About the event

On September 20, 2018 at 6:00 p.m., The Regional Arts & Culture Council, along with some of the region’s most innovative design thinkers will host our second annual celebration of equitable education, creativity in the classroom, and sustainable fashion benefiting The Right Brain Initiative. For our second annual runway show we invite both rookies and established designers/design teams alike to debut runway garments made from recycled materials and found objects. Whether glued or stapled, sewn or woven, each piece will display inventive form, unique style and a creative juxtaposition—shifting the materials from their original form into wearable couture. Come for the fashion, stay for the reception-style fusion fare, tasty adult libations, whimsical post-show dessert and surprise guest performances as we celebrate The Right Brain Initiative’s 10 fantastic years of bringing arts integration into K-8 schools!


Here is a recap of all the fabulous designs that illuminated the runway Sept. 20, 2018.

SHIFT Sponsors

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Rindy Ross of Quarterflash

The Emcee Poison Waters

The Designers 2018 SHIFT Designs

The Event Committee SHIFT Squad

Sharron Van der Meulen


Musician | DJ VNPRT


Pam Miller

Website: www.francesmay.com

Pamela Baker-Miller is the Owner and Creative Director of the Portland institution, Frances May. Having studied painting in Brooklyn in the early aughts, Pamela seeks the artistry in fashion and approaches shopping as a personal exploration and tactile experience. For over ten years, Pamela has curated a diverse mix of independent and up-and coming designer clothing for men & women. She believes clothing should bring joy to our everyday

Sharron Van der Meulen

Tracy Curtis

Website: https://www.wellsfargo.com/

Tracy Curtis is a Region Bank President for Wells Fargo & Company. Ms. Curtis is responsible for managing the customer service, sales and community involvement activities of bank branches in northern Oregon and southwest Washington. Tracy is a first time SHIFT judge but a second year supporter. A native of England with punk rocker roots, her reputation as resident fashionista precedes her in the Portland community and we are thrilled to have her on our judges panel this evening.

Adam Arnold

Website: www.adam-arnold.com

Website2: www.adamarnoldjeans.com

IG: @adamarnoldstudio

From his studio/showroom in southeast Portland, Adam Arnold designs and creates his line of clothing for men and women. His garments are known for their clean lines, tailored silhouettes, timeless appeal, and impeccable fit. Drawing inspiration from many sources, he creates sophisticated clothing with an inventive spirit. His skill and esteem as a designer and creator of clothing has garnered collaborations with the Portland Art Museum, Contemporary Craft Museum, Oregon Ballet Theater and even feature designer on Project Runway.

Sharron Van der Meulen

Brooke Olzendam

Twitter: @brookeolzendam



Brooke Olzendam completed her second season in 2017-18 as Sideline Reporter for all home and road Trail Blazers game telecasts. She also serves as the host for digital, web and social content, as well as player feature stories throughout the season. Serving as our second judge she has a fondness for flair and an eye for fashion.


The Leftbank Annex 101 N Weidler Street Portland, OR 97227

Left Bank Annex

Event Sponsors

The Right Brain Initiative is a program of the Regional Arts & Culture Council, a 501(c)(3) arts services agency serving Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties, Oregon.