The News Courier in Athens, Alabama


September 30, 2013

Coffee & Canvas to host Painted Bra Project fundraiser


Uplift the Girls

“There are some people in Athens who do the Painted Bra Project,” Angus added. “But, there was nothing in Lauderdale County that I had ever seen. I know Rogersville does Paint the Town Pink in October and Girls Night Out, but nobody had done anything like this.”

Angus and her daughter, Allie, 6, regularly paint at Coffee & Canvas and take art classes. She thought the project was something Bishop would be interested in. “I thought I’m just edgy enough to be the first person to paint a bra in Rogersville,” Angus said with a chuckle. “I thought Sanda could help me.”

She brought the idea to Bishop who said, “absolutely we can do this.”

It wasn’t long before Bishop got in touch with Painted Bra Project organizers in Huntsville.

The event will take place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Coffee & Canvas in Rogersville. The cost is $40 and registration is still underway with 20 remaining spots available.

“I believe Anna Braden from the Painted Bra Project is coming,” Bishop said. “We will have hors d’oeuvres and the coffee bar will be open.”

Bishop said the bras have been prepped for painting, paints will be set up and music will be playing. “All you have to do is come in and paint,” she said.

Judges will be on hand to pick 10 “best bras.” The best bras will go to the Roundhouse Museum in Huntsville for a BRAsterpiece art exhibit and will be auctioned off. All the bras will be used for the project and can be painted in memory or in honor of loved ones.

Proceeds raised beyond a minimal cost for supplies will be donated to Painted Bra Project, according to Bishop.

The mention of painting bras has received a few comical responses, but Bishop said everyone has been very positive and supportive (no pun intended).

“Obviously, you don’t have to look very far to find someone who has been affected by breast cancer,” Angus said. “This is a fun way to turn something we are all touched by into raising money for awareness. I’m excited to be a part of the event.”

Bishop and Angus plan to make Uplift the Girls an annual event. Donations, including new bras, can be made to Coffee & Canvas in care of the Painted Bra Project.

To find out more, contact Sanda Bishop at 256-777-5066 or email

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