Color me Goodwill: A Fusion of Fashion, Art and Food for a Mission

February 28, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

There is a fine fluidity that exists in Asheville; one that is grounded in and flourishes in the rich history of community and art. Anyone who is anyone knows this dynamic duo plays an intricate and necessary role in making Asheville, well, Asheville. But what if you add a third dimension to the mix: integrating a local non-profit’s aim to increase awareness of the impact of the community’s donations and financial support on its programs, services and the environment? How can an organization that has historically not been rooted in the arts, beholden to a sector where the fundraising clock never stops, think outside of the box and while doing so, make it personal, unique and fun? Goodwill rose to the occasion last night and answered brilliantly through their “Color Me Goodwill: A Fusion of Fashion, Art and Food for a Mission,” held at The Venue, in downtown Asheville. 

asheville art, goodwill, the venue, asheville model, asheville designer, asheville photographer, Color Me Goodwill: A Fusion of Fashion, Art & Food for a MissionAsheville models and creatives take the runway at The Venue.

MC’d by Susan Reinhardt, author, speaker and beauty consultant, and coordinated by fashion model and actress, Sarah Merrell, the evening showcased the phenomenal talent of local designers’ transformation of average second hand clothing into runway-ready fashion ensembles. Each of Goodwill’s six programs, including workforce development for adults, persons with disabilities, veterans and former offenders, was represented via beautiful models and energetic program participants in various teams of colored themes. They took to The Venue’s runway, in step with the musical talent of Eric Everett of Asheville Party, and flash art paintings from some of the city’s finest artists. Attendees overflowed The Venue’s seating capacity to standing room; hundreds of community members were entertained, educated, and involved in the mission of Goodwill’s programs and services. Ticket sales will be used to raise further awareness of their extensive offerings.

Delicious appetizers and desserts were plentiful; courtesy of Asheville favorites such as Asheville Bouchon, Social Lounge, Strada, The Colorful Palate Catering and The Local Joint. Guests even had the opportunity to purchase the various flash art pieces from the evening.

asheville photographer, asheville model, asheville designer, asheville venue, Color Me Goodwill: A Fusion of Fashion, Art & Food for a MissionLocal models and creatives take the runway in second-hand fashion masterpieces.

The event exemplified the endless possibilities of Asheville’s creative soul. The evening was anything but shy of an aesthetically personal integration of the community’s collectiveness and humanitarian roots. Finally, attendees were able to vote for their favorite color designer and artist.

Over-the-head high fives to Goodwill, The Venue, and all of the amazing designers, artists, businesses and most importantly, Asheville, for exemplifying the endless possibilities of our community’s creative soul!

 

EVENT PARTICIPANTS:

EMCEE 
Author, Speaker & Beauty Consultant Susan Reinhardt - Author

FASHION SHOW COORDINATOR: 
Model & Actress, Sarah Merrell

LEAD PHOTOGRAPHER: 
Catherine Vibert, Catherine Vibert Photography

DESIGNERS: 
McKinney Gough, Mckinney Gough Designs
Bethany Adams, Rhetorical Factory
Stina Andersen, ARTeries by Stina 
Leanna Echeverri, Grateful Threads Organics
Tami-Lu Barry 
Kati Foster, KatDog Couture / InTerGalaCtIc KiTTy

ARTISTS: 
Lynn Smith Stanley
Michael Allen Campbell, Art by Michael Allen Campbell
Breah Livolsi Parker 
Barbara Frohmade
Mary Alice Ramsey, 310 ART Gallery
Fleta Monaghan, 310 ART Gallery

CATERING: 
The Venue Asheville
Asheville Bouchon
Social Lounge
Strada Asheville
The Colorful Palate Catering
The Local Joint

DESSERTS
Ruth & Ranshaw

LIGHTING/SOUND/VISUAL: 
Eric Everett of Asheville Party


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