Band Aid II brings fashion, art, music togther

Posted: Friday, May 02, 2008

College is not just an institution where people obtain important credentials toward securing a well-paying job. It is also a place to learn deeper ways of thinking, and skills and trades that will allow them to contribute to their community and society at large. And several groups from Kenai Peninsula College will demonstrate this philosophy on Saturday by presenting "Band Aid II" a fundraising event focusing on fashion, art and music to benefit the Kenai Senior Center.

"The object of Band Aid II is to come together to help raise money for the Kenai Senior Center, specifically to get delivered meals to seniors that are home-bound," said Diane Taylor, manager of the KPC Learning Center and an advisor for Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

Phi Theta Kappa, the Art Students' League and the KPC Showcase are the groups hosting Band Aid II, which kicks off with a hemp clothing runway fashion show Saturday at 4 p.m. in the Ward building at KPC.

"I have 25 pieces of all organic hemp that I've hand-dyed and sewed. It's mostly hiker pants, yoga clothes and other active wear, but some of it is also dressier stuff or down to earth clothes you would wear around town," said Susanna Evins, a Soldotna-based artist, clothing designer, and the owner of Mountain Mamma Originals a custom-made clothing company.

For those not in the know, hemp is the common name for marijuana plants cultivated for industrial (non-drug) use and grown virtually everywhere in the world except for the United States.

"We can't legally grow it or process it in the U.S., be we can use it after its been processed into a textile, so at this point all the hemp is imported and bought from wholesale distributors," Evins said.

Once made into a textile, Evins said hemp clothing products are extremely diverse, and in many ways, are superior to cotton.

"When a lot of people think of hemp, they think of rough canvas, but there are different types of hemp, such as corduroy and silk. And it very durable as a product. It gets softer over time, but it doesn't wear out," she said.

Evins will also have models representing a diversity of ages and sizes for the runway show.

"We have models from 2 years old up to seniors. I even talked my father into it," she said.

Evins said this weekend's event will be here first fashion show, but she is excited about the opportunity.

"I sell most of my work on-line, so I'm looking forward to meeting people face to face and educating the community about my work," she said.

In addition to providing the fashion show, Evins will also provide a pair of custom-made hiker pants as one of the door prizes at the Band Aid II concert.

Following the fashion show, an Art's Extravaganza will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the commons area of the Brockel building, at the opposite end of KPC from the Band Aid II music events.

According to KPC art professor Celia Anderson, this year's Art Extravaganza provides a great opportunity for the community to get a feel for the art programs at the college. She will provide a lecture/slideshow presentation titled, "KPC Arts at a Glance," followed immediately with a reception for the closing of the annual student art show.

There will also be an exhibition of the Senior Art Portrait Project that paired art students with resident seniors from the Kenai Senior Center. The students created original drawings of their senior "partner" for the exhibition.

"It developed as a component of service learning mission which takes students into the community as part of their curriculum of the class," Taylor said.

The Art Extravaganza will close with a walking tour of the permanent art installations on campus where plaques that describe the pieces will be unveiled.

At 6 p.m., the musical portion of Band Aid II will begin.

"Local musicians will donate their time to come and play, and we're asking that anyone that comes to listen to night of great music donate $10, but donations are requested, not required. The event is open to everyone," Taylor said.

This year featured artists include Katie Evans, Vickie Tinker, Chris Pepper, Brandon Pilatti, Dave Edwards-Smith, Dan Pascucci, Sara Superman, Robb Justice, Dan Grant, Lee Johnson, John Landua, Dick Weaver, Mellissa Glaves, Whitey and Stephanie Bouchard, and The Hats and Charmers Daughters.

The Band Aid II event is made possible in part by a grant from the Anna Fosset Goodrich Humanities Program of the Damon Memorial Fund. There will be snacks provided by the KPC Student Union. For more information, call Kenai Peninsula College at 907-262-0300.

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