ArtWalk this Thursday


ArtWalk Fashion Show to Highlight Pittsburgh Designers, Artists

Hosted by WTAE’s Sally Wiggin, Dress for Success benefit takes place May 24 at Warhol

PITTSBURGH–At a gallery crawl, artwork isn’t all that’s on display: From students in paint-splattered jeans and T-shirts, to leather-clad rock ‘n’ roll scenesters, to wealthy patrons swathed in furs, the audience themselves provide endless observational fodder.

Inspired by these elements of voyeurism and exhibitionism, three local artists and designers created the concept for ArtWalk, a fashion and art showcase to benefit Dress for Success Pittsburgh taking place 6-9 p.m. Thursday, May 24, at the Andy Warhol Museum (117 Sandusky St., North Side).

ArtWalk was conceived by designer Anne Rainbow Savage and artists Susan Englert and Julia Brooke Hustwit. The trio partnered with the Pittsburgh branch of Dress for Success, an international not-for-profit organization that seeks to advance low-income women’s economic and social development and to encourage self-sufficiency through career development and employment retention.

Hosted by WTAE’s Sally Wiggin, ArtWalk will feature professional and amateur models, including Dress for Success clients, wearing fashions by Pittsburgh’s hottest designers and boutiques. Admission includes two free drink tickets, catering by Big Burrito, a silent auction, and access to all four floors of the museum.

Ten prominent Pittsburgh-based artists were invited to design picture frames for the Warhol’s entrance gallery, placed to choreograph the models’ movement along the path of the runway. The artists include architects, a fine furniture craftsman, a painter, and multimedia 3D visual designers, each transposing themes from their work to a new medium: translucent corrugated plastic.

Each artist’s frame will be displayed on a stylish stand of stainless steel fabricated by master metalsmith Jerry Gardner of Gerald’s Forge in Lawrenceville. The artists will donate their work to the Dress for Success Silent Auction at the event’s finale.

Participating artists include:

– Lucia M. Aguirre
– Edgar Um Bucholtz
– Thommy Conroy
– Susan Englert
– Jennifer Ferris
– Garth Jones
– Jan Loney & Larkin Werner
Joana Ricou
– Paul Rosenblatt, Bill Szustak & Bryan Grasso / SPRINGBOARD
– SO-AD (David Burns)

Participating designers include:

Arretta Carmel
– Cdesign (Coleen Rush)
Kelly Lane
– Lucid (Emilee Kohan)
– Savage Darling

Participating boutiques include:

– Allure (4730 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield, 412-687-6390)
Eyetique (2242 Murray Ave., Squirrel Hill, 412-422-5300)
– Hip’tique (5817 Ellsworth Ave., Shadyside, 412-361-5817)
– JUPE Boutique (306 E. Carson St., South Side, 412-432-7933)
– Karma Fashion (2737 E. Carson St., South Side, 412-481-2466)
– Pavement Shoes (3629 Butler St., Lawrenceville, 412-621-6400)
Sugar Boutique (3703 Butler St., Lawrenceville, 412-681-5100)
Torque Denim (1931 E. Carson St., South Side, 412-381-TORQ)

ArtWalk is presented by Young Executives for Success (Y.E.S!) and sponsored by Kerastase Paris, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, the Andy Warhol Museum, Big Burrito Catering, Clear Channel, 96.1 KISS FM, Cyganovich Contracting, Beijo Bags, Grand Bahia, and the SouthSide Works.

Tickets are $65 in advance, $75 day of show ($45 for Y.E.S! members). Advance tickets are available at participating boutiques, by contacting Y.E.S! at 412-361-1757 or yespittsburgh@yahoo.com, or online at www.dressforsuccess.org/pittsburgh.

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