Emerging designers rock the runway in St. Joe at Fashion on the Shore Year 2; Maple City Grand Prix brings big-time racing to Northwest Indiana and in Douglas, Water Street Gallery opens the season with stunning new work.
Record-Breaking FOTS for Year 2: Once the doors opened the Heritage Center filled up quickly on Friday night and the tables that had been set up to handle 124 were full within the first 30 minutes. More than 20 designers brought portfolios of their beautiful clothes and the audience was treated to more than 100 designer outfits, including the most creative skyscraper shoes imaginable. (The gorgeous group of Shore models were very nimble. There was a lot of practicing and no injuries.) The top two prize winners this year were also part of the fashion show last year and both Sarah Lyons, the first place winner from Western Michigan and Jason Philip Gagnion, now a senior at Central Michigan who placed second, again presented designs that were a step up from 2012, a the top of the emerging designer field. The judges praised the luxurious wearability of Sarah's clothes and Jason's interpretation of “Memoirs of a Geisha,” created a fantasy collection of beautiful work. The third place winner Lauren Korolowicz could not be at the show, but her knock-out design work was. We are continuing to post photographs by Tony V. Martin on the Shore Facebook page and a detailed account of the fashions, the designers, the models and the show will be available in a special Shore keepsake edition coming in August, along with the Fashion on the Shore exhibition at the Box Factory for the Arts in St. Joe, Michigan this coming August. Congratulations to all of our participants and everyone who rocked the house on Friday night. What a terrific way to launch into the new season in Michigan.
Maple City Grand Prix is Coming to LaPorte: An informational meeting will be held on Monday, May 7, 2013 at 7 p.m. at the La Porte City Hall, 801 Michigan Ave. The public is invited to unveil details of the Maple City Grand Prix---race schedule, ancillary events, parking and shuttle information---set for May 31, June 1st and 2nd at Stone Lake in La Porte. “The Grand Prix is going to be a great event for everyone to come enjoy and it is crucial we keep our community involved and informed, especially with any new event,” according to Mayor Blair Milo. “The City and the La Porte County Convention & Visitors Bureau are excited to share our plans. We especially want to make sure the residents around Stone Lake are able to enjoy the event as much as those traveling to see it.” For more information on the Maple City Grand Prix, please contact the La Porte County Convention and Visitors Bureau at (219) 872-5055 or visit maplecitygrandprix.com.
Douglas' Water Street Gallery Opens First Show of the Season on Saturday:The exhibit, entitled "Who's That?" brings new energy, some strange and usual objects, some amazing and intriguing new images and some unique and innovative materials. The party, entitled “ARTini” begins at 6 (ET) and will be catered by Christine Ferris and the Jim Cooper Group will provide the jazz. Artists on display include Christina Body, Kevin Hunter, David Westerfield, Jim Zwaldo (my fave), Amy Falstrom, Pier Wright, Lee Brown, Justin Teilhet, Jim Wolnosky and John Merigian.