Karlstad said local businesses are already getting involved. They include Reach Fashion on Wingate Street in the Arts District, which will host a block-wide gala fashion and trunk show in conjunction with the unveiling of the new shoe sculptures next fall.
“I can’t wait,” said Reach Fashion owner Giovanni Caputo. “It’s going to be amazing.”
“The streets will be filled with creative, energetic clothing and public art designs, and we are using all local models,’’ Caputo said.
Down the street at Positive Images Gallery, owner Patricia Bruno is excited to be participating in the festivities.
“Projects such as this are so much fun and create such positive energy,” Bruno said. “I am always proud to tell visitors to my shop to check out the variety of fascinating art installations, such as the murals and shoe sculptures, as they wander around the area.”
Sarrette said plans are underway for a variety of events such as a “pop-up” museums, including an exhibit by Historic New England, all celebrating Haverhill’s historic and contemporary ties to the fashion industry.
Local schools are hoping a few philanthropists will step forward by sponsoring some of the fiberglass shoe sculptures on their behalf. Students and teachers are eager to engage in this public art installation by designing and painting these shoe forms as part of their arts education learning.
“As this second phase begins, it seems that there are some big shoes to fill,” Sarrette said.
Sponsorships for the Soles of Haverhill 2014 Fashion Forward project are now available at a variety of levels, each one with its own set of benefits.
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