Chapel Theatre benefit offers close-up view of local designers' creations and celebrates diversity

COURTESY PHOTO: AMBER BLACK - For the upcoming show at Milwaukie's Chapel Theatre, Downen Creative's designer/model will present collaborative work with her husband, who is the photographer.A benefit for Milwaukie's Chapel Theatre will offer a close-up view of wearable art and costume design to celebrate the diversity and creativity of Portland-area designers. COURTESY PHOTO: AMBER BLACK - Johnny Nuriel, a designer/performing artist who co-produces BOYeurism at the Bossanova Ballroom in Portland, will present costumes at the Milwaukie exhibit.

Featured pieces will represent costumes from theater/TV/film, fiber arts, cosplay and drag. The benefit and exhibit opens at Chapel Theatre on Friday, Dec. 10, and runs two weekends. The last chance to see the exhibition will be Sunday, Dec. 19.

Chapel Theatre's exhibit will showcase pieces that have been on stages, in competitions, conventions and events in a close-up environment. Amber Black, the exhibit's curator, hopes the event will offer something for everyone while supporting Chapel Theatre.

"We're so lucky to have this special group of designers come together for this show," Black said. "We are all very different artists but together carry a strong passion for visual storytelling. I'd like to think this will be the first of many events like this to come."

COURTESY PHOTO: AMBER BLACK - Sydney Dufka is a costume designer whose work will appear at the Wearable Art show in Milwaukie.

Wearable Art & Costume Design show

When: 6-10 p.m. Fridays, Dec. 10 and 17, will include meet-and-greet with the designers. Other showings will be from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 11-12 and 18-19. Chapel Theatre's bar will be open with beer and wine options on Friday nights and weekend days from 1-5 p.m.

Where: Chapel Theatre: 4107 S.E. Harrison St., Milwaukie

Tickets: $20-25 with the option to include a donation

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