THE fundraising fibre arts exhibition The Bra Show ended how it began, with lots of noise, laughter and plenty of outrageously decorated bras.
Last Monday, the Princes Hwy rang with the tootling of car horns as the members from The Frayed Edges of Quaama proceeded from south to north of the Cobargo village shops taking bras from the Cobargo Cows and reminding people that the “great bra auction” was about to start.
The Bra Show began on May 9 with an opening night that stopped traffic, as revellers spilled out of the Lazy Lizard Gallery on to the street dancing to The Hoops.
The show was an exhibition of 47 bras decorated using everything from wool to metal.
Proceeds from bra sales and two raffles, one drawn on opening night and the other drawn on auction day, went to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
“At the auction we held up the first of the as yet unsold bras and our auctioneer Phyllis Furby coaxed a bid and we were off,” Frayed Edges founder Cathy Blake said.
“Occasionally small bidding wars erupted!
“Congratulations to Leanne Tett as her hand-made ‘Udderly Awesome Mardi Bra’ gained a winning bid of $62, the highest of the day,” Ms Blake said.
All the exhibition’s bras were sold at the auction, raising $769.
The second raffle was drawn, with prizes going to C McEwan, SB Wotton, SL Wotton, G Mitchell, M Green, K Pereira and G Linguard.
The Frayed Edges of Quaama would like to thank all the artists who made and donated bras, as well as the Lazy Lizard Gallery, Cobargo Pub, Dan Murphy’s, The Baking Buddies and all the Cobargo shops and galleries who sold tickets on the group’s behalf.
“A special mention must go to The Hoops, the ‘50s rock band who played free at the opening night gig and were so popular locals are still talking about it a month later,” Ms Blake said.
The amount raised by the exhibition is well above the few hundred dollars Ms Blake anticipated and a “huge but welcome surprise”.
“We expect to give more than $2600 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, so thank you so much,” she said.
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