Wednesday, April 8, 2009
A meeting in Texas
As my cross-country plein-air painting trip began to take shape, it occurred to me that I might be able to meet some cyberspace friends in real life. For a while, I thought Sheila and I might be in New Mexico at the same time... we missed each other by a day.
But I was able to meet Nancy Medina, a wonderful painter and a friend of animals with a soft spot for pugs. Nancy works near Dallas as the editor of a medical journal, and when I called to say I would be driving through Dallas, we made plans to meet.
We had a delightful lunch together, talking about journalism, writing, painting, animals, animal resuce and this blog. In addition to her marvelous pet portraits, she paints delightful landscapes, flowers and still lifes (check out her website, nancymedina.com).
Nancy brought up an important point about the project, as well. We're calling it the Art for Shelter Animals Project - but it has broader roots and a broader reach than shelters. Sheila's initial idea was to aim it toward equine rescue - and that - and farm animal rescue - is still very much a part of the idea behind ASAP.
But not all places have good shelter systems. Lori Rowe has encountered this issue on Long Island, and Nancy points out that shelters in Texas are generally not no-kill shelters. Breed-specific rescue groups play an enormous role in finding homes for animals in the Lone Star state.
I will rewrite some of the language in the ASAP explanation, and I hope that all the artists involved in the project understand that they should donate art to the groups in their areas that they support - shelters, humane society, rescue groups - or whatever form animal rescue takes in your area.