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“It’s absolutely thrilling,” she said. “It’s like one of my paintings come to life.”
Other designers at the “Wearable Art” fashion show include Holly Rankie of the Hip Gypsy in North Tonawanda, Andrea Galyn, Artie Vanderpool, Lulu Robinson and Cat McCarthy.
Wine on Third, an upscale wine and tapas bar at 501 Third St., holds exhibitions monthly showcasing local artists, and Ohrum has had several exhibitions, but this is the first time for a fashion show at the restaurant according to David Giusiana, who co-owns the business with Shawn Weber. The event will include 20 models, six artists, and include hair stylists and makeup artists from the Marjon School of Beauty. Afterward, the dresses will be display as artwork for the remainder of the month, Giusiana said.
“It’s something fun, something different,” Giusiana added. “It’s something to get people out of the house in the middle of winter.”
As she prepared for the show in her studio, she noted her concern over the recent cutback of city funding to the NACC, which houses artists, performers, and craftsmen in affordable studios made from classrooms at the former high school. She remembered fondly the art classes that she took as a young teen, and noted how important she feels the arts are to the full expression and personal growth of many young children.
“I was so grateful for those art classes,” she said. “If it weren’t for those Art Wheel classes I wouldn’t be who I am today.”
IF YOU GO • WHAT: Wearable Art Fashion Show • WHERE: Wine on Third, 501 Third St. • WHAT: Featuring dress designs of local artists made from unexpected materials • WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday • MORE INFO: Contact Wine on Third at 285-9463 INSIDE THE NACC This is part one of a series on artists at the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center. The former high school, now home to a wide variety of painters, writers, dancers and performers, recently lost its funding from the city. This series will introduce some of the artists many artists inside the NACC.
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