PUBLISHED: 5:01 PM on Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Annual Wearable Arts Extravaganza
Juneau Arts & Humanities Council announces its 8th annual Wearable Arts Extravaganza fundraiser, this year answering popular demand by offering two showings. This annual event, which raises funds for scholarships and artist grants, regularly sells out, with tickets being sold for a premium on e-bay last year. Tickets are available online at, at the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council offices at 350 Whittier, or at Hearthside Books in Nugget Mall. All seats are reserved, and this year seating includes Flash Zone seating: front and center cocktail tables that include bar service.

Saturday night, February 9 at Centennial Hall, the doors open at 7 pm for the Saturday Silent Auction and the Runway Show begins at 8 pm with MCs Collette Costa and Ben Brown, for a rowdy and over-the-top evening.

Sunday afternoon, February 10 the doors open at 2 pm for the Sunday Silent Auction, and the Runway Show begins at 3 pm with MCs Sharon Gaiptman and Mike Doogan, bar service including sparkling wines: An afternoon tea...with strumpets.

Directed and produced by Deborah Smith, this year's theme is "Mechanical Marvels" with stage layout by Sean Boily of North Wind Architects and set design and production by Jeremy Bauer and Jason Clifton of Bauer/Clifton Interiors. Entries include creations from annual favorites, new designers, and artists from Ketchikan and Wrangell.

Seanna O'Sullivan Photo
  Winner of Wearable Art 2007: "Brace Yourself" by Teresa Busch.
This event raises funds for the student scholarships and individual artist grants that the Arts Council awards annually. The second show will help with costs associated with renovating the old National Guard Armory building.

Community support for the event, from the contributions to the silent auction and creative entries on the runway to enthusiastic audiences make this, to quote a recent ticket buyer in the council offices, "the best holiday in Juneau." Based on a concept that originated in Nelson, New Zealand over 20 years ago, the show features "fashions" by local artists, who create a piece of artwork to be worn accompanied by music and story. With lights and drama, this event goes far beyond just a runway show.

For more information call, Nancy DeCherney, 586-2787 or visit