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  The Bloomingdale Park District Museum is excited to open “Fashion & Footwear”, a multi-media show featuring fabulous and funky, authentic and artistic, vintage and varied fashions, shoes and accessories.  The show opens Saturday, July 16 and runs through Saturday, August 13.  An opening reception is planned for Sunday, July 24 from 2-4pm, everyone is welcome to attend.  The show will feature “Footwear:  Women’s Stories”--artist-made shoes by the group Women’s Journeys in Fiber, “High Heels:  Gothic Architecture”--fine-art photography by William North, distinctive wearable art by fashion designer Rahaf Damra, vintage clothing from the collection of Brenda Owen, and many other unique items.  

Women’s Journeys in Fiber, a group of Chicago area fiber artists, showcases work from their “Footwear” project.  Each pair tells a story of women or men throughout history for whom a shoe has had a role in defining the individual or their destiny.  The works will be accompanied by the artists’ statements where they will share their creative process and explain how the particular piece of footwear relates to their lives.  The group has produced nearly twenty different themed shows that have been displayed at various venues.  

William North is a fine art photographer making black and white images of cathedrals and historical buildings.  He is not interested as much in the structures themselves as the aesthetic aspect, the art in the architecture.  Believing that art can inspire, heal, and bring hope, his goal is the creation of quiet images that evoke thoughtfulness and reflection.  William resides in Wheaton, IL, has a BA from Wheaton College, and is a graduate of the College of DuPage Photography Program.  High Heels: Gothic Architecture was originally a photography class project.  After completing the portfolio, he began noticing details alluding to cathedral design within the images.  

Rahaf Damra is a budding fashion designer based in Chicago, IL.  Constantly exploring the intersection of culture and art, she uses fashion design as her medium of choice.  With a strong belief in driving social justice change and a deep appreciation for highlighting different cultures around the world, Rahaf allows her designs to be thought-provoking, wearable pieces of art with a deeper meaning. Rahaf's ultimate goal is to spread awareness about making the world a more beautiful place through her designs, one garment at a time.  In this installation, viewers can explore the dichotomy between our simultaneous appreciation and destruction of nature, and what that means to them.  

Also featured are 1930s – 1950s historic garments from the family archives of Brenda Owen.  She will share dresses, coats, and gowns from flour sack to formal.  Another group of photographs by Joan Ladendorf features the soles of golf shoes presented as abstract designs.  The curators have delved into personal collections for additional items of interest, and donations from local residents are included as well.  Please make the Museum a summer destination.  “Design-Your-Own” coloring sheets will be available to all for some creative play at home.  The Museum’s regular hours are Wednesday evenings, 5-8pm, Thursday and Saturday afternoons, 12-4pm.  Admission is $1.00 for residents, $2.00 for non-residents, and $.50 for Seniors.  Donations are always welcome.  

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