On Friday, April 21, Great River Arts (GRA) will be hosting an opening reception for the Main Gallery Exhibition “GRA goes Green. Sea of Change,” which has been a community installation project featuring the work of 1,000 students. The reception will be held from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. and will be highlighted by the Fashion Trashion Runway Show which starts at 7 p.m. Robert Jarvis will be performing Trash Magic, Little Falls students will model their wearable art and Becca the Trash Mermaid will be the guest of honor. There will be a free will donation accepted to attend the event and support future programming at GRA.
Fashion Trashion is a trend in wearable art where costumes and outfits are created from recycled, found or reused objects typically not seen in clothing. From ball gowns made of plastic bags to suit coats made of newspaper, the styles will make one think twice about what is being thrown away.
Great River Arts will be hosting two sets of classes for local students to participate in so they can get involved in the fashion show. On Tuesday, April 11 and Tuesday, April 18, students are invited to participate in the “Runway Ready Teen Fashion Trashion Workshop” where they will get in-depth with instructor Sam Bruno as she leads them through the creation process. This workshop is geared towards students in grades 4-10 and will run from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. On Saturday, April 15, kindergarteners – third graders are invited for a whirlwind creation session that will run from 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. There is a cost for each class and pre-registration is required. Students who cannot attend a class, but still want to be involved in the fashion show should contact Sam Bruno by calling (320) 632-0960 or emailing [email protected]
Bruno has been coordinating the Fashion Trashion Runway show at Great River Arts for the past three years.
“This is my favorite time of the year,” Bruno said. “You never know your creative capabilities until you are faced with a pile of trash. These kids are brilliant and fearless.”
For more information about the exhibition and the fashion show visit www.greatart.org/gra-goes-green.