Brushes with Cancer Midwest Region
December 2, 2023: The Brushes With Cancer Midwest Art Exhibition & Celebration
In person at the Zhou B Gallery in Chicago, Illinois.

Tickets and the art auction are now live!

6 pm Participant Reception
7 pm Guest Admission, Dinner, Music, Program, Online Auction and Dancing!
9:30 pm CST Auction Close
11:00 pm Event Conclusion

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The Art Will Astound You

View, Bid or Purchase the Art Today. The Auction is now officially live.

The Program

Brushes with Cancer is a program of Twist Out Cancer that strategically matches artists with individuals touched by cancer (inspirations). Over a period of 6 months, the artist and inspirations work together to build a relationship built on mutual understanding and trust. The artist creates a unique work of art that is reflective of the inspiration’s journey with cancer. The program culminates in a virtual event that celebrates survivorship, and hope, where the art is auctioned off with all proceeds benefiting the mission and work of Twist Out Cancer.

Our Participants


Anita Tulsiani

Charlotte A Bayala

Sophie Berman

Dr. Antje Petershagen

Anita Bhandari

Donna Dang

Stephanie Jones

Caileigh Scott

Stephanie Leder

Lynne Tubbs

Kate Sladek

Sarah Booten

Sam Meah

Ashley Rogers

Fleurette Elia

Wendy Santana

Jeanette Redmond


Lauren Tarpley

Venessa Purefoy

Valerie Hinojosa

Mabel Marban

Shellie H Gazlay

Kristie Fields

Margaret Peregoy

Shelly Battista

Carina Ranieri

Laura McCullough

Katie Gray

Kelli Kim-Eng

Abby Casmer

Callie Cullinan

Howard Aaron

Rachel Duran

Brenna Donegan

Claudia Lachance



Theresa Bond Zelazny

Bari Fleischer

Nicole Marie Hagg

Alejandro Lopez-Rincon

Rebecca Roin

Suhani Amin

Angelica Colantuoni

Gabrielle H.

Caryn Frishman

Kathryn Tubbs

Mignon Dupepe

Jackie Carmody

Sujata Gazder

Joelle Goldman Bilow

Tanja Pleis

Naimah Thomas

Jessica Joy London

Jennifer Vincik

Lena Snow

Emma Lyons

Erin Greganti

Eileen O’Hair

Anne Marie Morgan

Jelena Martinovic

Danielle Whitehead

Michele Kellner

Jeff Guerero

Lindsay Patton

Lyrika Van Vliet

Kenny Lapins

Peri Goodman

Annie Arnold

Chelsea Lewis-Bahr

Magdalena Cuevas

Erin Krasman

Rachel Gingold







Interested In Becoming A Sponsor?

Would you like to be one of our exclusive sponsors for the upcoming Brushes with Cancer program? Check out our Brushes with Cancer Sponsorship Brochure or reach out to August Spree for details.


Brushes with Cancer Leadership
Jenny Indig, Brushes with Cancer Honoree
Philanthropist and Founder of Fern Hill Project Fern HIll
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Joe Lombardo, Brushes with Cancer Co-Chair
Boutique Manager of Richard Mille
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Dr. Eddie Connor
Brushes with Cancer Master of Ceremonies
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DJ John Simmons
Chicago-based DJ and Longtime Friend of Twist Out Cancer
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progressive jazz-rock band based in Chicago, IL with an international fan base.
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Featured Program Alumni Artists
Perry Milou
Perry Milou
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Michael Leavy
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Ali Williams
Ali Williams
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The Team

Executive Board Members

Jenna Benn Shersher- Founder, CEO and Board President

Andrew Edelston- Board Chair

Emma Peck Block- Secretary

Erin Johnson

Joelle Goldman

Joshua Taustein- 

Stephanie Plein

Dr. Christian Squillante

Jon Goldberg

Howard Aaron

Jennifer L. Katz Margolis

Cynthia Beck

Danny Glick

Kevin Morgan

Jenny Indig

Alex Perry

Bari Fleischer




Advisory Board Members

Jacqueline Carmody

Kenny Lapins

Gudrun Wu Synder

Jeffrey Guerrero

Dr. Martin Hogan- 

Mardi Kaplan

Kimberly Kass

Anna Feneis

Ella Hawk

Kara Thomas

Bari Murphy

Shelby Zitelman

Tanya Kertsman

Joe Lombardo

Soraya Fata

Mignon Dupepe





Jenna Benn Shersher, Founder and CEO

Amelia Hanrahan, COO

August Spree, Director of Programming

Ana Gordon, Clinical Director

Jacqueline Carmody, Licensed Clinical Art Therapist

Lindsay Patton, Director of Digital Strategy

Jenna Koch, Director of Social Media

Host Committee

Twist Out Cancer acknowledges the dynamic Host Committee that works to make the program possible and the unique event a true celebration of life!

Bari Murphy

Joshua Taustein

Kenny Lapins

Dr. Marty Hogan

Amanda Salazar

Mardi Kaplan

Bari Fleischer

Cynthia Beck

Holli Davidove

Howard Aaron

Soraya Fata

Josee Wilson