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DANVILLE — What can you do with the stuff in your recycling bin? Win a fashion contest!

The Danville Arts Council is hosting the ABC (Anything But Clothes) Fashion Show 5.0 next Thursday, April 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the Pine Barn Inn.

In previous ABC Fashion Shows, audiences have been astonished at the level of creativity, said Rebecca Dressler, executive director of the Danville Business Alliance.

“The designs are amazing,” she said. “The time and attention to detail the creators put into the designs just make for a fun evening.”

Nicole Polanichka and Mitchell Andjeski have participated in the past three shows. Although they now live in Elizabethtown, they used to live in the area and Polanichka was a member of the Danville Arts Council.

“We love it,” Polanichka said. “We live in the Harrisburg area now but still came back for it last year because it was so much fun.”

They worked on all three costumes together but alternated with who actually modeled it. The first year their theme was “Choose Your Vice.” They gathered objects from various vices — beer cans, cigarette packets, lottery tickets, poker chips, even Crown Royal Canadian Whiskey bags for shoes — and dressed Andjeski like a “cigarette girl” of the early 1900s.

The next year they chose a “Modern Dynasty” theme, decking Polanichka as a sort of knight warrior with “armor” made from baseball mitts, footballs, baseball pennants, a soccer goal net for a cape, skis for a weapon and a sliced basketball for a crown.

“Everyone seemed to love it. We had lots of accessories,” Polanichka said. “I think people were surprised with how elaborate we were.”

Last year they gathered stuffed animals and other kids’ toys to create a military, combat soldier for a “Toy Soldier” theme.

“It was great,”

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It’s fitting then that Gibson feels a sense of ambivalence­ about representing a nation with a long history of making its Native peoples feel like foreigners on their own ancestral homelands. But that idea has also been a driving force for the 52-year-old New Yorker as he has prepared his Biennale presentation.

“When I visited the pavilion a year ago, I asked myself, ‘How is it that I can represent the United States, with all of its complicated and traumatic histories toward Native people?'” he recalls. “I don’t think one person can truly represent an entire country. But in the best case, you can represent as earnestly as possible your relationship to these layered ideas of nationhood, of country, of Americanism, of Indigeneity.”

Excavating the complexities of the US

The acclaimed artist’s exhibition, “the space in which to place me“, brings that complicated concept of intertwined identity to the forefront. The title comes from the poem “Ȟe Sápa” by renowned writer Layli Long Soldier (a member of the Oglala Lakota Nation), which speaks to the often limiting, externally imposed definitions of Indigeneity. Gibson aims to upend those restrictive beliefs and instead showcase the layered complexities of contemporary Native life in the United States.

And while he certainly feels a sense of pride having been selected for this high honour, does he also feel a sense of pride in his country?

“There are moments when I’m proud to be American, and there are also moments when I’m totally confounded,” he says. “The promises of the United States can be invigorating in a way that many parts of the world have never experienced. But those promises have also been misinterpreted to empower some people and to disempower Native people. When the idea of ‘nationalism’ becomes divisive, it

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Luke Haines, left, and Mike Davis sell vinyl and jam band-themed art and merchandise at Lovelight Records and Art in Clintonville.

Mike Davis is a self-taught, multimedia artist and graphic designer, immersed in art via clothing, paintings, trinkets and more. Luke Haines grew up with a mother who was a painter, “hanging out in galleries mostly in Portugal,” but is more musically oriented, thanks to 30 years of collecting records and DJing. Both love sharing their passions of art and music with other people so much that they decided to open an art and record shop together. In early November, Lovelight Records and Art was born, embodying art, culture and community in eclectic Clintonville. 

Tell me about your art shop. What inventory is housed there, and why is it important for you to support local vendors?  Davis: Lovelight is the brick-and-mortar home base for Parking Lot Art, my brand. I show my original pieces gallery-style and offer all my merchandise in a market/retail style. I’ve got everything from hand-drawn originals and hand-painted flat-brims to backpacks, coffee mugs and stickers. 

Supporting local vendors is a way for us to show love for the community that we live in, to raise people up who have incredible passion and skill in whatever they create and give them an opportunity to be seen in a retail setting. 

What makes your hats, sweatshirts, records, etc. so special?  Haines: I go for a highly curated approach to the record side of things. We have a fair number of classics that you would expect to find in any store, but there are also a lot of rarities that you don’t see every day. I love it when I can get someone hooked on an artist that they have never heard of before. Often purchasing a record from me comes complete with an anecdote or some weird factual tidbit. 

What are your plans for 2024?  Davis: A collaboration

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Photos courtesy of Felix Semper.

Doha, Qatar: What’s real and what’s not? Felix Semper’s sculptures are the type of artwork that will keep you guessing. Not only for their impeccable likeness to the authentic subject but is also made out of a material that you least expect — paper.

From a distance, art enthusiasts in Doha looked at Semper’s collection of sculptures displayed at Souq Waqif. Children and adults have gathered to marvel at the realistic sculptures of sneakers, Coca-Cola cans, Hermès Birkin bags, and more.

It was when Semper pulled the bag by its handle — and it stretched into layers upon layers of paper — did the audience’s eyes sparkled with awe. Dressed in his signature all-black outfit and a smile, Semper, the mastermind behind the jaw-dropping craft, went on to stretch more of his sculptures before a stunned crowd.

“There’s so many forms that you can take out of one sculpture,” Semper told The Peninsula. “Each sculpture becomes entertainment and performance. It can take up so many forms.”

“What I really enjoy about an exhibition is to see the people’s faces when I open the sculptures and see the smiles and the surprise. It never gets old,” he added.

Using recycled paper and found objects, Semper can push the artistic potential of static materials to create a dynamic and kinetic piece of art. Depending on the scale, each piece of sculpture undergoes a process that could take up to four months. The papers are glued by hand, stacked, carved, sanded, and then carved once more before being painted.

Semper affirmed that there is no limit to the source of his inspiration. From celebrity icons, fashion, sports, and even food items which he has had, the artist says, “I get inspired by the things around me.”

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January 08, 2024 – 7:30 AM

Fast fashion is killing the art of tailoring, says a Kelowna tailor.

Samuel Galvez runs El Zorro Tailoring and is one of the last master tailors in Kelowna.

“This is a trade that is going down, it’s dying,” Galvez said. “People don’t care anymore, they just wear whatever.”

Fast fashion has taken over the industry; clothes are being produced by mass retailers quickly and cheaply to get thrown out as soon as they are out of style. 

Until about 10 years ago Galvez made his living creating custom suits, but now his business is focused on alterations.

“The Chinese and Indian markets can make suits really cheap so it’s not worth it to make suits, the best thing now is to do alterations,” he said. “Now it’s so cheap, you can buy a really nice suit at Tip Top Tailors’ for $300 and you can’t even buy the fabric here for $300. That’s a big, big difference.”

WorkBC’s industry insights support Galvez’s perspective that Canadian clothing companies are moving offshore, reducing the amount of tailoring jobs. According to the province’s most recent survey there are 140 tailors left in Thompson-Okanagan.

“B.C.’s apparel companies are increasingly moving their clothing production offshore, reducing the number of local jobs available,” WorkBC’s website says.

Galvez comes from a long line of clothing designers and is trying to keep the art of tailoring alive.

READ MORE: Kamloops fashion designer featured in Vogue launching streetwear line

“I went to school to become a master tailor when I was 14. I’m 53 now so I’ve been doing it for a while. My mother was a

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Each week in the Wednesday column, Prudence asks readers for their thoughts on a question that has her stumped. She’ll post her final thoughts on the matter on Fridays.

Here’s this week’s dilemma and answer; thanks to Deborah, Christina D., Collette, Gearboy, Clothes are Clothes, First Lady’s Gown, and Sasha for their ideas!

Dear Prudence,

I have a first-world question. I travel extensively for work and am often gifted with traditional clothing. Think keffiyeh in Saudi Arabia, vyshyvanka in Ukraine, hanbok in Korea. They are usually very beautiful, but I’m at a loss as to what to do with them when I get home. Can I somehow use or wear them without seeming to appropriate the culture?

—Drowning in Clothes

Dear Drowning,

I decided to ask for help responding to your letter because my first reaction was “Good for you for being thoughtful, but this is fine! People from these cultures wanted you to have the clothing! Nobody will care. Wear it.” But a nagging voice in my head said “But what if someone does care and my advice sets her up for weird looks, or worse, a confrontation?” I’m well aware that “Prudie said I was in the clear” would not help you in that situation.

And in fact, the responses I received from readers confirmed that everyone’ will not agree on whether you should wear the traditional items. Many thought it would be fine and were even kind of exasperated that you would ask the question:

This depends on context that is not provided in the letter, but if the LW wants to wear these things and they are not exclusively ceremonial, and if the LW feels like they have a bit of fashion sense, it comes down to prioritizing respect for people you know, fashion, and being

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Graffiti on the front of the BBC building in Ormeau Avenue, Belfast

Paint was daubed on the front of the BBC building in Ormeau Avenue, Belfast

The front of the BBC Northern Ireland building in Belfast has been daubed in paint in the colours of the Palestinian flag.

The incident happened at Broadcasting House on Ormeau Avenue at about 23:25 GMT on Friday.

There have been a number of pro-Palestinian protests outside the building since the war started.

Police said two suspects wearing black clothing with masks and hoods, painted graffiti onto the building.

The two people left the scene on foot a few minutes later, police said.

A BBC spokesperson said: “We regret any damage caused to BBC buildings or property.”

Several pro-Palestinian and pro-Israeli demonstrations have been held in Belfast since violence erupted.

Hostages handed over

A total of 13 Israeli women and children and 11 foreign workers were released from Gaza on Friday.

They were the first hostages handed over as part of a deal brokered by Qatar.

The deal also includes a four-day truce and the release of 150 Palestinians from Israeli jails.

Hamas’s attacks on 7 October killed 1,200 people, with about 240 taken hostage.

Since then, Gaza’s Hamas-run health ministry says more than 14,500 people have been killed in Israel’s retaliatory campaign


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From paintings, prints and photography to metalworks, jewelry and handmade clothing, a massive assortment of fine art was on display during the weekend for the 55th annual West Shore Art Fair.

Thousands of people attended the juried festival at Ludington’s Rotary Park, snaking their way through aisles of artists, food vendors, musicians and more during the two-day event.

The festival featured 90 jury-selected artists from throughout the region, the state and the country, and the vendors in attendance said they were happy to be there. The West Shore Art Fair is a draw, they said, because of its serene setting and the people it attracts.

Debi Dwyer of Debbie Dwyer Designs — based in Boone, North Carolina — said the art fair one of her favorite stops on a lengthy list of art fairs in the Great Lakes area.

“It’s the atmosphere,” Dwyer said. “I love Michigan people; I think they’re awesome, and Michigan shows are great in general. … I’d stay up here all summer if I could.”

Mike Kehr and his wife, Tracy, owners of Dragonfly Garage, have been coming to the art fair for 15 years, selling glass mosaics made at their business.

Kehr said the event has become a tradition for the couple because of the appreciation Ludington shows for the arts community.

“Ludington’s such a great town for art,” he said. “Not only the locals, but also the people that come in — it’s just good stuff.”

Kehr joked that he and his wife, who hail from White Cloud, are “local, without being too local,” adding that the couple plans to keep coming to the art fair, “as long as they’ll have us.”

“It’s such a great show,” he said. “We really appreciate them having us out here every year.”

Rosa Chavez and her

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Mauve expressed the slurs and verbal abuse she faced growing up as a transgender person.
Mauve expressed the slurs and verbal abuse she faced growing up as a transgender person.Artistic Expressions of Transgender Youth by Tony Ferraiolo

Maeve, a 24-year-old transgender woman (who asks TODAY.com to omit her last name for privacy) calls her mother her “biggest advocate,” buying her Barbie dolls and validating her identity in other ways as a child.

At school, Maeve hung out with girls. “I was viewed as a weak boy. Being called ‘a girl’ was meant as an insult but I didn’t take offense.”

Maeve came out on three different occasions — as gay, gender fluid, and finally transgender.

At 17, Maeve contributed two drawings for Ferraiolo’s book, one of which landed on the cover of volume two.

Maeve drew the answer to “What makes you sad?” illustrating herself with long rainbow-colored hair. Behind her, people yell “Bitch,” ‘Ugly” and “Ew” in her direction.

A slur is written in bold letters on the top of the page.

“People said this to me all the time,” says Maeve. “They tried to find anything synonymous with monstrous or deserving of hate.”

Trans kids express themselves through art
Maeve, a transgender woman, explains what it’s like to grow up misunderstood.Courtesy Maeve

“The rainbow hair means ‘This is something beautiful about myself that no one can take from me,'” says Maeve.

Maeve also drew her answer to “What do you want to be when you grow up?” which was a mother. Her drawing of a mom hugging her child was used as the cover image for the book’s second volume.

“I simply want to be a mother of a happy family,” she wrote alongside the drawing. “I won’t be lonely and will be needed/wanted and loved.”

Now, Maeve dreams of becoming a mortician or a death doula, a person who gives emotional support to those

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Still, her career as an artist wasn’t a foregone conclusion. After leaving Heathfield School in Berkshire, she enrolled at Bristol University to study art history, but after realizing she was “really bad at writing essays,” dropped out after less than a year. Eavesdropping on a stranger’s conversation in a café about the Charles Cecil atelier in Florence turned out to be “life-changing.” She googled it, realized “this is exactly what I want to do,” and in 2015 headed to the prestigious painting school, where she spent the next four years. It’s an experience she describes as “tough, and probably a bit weird, but I loved the discipline and the complete madness of the whole thing. People would leave all the time as it was quite hard, but I just love that it really teaches you how to paint.” She left in 2019, but success was slow to follow. “Most people who go to Charles Cecil leave and do portrait commissions. But if you’re not really, really good, then you’re never going to make it. And I wasn’t very, very good,” she says matter-of-factly. It’s a statement many would disagree with, but she insists: “I was very slow, and so I found it very difficult.”

And so she went to Sierra Leone for five months and came back to Suffolk just as lockdown was about to hit. “And I just kind of gave it up. I was like, God, this is so tough, maybe I’ll do something else.” It was a year before she started painting again “just for myself,” with social media ultimately leading her back to the art world. “Everyone was on Instagram and looking at work, and that’s when people were like, ‘I really like this,’ and I actually started selling stuff.” During that time, she also

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