Get Ready for Fête's 'Apocalyptic Wonderland' at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis this Saturday

By Christopher Reilly
In Culture

Art Director Sarah Faragalla, who works in both the commercial and video music industries in New York and Los Angeles, has long thought that St. Louis independent artists are an exceptionally gifted breed who don’t receive the national attention they deserve. Now she’s doing something about it. Using her professional background and many influences, Faragalla is launching Fête, a new event series and pop-up boutique to help raise the profile of local independent artists. The first of the biannual events, titled “Apocalyptic Wonderland,” happens this Saturday, May 17 at 7pm at Contemporary Art Museum.

Featured Artist Erica Dunk Courtesy of Fete

Featured Artist
Erica Dunk
Courtesy of Fete

The high fashion and art event brings together artists working in a variety of disciplines who work toward a unified, multifaceted experience, which produces a curated exhibition featuring visual art, performing art, fashion shows, and live music. The style of the exhibit takes the tone of a music video and features artists of all trades working with the same color palette, theme and mood board. “There so much amazing talent here in the city, and, wow, there’s not so much for them to do here as far as professional gigs are concerned,” Faragalla says. “I wanted to bring all these things together in one event where the artists are all working together.

Featured Artist  Michele Sansone Courtesy of Fete

Featured Artist
Michele Sansone
Courtesy of Fete

For each Fête event—there’s another scheduled in the fall—Faragalla poses a question to the artists. With the premise of “Apocalyptic Wonderland” being the often-tumultuous life of an artist, she asked, “What is left when all is lost?” Selected artists answer the question with their work, allowing guests of the exhibit to take a “transformative journey through darkness, limbo and light.” Each featured artist also has the opportunity to sell their work in the exhibition and in the event’s pop-up boutique.

Fine art photography by Brian DeMint Courtesy of Fete

Fine art photography by
Brian DeMint
Courtesy of Fete

“Apocalyptic Wonderland,” features 30 various artists, including designer Erica Dunk of Hyper Haute, known for her avant-garde accessories; Michele Sansone, fashion and costume designer of Sansone Designs; fine art photographer Brian DeMint; runway and editorial hair/makeup team VictoriaLambert; musicians Shotgun Abby (currently voted #1 on ReverbNation’s Indie chart for St. Louis) and Missouri Ballet Theatre.

To really experience the feeling of stepping into a music video, guests are encouraged to dress in the event’s color and style, with colors including black, gray, gold, white and red, and attire encompassing ornate accessories, royal influences, headdresses, fur (or faux fur), horns and feathers. Need more inspiration? Take a look at the mood board on Pinterest.

Tickets to Fête are $35 in advance, $40 at the door, and can be purchased online at Eventbrite. For more information about Fête’s “Apocalyptic Wonderland,” including a full listing of artists featured, please visit Fête’s Facebook page.

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