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RAGS Wearable Art Gala “bigger, brighter and flashier” this year in new Fife location

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on March 6, 2012 at 12:05 pm with No Comments »
March 5, 2012 12:31 pm
Careywood, Idaho, artist Melanie Habets makes versatile, playful skirts and tops. Courtesy photo.

The 18th annual RAGS Wearable Art gala and sale is in a new location this year, promising even more eminently shoppable wearable art this weekend. The gala annually offers fashion and jewelry by dozens of local and regional artists, with a portion of all sales proceeds to benefit the YWCA Pierce County’s domestic violence prevention program

Still hosted by Larson’s Mercedes-Benz, the sale has now moved with the car dealer across I-5 to a new Fife showroom at 1701 Alexander Ave. East., and runs March 9-11.

“The new venue is bigger, brighter and flashier than our old location,” said publicist Kristy Gledhill. “This year we were able to add more artists.” The showroom also has a café.

A purse by Bainbridge Island artist Shannin Strom-Henry. Courtesy photo.

Opening with a ticketed gala preview featuring live music, hors d’oeuvres, wine and early shopping, RAGS is an otherwise free event offering handmade and unique jewelry, accessories and clothing, plus the chance to meet the many artists involved, including Joan Joachims, Elayne Vogel, Blue Hesikx, Cheryl DeGroot and Angela Ehrig.

Over its 17-year history the event has raised $982,000 for the YWCA, which supports domestic violence prevention and intervention programs, and support for women.

Gala Preview 6-9 p.m. March 8, tickets $70 at 253-272-4181 x. 352 or ragswearableart.org

Sale 10 a.m.-6 p.m. March 9-10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 11. Free. Mercedes-Benz of Tacoma, 1701 Alexander Ave. E, Fife.


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