“The average risk of a woman in the United States developing breast cancer sometime in her life is 1 in 8,” shares artist Ellen Welch Granter. “Eights is a painting of eight knitting needles with which I have made far, far too many ‘chemo caps.’”
Granter is one of almost thirty artist from Maine Art Hill participating in the 3rd Annual Pink Show raising funds for the Real Men Wear Pink of Maine campaign. This show hangs in the Pop-Up Gallery at Studios Maine Art Hill in Kennebunk from October 1 to October 31. Some artists are participating for the first time, yet many have been involved since the beginning.
The owner of Maine Art Hill, John Spain, aka Real Man, has once again been selected for the to be one of seventeen candidates taking part in the American Cancer Society’s Real Men Wear Pink of Maine. RMWP gives men a leadership role in fighting breast cancer. Spain incorporated The Pink Show into his Real Men Wear Pink campaign as a way to grow the support he is able to give back.
“Breast cancer affects everyone. That’s why we’re recruiting men to fight breast cancer through Real Men Wear Pink. This distinguished group of community leaders is determined to raise awareness and money to support the American Cancer Society’s mission and save more lives than ever before from breast cancer,” says The American Cancer Society. “Every dollar raised helps the American Cancer Society save lives from breast cancer through early detection and prevention, innovative breast cancer research, and patient support.”
Real Men Wear Pink is an opportunity and an honor for Spain. Cancer has touched his world personally, as it has many. This also holds true for Maine Art Hill’s employees and participating artists. Each has fought with this disease, either individually or alongside family members.
“Taking care of each other can be a difficult task. We often don’t know what to do to help. RMWP focuses help where it is needed here in Maine,” says Spain. “This is everyone’s disease, be it a survivor who continues to fight every day or battled bravely but lost the fight. My job and the job of RMWP is to work hard, so they don’t have to.”
The gallery and their artists have teamed up to give 20% of all proceeds back to Spain’s campaign. Each sale is impacting the fight, and everyone on Maine Art Hill is supporting this endeavor.
The complete show may be viewed virtually through www.maine-art.com and opens with sales beginning at 10 AM on October 1. The galleries on Maine Art Hill in Kennebunk are open at 10 AM every day. FMI: 207-204-2042 or [email protected].
Be on the lookout for Spain’s alter ego, Real Man, around the area. To learn more about the show and the cause, visit Maine Art Hill’s Facebook page.
Claire Bigbee, Heather and Holly Blanton, Charles Bluett, Karen Bruson, Donna D’Aquino, Mark Davis, Alex Dunwoodie, Elizabeth Ostrander, Kathy Ostrander Roberts, Margaret Gerding, Ellen Welch Granter, Rick Hamilton, Liz Hoag, Julie Houck, William B. Hoyt, David Jacobson, Ingunn Milla Joergenson, Kevin Keiser, John LeCours, Ryan Kohler, Jill Matthews, Karen McManus, Craig Mooney, Trip Park, David Riley Peterson, Janis Sanders, Bethany Harper Williams, Richard Winslow, David Witbeck.