History of seARTS Wearable Art Group


Ten years ago a group of jewelers held a luncheon to recognize a local shop owner who has lovingly carried local artists work for over 35 years [Kathy McCarthy, London Ventures].  Following that lunch with the goal to work together, this group established themselves as a community inside of seARTS and held a Jewelry Design Salon at the Gloucester House in July 2007 as part of the seARTS Salon series.  Later that year, they launched a Holiday Show at the Pleasant Street Tea Company during Gloucester’s Middle Street Walk in December.  In 2008, the Holiday show was moved to the Saunder’s House of the Sawyer Free Library in what became an 8 year partnership and $$$ in sales of artist made goods.

Moving Forward

Kristine Fisher, Co Founder CWA at CWAII Kick Off 2013

Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco Chair & Co-Founder Celebrate Wearable Art

In 2011, the five year mark, they raised the bar and sparked a new era for the seARTS Wearable Arts Group – the birth of Celebrate Wearable Art!  It’s not just a runway show.  It’s an opportunity for every creative “maker” to find a new way to showcase their artistry and for true patrons of hand-made, one-of-a-kind jewelry, clothing, and accessories to experience the art in full living color.    Biennial by design, the group is already working on the October 1, 2017 event.    A special feature of the 2015 show was the Celebrate Wearable Art panel at the Cape Ann Museum.   The quality and vibrancy of the discussion at the Museum was the impetus for the 2016 Salon.   The idea for Celebrate Wearable Art was seeded by Jacqueline Ganim-DeFalco and M. Kristine Fisher - both former seARTS Board members (and currently Advisors) who saw the opportunity to kick things up a notch.  Kristine was inspired by the World of Wearable Art Museum in Nelson, New Zealand.  Jacqueline in the meantime, tracked down a show in Boston that was designed by Mobius.   Together, they created a unique event for Cape Ann.


Looking Ahead

Martha Sutyak, Runway Curator, Celebrate Wearable Art joined the team in 2015

We're now looking forward to our Celebrate Wearable Art Runway Show 2017, coming in October--a show not to be missed!   With dedicated talent and volunteers we continue to build this exciting destination event for the region.




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