FeaturesMay 18, 2016
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….(???)
Friday, May 20: 5 – 10pm
Saturday, May 21: 12 – 8pm
Sunday, May 22: 12 – 5pm
California Building, Studio 502
2205 California St NE
….and always remember to use your powers for good!
Barbara Porwit, Artist and Founder
Breast Cancer Superhero Portrait Project
January 1, 2016
Well, everyone, 2015 was an amazing year.
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
– Arts Connect International: 7 Dresses for Health (out of Boston, MA)
– One Wig Stand (out of Lebanon! )
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.
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.
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!
Artist and Founder
Breast Cancer Superhero Portrait Project
November 16, 2015
Anca Sima- “The Butterfly of Rio”
Anca is an outgoing, spunky, amazing wife, mother, engineer and dancing queen who loves to travel and always knows where to find the fun!
Anca was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013, one month after being diagnosed with stage four lymphoma. Before scheduling a mastectomy surgery, Anca first booked a trip of her dreams.
“I decided, I’m going to Carnival. Who’s coming with me?” she said, and seven of her girlfriends signed on to make the journey with her to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! Anca has always loved rounding up friends for dancing, festivals and nights on the town.
Anca came back beaming with the exuberant spirit that her Carnival experience had sparked. She was ready to start her mastectomy process and grab Breast Cancer by the horns; Anca wasn’t going to let this cancer bring down her spirit.
“We all feel misery, and none of us know what’s coming. Cancer has made me think more deeply and helps me understand the suffering around me,” she said. “Zest for life is my superpower.”- Anca Sima
Working with Anca, I found that her particular magic is the way she attracts people and brings them along with her. Her energy is so infectious, so positive, she has such joie de vivre. She’s the ringleader, the Pied Piper, the vortex of energy. I wanted to capture her spirit that seems to be saying, “Yahoo!”
– Barbara Portwit
September 18, 2015
– 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
by: Barbara PorwitClick to Comment
September 13, 2015
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: KickstarterClick to Comment
September 11, 2015
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…..Click to Comment
September 9, 2015
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.
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:
September 1, 2015
The Breast Cancer Superhero Portrait Project is excited to announce our next subject – Anca Sima as “The Butterfly of Rio”. Anca is an outgoing, spunky, amazing woman who loves to travel and always knows where to find the fun! Right now, artist Barbara Porwit is in the drawing stages of her portrait. The unveiling will take place this October at Owatonna Hospital Allina in Owatonna, MN. Stay tuned for more updates!Click to Comment
July 24, 2015
Hello folks — It’s been a while since I wrote – but there is actually BIIIIG NEWS~~~~!!!!!
WOW. This is a major honor. I will be spending a lot of time focusing in on craft this year. The BCSuperhero Project will continue (you will be hearing more soon about what’s up!) but – if you need me, I may be painting……call me at the studio……….
BarbaraClick to Comment
July 7, 2015
(Image of Phoenix Rising here to help these three on their journey. Lisa herself is doing fine)
Today I have to take time to pay tribute. There have been a few incredible people who have made this world a much better place for so many who have come to the end of their lives with grace and dignity – one after a long full life and two others all too soon.
My drawing teacher passed away, I found out, in April. I by miraculous chance saw him in March and I got one more conversation with a beloved teacher. Even then, he was gentle, kind, patient, with just a little bit of wry humor that said, it’s OK, I understand. He is one of the (main) reasons I can draw like I do. What a treasure you were, Professor Cowette. Rest in Peace. Well done.
A master painter with an incredible zest for life and a fire within her that few ever glimpse passed a few weeks ago. I never got to meet you Vigee Blue, and the world has been robbed of all you would have done had you been given more time here.
A dear friend crossed over from this life last week. Debbie Sit, you were one of a kind. I will be forever grateful for your kindness, your gentleness, generosity and giving nature – not just to me and my son but to all around you, all the time. Even in the midst of your own trials and troubles you never complained, you always were making the lives of those around you easier and the world a better place. You and Peter have shown all of us how it should be done.
I am not a wise woman, I an bumbling through these things like we all do, and words so often are inadequate. But I pause to pay tribute to these wonderful people and the lives they lived. I am reminded that we all are here for just a short time to take our turn to do with what we are given all that we can. They certainly did.Click to Comment