At first one notices only a beautiful painting, but upon closer study, it becomes apparent that each oil painting includes a subtly crossed pink ribbon representing the deeper purpose and meaning of the art.
The paintings draw the strong parallel between the femininity and strength required for dance, and that which is required to battle breast cancer.
“I’ve been touched very personally by breast cancer and wanted to use my art to make a difference.” Says artist, Adrienne van Dooren. “The art raises awareness for mammograms and self-checks as well as the need to donate to breast cancer research.” A portion of profits are also donated to breast cancer research.
One patron explains that she bought the art in memory of her mother who she wanted to honor in her home décor. “I looked on-line, but all that was available was the breast cancer symbol and I wanted something more subtle.” Others, like Asheville Ballet’s Founder, Ann Dunn, love the paintings because they depict ballet shoes and dancers. All agree the paintings are beautiful.
Adrienne began painting at 42 after completing a 20-year Army career. Within 5 years she was inducted into the prestigious International Salon of Artists. Her work has been shown from Denmark to Dubai and is very popular among collectors. Adrienne has been featured on NBC House Smarts, HGTV Ideas, Costco Connection, The Washington Post, Romantic Homes, Decorating Solutions, More Magazine and dozens of other media.
Adrienne’s past art projects and book, The House that Faux Built” have helped raise over $100,000 dollars for multiple charities over the last 10 years. Paint4the cure is expected to raise several thousand for breast cancer awareness projects and buyers may designate either a national or local breast cancer charity.
Adrienne’s art can be previewed on www.paint4thecure.com or on the 2d floor of the Grand Bohemian Hotel. Meet the Artist at the opening reception of the Solo Art Exhibition: “Painting for the Cure,” which will be held Friday, October 5th from 6-8pm at The Grand Bohemian Gallery, 11 Boston Way, Asheville, NC, 28803.