Thank you to the artists, volunteers and sponsors.
On Saturday March 31, over 50 artists captured the eyes, ears and noses of guests at the Wearable Art Gala. Artists blended art, design, fashion and sheer spectacle, creating works designed for audience interaction. As the artists moved off stage and into the audience, they ignited the senses of over 250 guests. Guests were invited to experience their works up close, to touch and taste the art. Master of Ceremonies Michael V. Smith set a flamboyant tone for this ever-popular community event while SPL Sound Productions, DJ Mark Mishadow and VJ Arthur CrazyMonkey immersed the audience in colour, imagery, light and sound, creating a full sensory experience.
Following the show, DJs CariZmic, Mark Mishadow, Lefrog and Filter Funker created a funky rich vibe, packing the dance floor with performers and guests. The Kinshira performance troupe, VJ Arthur CrazyMonkey and flamboyantly costumed shadow dancers created sound and visual projections to unite and excite keeping afterparty guests entertained till the early morning.
1st place: Sun Kissed City - Fashion Design students from the Centre for Arts and Technology. Kelowna comes to life in this wearable art piece. This creation displays all of our city's most famous attractions, from the legendary Ogopogo to our snow peaked mountains, rolling vineyards, and majestic lake. All of this beauty is warmed under the beautiful Okanagan Sunshine.
2nd place: Recreation - Jessica Dennis. Materials: Bone, antler, metal, feather, leather, flowers, branches, pine needles. Description: Nature's spine connects with us all, representing how the natural world supports each living being. Yet all is not well and faces block the view of destruction, diverting our attention to the inner self.
3rd place: Armor for Shimshom - Tim Smith. Description: Subverting our love of soft, comfortable wearables, this piece is constructed of hard industrial materials. These are materials, which have contributed to the soundscape of our cities while building mass and space.
Special thanks to all of the participating artists:
The Alternator would like to extend a special thanks to the Department of Creative Studies at the University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus in particular, professors Renay Egami, Neil Cadger, and Byron Johnston and the first-year visual arts students, and the Fashion Design and Merchandising Program at the Centre for Arts and Technology in particular Suzette van Bakel the Department Head and her students.
1. Fashion Design students from the Centre for Arts and Technology, Wake Up and Smell the Truth
2. Melissa Demale, Prism
3. Frances Rush, Illusions
4. Dayna Mortimer, Burst
5. Micaelee Hanson, Fly Vision Dance
6. Caleigh Albrecht, Dandelion
7. Chris Woestenburg, Nonsense!
8. Ben Arcega, Metal Mouth
9. Jessica Dennis, Recreation
10. Kendra Sandford , Trippy Visuals
11. Yvonne Chen, Blossoms
12. Kate Eggleston, Jellyfish Dress
13. Sam McIntyre and Christian Pomerleau, The Prowler & the Grazer
14. Fashion Design students from the Centre for Arts and Technology, Sun Kissed City
Staging sound and lighting: Jose Antunes, Adam Lewis and Devon Regier from Envasion and SPL Sound
MC: Michael V. Smith
DJs: Mark Mishadow, DJs Carizmic, DJ Lefrog and DJ Filter Funker
VJ: Arthur CrazyMonkey
Special thanks to all the volunteers:
Wearable Art Gala Committee: Sue Bizecki, Nadine Bradshaw, Marissa Brown, Donna Mae Lee, Lorna McParland, Kylie Millar, Natalia Usselman and Bob Vaughn.
Stage Manager: Sara Scott
Artistic Advisors: Kevin Jesuino and Denise Kenney
Backstage Crew: Marissa Brown, Iris MacKinlay, Trish Presenger, Avery De Rousie, Bob Vaughn
Catering: Donna Mae Lee
Volunteer Coordinator: Sue Bizecki
Facebook marketing: Idea Bureau
Photography and Video: Santa Tom Kliner, Paul Lewendon, Taylor Maki, Ray Perreault, Bob Verigin, and Sean-Michael Williams.
Front of House: Lisa Asselin, Rebecca Augustine, Eileen Bakker, Shaz Ball, Marjorie Bedford, Angela Bonten, Andreea Bianchi, Karli Fitzpatrick, Teal Goyeche, Steve Huckuliak, Dave Johnson, Cara Maki, Lee Johnson, Monique Lefebvre, Iris MacKinlay, Jaycee Martin, Mike Martin, Alice Pallett, Katherine Pickering, Trish Presenger, Kate Rosvold, Sebastien Rudiaschy and Tammy York.
1. Sue Bizecki: Visual and media artist and board member of the Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art
2. Kevin Jesuino: Performance Artist, Theatre Deviser and Media Designer
3. Stacey Hukuliack: Owner of Tweaked and Yummy Vintage Apparel