Members of The Dance Academy Superstars and their little sisters gathered at The Wiregrass Gallery to decorate bras in honor of their teacher and studio owner Susan Knisely, a seven-year breast cancer survivor. Students attending included Shelby Howard, Danielle Clark and her mother, Becky Clark, Peyton Johnson, Reagan Johnson, Kalie Richards and Knisely’s granddaughters, Ciara Ames and Savannah Knisely.
“Using a brassiere as a canvas is a great way to bring awareness of breast cancer in an environment of fun,” said Knisely.
While the disease is no laughing matter, the humor involved in this project encourages the celebration of life and, at the same time, focuses on the serious impact breast cancer can have.
Bras on Broad made its debut last year under the direction of Wiregrass Gallery artist Lindajo Haythorn. She is an art therapist who helps people to cope with physical and emotional problems by using creative activities to express what words may not convey. Haythorn believes that the act of creating art helps to offer a way for people to better understand emotional distress, increase self-awareness, and communicate unspoken and often deep-seated concerns about their illness and their lives.
“I wanted to create an event in honor of my sister, Susan Knisely, and the many other families affected by breast cancer in our area,” said Haythorn.
The idea for Bras on Broad was conceived in a meeting with members of Kickin’ Cancer of Southwest Georgia, a small group of volunteers who have big plans to raise awareness of all types of cancer. The intent is to designate funds to be used locally to help meet the needs of the community.
For a minimum $5 donation, participants can bring a fun bra, or use one provided by the Wiregrass Gallery, to decorate and dedicate to friends or relatives who have been affected by breast cancer. Glitter, paints, markers, and other notions are available to help make each bra special.
Participating downtown merchants will display the bras in October during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Bras may be purchased at that time.
A workstation will be set up at the Wiregrass Gallery, 120 N. Broad St., during September for participants during regular business hours, Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m-6 p.m. In addition, the gallery will open 5 p.m.-8:30 p.m. by special request.
For information, contact Haythorn at 229-221-2100 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.