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Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History combines fashion and digital art!

For its most recent (February 15) “Third Friday” feature, the Museum of Art & History (MAH) in Santa Cruz is borrowing some of (the annual) FashionART’s crazy/brilliant mojo. According to The Santa Cruz Sentinel:

“Fashion & Digital Art Night” takes place Friday at the MAH, combining two of Santa Cruz County’s most bleeding-edge cultural forces: the artists and designers of FashionART, and UC Santa Cruz’s Digital Arts & New Media (DANM) graduate program.

So, yes, there will be a runway show, using the same formula that has made FashionART so popular, artists showing off delightful — if sometime bizarre — creations meant to be worn for runways only and designers busy making real clothing for real people. Many of the artists on the display will be familiar to FashionART fans — Rose Sellery, Charlotte Kruk, the Great Morgani — while FashionART innovator Tobin Keller shows his “Bloodline” design of clothing for women.

“There are a lot of familiar faces involved,” said Tina Brown, who is coordinating the fashion half of the show. “Some of the artists are showing things (seen at FashionART), but a lot of people are doing new pieces.”

Also showing work will be artists Barbara Bartels, Angelo Grova, Rachel Riot of Manic Designs, IB Bayo, Andrea Graziosi, Christina Morgan Cree, Caroline Webster, Sarah Lesher, Arielle Rose, Caitlin Slay, Marilou Moschetti and teen fashion artists who are part of Kathleen Crocetti’s “Project Runway” program at Mission Hill Middle School, including the teen artist Aspen Schwind who calls her piece made of rubber from bicycle tires and other bicycle parts “Cycle Punk.”

As for presentations by the DANM program, Drew Detweiler described iPad apps, interactive video applications, video artists, and interactive works like a “wave walker” that makes you feel as though you are walking on water and a Morse code camera system that converts Morse code to light.

Hours are Friday 5 – 9 PM Museum of Art & History, 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz. $5 general admission; $3 students/seniors, free to MAH members.

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