Area artwork on display at Pink Show

Three Mountain Area artists are exhibiting their work at this year’s 10th Annual Pink Show at the Chris Sorenson Gallery in Fresno now through Jan. 30. A reception will be held Jan. 8 from 5 - 8 p.m., with music and dance performances at 6 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Proceeds go to Craycroft Center for Children’s Cancers.

The three artists are Mandy Brasa, Courtney Lynn, and Rivka Schaffner.

The Pink Show is a dedication to women who have endured the battle of cancer.

Brasa, who was born in Magdeburg Germany, has lived in the Mountain Area for 11 years.

“My husband had always tried to encourage me to pursue my artistic interest and it’s only been recently that I have started to display my art publicly,” Brasa said. “I was contacted by a local lady who is fighting stage 4 cancer who asked me if I could create an inspiring and uplifting painting for her house. When I found out about the Pink Cancer Awareness Art Show, I felt it was the perfect opportunity to bring positive inspiration to other cancer patients and survivors.”

Lynn grew up in Oakhurst and is now a well-known artist in the mountain community. She has created all the beer labels and T-shirt designs for South Gate Brewing Co. and has art on display in several area businesses. She also taught art at Wasuma Elementary and Oakurst Elementary schools.

“I have always wanted to do Art Hop in Fresno but it never came together, Lynn said. “I am so excited to finally be a part of it especially to be in the Chris Sorenson Gallery. I feel like this is the greatest way to start the new year. The pink show is important because it seems we are all effected by cancer one way or another. We know and love someone or lost someone to cancer, and art can be a beautiful way for people to heal ... to remember ... to accept ... to fight. I’m so happy to be involved with this show that represents a great cause, helping children and families going thru this journey.”

Schaffner, a Raymond resident, was inspired by her father.

“When I found out in Sept. 2014, that the pink show was happening at the Chris Sorenson gallery, I grabbed a canvas as fast as I could, and started painting within five minutes,” Schaffner said. “My passion to do this particular show, as my first public show in more than two years, was inspired by my father Dr. Irving Schaffner who was dying of cancer at that time. I have been my fathers caretaker for more than 5 1/2 years and was unable to find adequate time to paint. Right before he died, I finished the painting and showed it to him. He smiled, saying, ‘it was my masterpiece’ and that he was honored to be the person that brought my creative desires back to life.”

Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. - noon. The gallery is located at 2223 S. Van Ness Avenue, Fresno.

- Staff report