Fashion show exhibit shows the history of hair
BY KAYLA PONGRAC
Our Town Correspondent
Angela Godin described the exhibit about to be put on display inside the Goldhaber-Fend Fine Arts Center gallery as “innovative and captivating.”
“I’m just so excited this whole thing is happening,” said Godin, executive director of Community Arts Center of Cambria County (CACCC).
The exhibition, “hairSTORY,” will be created by Garrett resident and professional photographer Krista Stoltzfus during an inaugural event of the same name, which is to be held at CACCC June 29.
On that afternoon, Godin and her staff will partner with The Vault Salon.Spa in downtown Johnstown to host a “history of hair” fashion show. During the show, Stoltzfus will photograph the participating models who have agreed to model popular hairstyles from the late 1800s through the present day.
Stoltzfus, who co-owns a photography studio called Higher Focus Studios with her friend and business partner Kristen, will have one week to prepare the photos she takes at the event for display at CACCC, located at located at 1217 Menoher Boulevard in Johnstown’s Westmont neighborhood.
Godin said she’s not aware of an exhibition like this being offered in Johnstown before.
“It’s so unique because people who have tickets to our event on June 29 will be able to see the live fashion show, and then come back the following weekend to see photos from that event on display as a professional exhibition,” she said.
Those who did not secure tickets to the June 29 “hairSTORY” fashion show and luncheon are welcome to attend the exhibition’s opening reception, which is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.
The reception is to take place from 1 to 3 p.m. July 6. The reception will include complimentary refreshments and a gallery talk by Stolzfus. The latter is to begin at 2 p.m. and will conclude with a Q&A session.
“I think her gallery talk will be really cool,” Godin said, “because she can talk about her experience photographing the models at our inaugural ‘hairSTORY’ fashion show, and the process of turning that into an exhibition. She’ll also talk about what kind of work she does on a regular basis, and about how her business has evolved over the years.”
Godin said she hopes community members — especially those interested in photography — will attend the opening reception, or make some time this summer to stop by the gallery to check out Stolzfus’s exhibit, which will remain on display through July 26. CACCC’s regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.
In addition to the photos that Stolzfus takes during the June 29 event, she will also have on display an entire wall of photographs from her portfolio, all of which are to be available for purchase.
Godin said she’s excited to be working with a photographer who was willing to “dive in headfirst” and give an exhibit like this a try.
"She’s extremely talented, and I am consistently blown away by her work,” Godin said. “Her shots are so refined.”
Stolzfus has photographed weddings, family portraits and senior portraits. She describes her style as “timeless” and “authentic,” and she said she’s grateful for the opportunity to work with Godin and her staff to bring “hairSTORY” to life.
"I feel very excited and blessed to have this opportunity,” Stolzfus said. “The timing of this opportunity couldn't be more perfect. Over the past six months, I have been seeking out ways to expand my photography business into the Johnstown area. I am really looking forward to documenting the ‘hairSTORY’ exhibition and also being able to share a little bit more with the community who we are at Higher Focus Studios.”