Art2Wear: An Expo of Wearable Art
The Factory • March 27–29
by Cassidy Conway
To the fashion conscious, avid arts supporter, and lover of all things finely crafted, there is a three-day event coming to Nashville just for you. Beginning March 27, Art2Wear: An Expo of Wearable Art will transform The Factory at Franklin’s Jamison Hall into a giant “wear” house consisting of 50 juried artists, some from across the US and some from the immediate Middle Tennessee area, all with a passion for creating beautiful things to wear. From handwoven leather jackets to knitted sweaters in natural fibers, from beautiful mosaic buckles to handpainted silk scarves, the range of items goes well beyond the average boutique collection.
Art2Wear is staged by ArtWorks Foundation, a non-profit focused on helping artists to grow their business and their work. The event provides the unique opportunity for shoppers to not only support the artists, but also to turn their closets into galleries by expanding their art collections into the realm of fashion. “It’s the personal connection that really sets it apart,” says founder Greg Belz, “because it makes you interact with art and then gives you a face to go with each piece.”
Art2Wear opens at Jamison Hall in The Factory with a special ticketed Gala Preview Party on Friday evening, March 27, from 5 to 9:30 p.m. and then to the public on Saturday, March 28, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, March 29, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets to Friday night’s preview are $50 in advance and include hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, musicians, modeling, gift bags, prize drawings, and the first chance to pick from all of the wearable art on display. Admission for Saturday and Sunday is $10 per person at the door.
For more information, visit www.2wear.org.