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TRAHC and Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Unveil Breast Cancer Awareness ArtWall

Message of Hope
By Ashley Garner, Texarkana Gazette

Breast-cancer survivors and their family members put paint to canvas to inspire hope and bring attention to National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Paintings were unveiled Wednesday evening at the Art Wall in ArtSpark near the Texarkana Regional Arts and Humanities Council building, 321 W. Fourth Street.

“Everything we do is to honor these survivors and bring awareness of this horrible disease to the community,” said Amber Lawrence, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure executive director.

Painters were assisted by local artists.

“Survivors, with the help of local artists, painted their pink photos. They may represent their struggles, their hope, their accomplishments, their survival,” said Laura LaCroix, Race for the Cure co-chairman.

Artists for the project are picked by Komen’s survivor committee from women who participate in Race for the Cure.

“We went through and contacted survivors who’ve been active and willing to help,” LaCroix said.

Most of the paintings were completed at Skylar’s Studio on State Line Avenue. “Survivors love painting the pictures, and they love to come out and see their art on the wall. It’s exciting for them to see their art displayed,” LaCroix said.

Breast-cancer survivor Shelby Brown painted a picture this year. Unlike most pictures painted in different shades of pink, Brown chose Razorback red and the wording “No Fear.”
“I’m not artistic at all, but it was fun,” Brown said. “I never thought I’d be on this side. I’ve always been on the other side.”

Other paintings conveyed messages of hope, such as “Knowledge is power” and “Find a cure.” One of the more poignant messages was “Heaven needed an angel and God chose my mom. ”This is the third year for the project. The artwork will be displayed throughout the month of October.

Published: 10/02/2014

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