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Former Springs artist lends wearable art piece to local galleries 

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  • Alissa Smith

Etainia Dagda, a graduate of local Palmer High School and a University of Colorado at Colorado Springs alum, may now live in New Zealand where she works and creates art, but she has recently sent a proxy home to tour Colorado Springs in her stead.

“Vicarious” is its name — a stunning piece of wearable art that Dagda entered in the prestigious World of WearableArt™ competition in 2017. With this, her second WOW® entry, she made it all the way to the finals in that year’s “Red” section.

In 2017, Dagda said of her piece: “‘Vicarious’ was inspired by fire rising and spreading and scales in nature — pinecones... dragons... The category was Red so I didn’t have to think too much about color, so I focused on texture and shape. The challenge was ‘what does the color red mean to you?’”

In honor of Dagda’s accomplishment, and seeing as this is her proud hometown, “Vicarious” will be gallery-hopping all summer to draw attention to the WOW® exhibit opening at the Fine Arts Center this week. See below for a schedule of places you can see “Vicarious” before it rejoins Dagda in New Zealand.

Through June 24 — Fine Arts Center
June 25-July 8 — Colorado Springs Airport
July 9-17 — Downtown
July 18-July 24 — Bella Art & Frame
July 25-Aug. 1 — Visit Colorado Springs office
Aug. 2-9 — Library 21c
Aug. 10-20 — Sand Creek Library
Aug. 21-Sept. 3 — TBD
Sept. 4-10 — Palmer High School
Sept. 11-20 — Pikes Peak Community College

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