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ArtAWhirl 2016

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Breast Cancer Superheroes: it’s ArtAWhirl!
We had an amazing year in 2015, and 2016 is humming along….the fantastic feats of our superladies have been lauded at Owatonna Hospital and the Playwright’s Center….

And this weekend is ArtAWhirl

Come on down and visit us – bring the kids and create your own superhero!

See the completed “Butterfly of Rio” (the incomparable Anca Sima), and guess where our superwomen will be in October….(???)

ArtAWhirl
Friday, May 20: 5 – 10pm
Saturday, May 21: 12 – 8pm
Sunday, May 22: 12 – 5pm

California Building, Studio 502

2205 California St NE

Minneapolis, MN 55418

….and always remember to use your powers for good!

Barbara Porwit, Artist and Founder
Breast Cancer Superhero Portrait Project

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Year in Review: 2015 (Wow!)

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Well, everyone, 2015 was an amazing year.

Breast Cancer Superhero Anca Sima, the "Butterfly of Rio," being unveiled at Owatonna Hospital Allina (11/17/2015) (photo: Kim Hyatt, Owatonna People's Press)

Breast Cancer Superhero Anca Sima, the “Butterfly of Rio,” being unveiled at Owatonna Hospital Allina (11/17/2015) (photo: Kim Hyatt, Owatonna People’s Press)

The wonderful superladies of the Breast Cancer Superhero Portrait Project have been on display at:

– Katherine Nash Art Gallery, University of Minnesota (“WonderWomen”)
– Regla de Oro Fair Trade Gifts and Gallery, Minneapolis, MN (with a fundraiser for Angel Foundation and new BCSuperhero posters and greeting cards!)
– BioMedical Library, University of Minnesota (students from a Statistics course did a survey on the emotional impact of the show on viewers for their class study-)
– Owatonna Hospital Allina (now on view through end of February 2016)

They have been featured in local, national and even media overseas:

Star Tribune
Pioneer Press
Minnesota Women’s Press
Women You Should Know (out of NYC)
Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls
Redbookmag.com
– Arts Connect International: 7 Dresses for Health (out of Boston, MA)
One Wig Stand (out of Lebanon! )

We’ve had a new supermodel join our ranks: Anca Sima, the “Butterfly of Rio,” was unveiled at Owatonna Hospital on Nov 17 – her story was covered in local newspapers where she really made a splash!

And capping off the year, the Minnesota Women’s Press named artist and founder Barbara Porwit (ie, me…) one of their 2015 “Changemakers” and featured my painting of Jei Olson, “the Alchemist” on the cover of the December Changemakers issue.

At this point, all I can really say is WOW.

two women next to a superhero painting of Phoenix Rising

Lisa Dahlseid and artist Barbara Porwit share a moment next to the painting of Lisa as Phoenix Rising.

There are so many people to thank, to name just a few: all our wonderful supermodels, writer and media liaison Kevun Burger, photographer Doug Webb, our fantastic University of Minnesota Duluth Health Education interns (Lisa Peterson, Jill Grensing, Amy Johnson, Barakat Titilope) and Professor Tornabene, Jessica Smith of Regla de Oro, Howard Oransky and Michelle Orr of the University of Minnesota, and Linda Hoffman, Natalie Ginter and Silvan Durben of the Owatonna Hospital Allina Healing Arts Program.
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What will 2016 bring?

The first half of the year will bring, for me, an artist’s retreat. I’ve received a Next Step Fund artist’s grant from the Minneapolis Regional Arts Council and will be studying with master painters Jan – May.

After that we’ll be looking for a deserving subject to be honored as a Breast Cancer Superhero in 2016 – nominations welcome….

Have a wonderful year everyone – I hope to see all of us out there using our powers for good!

Barbara Porwit
Artist and Founder
Breast Cancer Superhero Portrait Project

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The Naseema Omer Radio Show: Interview with Anca Sima (the “Butterfly of Rio”) and artist Barbara Porwit!!!

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Check it out! Our next subject, Anca Sima (the “Butterfly of Rio”) and the artist behind the Breast Cancer Superhero Portrait Project, Barbara Porwit, will be on the Naseema Omer Radio Show this week Saturday, Oct 3, 1p – 2pm. Tune in live!!

Anca Sima "The Butterfly of Rio"

Anca Sima “The Butterfly of Rio”

Anca Sima, the "Butterfly of Rio" - our next Breast Cancer Superhero: help Anca get her wings!

Anca Sima, the “Butterfly of Rio” – our next Breast Cancer Superhero: help Anca get her wings!

Go to www.GCNLive.com SELECT Radio Program
THE NASEEMA OMER SHOW, and ENJOY!
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Questions: Call In Line: 866-582-9933
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1:00PM-2:00PM Central Standard Time

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Artist at Work: Tonal Study

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The Butterfly of Rio

The Butterfly of Rio

The Butterfly of Rio

The Butterfly of Rio

– Another one of the steps in creating a painting is working out the “tones” – the main lights and darks. Here’s a beginning of a small tonal study artist Barbara Porwit is doing to prepare for the large painting of Breast Cancer Superhero Anca Sima—- later she will add color and Anca’s WINGS….

Help Barbara do this work: back us on our kickstarter today! Check out the project here: KickStarter

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Help us reach our goal: $2000 by 10/10:

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Check out our New Kickstarter Campaign!

Check out our New Kickstarter Campaign!

We recently launched our very first Kickstarter! Your support will help us create the portrait of Anca Sima, the “Butterfly of Rio,” and other future portraits…..Check out the video, backer rewards and website link here: Kickstarter

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Butterfly of Rio: 9 11 2015

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Breast Cancer Superhero Anca Sima is well on her way to making her big entrance as the “Butterfly of Rio” this November at the show in Owatonna, MN. Artist Barbara Porwit is now in the drawing stages – soon those brushes will cover the canvas in bright and beautiful colors, representing Anca’s vibrant personality! Stay tuned for more progress reports…..

The Drawing Stages of the Butterfly of Rio

Now in the preliminary drawing stages for the Butterfly of Rio…

Anca Sima, the "Butterfly of Rio" - closeup of beginning shadow underpainting (artist: Barbara Porwit)

Anca Sima, the “Butterfly of Rio” – closeup of beginning shadow underpainting

Now in the preliminary drawing stages...

Now in the preliminary drawing stages…

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Anca and her Butterfly Wings

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Check out these visitor’s drawings of Anca and her Butterfly Wings: We had some very talented individuals- (ie visitors to the studio during Art-A-Whirl)– help us with ideas for Anca’s wing design. What do you think?

Anca liked the carnaval mask on this one - let's see how Barbara incorporates this into the painting of her!

Anca liked the carnaval mask on this one – let’s see how Barbara incorporates this into the painting of her!

Anca liked the organic shapes and especially the lotus flower on this one: Barbara's not entirely sure yet if a lotus will make an appearance on the final painting but she's thinking about it.....

Anca liked the organic shapes and especially the lotus flower on this one: Barbara’s not entirely sure yet if a lotus will make an appearance on the final painting but she’s thinking about it…..

 Anca liked the "power bracelets" and the stars shooting out of her hands on this one - (check out the helmet too --- not sure it will make it onto the painting, but - cool!!


Anca liked the “power bracelets” and the stars shooting out of her hands on this one – (check out the helmet too — not sure it will make it onto the painting, but – cool!!

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Anca and her Butterfly Wings

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Anca and her wing design!

Anca liked the antennas on this one- we’ll see how Barbara incorporates those into the painting….

Anca and her Butterfly Wings: We had some very talented individuals- (ie visitors to the studio during Art-A-Whirl)– help us with the inspiration of Anca’s wing design, check them out here!

Anca chose this one for the organic shapes of the wings. What do you think?

Anca chose this one for the organic shapes of the wings. What do you think?

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Breast Cancer Superheroes Featured at the UM Bio-Med Library!

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Phoenix Rising featured at the Bio-Med Library

Phoenix Rising featured at the Bio-Med Library

Radiation Diva featured at the Bio-Med Library

Radiation Diva featured at the Bio-Med Library

The Superheroes are now being featured in the University of Minnesota Bio-Med Library until October 2nd, 2015. Check out Phoenix Rising and Radiation Diva’s Full story here:

Phoenix Rising

Radiation Diva

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JUST LAUNCHED!

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Check out our New Kickstarter Campaign!

Check out our New Kickstarter Campaign!

The first ever Kickstarter for the Breast Cancer Superhero Portrait Project – supporting the work with our next subject (Anca Sima, the “Butterfly of Rio”) and future portraits. Check out the website and see how you could back up our project and receive rewards for every pledge! Raising $2000+ by October 10, 2015.

Anca Sima, the "Butterfly of Rio" - our next Breast Cancer Superhero: help Anca get her wings!

Anca Sima, the “Butterfly of Rio” – our next Breast Cancer Superhero: help Anca get her wings!

We really need your support – please back us up if you can and share the link with people you know who might be interested in supporting this project.

There are some wonderful rewards for backers. Wonder Woman Katy fridge magnets, greeting cards and posters featuring all our heroines, even private studio tours and custom made portraits at the higher levels —-

Every pledge will go to helping us reach more women, families and care providers with our message of hope and encouragement. Thank you so much!

Check out the kickstarter Project here:
www.Kickstarter.com/projects

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