Student art for BRA Project raises breast cancer awareness

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Eight bra designs by students from Hilton Head Island High School are: (front row, from left) Roses of Hope by Olivia Waters, Good Vibrations by Tyler Huston, Beautiful Inside and Out by Madison Gregory, Super Bra by Kaitlin Cooke; (middle) Perfectly Poin

For the third year, the BRA Project of the Lowcountry is recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month by showcasing custom student-designed bras.

Six one-of-a-kind bras will go on exhibit throughout the Lowcountry to help raise breast cancer awareness and donations for DragonBoat Beaufort, a non-profit organization that provides grants to help area cancer survivors and their caregivers.

The exhibit is presented and hosted by Pinnacle Plastic Surgery, the practice of Dr. Audrey A. Klenke. "Many of my patients are courageous breast cancer survivors," said Dr. Klenke. "It is inspiring to see local students supporting these women with such displays of compassion and creativity."

Student designers from Savannah Arts Academy and Hilton Head Island High School have been creating their bras for weeks. Twelve students submitted their designs for the competition and six finalists will be part of the traveling exhibit.

"Creativity fueled by goodwill is a recipe for success in the art room, or any classroom," said Hilton Head Island High School art teacher Monique Dobbelaere. "The students know they are contributing to a worthwhile cause in our community through this project, and that's what invests the students in full."

The student designers explained the inspiration behind their creations in a personal statement included with their art. "The superhero theme bra was inspired by the fight with breast cancer and eventual defeat," said Hilton Head Island High student Juliana Rosenberry, who titled her design The Wonder Bra. "Broken mirrors are the main component of the design and meant to symbolically reflect the renewal of strength from within." Rosenberry said she was inspired by a quote she heard: "She needed a hero, so that's who she became."

The BRA Project of the Lowcountry will become a traveling art exhibit, giving community members several opportunities to see the bras and vote for their favorite. Viewers are invited to vote throughout October and donate in support of DragonBoat Beaufort.

The bras will be on display at Tanger Outlets Oct. 4-8; Belk of Hilton Head Oct. 9-15; Pinnacle Plastic Surgery Oct. 16-20; Hilton Head Hospital Oct. 21-26; and at Hilton Head Hospital's Bluffton Medical Campus Oct. 27-31. The winner will be announced Nov. 3. Several of the non-finalist bras will also be on display at area businesses during October.

For more information about The BRA Project and an updated exhibit calendar, visit www.PinnaclePlasticSurgery.com.

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