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Designers' work featured in art walk salon display

07/08/11

A display that showcases some of Portland's most creative contemporary artists and designers will be in the spotlight at a downtown hair salon for the First Friday Art Walk.


PORTLAND PRESS HERALD
A display that showcases some of Portland's most creative contemporary artists and designers will be in the spotlight at a downtown hair salon for the First Friday Art Walk.

The exhibit, at O2 Salon on Congress Street, is a collaborative effort among clothing designer Diana Duane, jewelry designer Hannah Tarkinson, hair and makeup artists Jennifer Leigh and Tasha Zwickerhill, and photographer David Zwickerhill.

In the windows of the salon, located at Congress Square in the State Theatre building, four "live mannequins" will model dresses designed by Duane and jewelry by Tarkinson. The hair and makeup will be done by Leigh, owner of O2 Salon, and her colleague Tasha Zwickerhill.

Images from a recent fashion photo shoot by David Zwickerhill will also be shown in the salon. The photos feature the same models in the same dresses and accessories, in a warehouse setting. More dresses from Duane's collection will be on display as well.

The artists involved in the exhibit have diverse backgrounds. Duane is owner of Golden Apple Clothing, and also is the leader of the Smoke and Mirrors Circus, which performs monthly at Geno's. Tarkinson, who designs jewelry and accessories under the name Ponomo, recycles leather and old jewelry to create new items.

Prior to opening her own shop in 1999, Leigh -- a graduate of Maine College of Art -- worked for many of Portland's leading salons. Tasha Zwickerhill, who has been in the beauty industry since 2007, also works on photo shoots with her husband David, owner of Zwickerhill Photography.

O2 is at 605 Congress St. The First Friday event runs 5 to 8 p.m.