Call for wearable art submissions

Calling all artists, the Penticton Arts Council is seeking submissions for their ARTwear event. Deadline is June 8.


The Penticton Arts Council is calling for submissions for their latest event, one with a special twist.

The ARTwear event at the Cannery on June 15 is set to have living, breathing canvases showing off some wearable art.

Nicole Cullen is a photographer, so wearable art was definitely a step out of her comfort zone.

“It’s cool it gets people to think completely outside of the box, especially when you’re using recycled materials,” Cullen said. “It’s not clothing or fashion, it’s making a person almost into a sculpture.”

Jordan Keig, owner of Tiger Alley, has found her creativity sparked by the constriction of required materials.

The pieces must be made out of recyclable refuse from Cannery Brewing Co. Cardboard beer flats, grain sacks or empty cans.

“It’s like what can you come up with that actually fits into it and works? Because they’re not the easiest pieces to work with,” Keig said. “It’s challenging. It forces you down some roads you probably wouldn’t have taken.”

Artists can design and create a wearable sculptural piece for one of three body parts; head, torso or trunk. These pieces need to be adjustable to fit a variety of sizes so belts, ties or buttons are recommended.

Materials will be ready to collect from the 557 Artist Block (at 262 Main St., upstairs from Peaches Lingerie) and Tiger Alley (261 Main St.).

The deadline for submissions is June 8, and anyone can submit a piece.

Completed pieces are to be delivered to the 557 Artist Block. Call Vaelei at 587-988-8567 to organize a delivery.

For more information on  Penticton Arts Council benefits or membership visit

The event is a fundraiser for Penticton Arts Council first annual Festival of the Arts.


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