PORT TOWNSEND — Students will show off their creations during the inaugural Port Townsend Wearable Art Student Show at the Key City Playhouse on Saturday.
A 2 p.m. show is scheduled at the theater at 419 Washington St. A 4 p.m. show has been added because of popular demand, the theater says at www.keycitypublictheatre.org.
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at the theater’s website or, if space is still available, at the door.
Unlike the Wearable Art Show in May, all who applied were accepted.
“We have a lot of kids who entered into the May show but weren’t selected,” said Margie McDonald, the artistic director of the Wearable Art Show.
“I really hate saying no to kids, and I don’t want to crush anyone’s dream.”
Ticket sales will benefit the Jefferson County Community Foundation Fund for Women &Girls, which sponsors both the October and May shows. The money will go to an endowment fund for grants given to programs that promote self-esteem and empowerment for women and girls.
Saturday’s show will feature 12 to 14 artists — all girls — with an age range from 6 to 18. All are students in Port Townsend.
“Six will be the youngest we’ve had on stage for a wearable art show,” McDonald said.
The high school students worked on their own to create their pieces, while many of the younger girls worked with McDonald, who taught a class at the Port Townsend School of Art.
Almost all of the pieces entered into this year’s show used recycled material, McDonald said.
Nadia Fisch, a middle school student who participated in the May show, used an illustrated book to create a layered dress. Her classmate Ruby Mills created a sea-themed piece from things she collected on the beach.
Three judges will decide winners of Saturday’s show — past Wearable Art Show winners Nonie Gaines, Galadriel Nichols and Kelly Matlock. Matlock was also a judge in the May show.
Winners will be awarded prizes. Best in show will win $100, second place $50 and third $25.
McDonald said the smaller show is an introduction for students to the main Wearable Art Show in May, which is open to all. They even get to meet with the judges for a private consultation.
“It’s really a great opportunity for them to gain some experience and a good practice run for applications in May,” McDonald said.
“The students were also a huge hit with the audience last year.”
Jefferson County Editor/Reporter Cydney McFarland can be reached at 360-385-2335, ext. 55052, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.