The Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA) had to rethink their yearly event Art After Dark due to COVID. They came up with a virtual experience titled Night of the Living Art: An Art After Dark Fashion Extravaganza, which was presented on Oct. 31.
This was a juried fashion show and they had artists apply from all over the USA. They chose over 20 artists who were invited to join the event. The artists were asked to design avant-garde or sculptural work. Some used accessories such as body jewelry and even one garment was made out of wheat. The featured artist was Melissa Meier who confronts social and spiritual issues in her art.
The event began with a preshow that included flashbacks to prior years. CND co-founder and style director Jan Arnold and Fashion Week San Diego director Gwen Bates co-hosted the evening. Arnold and Bates gave an exciting commentary of the runway show. OMA put together this virtual runway show and added an online wearable art auction.
Each one of the artists competed for exhibition opportunities at the museum. This year, there was a tie for the grand prize winner between Marty Ornish and Saki. I asked Ornish about her winning entry.
Ornish said: “My garment was made from a commercial vinyl poster that I backed in a blue fabric, cut into strips, rearranged to make a surrealist image out of a huge printed face… and then I used the leftover poster to create a cape. I edged it with fringed denim, and it had a very Kimono warrior Samurai feel to it.”
Next I asked Saki about her winning entry and she said: “The outfit is named Pinion Queen and is made mainly of foam. There's a plywood and PVC skeleton that allows for movement.
The character being portrayed is an interdimensional being who enters the universe of a composer who is stuck, and she resurrects him so that he can finish his masterpiece.”
The grand prize for each one of them will be a solo exhibition at OMA in the fall of 2021.
Since this was a live show, they had hundreds of viewers who tuned in to watch. Beata Edyta Mierzwa won the viewer’s choice. She combines science and art together for her creations. She also won the upcoming popup feature in OMA’s Museum Store.
There was a virtual DJ house party after the fashion show. DJ Mandy spun the tunes until 9 p.m. For more information about the Oceanside Museum of Art, visit oma-online.org.
Sunday, Dec. 6 – San Diego Vintage Collective is an outdoor holiday market for vendors and local makers. Free event from 10 a.m.-3p.m. at 2825 Dewey Road at Liberty Station. There will be thousands of products of clothing, home goods, art, jewelry, accessories, etc. Follow on Instagram: @sandiego_vintagecollective.
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