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Arts & Culture: The ARTS of the Southern Finger Lakes

The model steps onto the runway and you feel your breath catch. Her black evening gown is stunning. It shimmers and flows as she moves.

No one ever wore VHS tape better.

Or tea bags, garbage bags, or dryer sheets, for that matter. This is the Recycled Runway, a unique event sponsored by the ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes. Taking place at the Corning Museum of Glass on June 4 this year, the "fashion show" puts a twist
on couture and features out fits made from recycled or repurposed material.

"Designers take nearly a year to plan their out fits," says Council Executive Director Constance Sullivan-Blum. "They have their friends collect material for them for months."

They have to, considering how many milk cartons it takes to make a dragon! (One of those was featured in a past runway garment.)

The evening raises funds for the ARTS Council's many projects. It also allows designers
to make their own statements about everything from body image to our wasteful society. One year, as a tribute to survivorship and her patients, an oncology nurse made a garment from sterile medical supplies that were going to be discarded. Recycled Runway is also a great way for the fashion world to poke fun at itself. A silent auction will also take place, showcasing artwork and special experiences for the best bids.

The event is but one example of the strong presence the ARTS Council has in the region and the many collaborations it fosters. The idea of partnership extends to artists themselves, who the Council coaches in how to obtain grants, further develop their talents, and connect with artists in other mediums. The ARTS Council serves as a centralized calendar for groups, organizing myriad art events, and assisting with communication e orts to get the word out.

During GlassFest, the signature event of Corning's Gaffer District, the ARTS Council will showcase one of several "glassy" exhibits over Memorial Day weekend. Other art galleries will also feature glass artists including West End Gallery, Exhibit A, 60 East Gallery, and the Rockwell Museum, go to for more information.
The ARTS Council has been a key partner in the newly launched Urban Arts Crawl, a self-guided art-centric trail which happens the last Friday evening of the month from September to May. The crawl includes artist demonstrations, tastings, community art projects, live music and more which makes the Urban Arts Crawl of Corning a truly unique arts experience.

Through all these events, the ARTS Council allows us access to our inner artists. Now there's an idea to recycle.

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