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Bras as works of art? Create lingerie to support the fight against breast cancer

Published September 26, 2013 8:58 am

Benefit • The event includes an art project which uses brassieres as the canvas.
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Some major Utah artists are showing their support in the fight against breast cancer — and inviting the community to show their crafty side on a bra.

Paintings by 13 Utah artists will be unveiled at "Creating for a Cause," a special event Friday morning, Sept. 27, at the Intermountain Medical Center's Breast Care Center in Murray.

At the event, people will be creating their own works of art, using brassieres as the canvas. Some 300 bras will be available to be adorned with paint, sequins, feathers, ribbon, flowers and whatever else the imagination can add.

The paintings are from local artists Trent Alvey, Heather Barron, Leia Bell, Lee Udall Bennion, Deborah Brinckerhoff, Carlisle, Lynn Farrar, Sandy Freckleton Gagon, Susan Gallacher, Cassandria Parsons, Kathleen Peterson, Pilar Pobil and Bonnie Posselli.

The paintings are for sale, with 40 percent of the proceeds going to provide mammograms for women without enough insurance.

According to Brent Parkinson, medical director of the Breast Care Center, Utah women rank second to last nationally in getting mammograms — which, he said, are the only tests proven to save lives from breast cancer.

Many of the artists have been affected by breast cancer in one way or another.

"I've seen an amazing amount of strength at times in people who are battling breast cancer," Lee Udall Bennion said in a statement. "When people look at my artwork, I hope they can see themselves in it, regardless of the role they are playing in breast cancer — caregiver, survivor, family member or friend."

The "Creating for a Cause" event happens Friday, 10 a.m. to noon, at the Breast Care Center at Intermountain Medical Center, 5121 S. Cottonwood St., Murray.