Baker Arts to host unique show
By ROBERT PIERCE
• Leader & Times
The number of types of art continues to expand at Liberal’s Baker Arts Center. In recent years, those arts have included the world of fashion, and this Thursday, the center will be getting not just adults, but also children involved with this art.
Baker is hosting its first Mommy & Daughter Spring Style Show, and this comes after successful spring and fall shows involving adult models in 2016.
Thursday’s show will start at 6 p.m. at Baker Arts at 623 N. Pershing in Liberal, and the fashions modeled will cover head to toe, with styles from Rockin’ Rumor Boutique, Golden Harvest Boutique, Dr. Dora Davis and Brown’s Shoe Fit.
Baker Director Toni Smith said adult’s and children’s clothing, shoes and eyewear will be modeled.
Smith said while traditionally art centers such as Baker have concentrated on stationary art such as painting and sculpture, fashion, including clothes, glasses and shoes, is itself part of the arts.
“It is all part of the arts,” she said. “They’re had to be somebody that designed all of that.”
Smith and Baker Arts Arts Administrative Assistant Heather Williams encourage everyone to come out to see the new fashions coming out for spring and to support the art center and local businesses.
“Have some good fun, and have some good social times,” Smith said. “Support the art center. Support the local businesses. It’s kind of a collaboration.”
Smith said fashion shows are something she and art director Jessica Strickland hope to continue in the future.
“You hope that they always grow into something more,” she said. “We are hoping to get more businesses involved in this fashion show for the fall one.”
Williams said some fashion shows in the past were put on with the help of the Fashion Tree, and after that store went out of business, Baker’s events have evolved into a different style.
“After doing a spring and a fall with Rockin’ Rumor, they approached us and wanted to do the Mommy/Daughter Fashion Show,” she said. “Who knows where it’s going to go from here? We just don’t know.”
Smith said she would like to extend the fashions offered at local shows into jewelry as well as the current items of eyewear, clothing and shoes.
“Who knows where else it could go as far as fashion?” she said. “It’s a wonderful part of the arts, and we’re excited about having it.”
Tickets for Thursday’s show are $5 for members and $7 for non-members and can be purchased online at www.bakerartscenter.org or by calling the center at 624-2810.