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On Exhibit: Stylish 'trees' with a twist

On Exhibit: Stylish 'trees' with a twist

They are crafted out of carefully rolled sheet music, garland, handmade paper, recycled materials
On Exhibit: Stylish 'trees' with a twist
Two of the “tree” dresses featured at “Adorn — A Festival of Trees with a Twist.”
Photographer: Provided

These trees really belong on the catwalk.

But they’ve found a temporary home at the Albany Area Heritage Visitors Center for the “Adorn — A Festival of Trees with a Twist,“ exhibit, curated by Janet Tanguay of the Capital Region Chamber. 

Ten festively-styled “trees” or dress forms, all designed by local artists, are scattered about the Center. They are crafted out of carefully rolled sheet music, garland, handmade paper, and recycled materials.

Each intricate dress form is up for bid and half if not all of the money goes to each artist’s charity of choice, including Equinox, Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, Crime Stopper, and Up-Stitch. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, the Center will be auctioning off each “tree” to the highest bidder as part of the Albany Holiday Market. 

The idea to create a show like this came from an unlikely place, Tanguay said; a miscommunication about a Facebook profile photo. Last year, she’d been looking for a new profile photo and found one of a tree mannequin that someone else had made and loved it so much she made it her temporary profile photo. People went crazy over it, Tanguay said, and even after she let everyone know she hadn’t designed the dress form, people just started telling her she needed to start making them. 

She’s always been very connected to the local art community — she’s an artist and formerly ran a business focused on getting local artists out there — so it wasn’t hard to find fellow artists with the talent and the eye required. 

The 10 “trees” featured were designed by  Angela Cuozzo, Betsi Lattanzio, Nicole Levy, Selena Mansfield, Frankie Mueller, Karen Schupack, Susan Taylor, and Tanguay. They will be on exhibit at the Center until Dec. 14. 

Dress auction

WHEN: 5-8 p.m. Thursday
WHERE: 25 Quackenbush Square, Albany

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