Pittsfield 'Thinks Pink' With Uplifting Exhibit at Colonial
A steed from Berkshire Carousel bore pink for the 'Uplifting Rhythms' exhibit at the Colonial Theatre. At left, a sassy converted bra purse, in pink of course.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month; pink is the color adopted by numerous events across the nation to raise funds for research and fight the disease.
The Colonial event is sponsored in conjunction with the Berkshire Health System Breast Health Team and the Storefront Artist Project.
More than 60 artists displayed work that they based on the year's theme "Uplifting Rhythms." Quilts, oil paintings and photographs were among the many mediums used to honor those who have survived the disease. While each work is for sale, said artist Peggy Reeves, that is the hardly the point of exhibiting.
"I photographed my sister's reconstructive surgery," she said. "That's hardly sellable, but it's something I wanted to do."
In addition to Reeves' poignant photograph, a pink quilt by Sharon Morgan titled "A Puzzling Disease" also graced the wall, giving voice to the still-elusive nature of breast cancer in America. Morgan's quilt wasn't the only thing decked out in pink. A pink and white carousel horse galloped silently in the front of the lobby and many in attendance also went all out with pink jackets, pink hats, pink shoes and even pink purses.
The exhibit will run through Oct. 10 and is free and open to the public.