Bits 'n' Pieces: Pet fashion designer aids rescue group

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Carole Bigwood has been designing clothes and accessories for pets for about eight years. On Aug. 21, the Salmon Creek resident and owner of Wild Child Pet Fashions (http://www.wildchildpetfashions.com) showed off some of her designs in a pet fashion show at Esther Short Park.

The fashion show was part of a Must Love Dogs NW event. Must Love Dogs NW is a Vancouver-based nonprofit no-kill animal rescue and adoption agency (http://www.mustlovedogsnw.com).

Bigwood, 45, dressed dogs available for adoption for the runway show. Her models ranged from a tiny Chihuahua to a hefty Labrador retriever.

“I can’t rescue every dog out there, so I really like being able to dress up dogs and make them cute and help them find permanent homes,” she said.

Bigwood will be showing off her pet fashions at other upcoming events, including one Sept. 10 at Haggen Food & Pharmacy in Oregon City, Ore., and at Doggie Palooza at the World Forestry Center in Portland on Oct. 16.

Bigwood, a Yorkshire terrier breeder, currently is busy making pet Halloween costumes. She’ll have little monster, lion, bear and other costumes at Doggie Palooza. Her designs are available on the Wild Child Pet Fashions website and locally at Beastie Boutique and Everyday Dog.

Local artists to participate in 15th Art in the Pearl

As one of the founders of Art in the Pearl, Camas’ Lyn Sedlak-Ford had no idea that the annual Portland art festival that launched in 1997 would grow into what it is today.

“It’s amazing that it has become such a strong show that’s so desirable that artists from all over the country compete to exhibit in it,” said Sedlak-Ford, 50.

This year marks the 15th annual Art in the Pearl, which is Sept. 3-5 (http://www.artinthepearl.com). Sedlak-Ford will have 3-D mixed-media works on display, many created with her husband, Randy Sedlak-Ford, 55. The two have been full-time artists since 1989.

The Sedlak-Fords aren’t the only Clark County artists participating in Art in the Pearl. Vancouver mixed-media painter Jill Mayberg and La Center printmaker Gene Flores also will have work in the show.

Mayberg, 49, is new to the Art in the Pearl board this year, but has participated in the event as an artist for about seven years. Her work combines paper, oil pastels and acrylic paint.

Earlier this year, Mayberg received a fellowship from Artist Trust that carries with it an award of $7,500.

Flores, 43, has participated in Art in the Pearl for about four years, and is looking forward to this year’s show.

Flores, art department chairman at Portland Community College, will showcase his prints, many of which feature surreal subjects that combine human and animal features.

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