Benefitting Bras On Broadway 2012

The 7th annual Bras On Broadway benefit event is just around the corner. Well, not really as the actual event won’t be held until Oct. 25. But, the call for wearable and non-wearable art donations just came out a few weeks ago.

I’m please to report I already have my photograph [the non-wearable kind] in hand – or on my hard drives. Here’s a look at what I came up with in 2010 and 2011. It’s important to me to create a new image for this event each year. While event organizers have relaxed guidelines, historically the focus had been on the artistic reinvention of the bra – or breast. Anyway, I just ordered a copy of the above photograph, which was shot on a muggy June evening along Interstate 94 as I was driving home from photographing a lovely wedding in Minnesota’s lakes country. I’m printing the photograph on metal and am excited to try something different in terms of presentation.

If anyone has a title suggestion I’m open to hearing it. I have handful of working titles [including “Twin Peaks” and “Summer Evening With The Girls”], but am not sold on any of them. Feel free to share keywords or a complete title if something springs to mind.

Thanks for looking, Ann

Bras On Broadway Preview

The 6th annual Bras On Broadway is just around the corner. That means a couple of things.

First, I have one week [as in seven days] to deliver my framed contribution to this very fabulous and important art auction. [The big event is set for Thursday, Oct. 27, but all art is due next week.] Back to that deadline in a moment.

Secondly [and more importantly], tickets [$75 per person] are now available for purchase online. There are lots of ways to get involved and help raise money, support and awareness for breast cancer and those impacted by it. Heaps of information [and a few fun photographs from past events] are online here. [An online gallery of my photographs from the 2010 event is available for viewing here.]

Now, about the submission deadline and personal predicament. This year marks my second time contributing a non-wearable piece of art for auction. I had big plans for last year’s piece, but they didn’t pan out exactly as planned. You can read the more detailed story about the creation of “You Make My Heart Sink” here.

My intention for this year’s auction was to plan ahead so I wouldn’t be left scrambling. Yet, here I am scrambling and asking for help. I spent the past couple of days on the road for an editorial assignment. Before leaving town I gave myself the task of photographing any objects, places or situations that resembled the female breast. I figure the found object approach worked last year so why not try repeating it. Contributing artists [those working with the non-wearable form] aren’t bound to contribute a piece that connects with the whole breast or bra theme. However, I really appreciate the process of creating something new that deals with a predetermined set of parameters.

So, here are three photographs – all were created over the past 48 hours – for your consideration. I’m intending to select one of these images [matted and framed, of course] for the Bras On Broadway art auction. The question now is which one should I pick? In the interest of time [mine and yours], let’s call them A [an artful brick wall], B [object in field] and C [red circles with wire]. I picked up a pair of acorns to photograph as option D. Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that.

Thanks for your help. – Ann

P.S. A list of participating artists is available online here. I’m reasonably certain that most of the photographs on the page were created by yours truly at last year’s event.

Bras On Broadway Preview

Bras On Broadway Preview

'You Make My Heart Sink'

Good causes appear to be in abundance around Fargo-Moorhead lately.

Count me among the 80 or so creative types who have contributed work to the fifth annual Bras on Broadway, which raises money to support those fighting breast cancer. This year’s event is set for Thursday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. at the fabulous Hotel Donaldson in downtown Fargo. Tickets are $65 per person and last I checked there were just 40 spots left [here’s where you go online to get a ticket].

My contribution is a black and white photographed titled “You Make My Heart Sink” [pictured above]. I’ve been intending to contribute to Bras on Broadway in the past, but never seemed to get around to it. You see artists can’t just donate any piece of art. What makes this event special is that everything [and I mean EVERYTHING] has a bra or breast theme.

I had a concept for a photograph that I wanted to create. Kind of an illustration that used old thermostat dial plates. The problem was I couldn’t find the parts I needed. It didn’t help that I put off working on the project until just a few days before it was due. Anyway, I had a plan B, but that photograph – which involved a uniquely-shaped carrot and a pink breast cancer awareness pin – didn’t really work out either.

When I was running around town looking for old, used and/or cheap thermostat dials I stopped by the Habitat ReStore store in Moorhead. They often have fabulous finds and I was hoping to locate what I needed. Anyway, I noticed the old double sink in the parking lot at ReStore. Someone had probably dropped it off as a donation. I looked at it on my way in and then again on my way out. I kept staring at the sinks and wondered if they might do the trick. Figuring it couldn’t hurt I photographed the sink and moved on with my errands.

I’m reasonably happy with the photograph and am grateful to a friend for coming up with an appropriate title. But, if anyone has a couple of old thermostat dials sitting around I’d be happy to take them off your hands. I have a feeling that next year’s Bras on Broadway event will be here before we know it.

Happy Friday. Ann

P.S. Bras on Broadway raised more than $40,000 last year. Here’s hoping people are feeling even more generous this year.