If it’s all about keeping the fun in fundraising, the CARTM Trashion Show certainly delivered.
The fifth annual fashion show opened in the newly renovated North Coast Recreation District Theater, in Nehalem, to the sounds of the 12-String Trio and a slide show showcasing previous Trashion icons. The hour-long runway show featured 27 models in wearable trash.
Emceed by Susan Tone, an area real estate agent, the show was dedicated to former board chair and beloved Trashionista Kathleen Ryan, who inspired local communities to make and wear art. Ryan died peacefully in her home in Manzanita on Aug. 31. She was 73.
Ryan’s passion for trashion was remembered throughout the event.
Linda Kozlowski, Emergency Volunteer Corps of Nehalem Bay president, launched the show wearing a Ryan design. Local artist/singer Fig Walnut’s dress and headgear ensemble was created from materials in Ryan’s collection and closet – including wine foils, silky draperies and more.
Ryan’s trash-couture was displayed upstairs in the Upcycle Party as part of the décor. Jonathan Feder, a.k.a. DJ YersTruly, played dance tunes and partygoers enjoyed Bleu Eyed Baker appetizers and Pelican Brewery libations.
True to its pledge of being a zero-waste event, food waste was composted and durable, reusable plates and linens were used.
Trav Williams, owner of Broken Banjo Photogaphy in Nehalem, was also on hand to take some amazing pictures capturing all of the event’s magnificent glory and spirit.
Organizers said the show raised $9,332 to fund CARTM’s recycling, reuse and waste reduction programs. The nonprofit operates a unique one-stop Recycling Center, The Refindery resale store and the Manzanita Transfer Station for solid waste (trash).