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Art And Fashion Show To Create Good From Bad

Clipped From The Niagara This Week Newspaper

When retro store Penelope’s Planet was robbed by someone who tossed a brick through the glass front door last October, it was more than owner Kerry Parsons who suffered.

The thief or thieves ended up taking $1,000 worth of original clothing created by local artists and bands. The clothing was being sold on consignment, meaning it was the individual artists who lost out, not Parsons.

“It was all my local artists’ stuff,” she said. “I was in shock that whole day and I kind of needed a day to figure it out.”

Parsons said she felt bad for the artists, particular one woman who sells recycled T-shirts and lost $600 worth of product. Being the owner of a relatively young business — about 18 months — and one, like many, that is struggling, Parsons was in no position to reimburse the artists for what they lost.

But she wanted them to have something.

“I can’t just sit around and not give them anything,” she said.

Instead, Parsons is organizing an event for next month at the Mansion House, where one of the artists happens to work. The event will feature a silent art auction, a photo contest and a fashion show. Afterwards, starting at 6 p.m., there will be a concert featuring a number of local bands, including: Erick Von Erick, Smile Case, Twisted Harmony, Flashbacks, Cyborg, Brazen, Groovy Food, Ontic and Josh Suppan and his somekindawonderfuls.

Parsons said that even though the event takes place on a Sunday, she deliberately scheduled it for Feb. 17, the day before the new Family Day holiday.

“I did it so everyone can stay out all night and not worry,” she said.

Proceeds from the $5 cover charge ($20 for 5, or $7 at the door), sale of her own merchandise, a 50/50 draw and a donation jar will be used to compensate the local artists. Of what’s left over, 15 per cent will be donated to Women’s Place in Welland, with the remainder being used to reinvest in her business.

The fundraiser starts Feb. 17 at 4 p.m.. Parsons is looking for art and photography submissions for the show, as well as models for the fashion show. Model and designer submission sheets, as well as donations for door prizes are due by Jan. 20, while artists and photographer submission sheets are due a week later.

For more information, call 905-328-0549 or go to Penelope’s Planet at 80 St. Paul St.

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4 Responses
  1. Bari Jay says:

    I feel terrible for both Parson’s and the individual artists.

  2. Parsons should be commended for her actions. She organized the event to help others, even though it was not her who lost the value of the goods. Good people with a generous heart are not in large supply, and these artists are wise to have chosen Ms. Parsons as a patron.

  3. Artist says:

    Oh! I feel terrible for both

  4. Coeur says:

    I hope they collected enought money/

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