The 14th annual Wearable Art Show was held in Juneau this past weekend, a major arts event in the capital city that this year included a runway appearance by the governor himself. Though not in costume (maybe next year?), Gov. Walker drew a standing ovation from Saturday night’s enthusiastic crowd at Centennial Hall.
Thirty artists participated in the show, along with their models and hundreds of volunteers, organizers and members of the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council staff, a big team led by director Hannah Wolf. This year’s theme was ‘Juxtaposition: a study in contrasts,” but artists were not required to follow it.
This year, for the first time, a panel of judges -- longtime wearable artist David Walker, Ketchikan wearable artist Halli Kenoyer and former JAHC executive director Sybil Davis -- selected three designs for special commendation, after having observed artists and models up close back stage and on stage throughout the weekend of performances and rehearsals. David Walker prefaced the announcement of the winners with a statement about how all of the models and artists deserved praise for their hard work and creativity. (Walker, a popular artist known for his work in wood veneer, took a break this year.)
The judges’ top choice was “Aeronautica,” a three part piece created by Matthew Culbreth, modeled by Dawn Jouppi, Keegan Carol and Mikaela Levy. The pieces, which incorporated aspects of airplanes and sea creatures, were made from salvaged plastic packaging, scrap paper, mylar, foam-board and laminate veneer.
Second place went to “Southeast Struggle,” created and modeled by Michelle Morris. The piece, which included giant flexible wings, was made from recycled tarps in all different colors, as well as grommets and bungee cords.
Third place in the judges’ choice part of the competition went to “Blind Sighted,” by KD Roope, modeled by Andrea Campbell. The piece was created from plastic miniblinds, rivets, thread, elastic, cardboard and lace.
Honorable mentions were also given to "Glass Attack" by Bobbi McCutcheon, "The Wicked Game" by Carly Varness, "Filtered Tabulation" by Jessica Hood and Amy Roome, "Constriction and Flow" by Beth Bolander, and "Needles & Pins" by Amy and Olivia Fletcher and Esme Crossett.
As in previous years, there was also a poplar vote gathered from audience members at both Saturday and Sunday’s shows. The People’s Choice awards for Saturday were “Southeast Struggle,” “Aeronautica” and “Conflict,” a work made by Rosie Ainza and modeled by Marianna Carpeneti. The piece was created of fabric and crystals, and featured a dramatic over-the-head white bodice, blindfold, and black and white skirt bearing a repeating image of a photograph taken by the artist.
Sunday’s popular vote went to “Southeast Struggle,” “Aeronautica” and “The Wicked Game,” a piece made from intricately placed bullet casings and game tags created by Carly Varness, modeled by Lindsey Leder. Leder also wore paper mache horns and special contacts that darkened her eyes.
The winners photos are shown here.
For more information on Juneau's Wearable Art Show, visit www.jahc.org.