Upcycled Wonders: Project Refuge Designs Exhibition
“Ding” Darling’s Project Refuge: A Couture Fashion Show Using Trash debuted in 2019 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife and raise awareness for recycling. It spawned an encore 2022 fashion show to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge (DDWS), which hosted both events. Now, two separate exhibitions showcasing the “best of the best” of the two runway shows will open to the general public.
The new Tribby Arts Center at Shell Point Retirement Community will open its “Castoffs to Couture: Selections from Project Refuge of the ‘Ding’ Darling Wildlife Society” to the public May 7 through June 25. “Castoffs to Couture” is open free-of-charge to the public from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Following its exhibition at Shell Point, the “Best of the Best of Project Refuge” comes home for display at the “Ding” Darling Visitor & Education Center July 5 through Aug. 30 daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.