The crowds keep on coming at the Festival of Arts.
Two events last weekend brought in a record number of visitors — a fashion show and a meet and greet with "Criminal Minds" cast members.
The upcoming Acura Celebrity Event on Saturday, hosted by singer-songwriter Richard Marx, is also expected to lure plenty of visitors to the festival, which ends its season Wednesday.
Re(f)use to Runway
The popular Festival Runway Fashion show, in its third year, drew its biggest crowd ever Saturday.
"Festival Runway Fashion has quickly become one of our most popular special events," said Susan Davis, festival director of special events. "Participating artists are competing for cash prizes, but really what they want are the bragging rights!"
The runway show features designs by festival exhibitors created from at least 80% reused, recycled or reclaimed materials.
Artist Brad Elsberry won the first prize of $1,000 for the second year in a row. His bridal gown and train was made of clear, plastic dry-cleaner bags with a strapless, backless bodice overlaid with "lace" made from white metal hangers. Even the bouquet was recycled — it was fashioned from laundry tickets and receipts.