Artistic bra auction helps fight cancer

By: Kathy Maynard, Loomis News Correspondent
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A functional ladies? undergarment is being elevated to art to raise money to fight cancer. The fourth Annual Artful Bra Show will be held at High Hand Gallery on Saturday, May 19 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. to raise awareness and funds to fight cancer through the American Cancer Society. Bra-themed works of art and decorated bras created by local artists and community members will be auctioned off during the event, while attendees enjoy wine and hors d?oeuvres provided by the High Hand cafe. ?People will buy them just because they are fun, they usually have wonderful names associated with them that are funny and it is a fun evening,? said High Hand artist Kat Oliver, of Orangevale. Oliver has been involved in the event since its inception and has donated two works of art this year, entitled ?Fleeting Moments? and ?Out of the Fire.? Although her entries could be used as planters, and one includes a wearable, detachable necklace, she said most of the bras in the show are not as much functional as they are pieces of art. Some are used as topiaries in the yard or terrace and others may be displayed indoors as sculptures. ?They can be made out of anything, including metal, wool, fabric or painted,? said Joan Maxwell, of Auburn, an artist at High High Gallery who is in charge of the event. While most Artful Bra projects across the country are held to bring attention to breast cancer, the High Hand Gallery event is sponsored by Team Mission Possible which is participating in Auburn?s Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society. Maxwell is the team?s captain. The judge for the evening will be Tina Macuha of Channel 31?s ?Good Day Sacramento,? who will pick the 10 she thinks are best to be sold in the live auction and the rest will be included in the silent auction. Though the bras are the only things sold in the auction, we?ll have a lot of other items in the raffle, Maxwell said. ?Last year two bras each sold for $400, the most we?ve ever gotten,? Oliver said. ?We have children, 12 and 13 years old, make popcorn bras and things like that. All of our bras sell; it might not be for very much money but all of it counts. Last year we made almost $6,000, and feel very fortunate that we have such a following. ? The bras will be on display to the public at the High Hand Fruit Shed until Saturday evening. The silent auction starts at 5 p.m. and the live auction will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available for $20 in advance online at and at the High Hand Gallery, or will be $25 at the door. ?It?s a wonderful cause, a wonderful group of people that put this together and the donations are fun,? said Oliver. Artful Bra Show Who: Benefits American Cancer Society What: Auction of bra-themed art, wine and hors d?oeuvres When: 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 19 Where: High Hand Gallery Tickets: $20 in advance at High Hand Gallery or online, $25 at door Information: 259-4298 or