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Wearable arts shows in PoMo this weekend

Tracey Littlewood’s winning entry, titled Txa’msen Steals Back Pride, from last year’s Wearable Arts collection. The Port Coquitlam artist created the garment using wool melton, direct photo transfer on silk organza, buttons, beads and metallic thread.  - PHOTO SUBMITTED
Tracey Littlewood’s winning entry, titled Txa’msen Steals Back Pride, from last year’s Wearable Arts collection. The Port Coquitlam artist created the garment using wool melton, direct photo transfer on silk organza, buttons, beads and metallic thread.
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Models dressed in feathers, magazine pages and plastic bags will strut down the catwalk this weekend for the Wearable Arts competition in Port Moody.

The Port Moody Arts Centre (PMAC) received 53 garments from 45 Canadian, American, South Korean and Australian artists — including five Tri-City residents — for the eighth annual contest.

PMAC executive director Jane Matthews said organizers are pleased with the amount and quality of the submissions, which will be judged on Saturday by a blind panel looking at, among other things, construction, use of material and creativity.

And on Sunday, the winners will be announced in the categories of Second Life, Best in Show, Student, Material of the Year, Technology, and Ethnic Expression. The People’s Choice award will be presented at the end of the exhibit, on April 10.

Matthews hopes this weekend’s multi-media shows will continue to be a big draw like last year, when many out-of-town visitors viewed the displays while in Vancouver and Whistler to see the Olympic Games.

Between February and March 2010, about 600 ballots were cast for the People’s Choice Award, with Kimberly Andert’s Lady Liberty Camouflaged taking the top spot. “This is a really unique competition,” Matthews said. “It’s always interesting to see what people come up with every year.”

• There are two Wearable Art performances at Port Moody city hall (100 Newport Dr.): Saturday, Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets at $30 are available by calling 604-931-2008.

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