A new Kowhaiwhai designed for the CanSurvive Dragon Boat Team will be worn on the racing shirts of the women as they compete at the International Breast Cancer Dragon Boat Festival in Florida this month. Carrying a distinctive art work from New Zealand will give the women an extra boost of pride as they represent their country. The whakapapa of the design incorporates the motif of the hammer-head shark - symbolising strength and stamina in the water, as well as the vitality of the koru as it unfurls to celebrate life. Both these elements reflect the courage of the women to not only survive breast cancer, but also to train and compete on the water. At a poroporoake yesterday, joined by their whanau, friends and supporters, the team had their new shirts blessed for their journey to the USA.
BraveArt models Betsy Booth and Amber Bellamore, CanSurvive members from the Kapiti Coast wear their new shirts with pride.
The New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts hosted the final event for the BraveArt project last night where over 150 guests gathered to support the auction sale of the works.
Most of the participating artists were in the crowd to see their meaningful artworks go to the highest bidder.
The whole Carrara Ceilings team, lead by plasterer Paul Stanton who created the most significant work in the collection, a pair of carved torsos resembling porcelain were nervously awaiting the sale of their work at the end of the bidding.
The models, including celebrity models, Celia Wade-Brown, Lorraine Downes, and Paula Tesoriero were on-hand to witness the auction conducted by Euon Murrell of Tommy's.
"We are so proud of what these artists and models have achieved" said event organiser Bette Cosgrove "and now we hope the CanSurvive Dragon Boat team can make them all proud, when we compete against the world in October in the USA. The bids ranged from $400 to $2500 for the Carrara signature piece, with many very satisfied buyers getting stunning art at very affordable prices. The event has drawn thousands of followers at the eight exhibition sites around the region, and on social media, spreading the positive message that you can live a healthy and active life after breast cancer.
An artist's journey - Liz Ritchie shares her process while painting BraveArt celebrity Lorraine Downes.
Jess Dewsnap from Photography by Woolf took the final studio shots of the last two artworks today. She said that the huge variety in the collection has been the most positive feature of the BraveArt works
Then BraveArt CanSurvive team members were the first to use the brand new Dominion Post photo studio at the paper's new offices in the Telecom building on Willis Street. Photographer Maarten Holl took shots to accompany a Katie Chapman's news story which has hit the front page! Keep an eye out for updates of other BraveArt involvement in the regional Wellington newspapers. http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/10270667/Torso-talk-Fundraiser-takes-shape
BraveArt made its stage debut last night with a dramatic showing of Glitterpopalicious by Newtown artist Xoe Hall on the torso of Lilith LaCroix. At the cabaret variety show at Whitireia Performance Centre, to support Wellington actress Hayley Sproull take 'Miss Fletcher Sings the Blues' to tour the Edinburgh Fringe Festival later this month, Lilith and Xoe met on stage and revealed the BraveArt work to a hugely appreciative audience. Several other BraveArt works were on display at the theatre entrance for audience members to admire.
Lilith (Gareth Farr) was surprised and stunned by Xoe's BraveArt work in pop art style. "It is just perfect!" she exclaimed. Xoe has painted and 'glitterized' the work as a tribute to the dazzling star who is always an advocate for the positive powers of humour and laughter as a way of coping with life's challenges.That was his/her motivation when invited to join the BraveArt project to support the CanSurvive group.
It was a very special photo shoot for all our models and artists today as their BraveArt pieces were expertly photographed by specialist wedding photographer Jess Dewsnap.
Jess is a keen dragon boater herself, and was very pleased to support the CanSurvive team.
She gathered the BraveArt works into the studios, at Photography by Woolf, to photograph the collection.
We are very grateful to Jess for all her time, and Simon Woolf for supporting BraveArt. Thank you so much Jess!
These photographs will be used in our print media and catalogue material.
We are proud that so many of our talented BraveArt artists and models come from the Kapiti Coast.
We are working to arrange for their work to be exhibited in Kapiti in late July or August before the collection is shown in it's entirety at the Academy of Fine Arts Gallery in Wellington from August 13.
The creative spirit of these Kapiti artists matches the positive spirit of our models from Kapiti.
Today Seatoun artist Liz Ritchie completed her BraveArt work on the torso of Lorraine Downes, our courageous celebrity model, former Miss Universe, and 2014 Breast Cancer Foundation Ambassador.
Liz created a signature piece in the style of her many landscape and nature paintings. It features textured detailing of tree branches representing the physiology of the breast.
The cast she painted was made in plaster directly onto Lorraine's body, and hand-crafted by master plasterer Paul Stanton in the Carrara Ceilings factory in Johnsonville.
Lorraine described the work as "stunning" and thanked Liz for creating such a beautiful piece. The BraveArt team feel extremely privileged to have both Lorraine and Liz involved.
Actor Miranda Harcourt's torso is almost completed, and this work by artist Sue Malthus will be the next celebrity BraveArt work to be revealed on July 1.
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