YOUNG MASTERS ART SHOW IS COMING!

image-3I know we’re always telling our blog readers to “Save the Date,” but this is a really SPECIAL date to put on your calendar now. SATURDAY, MAY 2 is the 25th annual Young Masters Art Show, sponsored by Assistance League of Irvine in the Irvine Civic Center Plaza from 1 to 4 pm. This is a FREE family event with hands-on craft activities, refreshments, and a fantastic art exhibit featuring over 500 pieces of children’s art.

Irvine Unified School District art specialist teachers select one piece of art from every K – 6 classroom in the district to be showcased at Young Masters, and these young students are SO talented. The art will stay on display in the lobby of City Hall through May 14, but you have to be there MAY 2 for everything else!

This year our craft stations will include Clay Creations, decorating picture frames, painting mini-flower pots, and – a Selfie booth! Face painting and balloon creations will be back by popular demand.

Don’t miss the entertainment, which will feature the Irvine Elementary Honor Choir, the Irvine High Jazz Ensembles, and the Woodbridge High Percussion Ensemble (consistently ranked as one of the best high-school percussion groups in the nation).

Art, crafts, music – what better way to spend an afternoon? Bring the whole family and we’ll see you on May 2!

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The Vintage Dress

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I just went to an exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art called, “Diane Von Furstenberg:  The Art of the Dress.”  This exhibit, which runs until April 1, 2014, celebrates the 40th anniversary of Von Furstenberg’s iconic “wrap dress.”  200 examples of the dress, both vintage and modern, are on display, along with artwork, photos, and other memorabilia.

Those of us of a certain age remember this as “The Dress” in the 70’s.  Everyone had one.  The Wrap Dress had bold colors, geometric prints, cleavage – and you could wash it.  No more shirtwaist dresses with Peter Pan collars – the wrap dress was sophisticated, modern, and In.  (And according to one of the old advertisements on display, it only cost $80, which seems unbelievable nowadays.)

Going to a show like this brings back instant memories and makes us realize why certain items are timeless.  I often have the same reaction at the thrift store when I see a piece of vintage clothing, housewares, or toys.  There’s a reason people are still buying classic sweaters, CorningWare casserole dishes, and Monopoly games.  They worked for our lifestyles back in the day, and they work now.

If you’re going to be in Los Angeles this month, check out this exhibit, which is in the old May Company building at 6067 Wilshire (LACMA West).  If you’re not going to be in Los Angeles, check out the ALI thrift store for your vintage fix!

– Marta, ALI Volunteer