Wearable art can win you a prize

Are you excited about costumes, art and wacky, weird, wearable sculpture?

Are you excited about costumes, art and wacky, weird, wearable sculpture?

Then do we have an opportunity for you!

The Comox Valley Art Gallery is calling all creative people to submit entries to its third annual CVAG Wearable Art Show and Competition, which takes place in mid-June.

Submissions are due April 30 — so send in your ideas, concept sketches and drawings. There is $1,000 worth of prizes for this year’s most outstanding entries.

What is wearable art? Wearable art is original, one-of-a-kind, often-whimsical, innovative or theatrical adornment for the human body. Artists and designers will use any materials such as wood, metal, leather, candy, pop cans, paper, or carpet to build a costume of artistic endeavour.

The weirder, wilder and more wonderful, the better! To complement the designs, hair, make-up, shoes and accessories are styled to complete the look.

The first stage is to send in concept drawings by April 30 (or photos, if the art is already completed). A panel will review all the entries and select 35 entries to be a part of the show.

Once selected, artists would continue on to create their pieces — they will have until the end of May to complete the works, in time for fittings and rehearsals which take place in June. Activities culminate in a spectacular show that combines elements of a fashion runway, theatre, cabaret and even a little vaudeville!

This fundraiser features wearable art in creative live performances.  More than a fashion show, the Wearable Art Show and Competition is a performance and exhibition of creative explorations of this body adornment. Performers wear the “art couture” and “perform” the artwork to sounds or music. This fun-filled show is followed by an awards ceremony and dance celebration.

To get you thinking about some categories, there are prizes in several different categories generously donated by local sponsors:  Audience Choice (by vote) is $150 cash from First Insurance Agencies Ltd. in Courtenay plus two weekend passes to Vancouver Island MusicFest. Best Use of Recycled Materials will receive $100 cash sponsored by the Comox Valley Regional District.

The Wow Factor Award is $100 cash sponsored by the City of Courtenay. The Best Performanc


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