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Over the weekend, my kids and I went to deliver some of the paintings to the East Bay SPCA. I met with Kendra Adams the Director of Project Development. She was delighted with the paintings and told me the painting of Max was sold already along with the previous sales of Bingo and Kayla.
She also explained her intentions of posting a copy of the painting near each kennel and having information that the painting is available for sale. She showed me the area where they were going to have a display case for my work next to the front desk of the facility.
You can see the mini easels I donated to her for the art cards I made and she told me she would order more for any other cards I would be painting. She wanted to confirm the details of my ideas with the art cards. I had suggested that she could sell the original art card with plastic case and easel for anywhere from $15 to $35 and she could determine the price based her customers. They also manage another facility further east from the main location. I had suggested front desk personnel could print out copies of the art cards, have a stamp placed on the back of the card stock paper and have them sell them for $1 to $3. That way, parents can buy a little something for the children that always visit the shelter. I am now thinking Girl and Boy Scouts always donate their time or School children have tours, that this would make a nice gift for these children also.
That leads to me thinking of another idea. Perhaps they could give them away to anyone who brings in a can of food for the shelter animals. Who knows what other ideas we [this includes our blogosphere friends] can come up with for this project.
As I and my kids were leaving, I saw a volunteer walking a dog. I asked Kendra, "Is that Max!?" She said it sure was. Max is the sweetest dog. Friendly but not the frenetic and jumpy kind but more of a cool curious type when he met me and my children. Kendra showed him his portrait but as soon as he realized it was not food, he lost interest. I guess it will just have to be appreciated by the portrait's new owner. Thanks for reading!