Cuttn in the News

Holiday cheers!
December 17, 2014

Englewood property owner Bill Clayton, Jaime Thompson of Thompson Automotive, and Sabrina Lemay, owner of Cuttn it Loose


Business and political leaders in Englewood marked the season on Dec. 11 during the Greater Englewood Chamber of Commerce’s holiday party at the Englewood Civic Center. Revelers enjoyed food from such local restaurants as Twin Dragon and the Copper Pot while bidding on a range of items in a silent auction.

Paul Webster, left, owner of Brews on Broadway, enjoys a moment with Englewood Mayor Randy Penn.
Photos by Peter Jones

 Going bust …

October 08, 2014


Model Brian Hart, avid bicyclist and owner of Englewood’s Frame de Art, rides into the sunset with his second-place breast cast. Photo by Peter Jones

Breast art supports cancer patients

By Peter Jones
“Busted in Colorado” was the theme of this year’s Breasts of Colorado benefit as 19 women and two men posed for mug shots with facsimiles of their breasts. The casts would soon be transformed into art as part of a creative fundraiser for Sense of Security, a Colorado nonprofit that helps breast-cancer survivors pay their living expenses. Models were responsible for raising $500 or more. The benefit culminated Oct. 2 in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month when the organizer, the Greater Englewood Chamber of Commerce, And Cuttn it Loose held its annual Breasts of Colorado celebration at the Englewood Civic Center with a dinner and silent auction.


Englewood City Councilman Steven Yates was one of two male models – err draftees – this year. Artist Lee Wells put her arms around the project.


Artist Sean Dola is Colorado-proud of his cast of Ruth Graham.


Sssnap!! Model Becky-joi Lahm conjures her inner superhero as rendered by artist Tadd Moskal.


Artist Melissa McKinney branched out for her rendition of Donna McShane’s bust. Photos by Peter Jones


Model Lisa Levy, breast in hand, looks admiringly at artist Robert Platz.


Model Sonja Bittrolff and artist Kyle Banister took first place for “Mount Bustmore” in both the judges and people’s choice categories.


Laura Rector, model and artist

The Englewood Civic Center fountain goes pink.


One never knows who you will meet at Breasts of Colorado. From left, Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy Greg Wilson, former Rocky Mountain Rollergirls Becky-joi Lahm and Sonja Bittrolff, Englewood Mayor Randy Penn and Littleton Mayor Phil Cernanec.


Art, fountain for breast cancer awareness

Chamber and Cuttn it loose sponsored events raise funds for victims battling the disease


Pink Fountain


Englewood’s fountain turns pink each year as part of the Greater Englewood Chamber of Commerce activities to promote breast cancer awareness. The event includes the Oct. 2 fundraiser for Sense of Security, an organization that helps breast cancer patients pay for expenses such as rent, groceries and utility bills.

Tom Munds

Posted 9/24/14


The pink water shooting skyward from the city fountain and the Oct. 2 “Busted in Colorado” artists and models reception are part of the Greater Englewood Chamber of Commerce activities designed to increase breast cancer awareness.

The pink jets of water from the fountain are visible to all coming to the Englewood Civic Center to raise breast cancer awareness.

The chamber awareness effort continues when artists, models and guests gather from 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 2 in the retail locations across from the Englewood Civic Center at 1000 Englewood Parkway for the reception. The event is held to display the artwork and to raise money for Sense of Security, an organization that assists patients battling breast cancer with expenses such as rent, utilities and groceries.

Donations for Sense of Security are accepted during the reception plus there will be a silent auction. In the last two years, the event raised about $23,000.

“Busted in Colorado” is part of annual event called Breasts of Colorado. For the event, models volunteer to have plaster casts made of their chests. An artist adopts a casting and, after talking with the model, makes the casting a work of art.

Rosemarie Cabral, co-owner of Cuttn’ It Loose Salon, led the effort to get the event started in Englewood. This marks the third year she has headed the event.

The reception on Oct. 2 will include having all 22 casting artworks on display at Cuttn’ It Loose Salon located at 901 Englewood Parkway unit 100.


The Greater Englewood Chamber of Commerce annually spearheads events in the city to promote breast cancer awareness. One of the most visible efforts is the pink water spraying skyward from the fountain at the Englewood Civic Center. The fountain turns pink each year from mid-September until the end of October. In October, breast cancer awareness month, chamber volunteers also will tie pink ribbons around about 300 trees in the area during plus the chamber urges all local merchants to back the event with pink decorations at their businesses.

The best of breasts: Englewood’s art fundraiser helps cancer victims:

By Peter Jones

The Vietnam War. Fishing. Superheroes.

Those may not be the images typically associated with breasts – but when it comes to creative artists and a breast-cancer fundraiser, anything goes.

After all, it takes a superhero of a kind to wage the war against cancer – and sometimes the simple serenity of casting a pole in the great outdoors can bring a brief peace in the midst of personal struggle.

The cast entries ran the gamut in this year’s Breasts of Colorado, the second annual  benefit for Sense of Security, a 13-year-old Colorado nonprofit that helps breast-cancer survivors pay their living expenses while they undergo the physical and emotional rigors of treatment.

Since 2000, Sense of Security has helped distribute about $1.5 million to nearly 1,000 Colorado survivors who because of their treatments have struggled to pay their rent, mortgage, utilities, gas and food bills.

“We are having some growing pains at this point,” Rita McCoy, the organization’s executive director, told the gallery opening at Cuttn it Loose in Englewood on Sept. 19. “What that means is we need all the help we can get from the community.”

Enter the Greater Englewood Chamber of Commerce, which last year raised more than $9,000 for the cause. Totals for this year had not been tabulated at press time.

Here’s how it worked: Earlier this summer, more than 20 women and two men, including this reporter, submitted our breasts, such as they were, for casting. [In my case, it was a rather painful ordeal involving some chest hair that I’ll never get back, but that’s another story.]

The casts were then handed over to local artists who were asked to find their muse in such general themes as cancer, survival and strength – often by incorporating the individual stories and personalities of their models.

This year’s People’s Choice award was a case in point, fusing universal themes of femininity and protection with the offbeat “girl power” of roller derby.

Artist Julie Scott said the inspiration for the cast’s green-hued breasts encircled by serpents came from her model, Centennial’s Becky-joi Smith, who skates under the moniker Green Venom for the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls.

“Because snake scales expand and contract, I thought that would be a natural for going over the bosom,” she said. “The crystals are for femininity. The pink on the one side is for the warmth in all of us. And the snakes are very protective. Not many people want to come up and grab your bosom if it’s encircled in snakes, right?”

Other placement winners included a First Place ranking for artist Michelle Kastner and model Cori Kitamura for their graffiti-inspired mural full of sketches, and such phrases as “Courage,” “Never give up,” “Jump for joy” and “If you’re ship doesn’t come in, swim to it.”

In second place came artist Karen Brever and model Cybelle Floyd for a cast that juxtaposed the constriction of disease with the liberation of survival. The left breast is imagined as one confined by a tight, uncomfortable corset, while the right breast is freed by the beauty and comforts of a healing summer.

“You’re tied, you’re bound, you’re restricted by the disease – but through faith, hope and love you can release the disease and flourish again like the flowers in the garden,” said Brever, an artist who doubles as a mammogram scheduler.

Third place went to artist Vinton Ervin and model Tom Munds, a reporter for the Englewood Herald, for a cast that emphasized Munds’s service in the military before and during the Vietnam War, with implicit parallels to a victim’s fight against cancer.

This sort of painting or other embellishment of breast casts was not always easy for artists not necessarily accustomed to working with full-figured plaster.

“It’s a difficult medium. It’s not very forgiving,” said Kyle Bannister, whose cast of Kristin Bailey mirrored Colorado’s breast-cancer awareness license plate.

Artist Robert Platt, whose abstract work incorporated shapes of colors associated with model Renee Wheelock’s interests, agreed.

“I’m used to painting flat, so when you have a 3D surface, it takes quite a bit of time. There’s a little bit of extra effort involved. A lot more patience,” he said.

It was not always easy for the models either – especially for a certain Villager reporter whose chest-hair battle with his casting became the stuff of Breasts of Colorado legend by the time of last week’s reception.

“We learned things last year, and we learned things this year,” co-organizer Eileen Baranosky said of the second annual fundraiser.

“For example, we’re going to cast men who are hairy in plastic,” Rosemarie Cabral, another co-organizer, added with a smile.

“Or lots of gel,” Baranosky said.
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September 19th- Opening Reception for new Art Show: Breasts of Colorado and Fundraiser

Breasts of Colorado returns September 19th Gala Reception and Art Exhibit to benefit patients fighting breast cancer

The 2nd Annual Breasts of Colorado returns September 19 with a festive reception and art exhibit in Englewood to ngunveil this year’s breast casts. Inspired by similar philanthropic fundraising events in California and Oklahoma, last year’s inaugural event in Colorado raised $10,000 to help breast cancer patients in treatment.

This year’s event is again sponsored by The Greater Englewood Chamber of Commerce and precedes

Breast Cancer Awareness month, which begins in October.

This summer, a group of more than 20 volunteer models, including survivors, patients and others who

want to honor someone special in their life, had molds of their chests made, which were then decorated by local artists. Models are raising sponsorship funds for their casting through donations from family and friends, or by making a personal donation. Proceeds from these one-of-a-kind pieces of art will benefit Sense of Security, a local nonprofit whose sustained financial assistance ensures that breast cancer patients can stay secure in their homes and have enough good food to nourish themselves and their families.

The event includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live band TheFlash Mob, and an exhibit of the completed breast casts. Attendees will have the opportunity to help raise additional funds through activities, such as a silent auction. There will also be a check presentation ceremony as well as prizes awarded to the artists and models at the event.


Breasts of Colorado will take place on September 19th from 5:00 – 9:00 pm at Cuttn’ It Loose Salon/Art Gallery, 901 Englewood Parkway in Englewood’s City Center.

This is a free event and the public is welcome.

For more info, contact Rosemarie Cabral: 303-795-8240.

Breasts of Colorado

Cuttn’ it Loose celebrates 10th year in business!

on: March 13, 2013 In: Arts & Entertainment, Business, NewsNo Comments



Cuttn’ it Loose’s mother-daughter ownership team, Rosiemarie Cabral and Sabrina Lemay, share a moment with artist Kyle Banister, whose work hangs behind them.

Artist Lea Wells has several paintings on display at Cuttn it Loose.
Photos by Peter Jones

To mark its 10th anniversary, Cuttn’ it Loose in Englewood’s City Center introduced its new art gallery at a reception on Feb. 28. Now, as customers get their hair coiffed or styled, they can enjoy art of a different kind. Every few months, the salon will showcase different local artists whose work will also be available for purchase.


Salon hosts baseball art show

By Tom Munds


Posted 5/8/13

Large portraits of famous players, paintings of sports action and other baseball-themed works grace the walls of Cuttn’ It Loose Salon during the “Boys of Summer” art show.

There isn’t much to see looking through the salon’s windows but, going through the door, there is art about baseball just about everywhere. There is a statue of a baseball player just inside the door, a Cracker Jack vendor nearby, and the walls are graced by about 40 works by 11 local artists.

Artists with works on display include Thomas Harding, Clyde Steadman, Michael Rieger, Robert Platz, Ian McKown, Eric Matelski, Greg Marquez, Kelli Jimerson, Patrick Gerace, Dan Erickson and Kyle Banister.

Works are varied and include an impressionist piece by a tattoo artist, a painting of a father and son meeting Red Sox star Ted Williams and a painting of a young catcher behind the plate.

“We have a lot of wall space and artist Kyle Banister suggested we put up some art, so we held our first art show a couple months ago. People seemed to like it so now our plans are to have a new show every two months,” said Rosemarie Cabral, salon co-owner. “This show is about baseball and the artworks will be up through the end of June. Then we plan to open the next show in early July that will focus on the Dog Days of Summer.”

Several of the most dominant pieces are the large portraits of famous players created in chalk by Patrick Gerace.

“Venturing into this medium to do works on these subjects is a first for me,” the artist said. “I am a commercial artist. That work demands focus to detail and it could take 100 hours of work to complete a piece. I saw friends like Kyle Banister doing chalk art. I marveled at how quickly they completed a piece so I decided to try it.”

He said he never saw a professional baseball game at any level until about five years ago, when he joined friends at a Rockies game.

“The game was fun to watch and I became a baseball fan,” he said. “When my friend Kyle urged me to do works for this show, I decided to try it. I looked up a player’s baseball card online and used it as a guide to do the large-size drawing in chalk on plywood. I found the work went quickly and I just spent two to four hours per drawing.”

He said he discovered when the chalk art was done and he sprayed the piece with a coating to protect the surface from smearing, the spray tended to sort of melt the chalk and give the art work a warmer look while allowing the grain of the plywood to show through. He said he was pleased the impact was to give the artwork the appearance of an aging, well-used baseball card.

He completed the half-dozen larger-than-life portraits resembling the baseball cards of famous players like Jackie Robinson and Roger Maris.

“This is the first time I have displayed the drawings and I really didn’t know how the works would be accepted,” Gerace said. “So far, people seem to like what they see and I am pleased to get the good feedback. I might even do some more of them.”

Salon walls become art gallery

By Tom Munds | Posted: Thursday, March 7, 2013 3:05 pm

Salon walls become art gallery

Cuttn’ It Loose provides space for artists to display works

Tom Munds

Cuttn’ It Loose Salon celebrated its 10th anniversary and, at the same time, made the walls of the downtown Englewood business an art gallery.

The Feb. 28 anniversary celebration and gallery unveiling drew a sizable crowd to the salon.

“This is really cool that the salon lets artists display their works here,” Pamila Yoder said as she checked out the art display. “I have been coming to the salon for about a year for haircuts and came today to help them celebrate their anniversary. I am a sort of closet artist and wanted to check out the new gallery. It’s great and I know the artists appreciate having another place to display their works.”

Rosemarie Cabral, co-owner of the salon, said the first business she and her daughter opened was a tanning salon between Santa Fe and Federal on Belleview Avenue.

“The hair salon next door was closing so we decided to buy it, expand our shop and make it a hair salon,” Cabral said. “I think we did it because we got fed up with hairstylists who wouldn’t take walk-ins.”

Her daughter, Sabrina LeMay, had completed college but then took a two-year apprenticeship so she could get her license as a hairstylist.

“There haven’t been a lot of styling changes in the 10 years we have been in the business,” LeMay said. “I guess the one difference is the trend to use more than one color for a hairstyle. Customers are braver and choosing more different colors for their hair than they used to.”

The anniversary celebration also was the first time the walls of the salon were used to display the art works of Kyle Bannister, Lea Wells, Jennifer Mosquera and Eric Matelski.

“The works I have here are one aspect of my art,” Bannister said. “My art is an expression of my inner voice. I guess that is why I do so many different types of art such as chalk art and the works here. But my favorite is sports art, particularly basketball.”

He said he has always done art, and that included operating a sign company for a number of years.

“I decided to pursue my skills and now I am a full-time artist,” the former Englewood resident said. “I do work for a number of organizations, and one of my works for Root Sports won an Emmy last year.”

Lea Wells said art has always been a part of her life.

“I guess I started doing art as finger painting,” she said. “I am self-taught and my works include acrylics like those on display here and watercolor illustrations for children’s books.”

Wells said her favorite subjects to paint are women and children, and she recently did work for Amnesty International’s campaign to stop violence against children.

Salon establishes art show

Englewood Herald

Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 2:53 pm

By Tom Munds | 0 comments

Cuttn’ It Loose owner Rosemarie Cabral plans a 10th anniversary celebration that will include the unveiling of the first exhibit of the continuing art show that will be gracing the walls of the salon.

“We were doing the breast cancer benefit and artist Kyle Banister noted art works would make the walls of our hair salon look nicer,” she said. “We thought it was a good idea and a way to allow local artists a venue to display their works. The result is we have decided to launch the initial art exhibit we are calling The Tresses Art Show on Feb. 28 at the same time we hold the celebration of our 10th anniversary.”

The opening reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 28 at the salon, located at 901 Englewood Parkway. It is free but those planning to attend are asked to RSVP by calling 303-795-8240.

The initial exhibit will consist of artworks by Jennifer Mosqura, Lea Wells, Eric Matelski and Kyle Banister.

Cabral said these first artworks will be on the walls for two or three months. When that exhibit is taken down, it will be replaced by a new exhibit featuring the works of other area artists. She said about each quarter, there will be the works of different artists in the Tresses Art Show exhibit on the walls of the salon.

For more information on the initial exhibit or future exhibits, call the salon at 303-795-8240.

Free cuts for Kids on Channel 4 news

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (CBS4)- It’s back to school time for thousands of children in the Denver metro area.

Nearly half of students in the Englewood School District come from families who are struggling in these tough economic times. That means many back to school essentials, like fresh haircuts, may go overlooked.
The Englewood Chamber of Commerce teamed up with the Cuttin’ It Loose salon on Sunday for a cut-a-thon. All children received haircuts, free of charge.

Stylists said a haircut does more than just give kids a tidy appearance.

“It helps them feel good about going to school, it helps them interact with one another. It helps them feel better about themselves that they can walk in to the first day of school confident that they look good,” said Cuttin’ It Loose salon spokeswoman Jennifer Cabral.

About 150 children received free haircuts on Sunday. The event also included free ice cream and puppet shows.

CUT-A-THON- Free Hair Cuts for Kids

We are hosting a carnival themed Cut a Thon and will feature Star Wars troops, puppet shows, balloon characters, music , popcorn, ice-cream, and much more! We will be giving FREE Kids Cuts for all Englewood and Sheridan Schools! The event will take place on Sunday, August 14, 2011 from 12-4 pm at 333 W Hampden in the Chase Bank Building North parking lot. Three blocks west of the salon! Please bring a food or cash donation to help those in need!

Here we are on the Tom Martino show for our segment about sewing up dos!

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For an appointment, please call 303-795-8240, or e-mail

Our salon is located in Englewood, Colorado, near Denver, Greenwood Village, Cherry Hills, Littleton, and Centennial. We’re a short distance from Swedish Hospital, Porter Hospital, and the Englewood Park-N-Ride station.