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Elkland Arts Center Hosts 3rd Annual ‘Trash N’ Fashion’ Fundraiser During First Friday Art Crawl

by Madison V. Fisler

April 29, 2013. The Elkland Art Center will host its 3rd annual “Trash N’ Fashion” fundraiser during first Friday Art Crawl on May 3 at the High Country Press building in downtown Boone. 

This year, 12 designers from Appalachian State University as well as community designers who have dubbed themselves “The Garbage Collective” will strut their stuff on the runway.

Doors are at 6 p.m. and guests should expect fashion, fun and music. The two runway shows will be at 7p.m. and 8 p.m. and will feature outfits made out of dumpster-bound materials from local business sponsors.

Sponsors for this year’s event include:

  • the Appalachian RollerGirls
  • Rivergirl Fishing Co.
  • Soul Moving Threads
  • Ashe Custom Framing and Gallery
  • Her Campus
  • Dr. Mark Murrey
  • Bulldog Wine and Beer
  • Mellow Mushroom in Boone
  • Earth Fare
  • SOS Printing
  • Yosefa AntiquiTea.

“The way it works is a business agrees to sponsor a designer to make their dress and gives them trash to work with,” said Lexie Danner, the community arts coordinator for Elkland Art Center. “For $100 the business gets to keep the dress, and for $50 the dress gets made and then auctioned off.”

A silent auction featuring valuable items like gift certificates to local businesses, awesome art and quirky clothes along with live music by Carly Taich, Pheromone and Anna Barnett will round out the night. 

“This is important because it bridges ASU students, a non-profit arts organization and local businesses, and it spreads wild creativity throughout the community,” Danner said.

Located in Todd, North Carolina, The Elkland Arts Center, founded in 1997, is a local non-profit art center that hosts community programs including community parades, puppet shows for schools, churches and libraries, workshops on art and community building and serving members throughout North Carolina and the Southeastern United States. They offer many programs for children, including summer arts day camps. For more information about the Elkland Arts Center, and for information on their programs, click here

Tickets are available at the door. For adults, the suggested donation is $8 and $5 for students. Children under 12 get in for free.