The First Friday Gallery Art Walk, scheduled for Friday, Oct. 3, will feature a special exhibit at the Depot Arts & Community Center. “Pretty in Pink” will showcase fashion art and accessories created by the Wearable Arts Group of Fidalgo Island Quilters, the “Divas.”
Live models from the Ryan Chanel Hair Salon will wear selected Diva garments. The exhibit will continue on Saturday during the Farmers' Market. Organizers hope the event will make visitors more aware of how breast cancer affects the community.
“The Pink theme was our special summer challenge,” Diva Coordinators Shannon Woodall and Cynthia Heft said. “Everyone in the group knows someone who's battled breast cancer, and we wanted to sew our empathy into our creations.”
Karla Locke, Art Walk organizer for the Anacortes Arts Commission, is pleased to announce that artists Anne Martin McCool and Margaret Carpenter Arnett will display their paintings, some of which will be for sale. Jewelry by Heidi Klepper, chocolates by Trish Archibald at Johnny Picasso, and other unique local items will also be offered.
On Saturday, artists of the Salish Sea Painters will demonstrate their techniques painting plein air (in the open air) during the Farmers' Market, Locke said. A Paint-a-thon is scheduled, and artists' barely-dry works will be for sale. Brian Geer will be the master of ceremonies and will auction selected paintings and Diva garments. Twenty percent of sale and auction proceeds will be donated to the Art Therapy Program for cancer patients at Island Hospital.
Margaret Carpenter Arnett, Program Instructor, has practiced art therapy in medical settings, and the community at large, for thirty years. Her background and skills as an artist, therapist, teacher, nurse, hospice worker, and writer make her uniquely qualified to facilitate art healing. Her work is exhibited in major Northwest galleries and has been featured in juried, invitational, and one-woman shows. A sampling of her students' work will also be on display at the Depot.
The Anacortes Arts Commission is a city entity whose mission is to enhance the community through art and engage the public in arts and culture. The Commission looks for ways to support artists and foster community connections. The “Pretty in Pink” event is a perfect example.