Art show benefits cancer patients

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Organizers combined food, the artwork created for Breasts of Colorado and a silent auction to raise money to benefit those undergoing treatment for breast cancer.

The Greater Englewood Chamber of Commerce put on the Sept. 19 event as part of the project to turn Englewood pink to raise awareness of breast cancer.

Rosemarie Cabral came up with the idea for the Breasts of Colorado. She spearheaded the effort as a fundraiser for Sense of Security, a nonprofit organization that helps breast cancer patients in treatment with basic living expenses such as rent or mortgages, utilities and other household expenses.

Colleen Mello, chamber president, said Sept. 23 that the event raised more than $9,000, with more money still to come in from casting models and from those who took part in the silent auction.

“It was a nice event,” Mello said. “We had a lot of people join us for the activities and we raised some money for Sense of Security. We are already talking about how we can make the event better next year.

The Sept. 19 event was held at the Cuttn’ It Loose Salon at Englewood Parkway and Inca Street, where the plaster breast castings, decorated by local artists, are on display through mid-October.

The Breasts of Colorado project began in July when 20 volunteers had plaster casts made of their breasts. Then the castings were turned over to area artists who volunteered to use their imagination to transform the white plaster castings into artworks.

Artist Julie Scott won an award for her creation using Becky Joi Lahm’s casting.

“My first thought about the project, the first word that came to my mind was protector,” Scott said. “I thought about something with armor, then because it is the year of the snake, I starting thinking about a creation of snake scales. That is because the snake’s scales move and expand as needed. That idea turned out to be on target because Becky skated in roller derby under the name Green Venom.”

The artist said she found a product that is plastic that melts in hot water. She used the plastic to make all the scales separate so they would move as molded to the sculpture and fit where needed.

The artworks were judged and Vinton Ervin won third place.

“I started doing airbrushing about 20 years ago and I started painting about 13 years ago,” he said. “This year, I volunteered to do the artwork on a casting and I actually did two. I did one for a Vietnam veteran and another with a fly fishing theme for my wife.”

Lorie Dreiling was one of the volunteers for the plaster castings.

“I volunteered because I have several friends who are impacted or have been impacted by breast cancer and I thought this was a way to honor them,” she said. “The finished artwork was awesome. The artist chose to make half the casting like the storm of emotions and feelings an individual going through the breast cancer treatment experiences. The other half of the cast is a rainbow and dancing to express the joy of being cured of the disease. It is a wonderful artwork”

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