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Regenerative Gala to Spotlight Ethical Consumerism

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Monday, March 6, 2023   

To kick off Earth Month in April, a Bay Area event called the Regenerative Gala will promote the concepts of ethical consumerism and fashion and art as a vehicle for change.

The event's fashion show rejects so-called "fast fashion" which produces clothes in sweatshops, often made from petroleum-based synthetic fabrics.

Joelle Provost, a low-impact painter whose works will be featured, said the focus is on natural fabrics produced on farms avoiding pesticides, rejuvenating the soil, and paying a living wage.

"So a lot of small brands are saying, let's source our textiles from the farmers so that we know that the ecosystems are being supported on those small farms," Provost explained. "It's all about small-batch fabrics."

The art auction will feature works promoting a healthy environment and the fight against climate change. The gala takes place on April 1 at the Piedmont Center for the Arts near Oakland.

Julian Adon Alexander, another featured artist, will offer paintings raising awareness about the lack of green space in urban neighborhoods of color.

"I just think exposure to new ideas is really the point of art," Alexander noted. "I don't think it necessarily solves problems, it just introduces something into somebody's mind."

The food at the event will emphasize low-waste, local products. The organizers say the idea is to inspire people to use their lifestyle and purchasing power to live in harmony with the earth rather than plunder its natural resources. Proceeds will benefit the Agrarian Trust, a nonprofit supporting land access for the next generation of farmers.


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