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The Wick Costume Museum celebrates The Roaring Twenties with new costume exhibit

Flappers, Suffragettes and other 1920’s inspired wardrobes are on display at a new exhibit “The Roaring Twenties” at the Wick Costume Museum.

Open from now through May, the exhibit showcases the style of the time.

“The 1920s were a time of dramatic change, especially for women,” said Kimberly Wick, Curator. “While the iconic ‘flapper’ is one of the most indelible images of the era, it is only one aspect of the increasing influence women had upon this momentous decade. That is why we are very proud to dedicate an entire section of the exhibition to the Suffragettes, with a vintage wardrobe display and a multimedia presentation that celebrates the ratification of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.”

Prohibition also defined the decade, creating an underground culture that spawned speakeasies and fueled the Jazz Age. The Wick’s collection will bring the Great Gatsby era to life with a dazzling array of gowns, coats, hats and other stylish influences that created one of the most recognizable decades in fashion.

The Wick’s extensive Broadway Costume catalogue will be on view with selections from shows that celebrate the 1920s including The Boyfriend, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Drowsy Chaperon and others.

The exhibit also pays homage to one of the greatest designers of all-time, Erté. The Russian-born French Artist, who brilliantly captured the Art Deco era, will be represented by extravagant original and replica showgirl costumes.

The Museum will open for general tours and luncheons, with tickets priced at $48 and $58 for the added cabaret show. Tours require RSVP.

Ceramic exhibit on display at Sugar Sand Park

After retiring from his job as the Director of the Boca Raton Museum Art School last year, Walter O’Neill enrolled in a free pottery class at the Deerfield Beach Center for Active Aging.

The painter had not studied ceramics since 6th grade. But he began taking courses at Palm Beach State College, and in the summer returned to Boca Museum Art School to take pottery classes.

He now works on his ceramic sculpture four days per week and his pieces will be on display this month at the Sugar Sand Park Community Gallery in Boca Raton.

The opening reception of New Ceramics by Walter O’Neil will take place from 5-7 p.m. on Nov. 1. The exhibit runs through Dec. 1.

His ceramics include sculpture as well as cups, bowls, planters and vases.

Submissions open for The Student Showcase of Films

Submissions are now being accepted for the 25th Student Showcase of Films.  The competition is free and open to aspiring filmmakers, writers, graphic designers and digital media artists who are currently enrolled in any high school or college in the state of Florida.

This year, the program boasts an increased award offering, with more than $20,000 in cash, scholarships and prizes up for grabs for entries in various categories including documentary, animation, music video, screenwriting and more. Entries are judged by an international panel of more than 40 entertainment industry experts.

Winners will be announced, and awards will be presented at an exciting, red carpet award show on April 3 at the Keith C. and Elaine Johnson Wold Performing Arts Center at Lynn University.

Interested students should visit for more details and entry guidelines for each category.  The deadline for entry is Jan. 27 by 5 p.m.