The latter part of 2006 was filled with fashion and advertisement shoots and "alternative" senior portraits. A highlight was the "Junk to Funk" fashion show held in the Wonder Ballroom December 2, which was assigned by The Oregonian and had front page coverage in the Living section.
All designers' clothing was made from trash: crayon wrappers, newspaper plastic bags, soda cans, cassette tape: anything that might end up in a landfill. Joni is in the process of bringing all designers into the studio to create documentary images of the amazing designs.
Special guest City Commissioner Sam Adams, who MC'd the show, was dressed in a suit made from rubber.
In addition, Joni continues to work with Renee Field on fashion shoots to include in her ever-evolving portfolio. Renee has worked with fashion greats such as Helmut Newton.
Many teens are tired of the traditional senior portrait, so Joni was flooded with calls to make images that will make a statement in a high school yearbook. See some of these portraits in the teen section of the Joni Kabana Photography website.
Regence Community Gallery Opening
Over 100 people from various walks within the Portland community attended the Regence Community Gallery opening in November. Regence CEO Mark Ganz spoke on the importance of celebrating clients and benefactors; Phil Harris from the Oregon College of Arts and Crafts delivered an eloquent speech on the interpretation of art in corporate settings; and Joni delivered a heartfelt message on the "engagement" of images and relationships.
Many comments were received regarding how the gallery brought together many different persons from various walks of life. Perhaps the most poignant comment was from Kristen Stiff Arm, who said:
I was pleasantly surprised to see a CEO of such a large organization take issue with the way his people move through their day; that creativity, stimulation and provocation act as reminders to why they are doing their jobs and the people they serve, and to remember that art itself is healing and supportive of the community they are immersed in. It is when we begin to include art into our spaces, as a society, that we can truly say we have evolved past the point of trying to survive and have raised our glance above our mental litany to see life.