Local artists are lending their talent to help raise awareness – and money – for cancer care.
The Wig Stand Palooza silent auction, a new component of the Tails & Ta-Tas breast cancer awareness 5K run/walk, gives people the opportunity to bid on wig stands decorated by artists from around the area. Money raised from the silent auction and race goes to the Hardin Memorial Health Foundation to support the cancer care resource center.
Rachel Puckett, owner of Rachel’s Face Painting, and her daughter, Sophia Todd, 13, each volunteered time to paint a wig stand. Puckett said they both are artists and jump at any chance to use art to give back to the community.
Puckett’s wig stand is called, “Go Panthers!! Beat Cancer!! RaRaRa.” As its name suggests, it’s Elizabethtown Independent Schools themed.
“I did this theme because all of our children have gone or are going to the Elizabethtown school district, so we support the Elizabethtown Panthers and thought the graffiti-style art would look different and hopefully get the interest of Elizabethtown alumni in the bidding process,” she said.
Puckett said her daughter is a budding artist in the eighth-grade at T.K. Stone Middle School and has won local and state art competitions.
Todd’s wig stand is named, “Garden of Eden and the All-knowing Eye of God.”
“She knows cancer patients and survivors, including her grandma, Jenny Puckett, rely on their faith in God to get them through the process of cancer treatment and recovery,” Puckett said.
“We hope that ours and all the heads raise money for the event.”
Luna Ortiz said she is excited to be part of the project. She said local attorney D. Dee Shaw, who is a breast cancer survivor and one of the organizers for the event, is the inspiration for her wig stand creation.
“She’s an amazing woman,” she said.
Ortiz said the only paint used on her stand was to create a base for the elements she laid over it. She said she works with textiles, such as raw wool from her sheep, her own hand-spun yarn, recycled sari silk from India, vintage hat pieces, recycled jewelry and handmade buttons.
Kaitlyn Heuser used a variety of mediums as well with her piece, “Woman: The Undomesticated Goddess.” She came up with this name after she saw the printed words in The News-Enterprise. She said all of the print she used are clippings from the last three to four weeks of newspapers.
“With this fundraiser being centered around breast cancer awareness, I knew I wanted to create something in respect to women,” Heuser said. “The idea came to me to create a piece highlighting the heavy topics that women experience throughout life.”
The wig stand wears a “shirt” of words and phrases highlighting these topics all women likely have experienced firsthand or witnessed, she said.
“Over top of these are uplifting words and phrases that are beginning to cover the negative ones. Her flower crown is a representation of resilience and the beauty of women throughout their life struggles,” she said.
Heuser said she got involved with the event through Shaw, who is a guest of hers at Ntouch Salon Spa and Wellness.
“I learned that she is a breast cancer survivor herself and is a huge advocate for bettering breast cancer care in our area,” she said. “She knows I am an art student at WKU and asked me to donate an art piece to this fundraiser. I was pleased to, of course, especially since this is a cause so dear to her. … I was elated to help.”
Bidding on wig stands began Monday and continues through Saturday. Bids start at $20 and can be made on the Atria Elizabethtown Facebook page or at the events on Saturday.
The Tails & Ta-Tas 5K, hosted by Atria Senior Living, takes place in downtown Elizabethtown. Registration begins at 7 a.m. Saturday. A yoga warm-up, hosted by KARMA Yoga & Hot Yoga Studio, is at 7:30 a.m. The walk/run begins at 8 a.m., followed by a survivor breakfast at 9:30 a.m.
The event also features a small vendor fair, comprising about seven vendors, including Juanito’s Street Tacos, which offers a special breakfast taco after the run.
There also are informational booths and a cutest and owner/dog look-alike contests.
Race participants are given a canvas swag bag filled with gifts, such as a bracelet, cloth for electronics and a free class at Karma.
Everyone who participates this year also receives a runner’s buff instead of a T-shirt. Dogs in attendance receive a pink bone tag. Those who sign up for the race also have the opportunity to win a designer handbag.
Later in the day, in conjunction with Tails & Ta-Tas, Bourbon Barrel Tavern hosts Cocktails and Ta-Tas After Party, an after run event from 4 to 7 p.m. with a portion of the proceeds going to the HMH Foundation’s cancer resource center.