PORTLAND, Ore. – This October, during National Breast Cancer Prevention Month. The Keep A Breast Foundation has come to town to bring the first Keep A Breast show to ever exclusively feature casts of breast cancer survivors awareness campaign Treasured Chest: a collaborative art exhibition featuring the casted torsos of 14 brave local breast cancer survivors transformed into beautiful works of art by the hands of 14 Portland artists. The exhibition opened on September 29th, 2016 at Sentinel Elkspace, located along Alder Street between 10th and 11th Avenue. The life casts produced for Treasured Chest will be on view through October 30 in the windows of the hotel’s new street-facing event space.
Created by The Keep A Breast Foundation and Young Survival Coalition, the Treasured Chest program gives any woman diagnosed with breast cancer or testing positive with the BRCA1, BRCA2 Gene an opportunity to document her body and feelings by turning her casted torso into a decorated work of art. To highlight this program, the Young Survival Coalition recruited a diverse group of Portland survivors that includes Audrey Abbott, Samantha Breen, Jennifer Dillan, Julie Van Duzor, Shannon Gisvold, Cindy Grace, Angie Haffie, Tamika Herbert, Michelle Judson, Shannon King, Heather Krom, Tanisha Riley, Jen Steen-Reavis, and Jeannie Vinson. Then Keep A Breast and Provenance Hotels partnered with us (Gather & Garner) to curate the local artists designing the breast casts produced for Treasured Chest who include Melissa Monore, Jesse Reno, Ryan Bubins, Jennifer Parks, Jason Borders, Jeremy Nichols, Sabrina Jackson, David Rice, Lindsay Jo Holmes, Jordan Domont, Kate Blairstone, Annamieka Davidson and Jon Stommel.
Aside from the breast cast exhibition, the Portland women also shared their personal experiences with breast cancer in interviews led by Shaney Jo Darden, founder of The Keep A Breast Foundation. Their stories will be shared throughout Breast Cancer Prevention Month on The Keep A Breast Foundation, Provenance Hotels and Gather & Garner social media pages (Twitter Facebook, andInstagram accounts: @keepabreast, @provenancehotel and @gather_garner).
About KAB Famed for working with boundary-pushing artists like Shepard Fairey, Mike Giant and Ed Templeton, The Keep A Breast Foundation’s breast cast art exhibitions have shown across the U.S., South America, Japan and Europe, raising funds and awareness for breast cancer prevention and early detection among women. Visit Keep A Breast to find out about other programs, donation, and more!