The Matthews has been emptying out their costume department. The 25 coats/blazers/jackets will be given new life by anyone who is creative, crafty, and artistic. The upcycled creations then become our next art exhibit, “Suit Up!” This exhibit culminates in a fashion show fundraiser on Nov. 5.

Artists and Crafty, Creative People Wanted

The Matthews is enlisting the help of talented local artists and crafters to give 25 old costume department coats a new look.  

Let your imagination Run Wild

Artists may use one OR multiple mediums to upcycle the 25 coats.  That means you can bedazzle, embellish, paint, print, sew, embroider…the sky’s the limit! 

Accessorize too!

Artists can also accessorize their creation anyway they please. Do you have a fun hat, purse, cane, feather boa?  You get the drift.

Dates and Deadlines

Come to the art gallery right now!  We will sign out the coat you choose.  Coats need to be returned to the arts center by Oct. 20.  

On Display in the Art Gallery 

The finished coats will be on display in the art gallery from Oct. 20 until Nov. 5. The Suit Up! fundraiser takes place 2-4 p.m. on Sat., Nov. 5 in the opera house theater. Admittance is $10 for all seats.  Those who create the coats will receive a FREE ticket to the show.

Live models will strut your upcycled coats during the show. The coats will then be open to silent and live auctions.  Proceeds to benefit The Matthews Restoration Fund.