Artist, teacher.

What is 

FASHION EXTRAVAGANZA 2017? 


August 3rd, The Pickett House 17 South 6th Street, Bayfield, WI 54814

   3:00 VIP Party, Backstage Pass, Meet and Greet with Artists

   4:00 Adult Refreshments, Lite Bites and Mingle

   4:30 Fashion Show

   5:30 Shopping 


  

Co-founders; Kelly Kirchner Nelson of Kelly & Crew, Lavetta Meyers Torke  of Lavetta's Creative Threads and Donalee Kennedy of DONALEE DESIGNS

FASHION EXTRAVAGANZA 2017 presents artist-designed items for the very discerning woman. Items include; knit tops, cotton shirts, silk boleros, wool jackets, silk scarves, leather handbags, jewelry and much more!  Many garments handmade by Lavetta using fabrics designed by Donalee with great outfits from Kelly and Crew.  

We will have vendor booths with local artists that include  Lissa Flemming of Silverwaves, Jan Wise, Wade Cashman or Cashman Custom Leather & Repair, Helen Wang of Helen Wang Jewelry.  DONALEE DESIGNS will have quilts, pillows, and fabric, jewelry and a few surprises available for sale. 

We are proud to partner with two great community resources; New Day Shelter in Ashland and The Bayfield Area Food Pantry, they will both receive 10% of our sales.  

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Limited seating available! 

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Items made by Donalee that will be available August 3rd. 

With your VIP ticket you get in early at 3:00 pm, early shopping, VIP party, Backstage pass, Fashion show, and shopping after the show.

This ticket gets you in at 4:00 pm, Refreshments, Lite Bites, Meet the artists, Fashion show and shopping after the show. 

Co-founders Bio's

Lavetta  Meyer Torke, Fiber Artist

Lavetta’s interest in textiles started at an early age.  Growing up in rural central Illinois, she started sewing at the age of 10 in 4-H, earning blue ribbons at the county & state fairs for her garments.  She also credits her two Home Economics teachers in high school with fostering an appreciation for good craftsmanship and design, where she won the Outstanding Home Economics Student  Award all 4 years in High School, leading to a full scholarship in Home Economics Education at the University of Illinois.

Lavetta has been sewing and knitting for the past 60 years!!!  Along the way, she earned a degree in Art &  Business Management from Alverno College &  worked as a marketing professional in Milwaukee for 15 years.   In 1992 she launched Marketing Solutions which provided strategic planning, organizational development and fundraising  assistance to small business and non-profit organizations throughout the state of Wisconsin.   In addition to her work she volunteered for numerous Milwaukee community boards. 

 In 1999 Lavetta & her husband Tom retired and moved to Bayfield, Wisconsin.  Leisure provided an opportunity to rediscover “the artist within” and Lavetta  began her active artistic career.   She has studied watercolor & explored fiber arts with local artists who continue to challenge and inspire her work.   In addition to fiber arts, Lavetta is a painter and a gardener.  Her garden was a regular stop on the “Bayfield in Bloom” garden tour and she has won awards for her watercolors and fiber work.  Lavetta is a member of Wisconsin Designer Crafts Council and the Textile Center of Minneapolis, MN.

 Lavetta’s wearable art incorporates a love of texture, color, good design & artistry in craftsmanship. Every garment is a one-of-a-kind work of art.  She gathers her materials on her frequent travels; her painted textiles are inspired by the natural world around us.

Lavetta is the mother & stepmother of 7 grown children and grandmother to 5 children.   Lavetta & husband Tom recently purchased a home in Tucson, AZ and plan to spend summers in Wisconsin.


Kellymarie Kirchner hails from the Northern Kingdom of the Apostle Islands, high on the map of Wisconsin, a place of uncompromising beauty. She brings her sense of this place, the waters and the wilds, to her work as an artist  & stylist and is fascinated with the unknown gifts from the earth.

Kelly grew up surrounded by 4 generations of extremely creative women who passed on their joy and passion with fabrics & fibers, color & style by sharing their knowledge at every opportunity.  “I've had a passion for expressing creativity ever since”.

Studying design at the UW Stout brought her closer to the love of all things ART, along with a DNA that demands being outdoors collaborating with the gorgeousness of nature, this energy ignites the gestation of the fascination process.

“I began noticing women who dressed smartly adding their own sense of style and owning it with confidence, so I started experimenting and creating a style for myself.  Friends began complimenting me on how I put things together, and they started asking me to help them develop a look or style they could personalize as their own.”  Today more than ever, I am honored when a woman walks into Kelly & Crew seeking advice and asking questions on how to develop a look, a style they feel wonderful and confident with.”

Donalee Kennedy