A way for artists to help animals and their communities
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
You remember Maria's post about having her class of art students paint portraits of shelter animals. If you don't click here and read about this heartwarming idea by a fellow artist.
She kindly emailed me with an update on how the shelter used all those wonderful paintings:
Just one more update from the project we worked on. The shelter ended up auctioning most of the paintings at the fundraiser and raised about 150 dollars. More importantly, the staff at the shelter got many of them. Some of the dogs that staff and volunteers had been working with to make them adoptable were given the paintings as gifts from other staff, directors.... All in all it was a good day!
What a great benefit for the animals, the volunteers and for the children to learn how a fun activity on their part made a difference in so many ways for the Butler County Humane Society.
The Art for Animals project is simple. Make a portrait of an animal in your local shelter, or of an animal who's a part of a rescue operation, and donate the painting to the shelter or the rescue group.
That's it! The shelter or rescue group can do whatever it wants with the painting - or drawing or mixed media piece or whatever medium you choose.
Please submit jpgs at 72 dpi, a maximum of 600 px, or 8 inches across, and about 200K or less.
Your photographs should be sharp and free of glare. The best way to shoot them is to put your paintings in the shade, on a fairly sunny day, and shoot without a flash.
If you have photoshop, see R. Garriot's blog for tips on using photoshop to correct the colors and tones of your paintings.
Send your paintings to firstname.lastname@example.org, or to email@example.com, or to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will upload them to the blog.
Thank you for participating!
Sheila Tajima, Carrie Jacobson, Sandy Sandy
Letter for newspapers
Greetings! (Your name) here. I'm a local painter, participating in the Art for Animals project. I think the project might make a good story for your paper.
Here's how it works: Local painters paint portraits of animals in our shelters, and then give the paintings to the shelters. The shelters can do whatever they want with the paintings.
This is an unusual project because it is so direct. Typically, if artists donate to shelters or other charitable institutions, they give a percentage of their sales. I'm giving my paintings, free and clear.
The story would be inspiring, good news for your readers. There's plenty of art with it, too. Publication would help me connect with more artists in the area, and make the project more successful.
Paintings from participating artists may be seen at http://artforshelteranimals.blogspot.com.
I will call you in XX days to see if you're interested.