9/14/2013 1:54:00 PM Arty Bras auction at Thunder Valley Rally
The bras will be auctioned off live prior to each night’s headliner taking the stage, approximately 8:15 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Local artists have joined Verde Valley Medical Center to promote breast cancer awareness and raise money for the Cancer Centers of Northern Arizona Healthcare Sedona Campus through the Arty Bra project.
Select artists produced Arty Bras to be auctioned during the Thunder Valley Rally in Old Town Cottonwood Sept. 20-21. A third artist also donated an image to raise money for the cause. Thunder Valley Rally is an annual event put on by the city of Cottonwood.
The bras and picture will be auctioned off live prior to each night's headliner taking the stage, approximately 8:15 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
The bras were produced by an artist team from Gallery 527 in Jerome and Gail Benedict. Artist Alan Smith donated the print.
Bras created by community members and those from Arty Bra workshops held throughout the community will be on display inside Old Town shops.
Photographer and gallery owner Donna Chesler organized a group of women artists from the gallery to collaborate on a bra together. The result includes a serpent slithering down the front and feminine chains hanging from the back. Jewelry artist Marian Ward, sculptor Mary Phoenix and painter Ardis Harsche worked together to create the one-of-a-kind masterpiece, fitting for any women riding a motorcycle.
Ward lives in Sedona and creates jewelry using a range of precious metals including gold, fine silver, sterling and copper. Phoenix, also of Sedona, currently creates mostly in clay and produces a line of mission crosses and shields. Harsche, inspired by Paleolithic artists, applies charcoal, dry earth pigments and beeswax medium to oil paint to create texture in her pieces.
Benedict is a self-taught artist who has been creating pieces for more than 20 years. She makes pieces using mosaic, mixed media and altered books. She used her colorful creation background to create a bronze bra that will be auctioned.
Self-taught oil painter Smith has been creating photo-like images for more than 40 years. He donated a desert landscape piece, complete with saguaro cacti, to be auctioned off to raise money for the Cancer Centers.
Cancer Centers of Northern Arizona Healthcare and Verde Valley Medical Center are part of Northern Arizona Healthcare, which also provides services through Flagstaff Medical Center, Verde Valley Medical Clinic and Heart & Vascular Center of Northern Arizona.
For more information about the Cancer Centers of Northern Arizona Healthcare, call 928-204-4160 or visit CCNAH.com.