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The 2016 Wearable Art Show Featuring the Runway Challenge

May 14, 2016 @ 8PM

Market Hall Performing Arts Centre, 140 Charlotte St.

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May 14, 2016

8:00 pm


General admission tickets $24 / $17 for students, seniors, underwaged
On line: phone: 705-749-1146

Cabaret-style seating $30 each. Call Public Energy to book at 705-745-1788. Get the best view, up close to the runway at table seating.
Come on your own or put a group together!

A big THANK YOU ‪‎to All who supported the 2016 Wearable Art Show – it was a lot of fun and a great success!

  • Market Hall Performing Arts Centre
  • Laurel Paluck
  • Dream Players
  • Runway Challengers
  • Brookside Studio – Wayne Eardley
  • Open Call Participants
  • The Strutt Program
  • Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School Fashion Students
  • PACE at PCVS Fashion Students
  • Silent Auction Donors
  • our Fabulous Volunteers
  • and Super Enthusiastic Guests

And Thank You Andy Carroll Photography for the amazing event photos! (Click on the image to see more.)

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About the Wearable Art Show
The Runway Challenge
2016 Wearable Art Show Opening Act!
Open Call Participants
Silent Auction Donors 2016

The Wearable Art Show

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A showcase of Peterborough artists unleashing wild creations upon the catwalk, all to benefit Public Energy’s work in the community. As an audience member, it is an opportunity to dress up and get down with the artistic milieu while showing your support of Public Energy’s work in the community. As an artist, this is your opportunity to show off your talents and challenge your abilities, as you meld your mind with new materials. Get Inspired – Get Involved!  Click here for more information.

The Runway Challenge?

The Runway Challenge is the feature attraction in Public Energy’s Wearable Art Show!  Seven artists/designers are matched up with seven local businesses and challenged to create a stunning work of sartorial genius to be strutted down the catwalk at Market Hall. The catch? The artists only find out which business/materials they’ll be working with one month ahead of time, and those materials have nothing to do with fashion. The result is a fashion show unlike any other; where wildly creative outfits are modeled and presented in a fun and theatrical way.

View a short film by Wayne Eardley, which creates a subjective and imaginary visual that compliments the 2016 Runway Challenge Artists’ imagination.

Mother Forest from wayne eardley on Vimeo.


The 2016 Runway Challenge Draw

Runway Challenge Draw Artists (L-R) Melinda Masters, Lisa Marchant, Kathryn Bahun, and
Shannon Taylor, who is filling in for artist Jess Rowland. Missing Chris Magwood, Renee Paul


The 2016 Runway Challengers

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              Vicky Paradisis
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              Sarah McNeilly
Melinda Masterscropped Custom Copy Logo 4 Square


           Melinda Masters
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              Sandy Burnaby
Jess Rowland  75 3921AA              Kiana Bromley


The 2016 Wearable Art Show Featuring the Runway Challenge will be live-streamed by our sponsor UNAVOX

View footage from past shows here.  Run through all 18 designs from 2012, 2013, 2014 in under 8 minutes.

2015 Runway Challengers. All photos by Esther Vincent.

Wearable Art Show Opening Act!

Welcome to the Dream Players!  This year’s show will open with a magical performance “Metamorphosis” created especially for the Wearable Art Show, by Community Living Peterborough’s Dream Players – an incredibly talented 15 member Performing Arts Troupe comprised of adults with intellectual disabilities.  They sing, dance, act and have a wonderful time and just may have you moved to tears and cheering with joy!  This troupe has been sharing their special gifts with audiences through variety shows and musicals for 15 years, and will be led by choreographers Vicky Christina Paradisis and Nell Corrigan.

The Dream Players as “Thriller” flash mob.

Open Call Participants

Public Energy is thrilled to have the Peterborough Integrated Arts Program (PIA) Fashion Arts students, Peterborough Alternative & Continuing Education (PACE) and Strutt Central participating in this years show!

Peterborough Integrated Arts Program (PIA)

What is the Integrated Arts Program?  Located at Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School, the Peterborough Regional Integrated Arts Program is an enrichment program of study in the Arts for Secondary School Students. The program has been established by the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board to meet the needs of students who have a special interest or talent in the Arts. These students have an opportunity to combine their graduation requirements with an integrated study of Arts including: Drama, Music, Visual Art, and Dance.

Peterborough Alternative & Continuing Education (PACE)

Peterborough Alternative & Continuing Education (PACE at Peterborough Collegiate) offers programs that serve a wide variety of students.  This includes students under 21 years of age and Adult Education students over the age of 21.  Their mandate is to identify the gaps in their students educational profiles and then to develop and implement a program that meets their needs as they work toward the achievement of an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).  PACE has developed partnerships with local business owners and community organizations (established through the former C.I.S. program) and works to broaden the range of opportunities for their students to experience Co-operative Education work placements in our community.


At STRUTT we are setting out to change the face of the modeling industry. We are focused on building self esteem and confidence while focusing on each individuals inner and outer beauty. We believe beauty is not defined by society standards, that beauty is defined by the individual and does not have a certain size, height or weight.

Wearable Art Show Silent Auction Donors 2016

We thank the businesses who have generously donated some amazing items to be won!

Great Getaways
2-Bedroom House in Mazatlan, Mexico for 1 week – Donated by Simone Georges in Memory of Peter Bialogrecki
Mississauga River, Riverside Retreat for up to 1 week – Donated by Barb Chisholm & Tom Miller

Performing Arts
Kate Story – Commission Your Own Performance Work
Rachel Bemrose – Commission Your Own Performance Work

Live Theatre
4th Line Theatre – 2 Tickets for 2016 Season
Blyth Festival – 2 Tickets for any 2016 Summer Season mainstage performance
Canadian Opera Company – Two non-subscription Tickets to COC performance
Canadian Stage – 4 Tickets to Shakespeare in High Park
DanceWorks – 2016/17 Mainstage Season Pass
Factory Theatre – 2 Tickets for one 2016/17 Season production
Festival Players of Prince Edward County – 2 Tickets to 2016 Summer Season
Market Hall – 2 Tickets to a Market Hall Show/Event
Peterborough Symphony Orchestra – 2 Tickets for one 2016/17 Season performance
Public Energy – 2016/17 Season Pass, T-shirt & 2 Posters
Shaw Festival – 2 Tickets for one select  2016 Season performance
Soulpepper Theatre – 2 Tickets for a Mon-Wed Performance
Stratford Festival – Pair of Tickets to a designated performance during 2016 Season
Thousand Islands Playhouse – Admission for two to one 2016 regular Season show
Westben Arts Festival Theatre – 2 Tickets to a Regular Concert

Dining & Gourmet Treats
Black Honey – 3 Custom Cakes
Brio Gusto – Gift Certificate
Chasing the Cheese – Gift Certificate
Holiday Inn Peterborough Waterfront – Gift Certificate for Riverside Grill or Gazebo
Hot Belly Mama’s/Olde Stone Brewery – Gift Certificate
Neil Hannam – Homemade Taste of Thailand Dinner for 4
Two Dishes Cookshop – Gift Certificate

Fine Art
Art Gallery of Peterborough – Family Membership & Bag
David Hickey – Metal Sculpture
Dorothy Caldwell – We Exchange Stories (Silkscreen and wax resist, discharged, stitched, mended and patched)
Valerie Davidson – Sterling Silver Earrings
Yates Fine Carpentry – Handmade Wooden Bowl
ZimArt Rice Lake Gallery – Daughter of Mine by Patrick Sephani (Dolomite)

Just Plain Fun
Belly Dancing with Janel Jarvis – Gift Certificate
President’s Choice Cooking School – Naturally Gluten-Free Indian Cooking Class
Rudnicki Dance – Gift Certificate

Great Gifts!
Canadian Canoe Museum – 1 year Family Pass
Elderberry Herbals – Variety Pack of Herbal Products
National Ballet of Canada – Signed Poster & Pointe Shoes
Peterborough Tool Library – 1 year Membership
YMCA – 1 month Adult Plus Membership

Thank You!

Public Energy gratefully acknowledges the generous support of our 2023-24 Season Funders and Sponsors.

Season Sponsors & Funders

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Jo Pillon Royal Lepage logoHi Ho Silver Logo
Kawartha Now LogoWedesign logo
Canadian Heritage logo Peterborough logo
Ontario Arts Council logo Canadian Council For The Arts logo

Accessibility Sponsor

Lloyd Carr Harris Foundation logo