Saturday, October 31, 2020

Night of the Living Art at Oceanside Museum of Art


 by Patricia Frischer


This year as a virtual experience Oceanside Museum of Art decided to go for a full fashion show hosted by Jan Arnold, CND co-founder and style director, and Gwen Bates, Director of Fashion Week San Diego. This pair describes each of the outfits in detail and the pre-party even gave us a chance to meet some of the designers in person. The whole event including the pre-part is archived Night of the Living Art: AnArt After Dark Fashion Extravaganza.


I am writing this while I listen to the after party music with DJ Mandy who is giving us very danceable discs. Until Nov 8, the fashions will all be on display at OMA.  You can vote for the People’s Choice winner ($1 a vote) and the winner will be featured in the coming months in the museum gift store. Plus you can actually  bid on coveted must-haves from the show, almost all of which are available for sale.  


Jan Arnold and Gwen Bates chose a joint winner for the evening Saki and Marty Ornish, who will be given a feature show at OMA sometime in 2021.

 I could not help but remember our own Art Meets Fashion project for San Diego Visual Arts Network in 2011 when we matched artists with fashion designer, teachers to write lesson plans and a documenter to record the collaboration. It is interesting to see that this sort of cross over between art and fashion is still a topic of interest. 

Featuring artwork/fashion by Andrea AntonorsiMohammad AzizDia BassettIsa BenistonDiana CareyEmmanuelle ChammahSheri CohenJohn DillemuthMary FooteSean-Michael Gettys, Randy L Harwood, Susan LaficaJessica LindzyRenetta LloydMelissa MeierBeata MierzwaChristiann MooreBeatriz Mora-HussarStacy NixonJami OliverMarty OrnishTaylor PayneFiona PhillipsClaudia RobinsonJan RolstonJulio M Romero,  SakiLucy StefankoDanielle Giudici Wallisand Danielle Zhang.

Here is a selection of some of my personal choices from the evening. 


Marty Ornish - co-winner with Saki (above) of the featured exhibition at OMA in 2021

Gwen Bates, Director of Fashion Week San Diego

Jan Arnold, CND co-founder and style director

Melissa Meier, on of the featured artist

Renetta Lloyd

Diana Carey

 Danielle Zhang

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