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Jazzy Ladies show highlights wearable art from local artists

My favorite thing about my job is meeting nice people and writing about the good things they do. My second-favorite thing is having reasons to dress up.

So when Jill Hershfield asked me to be one of the models in Saturday’s ArtCenter Manatee Jazzy Ladies fashion show, I quickly agreed. Then, I quickly got nervous. What if I fell down?

But fashion coordinator Vicki Rollo made it lots of fun. The styles came from Heart’s Desire, her cute boutique in the Village of the Arts. She even got me to wear clothes besides my usual blend-in-black. And, the terrific accessories were “wearable art” handmade by local artists.

The luncheon was also lots of fun. Chair Didi Hager and her committee assembled a great batch of Chinese raffle items and several artists had jewelry and other accessories for sale. The dining room of the IMG Academies Country Club was filled with tables of jazzy ladies and ArtCenter director Diane Shelly was busy talking to all of them.

Among the people seen at the luncheon, and from the runway, included popular artist Miki Boni, who is here for the winter, Ann Fletcher, Pat Robertson and Billie Earle Deane and her bevy of daughters.

My fellow models were Jill, Violet Parker, Marianne Barnebey, Janene Witham, Merrie Lynn Parker, Robin Borland and Joanna Coke. And, I didn’t fall down.

Susan Wilcox, a Florida native, has lived in Bradenton for more than 20 years. She has been active in many local organizations as a volunteer or an employee.