Adorned bras auctioned at Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group’s Bradazzled fundraiser
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What: Bradazzled, a collection of “bedazzled” bras for silent auction to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month, presented by the Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group and The Sonnenalp Breast Center at the Shaw Regional Cancer Center.
When: 5:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14.
Where: Galerie Zuger in Solaris, 141 E. Meadow Drive, Vail.
Cost: $10 suggested donation; bra bids begin at $100 to $250
More information: Call 970-479-8595, or visit www.vailbreastcancerawareness.org.
Join the fight
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and organizations all over the valley are joining in the battle to find a cure and support those who are fighting the disease. Here are a few other events happening this month:
• Barbells and Brews for Boobs — 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10: Hosted by Crosstraining Fitness of Vail and Vail Brewing Co., this fundraiser is part of a global effort dedicated to the early detection of breast cancer, with an emphasis on women younger than 40 and men. It now involves more than 67,000 participants across 1,700 gyms in 23 countries, and events last year collectively raised more than $4 million. Supporters compete in a team-style workout and drink locally crafted brews, with $2 from every beer donated to Mammograms in Action. DJ Omar will entertain, and Kirby Cosmo’s will provide barbecue. Visit www.barbellsforboobs.com to learn more.
• Sixth-annual Pinktober Fest: Beer, Boobs, Brats — 4 p.m. to close Saturday, Oct. 10: For one evening, 20 percent of food and beverage sales at The Dusty Boot in Eagle will be donated to the Shaw Regional Cancer Center. There will also be a Win a Pair, Save a Pair raffle or live auction, with a chance to win a pair of beach cruiser bikes, sponsored by Mountain Beverage, or a pair of Icelantic skis, donated by Oskar Blues, plus swag giveaways and a stein-holding contest, with a German beer stein to the winner. Attendees can also take advantage of food and drink specials and listen to live music from local band Rewind from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Visit www.shawcancercenter.com and click on “Events & Outreach” and “Breast Cancer Awareness Month” to learn more. Wear pink.
• Pink in the Rink — 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11: Teachers will take on superheroes in an exhibition hockey game at the Eagle Pool and Ice Rink. Admission is $2, with all proceeds going to the Shaw Regional Cancer Center. Following the game, there will be a free learn-to-play-hockey clinic from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m., with gear provided. For more information, call 970-328-5277 or visit wecmrd.org.
• The Westin goes pink — Throughout October at Maya in The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, request table No. 101 to have net proceeds from your food and beverage purchases go to the Shaw Regional Cancer Center as part of the restaurant’s You Dine, We Donate program. Visit www.shawcancercenter.com and click on “Events & Outreach” and “Breast Cancer Awareness Month” to learn more. On Oct. 28 from 1 to 4 p.m., the Salon at Spa Anjali will be offering haircuts for $40, manicures for $20 and pedicures for $30, with all of the money being donated directly to the Shaw Center.
• The Eagle River Fire Protection District will be wearing pink T-shirts throughout the month of October to support breast cancer awareness.
Hand a guy a bra — bright pink, triple padded — and he’ll likely hold it at arm’s length, gingerly pinched between thumb and forefinger, eyeing you quizzically. Hand an artist the same bra, with a general directive to glam it up in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and he’ll probably have the same response — at first.
Pueblo artist Randy Wix said he wasn’t quite sure where to start when Joyce Bradley, Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group board member, approached him with his very own pink bra and a request that he be part of a new fundraiser called Bradazzled. Wix is an industrial artist, so the concept and the material were a bit foreign to him.
“I think that you have to kind of go outside of your box, especially for an artist, to create something like that, if it’s not in the style that you work,” he said. “It pushes the envelope to do something that’s so different. I don’t do fabric art, and being that it was a bra, you really have to think of it as a canvas that you’re working on, but it’s a really tough canvas to get something across.
“I think what we did is kind of a humorous way of talking about breast cancer from a young male’s point of view.”
The young male is Jordan Enriquez, a high school artist who works in Wix’s studio with whom Wix collaborated on the piece. After kicking around a few ideas, it was Enriquez who ultimately came up with the concept for the duo’s bra.
“He came up with ‘Saving Second Base,’ which I thought was kind of clever, you know, when you go on a date — first base, second base,” Wix said. “I tried to think of something that we could put on there, a little bit of dazzling and something that represents Jordan’s type of work.”
Enriquez is into tagging and murals, so the title of the work is scrawled across the back of the bra in a graffiti-style font. The rest of the piece continues with the baseball theme, a bit of sparkle and a cancer awareness sticker. Wix said there were multiple challenges with putting it all together.
“One of them was him taking a pink bra home and his mom seeing it, and saying, ‘What is this?’ He explained, ‘Oh, Randy gave me a bra to work on.’ I think that was one hurdle,” Wix said with a laugh. “And then the second one, at least for me, was bedazzling, which I’m aware of, but it’s not my art style.”
Wix’s bra is one of a dozen designed by local and national artists that will be part of the Bradazzled silent auction, with the money raised going toward Vail Breast Cancer Awareness Group programs and new machinery at the Shaw Regional Cancer Center.
“We wanted to get the public involved, at first, and have them design bras,” said Bradley, who also works at Galerie Zuger in Vail. “And then I work at the art gallery, so I thought, how great would it be to have artists decorate the bras and have people come view them?”
Bradley said Wix wasn’t the only artist she approached who was excited about the idea but also a bit nervous about the execution.
“They didn’t know what to do — decorate a bra — most of them paint on canvases,” she said. “We gave them no direction. We literally just gave them the bras and said do whatever. That’s why they were a little challenged and a little timid at first.
“We still haven’t seen all of the bras. One is in a frame, another is an industrial artist, and he’s going to make a stand, kind of a sculpture out of his bra. We’ll see how they turn out. I’ve only seen two of them so far.”
Edwards artist Britten’s mother and grandmother both fought battles with cancer, and she titled her piece “Bodacious,” interpreted as busting fear with confidence.
“I put the bra on a canvas and then painted it as if the bra was part of the canvas, so it’s basically got kind of angelic wings almost and it’s kind of powerfully coming forward into the light,” she said. “It’s graceful and yet very strong. People that I know that have overcome breast cancer have really confronted their worst fear with confidence and grace, and that’s why the piece is inspiring.
“There’s a few magical sparkles on there for some extra glam and some magic.”
Vail Valley Art Guild member Linda Zerangue said she was inspired to try to show the femininity of women and what they go through, starting when they first discover that they have breast cancer.
“It’s on a globe to signify that it affects women all over the world, and I tried to signify that it affects women of all nationalities,” she said. “I also have included that it also affects men, and I’ve signified that on the bra.”
Many of Zerangue’s friends have been affected by breast cancer, and she said she’s looking forward to making this contribution to support both organizations.
“Because I am an artist, I thought that would be a good way to also present myself, and also because it’s just a very important situation for women,” she said. “I am looking forward to seeing the other artists and how they interpret it.”
The themes of love, hope and freedom were incorporated into local artist Ali Cessna’s bra design, conveying a few of the emotions tied to breast cancer.
“It’s kind of a monochromatic theme of pink and white and gray, and there’s feathers,” she said. “I didn’t really have a plan; it just kind of all came together. I’m trying to make more connections with people instead of just doing something random with it.
“I like to create and I thought it would be a fun opportunity to do something different instead of just working on canvas, to work on a bra would be fun. I don’t have anybody in my immediate family who has breast cancer, but I know friends’ families who have gone through it. I don’t have any real connections, but I support it all the same.”