A way for artists to help animals and their communities
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Now for some GREAT NEWS...
Maria Kovalenko Leysens dropped her paintings, her son's painting and those from her class as described in the earlier post to the Butler County Humane Society in Pennsylvania. Maria updated us with this email:
The shelter was thrilled with the paintings. Thanks to all for all the great comments and it is good to know that we inspired many others to do the same in their areas. This project is contagious! The shelter chose to auction one of the paintings at the "Fur Ball" fundraiser this weekend and will hang the others in the shelter till November when they have their "Pawcasso" fund raiser. We will definately do this again next year!
and below is just one of the thank yous that I got from the shelter.
Hi Maria I am one of the Fur Ball chair women, We LOVED the paintings the kids did!!! I couldn't choose one so I took a few!! Your "kids" are so talented!!! Keep up the great work...hope to see you at the Shelter some day!!
This was a fun project and the girls are already planning to do more in oil pastels next. I already have two more...
Thanks for all the nice things you said on the blog and thanks for the idea/inspiration with your blog.........
All the credit needs to go to Maria and her students. People can think something is a good idea all day long, but it's that initial step that propels special people like Maria to go on a do wonderful things for her community. She is also setting an example for the next generation. With a lot of our youth thinking about "what's in it for me?" or what they're next video game is going to be, isn't it nice to be able to show them how good they can feel by giving to others? It's an inexpensive 'high' but one that hopefully last a lifetime. Great job Maria! Please drop by Maria's blog and also extent your appreciation for her efforts!
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.