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'Art to Wear & More' showcases local textile artists

Fashion shows and big sale of wearable art at Shepard Center

Find unique creations by local textile artists at Art to Wear & More at Shepard Center.

Find unique creations by local textile artists at Art to Wear & More at Shepard Center. Sacramento Center for the Textile Arts

One of the seasons most colorful (and shop-able) shows and sales returns this weekend when the Sacramento Center for the Textile Arts presents its “2022 Art to Wear & More” show and sale.

Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 12 and 13, the show and sale will fill the Shepard Garden and Arts Center with handmade (and locally created) textiles, crafts and more.

After a year off due to COVID restrictions, this popular event returned last year as a one-day show and sale. Now, it’s back to a full weekend.

“Last year, we eased out of the pandemic with a one-day event,” say the organizers. “This year we are back to two days, November 12 and 13. Don’t miss the biggest event of the SCTA year! Take care of some holiday shopping and connect with creative artists.”

Shoppers will find gifts galore as well as inspiration to create something themselves. (Several of the fabrics and yarns are hand dyed with locally grown plants – another creative aspect of gardening.) Admission and parking are free.

Dozens of local artists and craftspeople will display their creations including a unique modeling opportunity.

“Start in the courtyard Saturday at 10 a.m. with our popular fashion show featuring handcrafted items by our member artists, highlighting items available to purchase when doors open at 11 a.m.,” say the organizers. “Then browse inside and chat with the artists. You’ll find jewelry, handbags, needle arts, clothing, book arts, gifts, and more.

“Sunday’s schedule will be the same, except the fashion show will feature creative clothing made and modeled by the ‘Sew What? Art to Wear’ group led by Janet Becker,” they add.

Light refreshments will be available, and live music will be featured on the patio after the fashion show. In addition to the sale, the center will hold a silent auction for some prized pieces.

“This is a great way to start – or maybe finish – your holiday shopping,” say the artists.

Shepard Center is located at 3330 McKinley Blvd., Sacramento, in McKinley Park.

Details: https://sactextilearts.org/.

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