by Torri Singer
Truth be told, Rumson Fair Haven Regional High School has not always been celebrated for its concentration on the arts. Our school instead is noted for our fearsome athletic teams and impressive academic curricula. However, RFH fosters some highly talented artistic students, and the National Art Society certainly does its part to spread the visions of these fresh, creative minds and their respected works.
Most recently and up-and-coming is the hard work and dedication of a particular student. His name is Stephen Biga, and he is a senior at RFH. Graduating this June, he plans to pursue a career in his dream in the peculiar yet beautiful world of fashion.
Over the past year, Biga has been working diligently to organize a “walking art” fashion show, and his determination has finally paid off–this May he will host a fashion show which has literally come to life in the past few months. The show, which he has cleverly entitled “Runway to a Remedy,” will take place on Sunday May 23rd from 5 to 7:30 pm. All proceeds will go to the Jacqueline M. Wilentz Comprehensive Breast Center at Monmouth Medical.
Biga has combined his artistic passion with his desire to create a charitable environment that can give back to the community. Additionally, all students will have the opportunity to act as contributing participants. He has asked student artists to submit pieces into the show to be featured on the runway. Participants do not need a background in clothing construction whatsoever; the only requirements are a creative mind and determination to complete a product. The rest will speak for itself at the show.
The idea behind what has been entitled a “walking art” fashion show is this: rather than an ordinary fashion show where models walk down a runway wearing designers’ latest creations, the clothing featured will “transform” the models into literal pieces of art. The materials Biga suggests are a bit unconventional and include: newspaper, recycled cans, tape, organic materials, metal, etc. Jewelry from jewelry making class and other accessories are also permitted. Improvision is encouraged, as art itself is the result of the constant improvising of materials and subjects in order to create something unique.
The most exciting aspect of this show may very well be that it is an entirely student-run function. Biga compiled a committee of students to assist him with the lengthy list of tasks needed to transfer his idea from paper to reality. The National Art Society is sponsoring of the show, as well as numerous other local businesses. This event has caused great excitement among the community, and continues to gain recognition. Full press coverage is expected.
While the show is still a month away, tickets and space are limited. Admission is $15 per person. To pre-order & reserve tickets, make your checks payable to RFH NAHS , and send them to: Runway to a Remedy c/o Stephen Biga 29 Highland Avenue Fair Haven, NJ 07704. The event will be held at Chapel at Fort Hancock in Sandy Hook. Please be prompt; there is a limited capacity and purchasing tickets in advanced is highly suggested. Additionally, If you are interested in contributing a piece, or learning more information on the event, do not hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your full name and point of interest. Biga stresses that if a participant commits to submission, that commitment needs to be honored in order to secure a design spot.
There is still time to become an active member of this show, or to grab your ticket!
Whether or not you or a loved one has personally been touched by breast cancer, this event will surely help to improve the lives of women in our community and spread information about detection and treatment of this cancer. It is a creative representation that students can all be proud of.
And Now, a Few More Words from Stephen Biga: