.

Call for Models:  There will be a call for models with the show curators and WSM Talent agency on Saturday, August 26th at the Cape Ann Savings Bank Community Room, 123 Main Street, 2nd floor from 9-12.  Applicants must be available the evening of September 27th for the Rehearsal. Details of additional requirements and how to prepare for the modeling session are on the website www.wearableart.org in the News Section.

Celebrate Wearable Art Panel at the Cape Ann Museum:  Leading up to the October 1, event, the Cape Ann Museum and seARTS will present Wearable Art: Exploring Expressions on the Human Form on Thursday, September 7th at 6:30 PM.  Tickets for seARTS & Museum members are $10/general public $15. 

Here’s some additional information about the show that will help you full enjoy this exciting showcase!

The Runway: Wearable Art is open to all makers and response to the call for artists has been robust.  The deadline for entry has passed, but the committee will keep the entry open online to encourage future participation or substitutions due to changes.  The runway will showcase of Cape Ann’s most talented artists alongside regional and international makers of wearable art and fashion.   This year’s event has attracted an impressive array of students at all levels.  Under the leadership of art teacher Tamara Burns, Manchester-Essex Regional High School has already applied as a class and is treating the opportunity as an Advanced Placement undertaking.

Celebrity Emcees Announced:   seARTS is pleased to welcome Elizabeth Hopkins of Boston25 (FoxTV) and Marilyn Schaier WGBH to co-anchor the 2017 runway event!

Our goal for 2017 is of course to have a successful Wearable Art benefit, but also to surpass our previous runway shows with the level of artistry and pure excitement! Some of us need just a little reason to dream up something marvelous, and THIS IS IT, says Martha Sutyak of Beverly, the CWA runway lead curator and stylist.

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.  Businesses interested in sponsoring these exciting awards may contact seARTS info@searts.org

1.      The seARTS Best of Show Award

2.      Coastal Inspiration Award

3.      Eco – Upcycled Award

4.      Architectural Award

5.      Student Innovation Award

VIP Judging Panel:   The CWA committee is pleased to welcome these accomplished art curators and fashion experts to the panel of judges.    Lauren D. Whitley, senior curator in the David and Roberta Logie Department of Textile and Fashion Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.   is senior curator in the David and Roberta Logie Department of Textile and Fashion Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where she helps oversee a collection of 55,000 textiles and costumes. Lynda Roscoe Hartigan, The James B. and Mary Lou Hawkes Deputy Director, Peabody-Essex Museum; Jennifer Varekamp: Professor of Fashion Design, Mass College of Art and Design.    Wearable Art is an important niche that crosses many boundaries.  Day-to-day, we celebrate “makers” who create and sell their work.  Chair, Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco comments, “Our local Wearable Art Group and CWA committee have systematically invited world class arts and educational institutions and reached across geographies so that together we can build a strong wearable art community,

Participation from this distinguished panel of judges further validates the importance of the journey we started eleven years ago.

The Wearable Art Marketplace: The following artists will exhibit and sell work before and after the runway show: J.M. Syron and Bonnie Bishoff, (Maine) Marlene Cann, (Gloucester) Joanne Demetra (Rockport) Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco, (Gloucester) Christine Gauthier-Kelley, (Manchester, MA) Pavlina Gilson, (Manchester, MA)Jennifer Greeke, (Gloucester) Sonja Grondstra, (Swampscott) Susan Kenna, (Beverly) Camilla MacFadyen, (Gloucester) Nurit Niskala, (New Hampshire) Fran Osten, (Newton) Barbara Poole, (Lowell) Regina Loiacano, (Gloucester) Kiki Taron Kinney, (Marblehead) Beth Williams, (Gloucester) Meegan Williams, (Salem) and Sara Wright. (Rockport).  With the addition of Meegan Williams, the Marketplace will include a menswear line for the first time.

Bike Drawing:   Through the generosity of BMW Peabody, seARTS will benefit directly from a drawing for a BMW Cruising bike, visit  http://wearableart.org/promotions/  The bike is on display in the Window of  Mahri in Manchester-by-the-Sea where tickets can also be purchased.


Supporting Sponsors: seARTS is pleased to welcome the following sponsors:   Art New England Magazine, Beauport Hotel, Beauport Financial Services, BMW Peabody, Cape Ann Savings Bank, Flagship Motors/Mercedes Benz, Minuteman Press, the Peabody-Essex Museum, and North Shore Magazine.    Artist Award Sponsors (to date) include:  Common Crow; Epstein & Epstein Architects; and The Hamilton Group.