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Annual Elkland Art Center show returns April 4

By Jesse Campbell (

Article Published: Feb. 14 | Modified: Apr. 4
Annual Elkland Art Center show returns April 4

Elkland Art Center’s annual Trash ’n Fashion show sees models take the runway, wearing
clothing fashioned out of everyday trash.
Photos submitted

One person’s trash becomes another’s treasure during the third annual Elkland Art Center Trash ’n Fashion Show.

The celebration of hand-me-downs returns April 4, during Boone’s First Friday Art Crawl, and will take place at Strands Beads & Jewelry, located at 585 W. King St. in downtown Boone.

While the show is still a couple of months away, volunteers are currently seeking contributors and materials.

The premise of the show encourages local businesses and individuals to create wearable art out of trash. According to Elkland, the success of this event rests in the hands of the creative designers, which include students and community volunteers, and in the inspiring materials provided by local businesses and organizations.

The dresses, blouses and color-coordinated outfits will literally be manufactured by items found in the trash, such as paper, cups, boxes and paper bags.

Once participants commit to sponsorship at one of the designated tax-deductible levels, organizers will send a designer or artist to meet with them to get ideas for their outfit and to collect their trash.

“Trash ’n Fashion began as an annual fundraiser for Elkland Art Center in 2010,” Elkland Art Center’s Lexie Danner said. “Artist Kehren Barbour and (Appalachian State University) art students made original fashions from trash. The show was in Todd at the Todd Mercantile. One of the ASU students, Emilie Young, went on the coordinate the event in two subsequent years.”

When asked about what she enjoyed most about the event, Danner said it was “forming relationships with the students, local businesses and organizations by providing tangible ways for them to express themselves as artists, engaging in fundraising and having a really good time.”

Getting involved is easy.

To design, model or sponsor, contact Jennifer Harley, student event coordinator, at (

For more information, contact Lexie Danner at (828) 964-5627 or (

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