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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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The Drawing and Painting Stages of Anca Sima: “The Butterfly of Rio”

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Join us as tomorrow November 17, 2015 as we unveil the full portrait of our latest superhero at the Owatonna Hospital Healing Arts Exhibit and Reception, featuring special guest speaker and Breast Cancer Superhero Portrait Project artist, Barbara Porwit

Owatonna Hospital
2250 NW 26th Street, Owatonna, MN 55060
From: 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Stages of the process behind our NEW superhero portrait, Anca Sima: “The Butterfly of Rio”

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The Drawing Stages of the Butterfly of Rio

The Drawing Stages of the Butterfly of Rio

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

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Behind the Superhero: Anca Sima- “The Butterfly of Rio”

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Anca Sima "The Butterfly of Rio"

Behind the Superhero:
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

Artist’s notes:
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

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Save the Date! November 17- Owatonna Hospital Healing Arts Exhibit

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Natalie Ginter, Director of Community Engagement and Development and Linda Hoffman at Owatonna Hospital

Natalie Ginter, Director of Community Engagement and Development and Linda Hoffman at Owatonna Hospital


Owatonna Hospital: Healing Arts Exhibit and Reception
You’re invited to view the new art exhibit and meet the artists at the program and reception for the Healing Arts exhibition, featuring:
Special guest speaker – Barbara Porwit, Breast Cancer Superhero Portrait Project; program will include the unveiling of our NEW portrait: Anca Sima, the “Butterfly of Rio”!
Carolyn Halliday and Kimber Olson, textile
John Idstrom, bronze
Pamela Kirton, mixed media
George Sierakowski, painting
Lynette Yencho, painting


Tuesday November 17, 2015

From: 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: Owatonna Hospital
Address: 2250 NW 26th Street, Owatonna, MN 55060
Free event!

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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!
INTERNET RADIO TUNE INTO:http://gcnlive.com/JW1D/index.php/showinfo?showCode=199
Questions: Call In Line: 866-582-9933
Listen to the show call in: 605-477-4662
Produced by Genesis Communication Network, Burnsville, MN
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

by: Barbara Porwit

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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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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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