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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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The Humane Society of Northeast Georgia’s 15th annual Art with Heart Gala is quickly approaching with what is described as the non-profit’s largest event of the year.

The event will take place Saturday, Feb. 24, from 7 to 11 p.m. at Lanier Technical College’s Ramsey Conference Center in Gainesville. 

The gala, presented by Genesis Biosciences, provides critical funds for animals in the shelter’s care and community.

“It is an art auction, both live and silent auction items,” Humane Society Executive Director Allison Mayfield told AccessWDUN. “It’s probably one of the biggest art auctions in the city. We also have a great dinner planned, some fun games planned. We have a dance floor this year … we probably have about $80,000 worth of items to bid on.”

The art auction will end at about 9:30 p.m. The attendee with the best Met Gala-inspired costume will also win a prize.

“It raises about $250,000 [annually] that goes into the care of the animals that we take in,” Mayfield said. “We take in about 1500 to 1700 animals every year.”

Mayfield said they were expecting about 400 people for the 15th annual event. She said the event is also important when it comes to public awareness.

“A lot of people still don’t even know that we’re around, or they confuse us with Hall County Animal Services,” Mayfield said.

Tickets are available now by clicking here.

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Broughton teenager Ava Jolliffe has won a Disability Power 100 award.


The 17-year-old has won the Clare Gray rising star award 2023 due to her achievements as a deafblind person and her artistic ability.


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The Disability Power 100 recognises the most influential disabled people in the UK and celebrates their ambition and achievements.

Ava creates digital artworks using her tablet computer and raises awareness about deafblindness through her social media channels.

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The award was named after Clare Gray who was a disability advocate and activist before passing away earlier this year after a short illness.

Ava has also worked with George at Asda to design practical and trend-led clothing for young disabled people.

She helped with the design and accessibility of the fashion supermarket’s adapted clothing range called Easy on Easy Wear.

The 24-piece collection was carefully created with the aim of being fashionable and catered towards a young audience ranging from three to 16-year-olds.

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Georgia women’s basketball guard Chloe Chapman does more than you might think off the court, turning a passion project into a successful business during her tenure as a Bulldog.

The almost 23-year-old has always been artistic and is a textiles, merchandising and interiors student working towards her master’s degree.

Chapman came to UGA with a love for fashion. Shoes, clothes, accessories, the works. The idea of starting a clothing brand/store presented itself, and so it began: ‘Create What U Can’t Have.’

“I wanted it to be just something unique that other people could connect to, not just myself,” said Chapman, who posted four points, five rebounds and six assists Monday in the Bulldogs’ win against Georgia Southern. She wrote in an Instagram caption: “I’m creating what you can have.”

Chapman gathers inspiration daily. Whether it’s from a song − she likes Chris Brown and a good throwback tune − or what she witnesses on a walk from her apartment to the basketball facilities, or her favorite designers like the late Virgil Abloh, the visionary of Off-White and head of Louis Vuitton men’s wear.

Like many artists, things that drive her emotions and what she’s dealing with in life tend to manifest in her streetwear collections, design after design.

She put the gas in the tank for ‘Create What U Can’t Have,’ or CWUCH for short, in her first year at UGA. She said once the name was nailed down, it was about finding vendors, manufacturers and advertising. CWUCH has both an Instagram account that’s built up almost 700 followers and a website and Chapman promote on all facets available to her.

Her Georgia teammates and coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson have been supportive of the endeavor.

“We did a talent show kind of thing for team bonding, and she made this really

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QUINCY — The executive director of the Quincy Museum said Saturday’s weather helped drive a good turnout for this year‘s Folk Life Festival.

“We couldn’t have asked for better weather today,” Barb Fletcher said. “Last year we suffered through some rain, and two years ago it was hot. This year, we’ve been fortunate and people have been appreciative of the nice day to come out and see what we have to offer.”

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Arts and craft festival draws a crowd to downtown Wilmore

Published 10:00 am Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Crispy leaves crinkled under visitors’ feet on their way to Wilmore’s Main Street for the 24th Annual Arts and Crafts Festival last Saturday.

According to attendees and vendors alike, the festival was a success as the streets were lined with dozens of vendors, and festivalgoers filled the space between the vendors to the brim, much like a heavily populated metropolitan area.

Sally Satterwhite said it’s always this busy.

Satterwhite is a Jessamine County artist. She had her booth at the festival filled with paintings of flowers, pumpkins, and more. She’s been painting for about five or six years; this was her third year at the festival. She said out of all the festivals, this is the best one she sells at.

“(This festival) has the most traffic, it’s the most well-organized, and I make the most money here. This is a great festival, it is. And we’re fortunate that the weather held out. We were really worried about rain and wind,” Satterwhite said.

Vendors sold baby clothes, jewelry, honey, jams, art, fiber goods and more.

One of the fiber goods vendors has been honing her craft for about 40 years.

Mary Barlow does three shows a year selling her wares, and this festival is her last one for the year.

When she began working at Shaker Village, Barlow started weaving baskets, blankets, and other fiber goods. She worked at the village for 20 years and has found a new historic home.

“Now I’m at Fort Harrod. I’ve been there now for about 20 years,” Barlow said, standing behind a rack of her rugs adjacent to her hanging onion baskets.

Barlow has been selling at the Wilmore festival for years and

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Damn right I’d like a Max Mara coat, some Paris Texas knee-high boots, a printed dress from Prada and a new ruched Bottega Veneta Cassette bag, but in reality, my autumn shopping budget doesn’t look like it’ll stretch that much. I’ll always advocate for saving up for a dream investment piece (and any of the above suggestions last year after year, no matter the trends), but the same kind of thinking can also be applied to high-street or more affordable fashions when you want to upgrade and breathe new life into your existing wardrobe.

So if you’re looking for a little autumn/winter 2023 vibe, rest assured you don’t have to spend a fortune, but you should still spend wisely. Try to seek out pieces that feel like they’ll work with what you already have nestled away in the depths of your closet. (If in doubt, go home and try on items with at least three other outfits to see if your purchase is versatile enough.) Don’t buy something so niche and specific that it requires a full outfit built around it. Why? Because you’ll end up putting down more cash than you’d intended to, and you could’ve just bought something special and luxe instead.

One of the best ways to make sensible purchases that go the distance is to keep things relatively pared-back. Or you could just follow my guidance on the kind of items that can look expensive even on a lean budget. I’ve pulled together some example ensembles you can craft without denting your credit card this autumn. Keep scrolling to see and shop them.

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The Canadian Arts & Fashion Awards (CAFA) has released the list of nominees for this year’s awards.

The annual event, which recognizes the “leading and emerging talent currently shaping the Canadian and global fashion industry,” is set to take place Oct. 14 at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto.

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This year marks the 10th anniversary of CAFA, a milestone that co-founder and president Vicky Milner calls “a very special” one.

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“As I reflect on the last 10 years, I’m so proud of the incredible community we’ve built and the opportunities, connections, and meaningful change we’ve helped to create in our industry and beyond,” Milner said in a news release.

Selected by a nominating committee of industry professionals, the nominees span various categories including Womenswear Designer of the Year, Menswear Designer of the Year, and Emerging Talent, Accessories. Nominated brands on this year’s list include Toronto-headquartered jewelry brand Mejuri, sustainable style option KOTN, and Vancouver-based bodywear brand Londre, among others.

Past winners have included Canadian fashion stars such as designers Aurora James and Jason Wu, actor Kim Cattrall, supermodel Coco Rocha and more.

To learn more about CAFA, or to purchase tickets to the gala event, visit cafawards.ca.

2023 CAFA Nominees

Womenswear Designer of the Year 

  • Eliza Faulkner
  • Hilary MacMillan
  • Silk Laundry

The Menswear Designer of the Year 

  • École de Pensée
  • Frank And Oak
  • Raised by Wolves
  • SECTION 35

Emerging Talent, Fashion

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  • 3-Dimensional
  • Adidem Asterisks*
  • Dorian Who
  • Golshaah
  • Ouma
  • Ste. Marg. Scot.

Emerging Talent, Accessories 

  • Life Liveth
  • Lo’bat
  • Lunar Rain
  • Lunetterie Generale
  • Omi Woods
  • Steff Eleoff

Accessory Designer of the Year

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — Sometimes, the art in Sturgis is worn on clothing. Sometimes, it’s worn on the skin.

Rosini Gypsy Tattooing in Sturgis does permanent tattoos for the annual attendees at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

The most popular tattoos this year are American Flags and the Harley-Davidson bar and shield, said Cherokee Chuck Shaffer.

The business operates year-round in Sturgis but the rally definitely increases the workload, Shaffer said.

“There are three of us in here year-round. We (get) seven more artists for the rally,” Shaffer said. “So there is 10 of us here. We are open from 10 a.m. to midnight, so that makes for a long day.”

Donovan Waheed of American Iron Outfitters said the business plans about a year in advance for the rally. The business has four temporary sites throughout Sturgis during the rally.

“A lot comes down to what year it is, what anniversary it is,” Waheed said.

“The majority of the stuff we do is dated,” Waheed said of clothing designs. The most popular color?

“It always has, and always will be, black,” Waheed said.

But, comfort colors, which tend to be lighter shades of certain primary colors are also popular.

“These days were are doing a lot of acid washed comfort colors,” Waheed said.

The business did a test market for an embroidery line of Sturgis wear last year, he said. The line was expanded this year.

Waheed said he and several others in the American Iron will discuss designs and patterns. They provide those ideas to a designer(s). “We pick from what the artist(s) presents us,” Waheed said.

“Everything comes in cycles,” Waheed said of clothing and design patterns that are popular.

The 10 artists with Rosini Gypsy have different specialties.

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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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