Where “Art Meets Fashion”
Friday, March 28 § Sarasota Municipal Auditorium
Art meets fashion with extraordinary results at the sixth annual “iconcept” fundraising event, Art Center Sarasota’s must-see runway extravaganza showcasing the inspired results of area artists who create fashion using unconventional materials
(Sarasota, FL) Art Center Sarasota presents the sixth annual “iconcept,” runway event, March 28, 2014, at Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Lorenzo Hubbard, the award-winning Miami designer and public personality, returns to host this year’s event, which features a runway fashion show of original ensembles created by area artists and designers especially for this event, dinner, a boutique and a performance by Fuzión Dance Artists. Doors open at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the fashion show at 8 p.m. Tickets for dinner seating are $125, and include dinner and wine. General admission begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $45, which includes the runway show and a dessert bar. Advance sales for tables of 10 and single dinner seats are available now. General admission tickets go on sale March 1, 2014. Funds raised from this event benefit Art Center Sarasota’s youth art education programs. Chairs for the event are Ray Peper, Lisa Berger and Honorary Chair Mary Ann Robinson. Event presenting sponsors are Mary Ann Robinson and the Observer Media Group. For information and reservations, call 941-365-2032 or visit www.artsarasota.org/iconcept.
For six years, Art Center Sarasota’s “iconcept” team has challenged area artists to create ensembles from unexpected and non-traditional materials. The results have been nothing less than extraordinary.
Lisa Berger, the founder of “iconcept” and Art Center Sarasota’s executive director says, “These artists never fail to amaze us; their ingenuity, originality and wit have made this one of the season’s most colorful and anticipated events.”
Some of this year’s highlights are Cathy Comora’s “BRAdal Gown,” constructed with actual bras; Andrea Silvergleit’s “Regular Fashion for Regular People,” made from Activia containers; Sharon White’s “No More Wire Hangers”; and Jim Stewart’s “Calendar Girl,” made from recycled Art Center calendars. Also featured will be special outfits commissioned by the Observer Media Group, including Eric Cross’s dress created from Observer newspapers and Ray Peper’s men’s suit, complete with shirt, shoes and bowtie made from Business Observer newspapers.
Prizes will be awarded once again for the “most unique” guest ensembles. This year’s event also boasts a boutique of handcrafted items for sale and a creative dance presentation by Fuzión Dance Artists, who will be wearing costumes designed and made by “iconcept” artists. Lorenzo Hubbard, the award-winning Miami interior designer and public personality, is back to emcee.
According to Berger, “iconcept” has become a vital fundraiser and awareness builder for Art Center Sarasota. “The funds we raised from last year’s event enabled us to hire a dedicated youth programs coordinator and expand our educational programs. That’s a win-win for everyone involved.”
Sponsorship opportunities for the 2014 “iconcept” are still available. For more information on becoming a sponsor, call 941-365-2032 or email Lisa Berger at email@example.com.
About Art Center Sarasota
Art Center Sarasota was the first arts and cultural institution in Sarasota. It was founded in 1926 as the “Sarasota Art Association” by Marcia Rader, the art supervisor for the Sarasota County schools district. In the early years, the group met monthly and sponsored exhibits in rented facilities. The Association was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 1943 and has been in its current location in the Sarasota Bayfront Cultural District since 1949. Art Center Sarasota is now a membership-based organization that offers curated and juried exhibitions, adult and youth education programs, outreach initiatives for underserved youth, and culturally related public programming. Art Center Sarasota’s mission is to inspire individual creative expression, nurture artistic talent and provide the community with accessible and diverse visual art opportunities.