Thursday, 23 June 2016

Retro?

You bet!  The Creston Museum hosted the most amazing opening for the Irwin & the Retro Girls exhibit this past Saturday, and in spite of working that day at Puffin, Bart kindly gave me a break so I could get over and see the shenanigans.

The artists - Sandy Kunze, Alison Masters (sorry, no close photo), Andrea Revoy, and Alison Bjorkman were all dressed appropriately for the occasion.

Andrea Revoy
 
Sandy Kunze

Alison Bjorkman
 With creative collaborations and unbelievable uses of clothing,


each display was unique.  Alison Masters' paintings were often coupled with dresses which she had also tarted up.

The first time I saw this mannequin, she was wearing a white fright wig.  I suspect that some attendee snaffled it in the 'donations only' sale.  I'm in love with that Masters painting behind her.


The shoe paintings thrilled me as well.  What woman doesn't have a secret hankering for more shoes in her life?


The all-dressed-to-go-out-and-party chairs by Alison Bjorkman just had me in stitches (pun intended) - retro indeed!




 Every corner I turned had something new and exciting to see.


The most amusing part of the afternoon was watching the attendees trying on (and buying!) all the retro clothing - there was more laughter and 'give me that!' than one could imagine.

Alison Masters - painter extraordinaire is second from the left




Do these photos take you back a bit, or a bit more?!  They certainly did for me.

It's a fabulous thing when a local boy hits and big time and the Irwin portion of the show certainly did during the fashionable 60's. His section was so popular and chatting with him was in such demand that getting pictures was a challenge.




Congratulations to these local artists - they have done a stellar job of creating a fun and interactive show.



20 comments:

  1. It looks like it was a blast, Win. I hope to stop by and see the displays before the show closes but it would have been great to go to the opening.

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    1. It's wild and wonderful, Val - I SO hope you get a chance to visit!

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  2. Just COOL!
    I love this theme...and I get all the RETRO colors, too = )

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    1. It's great, right Sue? Somehow one can't help but be jazzed by the concept and the execution!!!

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  3. This looks like a brilliant show. These styles bring back a few memories and the art work is great. Angela x

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    1. It's dynamite, Angela - on until the 9th of July, I suspect it will be hugely attended in our little town. The acrylic paintings by local Alison Masters are beyond delightful - there are somewhere around 20 of them in the show.

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    1. Such a blast, Kimberley - colour, fun and laughter everywhere!

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    1. It sure was, Roz - nothing I like more than a bit of zany, and this surely fit the bill!

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  6. Looks like a fabulous exhibit ! Cheers :) xx

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    1. Truly a laughing riot, Shirley - wish you could have been here to share in the fun!

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  7. How fun... I remember the fashion and the colors but I adore the artwork great stuff...especially that Masters painting.

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    1. Alison Masters did a stellar job of painting for this exhibit - not only of the dresses and shoes, but ON the dresses. Her work is truly exciting. We're always delighted to see another piece come into the Puffin Design gallery - they're fabulous no matter the subject.

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  8. What a wonderful concept. The four Retro Girls rose to the occasion of celebrating the era - and yes most certainly the clothes featured do take me back!
    It was also curious to investigate the life of Irwin Crosthwait.

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    1. I'm still reeling from all that fun retro colour, Alice, and I loved looking at the fashions from Crosthwait's illustrations! Great fun.

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  9. Amazing, colourful textiles - I immediately fell in love with that skirt in the first photo. Wow! Looks like you had a great time and how nice of your "boss" to let you take a break! I've just got your ATCs Win! They're amazing, along with the bits and pieces. Thank you so much! I'm still in the process of making mine and will post them quite soon! xx

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    1. Aren't they just, Zsuzsa - I too loved Andrea's skirt. Pow colour is definitely our thing! Holy smokes, the ATCs got there in a hurry - same amount of time as it took to get to Ontario. Glad you're enjoying them, and I'll look forward to your package in due time!

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  10. WOWSS! How I would have loved to see that! Retro is right up my alley and I so dig all the hip and groovy clothing!!If only I could squeeze my body into the fab pieces I have hoarded!! heehee
    These artists are indeed extraordinaire!! Thank you so much for sharing this Win!Such fun!!! xo

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    1. It was an incredible show, Jackie, and you would have loved to have been in the feeding frenzy of women trying on all those crazy retro outfits. It was beyond funny! xo

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