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2015 BRA TALK GALLERY

2015 ARTIST #1


HAPPY BRA by Lola Whitaker

My last mammogram came back negative last week. My sister-in-law has cancer, but it seems to be moving very slowly, of which I am grateful and happy for her. She is 87 years old and my job is to offer her encouragement any way I can.




2015 ARTIST #2


POSITIVE VIBES AND SELF ESTEEM by Naikea Taylor

I came into the art bra workshop not knowing what to do, so I chose black as my bra canvas. Then, inspiration came to me; I felt all women want something simple, but sexy... to ensure positive vibes and self-esteem within each of us.




2015 ARTIST #3


RIDING OVER THE BREAST CANCER HUMP IN THE ROAD by Portia Siwawa, Breast Surgeon Fellow from New York, N.Y.

Sponsored by: Gene Messer Auto

The right breast cup shows the journey through breast cancer and the path taken by a survivor. She gets love and support, represented by the hearts and roses, then it's time to get in the saddle and ride over the hump of diagnosis and treatment and into the next stage of her life. I chose a party theme for the left breast cup to represent getting to this destination where she sees the world anew.




2015 ARTIST #4


FREEDOM by Pamela Frisk

For me, the American flag represents freedom. Freedom represents many things to me, but mostly, freedom to be and do what I want as a woman. I have several friends and family members whose lives have been impacted by breast cancer. I mostly want to thank God for blessing me with good health to help those who need me!




2015 ARTIST #5


CRIED OUR LAST TEAR by Pat Mathis

I decorated an art bra in honor of my sister, number two in a family of 13. The bra symbolizes how each of us had a heart full of love for my sister. We prayed, cried many tears and helped her see her way through much chemo and radiation. Sister is now 5 years cancer free. Sister is a nurse and nursing instructor, always faithful with checking her breasts and getting her mammograms. It was a late June, before a July road trip when she felt the knot in her breast. She panicked, it didn't feel good. She proceeded to take the trip. After the trip she made a doctor's appointment and sure enough, the doctor felt, too. Sister had had her mammogram. He said we need to get more images, blood work, etc. It was stage 1 or 2, he thought. The cancer was aggressive and further along than he originally thought. Sister remarks daily that the only way she got through and survived was because of a loving family and supportive friends who sent up many prayers. We kept the faith and believed in the Lord.




2015 ARTIST #6


CARNIVAL THEME by Latesha Hill

My bra represents my grandmother. Although her lumps weren't breast cancer, she still chose to have her breast removed. We are from Mobile, Alabama, the original home of Mardi gras. I thought it would be fitting to decorate my bra in that theme.





2015 ARTIST #7


THE ME BRA by Ke'isjai Harvey

Some may say my bra is just a silly made up idea! But, they would be wrong. My bra relates to people that have breast cancer to let them know it ALWAYS all right just to be "ME."




2015 ARTIST #8


BOWS AND ROSES by Dorothy Ragster

I confess, I saw all the beautiful decorations we had to choose from at the workshop and wanted to stick them all on my bra! No story!!! (Just happy to be here today doing something for breast cancer)




2015 ARTIST #9


HER LEGS ARE EYE HIGH by Sharon Smith

This art bra is for a survivor and a co-survivor, Dionna and her mom, my best friend, Edie, who died from breast cancer. Edie died when Dionna was 14. Edie was first diagnosed when Dionna was a young child. Edie dealt with cancer three different times and passed at the age of 39. Despite losing her mom, Dionna is a survivor. She graduated from Yale and followed her dream to be a dancer, a Rockette, onstage at the Radio City Music Hall in New York. Dionna recently became a mother and after 3 months she is back on stage as a Rockette. Her legs are eye high.




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UNDER THE SEA GLAMOUR by Jasmine Taylor

My art bra symbolizes how I would picture a mermaid, all sparkly and glamorous. Breast cancer certainly isn't that. It isn't pretty for the survivor, but her bra can be!




2015 ARTIST #11


BREAST CANCER DOESN'T DISCRIMINATE by Allison Roberts, United Citizens Forum, 2015


2nd Place Winner by Popular vote
Sponsored by: Sydney and Wayne Roach

These two "breast friends" are meant to show that anyone of any race can get breast cancer. I lost my Aunt G.G. and my Delta Theta Sigma sorority sister, Lisa Cherry, to breast cancer.




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BE "U" NIQUE by Inger Williams

I dedicate this art bra to all young ladies, those who may not experience breast cancer in their lifetimes and those who may. My message is that it's okay to be different and unique and to be a leader and not a follower. Make a statement, ladies!




2015 ARTIST #13


FRIENDSHIP by D' Monta Neal

True friendship is looking out for others and standing up for others.




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"I DO" by Gloria Roberts, United Citizens Forum, 2015


3rd Place Winner by Popular Vote
Sponsored by: Toot'nTotum

Say "I do" to mammograms. Support for mammograms and treating breast cancer needs to come from everyone for everyone. Help someone say "I do" to mammograms!




2015 ARTIST #15


"SEA" TO GETTING A MAMMOGRAM by London Neal

You can be anything you want to be.

You can wear anything you want to wear.

Just please "sea" to getting a mammogram!




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HOPE by Maria M. Rodriquez

I chose the gold color because I really like it and to me it represents light and hope. Our breasts are like a gold treasure that we must take good care of.
I dedicate this art bra to my mother who died of breast cancer four years ago.

Escogí el color dorado porque me gusta el color. Nuestros pechos son como oro que tenemos para cuidar. Dorado porque representa luz de esperanza
Mi madre murió de cáncer de seno hace 4 años.




2015 ARTIST #17


MY MOM'S LEGACY by Juana Jimenez

My mother died of breast cancer and my sister is a breast cancer survivor. For my art bra I chose flowers, hearts and a metallic color tape, my favorite elements and they look nice together in my art piece.

Mi madre murióde cáncer de seno y mi Hermana es sobreviviente de cáncer de seno. Para mi sostén artístico selecciones flores, corazones y una cinta metálica brillante, estos son mis elementos favoritos y se ven muy bien juntos en mi pieza de arte.




2015 ARTIST #18


ALERT by Yesenia Rodriguez

Be alert - act with beauty. My grandmother died of breast cancer.

Estar alerta y con belleza. Mi abuela murió de cáncer de seno.




2015 ARTIST #19


SAFARI - EXTREME JOURNEY

Women should not be concerned about their outside appearance because God designed and made them extremely beautiful.

Las mujeres no deben preocuparse por su apariencia exterior porque Dios las diseño y las hizo muy hermosas.




2015 ARTIST #20


MASK-DISGUISE - ANTI PAS by Irasema Zanabria Garcia

Sometimes we as women put on masks to cover our fears. We don't want to be seen and often we feel ashamed. We have to take off our masks and not be in denial; we must visit our doctor and tell him what's going on before it is too late.

A veces las mujeres nos ponemos "antifaz" porque no queremos que nos miren, nos da pena, pero hay que quitarnos el antifaz y dejar de negar los problemas, debemos visitar al doctor y decirle todo lo que nos sucede antes de que sea demasiado tarde.




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STAR OF HOPE by Martha P. Alvarado




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MUTED ELEGANCE by Sara Pardavell




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A WILD COYOTE by Cecilia Zanabria

Breast Cancer is like a wild coyote that must be controlled.

El cáncer de mama es como un coyote salvaje que debe ser controlado.




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BEAUTY AND SWEETNESS by Zelema G. Flores

Imagine yourself as a rose. No two roses are the same; some women get breast cancer, some don't. You are one of a kind and your life is precious, so take time to get checked. Fly like a dove and get your mammogram!




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FLAMINGOS by Silvia Vivar




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CHANGE AND TRANSFORMATION by Sharon Felts

Sponsored by: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center/ Breast Center of Excellence

The pearl is the oyster's autobiography.
Federico Fellini, writer and director

Breast cancer is my autobiography...at least since 1994.
Sharon Felts, survivor

While breast cancer has not defined my everyday life since 1994, I would be kidding myself to say that the experiences of breast cancer have not changed me from the person I was in 1994 to the person I am today. Some of my favorite quotes that speak to change and transformation...

Many of our fears are tissue paper thin and a single courageous step would carry us through them. Brendan F. Behan, poet and playwright

To ask makes you vulnerable, to know lets you be strong.
Anonymous

Both tears and sweat are salty, but they render a different result. Tears will get you sympathy, sweat will get you change.
Jesse Jackson, civil rights activist

Not to spoil the ending for you, but everything is going to be OK.
Ron Weasley, character in Harry Potter series

Life begins at the edge of your comfort zone.
Neale Donald Walsch, writer

My life is as lovely as it needs to be.
Trevor Cole Martin, age 6 1/2, my grandson
Rosa's Cafe on Taco Tuesday, June 2, 2015




2015 ARTIST #27


ROSE DOVE by Lynn Ioor

Imagine yourself as a rose. No two roses are the same; some women get breast cancer, some don't. You are one of a kind and your life is precious, so take time to get checked. Fly like a dove and get your mammogram!




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GLAMOROUS BRA by Suzanne Ryan

Sponsored by: Bella Luna Aesthetic Center

This "Glamorous Bra" is dedicated to the unsung heroes who help the underserved women of the Texas Panhandle by educating, raising funds and helping make it easier for them to get mammograms. The unsung heroes are women who spend their time reaching people through educational events, writing grants and raising money through awareness events so every woman who wants a mammogram may have one, no matter what her financial situation may be.

The unsung heroes are:
Mrs. Leticia Goodrich,
Amarillo Area Breast Health Coalition
Champions of Breast Health
Bra Talk Committee
W.I.S.E Women
TTUHSC Breast Center of Excellence Team




2015 ARTIST #30


EARLY DETECTION IS KEY by Lucille Selman, Cerulean Gallery, 2015


1st Place Winner by Popular Vote
Sponsored by: Norma Cambridge

I chose this theme because early detection is how my breast cancer was discovered.

The Sun Rise is to signify "early."
The Magnifying Glass shows "detection."
The Key signifies opening the door to a cure.

Purple, my favorite color was chosen for the flowers covering my art bra.

I added a Cross for My Lord, a Cameo for my Mother and the eleven little girls represent my eleven grand and great granddaughters.

My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer one year before I was, so I knew what to expect. She was so brave and positive, setting the example for me to follow. Early detection of our breast cancers made it possible for us both to survive. I thank the Lord above for my husband, family and friends for their love, support and prayers.

I have 7 granddaughters and 4 great-granddaughters and my prayers are that a cure is found before any of MY girls would have to face breast cancer.




2015 ARTIST #31


LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL by Debbie Dougan

I wish to encourage women to take care of themselves and use preventive steps for early detection-get checked and be self-aware. If breast cancer is found early, chances are that one can still have a long, happy life during which they can "let the good times roll".

Festive materials for a Mardi gras look symbolize the good times that follow darker days.




2015 ARTIST #32


OWL SPIRIT by Susan Harp

This is my first year to volunteer for the Bra Talk program. I'm inspired to participate in honor of a friend, Brooke and my father-in-law, Richard, who both lost their fight on cancer.

I hope my art bra and the Bra Talk program inspires others to keep fighting the fight and show love and support to loved ones and friends who may be on this journey.

Doubt
Doubt sees the obstacles
Faith sees the way.
Doubt sees the darkest night
Faith sees the day.
Doubt dreads to take a step
Faith soars on high.
Doubt questions "who believe"
Faith answers, "I."




2015 ARTIST #33


ANGEL KISSES by Lanette Farwell


Angel Kisses was made in honor of my very good friend, Sheryl who was diagnosed three times with cancer - twice thyroid, once breast cancer.
She is the strongest woman I know and very sweet. She is a true Angel among us. She never lost faith that she would overcome this challenge, not once, but three times.
This bra represents my sweet Angel, still here with us because she kissed cancer "good bye".




2015 ARTIST #34


WINGS OF FAITH by Sherry Berry

Sponsored by: Pam Fellers/The Canyon Association


I personally haven't been affected with cancer, but I have family members who have. I have been involved with a breast cancer committee for two years now and I am so proud to be part of any such amazing group. I was first introduced to Amarillo Area Breast Health Coalition in July 2015 and the Bra Talk program that shows support for breast health. I jumped in with both feet and decided to help out and support the cause and show a little creativity, too!

Don't Be Afraid
Don't be afraid to lift your wings
And soar through life each day.
Find joy and love and happiness
As you go along your way.
Life is steeped with ups and downs
And troubles not so fun.
Chin up high and shoulders back
We meet them one by one.
Don't be afraid when sorrow comes
The answer is quite clear.
Get down on your knees and pray
For God is always near.




2015 ARTIST #35


BREAST CANCER, THE WAY OF THE WILD OR IT'S A JUNGLE OUT THERE! by Leticia Goodrich


I am not a breast cancer survivor, but I know many women who are because I am a breast health advocate.

Survivors say having breast cancer and going through treatment is a "Wild and Crazy" time in their lives.

Those in treatment often feel as if they are walking through a jungle filled with wild animals ready to take their lives. My art bra reflects the emotions of which they speak.

The yellow dotted bra seemed appropriate for this use because the dark dots represent the cancer and this dark time in their lives.

Conversely, the bright yellow conveys sunshine, happiness and better times that really do become a reality in time. Just look around and see all of the vibrant survivors among us.

There is a good life to be lived following breast cancer.




2015 ARTIST #36


PREVENT BREAST CANCER by Suzy Wischkaemper, age 10 & Brianna Todd, age 10


We used yern for the cross that stands for breast cancer, to show we can someday prevent breast cancer. The silver lace is a crown stating we will find a cure. The jewels and feathers show that a cure will make this bad thing lighter. The green color stands for healthiness and the pink color for breast cancer prevention.




2015 ARTIST #37


YOUR BREASTS, MORE PRECIOUS THAN GOLD - TAKE CARE OF THEM by Raquel S. Bass





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