Artists to Benefit Local Women With Breast Cancer

Jewelry by Wild Women Artist Kristen Frantzen Orr, one of several artists whose work will benefit patients at the Renown Institute for Cancer.

A group of talented local artists share their gifts each year to benefit northern Nevada women fighting breast cancer.

Wild Women Artists, a group of local artists and philanthropists who work in variety of mediums, will host an exhibit in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Oct. 20-22 at the Summit Mall. Money raised at the event will benefit patients at Renown’s Institute for Cancer.

The artists say they find inspiration in the local landscape and from events and experiences in their daily life. The 13 artists also use their talent to help those struggling with breast cancer. 

“Some of our artists are breast cancer survivors themselves,” says artist Kathleen Durham. “Our group toured Renown five years ago and felt the Institute for Cancer was so humane.”

Durham says the group new the institute would be a perfect fit for them to work with, from the healing environment the institute provides to the lending library and resources such as wigs and hats.


This year’s show at the Summit marks the fifth year the group has supported Renown. Last year’s event raised $1,600 in art sales to benefit breast cancer patients.

This year’s show will feature several artists, including rural Nevada paintings by Marti Bein, metalwork by Susan Church, sculpture and storytelling by Kathleen Durham, glass beads and jewelry by Kristen Frantzen Orr, sculpture and pottery with Barbara Glynn Prodaniuk and printmaking by Katherine Case.

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