Monday, December 6, 2021

ArtWalk supports “Bras for Life”



By Natalie Strom 

Is it a brassiere? Is it a piece of art? It’s both! The artists of the Artist Colony at the Esplanade displayed their “bra art” at their monthly ArtWalk on Wednesday, September 28th. These hand-crafted pieces of lingerie/artwork were then brought to the Marco Island Center for the Arts for the “Bras for Life” Auction benefiting the American Cancer Society.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the seven bras on display at the ArtWalk were a part of the twenty bras auctioned off on October 6th. The success of the auction was certainly due to the creativity and individuality that each bra had to offer.

Artist Inez Hudson created “Uplifting!” a bra that consisted of two hot air balloons. Each balloon featured hand-woven baskets and hand-painted vinyl fabric. To give the balloons their perfectly round consistency, each one was “stuffed” with tissue. Tara O’Neill’s inspiration for her bra which was appropriately named “Piña Colada?” “It was hot and I was very thirsty,” she said with a mischievous grin. “Heavenly Bodies,” a bra designed by JoAnn Sanborn, was created with “lots of ribbons, feathers and beads,” according to the artist.

Other bras at the ArtWalk included “Happy Puppies” by Carolyn Burger, “Pearl Goddess by Karen Swanker, “B Dazzle by Lee Horton and “Twins” by Betty Newman.

Betty Newman was celebrating more than just the unveiling of the bras. It was her mother, Betty Chesney’s 90th birthday. The Colony artists shared birthday cake with visitors who also enjoyed wine and hors d’oeuvres. Michael Smith and Zack Peeples of Marco Island Academy entertained with live music during the event.

The Artist Colony consists of thirteen artists and three galleries in the Esplanade on Collier Boulevard. The meet and greet that is the ArtWalk takes place on the last Wednesday of each month. For more information visit

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