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Courtesy Intermountain Medical Center The public is invited to turn bras into artwork, at "Creating for a Cause," an event set for Friday at Intermountain Medical Center's Breast Care Center in Murray. Thirteen Utah artists have contributed paintings, which will be unveiled at the event and then put up for sale ó with some of the proceeds going toward providing mammograms for uninsured women.
Creating art by the cupful, to fight breast cancer

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 at the Intermountain Medical Center’s Breast Care Center in Murray.

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At the event, people will be creating their own works of art, using brassieres as the canvas. Some 300 bras will be available as the canvas, 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 Dr. 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 test 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.

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