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BookSeveral years ago, Denise Hurley of Glass Addicts Stained Glass Creations published a book entitled "Flowers of Hope," dedicated to increasing breast cancer awareness. She was hoping that stained glass crafters across America would get together and make the designs in the book to support local breast cancer awareness efforts. The designs could be made individually or put together into larger "quilt" panels ~ with the results either given to survivors or auctioned off or whatever. As she put it in our phone conversations, she couldn't run the relays and didn't have a lot of money to donate, but she could make a panel. And if all the glass people in America made a panel, we could affect a LOT of people.

2018 Flowers of Hope

Hattiesburg’s Breast Cancer Awareness Team (BCAT) identified 19 area residents from their 17 county service area as celebrating their first year of survivorship this October. Due to the humbling response from area glass artisans (and friends!) over the 14 years we have sponsored this project, each year one or two extra panels have been made or have gone unclaimed.

Over the years, we have distributed these extra panels at other area breast cancer events, as door prizes or gifts at BCAT’s Tickle Me Pink receptions; breast cancer events hosted by Merit Health Wesley, Forrest General Hospital, and Pink!; or individually to breast cancer patients at the conclusion of radiation therapy or other events. Yet, we still accumulated quite a few panels, and in fact, we had enough “spare” panels to meet BCAT’s goal this year. As a result, this year’s exhibit will be comprised of panels from our early years through our most recent, and will feature a lovely display of over forty panels!

Flowers of Hope Exhibit: October 1 - 19, 2018. We will begin hanging the panels in the gallery spaces of the Library (329 Hardy Street, Hattiesburg) on October 1. All panels will be labeled with the name of the artist, plus any dedication provided. The panels will remain on display at the Library during normal Library hours until October 19, when they will be removed and packaged for distribution by BCAT.

Flowers of Hope Artists’ & Breast Cancer Survivors’ Reception: Thursday, October 18, 2018. Each of the artists who created a panel for any year’s project, all area breast cancer survivors, and the general public are invited to join us at the galleries in the Library from 4:30 - 6:00 PM in a “Celebration of Survival.” This is always a very rewarding event, especially when the project recipients get to meet “their” artist. Light refreshments, provided by the Friends of the Library and BCAT, will be served during this reception, and we hope you will be able to join us there for this wonderful celebration.

Please click HERE to see the 2018 panels - all created with a lot of love!.

Dee Tatum
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