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Torso workshop Saturday for cancer art event

SHELBURNE FALLS — .A torso-making workshop for “One in Eight: The Torso Project” — an art exhibit by women with breast cancer — will be held at The Art Garden on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

Forest Moon is partnering with Cancer Connection and The Art Garden to present this free, two-day workshop for women affected by breast cancer. The workshop is supported by Rays of Hope.

The workshop invites women affected by breast cancer to create and embellish plaster models of their torsos. No art experience is necessary. Participants may bring a female friend or family member with them.

The workshop is run by Pam Roberts, program director of Forest Moon with assistance from The Art Garden’s director, Jane Beatrice Wegscheider.

Forest Moon is a Vermont-based nonprofit created to offer nonmedical support programs to people living with cancer in underserved, rural areas.

Roberts, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1993, originated the workshop/art event, to raise awareness that breast cancer affects one in eight women in the United States.

“We’ve been doing workshops in western Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire,” she says. The project grew out of a desire to end the silence and the fear about breast cancer through collaborative art.

In the years since “One in Eight” was started, at least 50 to 60 women have made torsos, she said.

Women who make torsos will be invited to display their completed torsos at a One in Eight: The Torso Project exhibit at the Salmon Falls Artisans Showroom, from March 1 to April 29.

Preregistration is required.

Please call or email Pam Roberts, Program Director, Forest Moon, at 413-625-2402 or pam@forestmoon.org.

You can reach Diane Broncaccio at:
dbronc@recorder.com
or 413-772-0261, ext. 277

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