Friday, October 22, 2010

Two Cats, by Kathy Lyon

Poster by Kathy Lyon
To be donated to the Weatherford, Texas, animal shelter

Texas artist Kathy Lyon primarily makes extraordinary jewelry and bronze sculptures of dogs, particularly sighthounds. Her work is precise and elegant and lively and just plain luscious! Some is in silver, some gold, some with gems - and all are beautiful. Check out her website at http://www.kathylyon.com/.  

Kathy writes that she doesn't have much time to paint these days, and it's easy to see why. I would think that anyone who sees her work would want a piece. She can even make a piece from your gold jewelry that you no longer wear.

We're glad to have Kathy as part of the Art for Shelter Animals Project! 

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Fast Friend, by Robin Truelove Stronk



Fast Friend
By Robin Truelove Stronk
Oil on canvas, 21x27
Donation to Fast Friends

Robin Truelove Stronk worked as a veterinarian for more than 35 years, retiring to make paintings, write books, bring her amazing art to the world. Her paintings are so beautiful, so full of light and depth that it makes me a little sad that she spent all those years being a veterinarian! Of course, the world surely needs vets (I'd have one live in the house with us if I could), but sometimes I think the world needs artists more.

Her book, "Vet Noir - It's not the Pets, it's the People Who Make Me Crazy" was published in January and is available online and in bookstores. Two of her paintings have made it to the cover of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association and to other high-powered publications.

Check out her work and her amazing story at her website, www.truelovearts.com

Robin lives in New Hampshire, the home of Fast Friends (www.helpinggreyhounds.org). The group rescued racing greyhounds and finds new homes for them. She writes that greyhounds have "both figuratively and literally huge hearts. They are probably the most cat-like of the dog breeds, clean, easy to care for and asking nothing but companionship."

I've met a few greyhounds and they are wonderful dogs. They're easy to care for, and if you live in a warm place, don't need much. In cooler climates, they're pretty happy to have sweaters!

- Carrie



Wednesday, September 15, 2010

A Matter of Trust, by Robin Truelove Stronk




A Matter of Trust
By Robin Truelove Stronk
Oil on canvas, donation to the Horsetenders organization

Robin Truelove Stronk, a newcomer to the Art for Shelter Animals Project, was a veterinarian for more than 35 years before retiring three years ago and turning to art. She writes that she has dedicated herself this year to giving generously to organizations she cares about, and not worrying too much about selling her art. She is thankful to be in a position to do this for a while, and we are thankful to receive her gorgeous portraits.

Here is what she writes about this painting, and Horsetenders: 

"A Matter of Trust" was created for the HorseTenders organization, a group that rescues, trains and re-homes mustangs. Many of the horses they take are  considered cast-offs or untrainable and are destined to be double branded. This condemns them to a life of unending boredom in small paddocks. Their Mustang Project is becoming widely recognized and applauded. They can be seen at HorseTenders.com. I am continually amazed at the depth and quality of training and care that these animals receive. I tried to sum this up in the look in the eye of one of their mustangs - it's all about the trust that they inspire in their charges."

I love the rich colors of this painting, and its depth. I love the cropping that makes the eye the central focus of the piece. And that eye - it shows fear and trust, fight and flight, and the very soul of the horse. What a beautiful piece! 

To find out more about Robin, to see more of her work and read more of her story, please visit her website, www.truelovearts.com

I'm thrilled that she's painting with us!

- Carrie


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Buddy, by Liz Pearson


Buddy
By Liz Pearson
For the Domestic Animal Rescue Group, Capetown, South Africa

Liz Pearson has been a steady and solid donor to the Art for Shelter Animals Project. She was one of the first to start making paintings for the project, and has continued to turn them out regularly.

This is a joy to me, and an inspiration! My world gets hectic, my days disappear, I look up and five hours have gone by and I'm not sure what I've been doing or even what I was supposed to be doing... and then an email arrives, and it's Liz Pearson, quiet and regular and disciplined, with another painting for the project. Check out her beautiful work at her website (http://artwithliz.blogspot.com/).

The rescue scene in Capetown, South Africa, is more stressed than in the U.S. DARG began in 1995 as a network of volunteers with no actual shelter. In time, the group was able to rent a couple dozen kennels from a woman who had used them to board dogs. In three years, the group found homes for nearly 3,000 dogs.

The woman who owned the kennel property died, however, and the kennel was put up for sale. In time, one of the DARG directors bought the property and it was put into trust, and can be used only for a no-kill shelter.

Now, there is building going on to find room for cats, and better facilities for the dogs. The changes sound big and impressive! Check out the website  (http://www.darg.org.za/) for more details, and to see animals up for adoption.

- Carrie

Monday, September 13, 2010

Sleeping Cat
Chinese Brush Painting
By Carol LaVoie
For Protectors of Animals, East Hartford, Conn. 

In addition to being a working astrologer for more than three decades, Carol Lavoie is also - clearly - a talented artist.
 
You can see her work at her website (http://www.artmajeur.com/carolavoie/). There, you have a chance to see the range of her pieces, her sense of discovery and excitement, her brilliant use of color, and the many media she uses.

The site also has a feature that I like a lot, that allows you to bid on paintings. Cool!

Protectors of Animals in East Hartford, Conn., is sure lucky to have Carol. She has donated dozens and dozens of paintings to the cause; Art for Shelter Animals is lucky to have her, too.

- Carrie

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Calico, by Carol Lavoie




Calico
Chinese Brush Painting by Carol Lavoie
For Protectors of Animals in East Hartford, Conn.

Carol Lavoie, who has donated this brush painting and three others to Protectors of Animals in East Hartford, Conn. , has been making her living as an astrologer for decades.

I've spent a fair amount of time on her astrology website(www.alpheeastrologyschool.com/carol), reading about her really remarkable span of experience. Here is an excerpt from her website:

Carol had always been a seeker of the spiritual world. Her foundation of spiritual growth began in 1965 with the anthroposophical works of Rudolph Steiner and then blossomed when her journey took a serious turn in 1967 and she landed in northern California. There she met with and studied under Chinese herbalist Michael Tierra, Herbalist Rosemary Gladstar and health food innovators Aveline and Michio Kushi. Through her professional life she has worked as a hypnotherapist, tarot card counselor and teacher. She has a wide variety of meditation self help cd’s available on her website at www.alphee.com.

When you meet Carol, her sensitivity comes through. I haven't done a reading with her yet, but one of these days, I'd like to. There's tons of interesting stuff on her site, so check it out! 

- Carrie

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Calico, by Carol Lavoie



Calico
Chinese Brush Painting by Carol Lavoie
Donation to Protectors of Animals in East Hartford, Conn. 

I met Carol Lavoie on line through the Art for Shelter Animals Project. I received one or two paintings the first day, and then, for days afterwards, continued to receive paintings from her. I think Carol made 12 pieces te first time she donated!

We emailed back and forth, and got to know each other a little bit on line. A lovely cheerfulness came through her emails. Her paintings were enchanting, and her manner was, too.

I put out a call for artists for a fun local show here in southeastern Connecticut, and Carol, who lives near Hartford, said she'd like to be in it. I was thrilled!

Then one afternoon, I was in the parking lot at Jerry's Artarama, when someone called my name. It was Carol, and she'd recognized me from the photo on my blog, The Accidental Artist. Meeting her was like meeting an old friend.

In real life, she is as cheery and optimistic as she is on line. We had a grand time together in the show, though she sold only one small item, and I sold nothing. But we got to see each other's work (hers is delightful, full of heart and life and sunshine) and we got to laugh together and learn some stuff, too, about people and shows and displays and all that jazz.

Carol has made this painting for Protectors of Animals in East Hartford, Conn.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Siamese, by Carol Lavoie



Siamese
Chinese Brush Painting by Carol Lavoie
Donation to Protectors of Animals in East Hartford, Conn. 

Carol Lavoie, artist and astrologer, has sent a series of elegant and moving Chinese brush paintings, that she's donating to Protectors of Animals in East Hartford, Conn.

This all-volunteer group (find it at http://www.poainc.org/) came to life in 1975 "to rescue, spay and neuter homeless and abandoned animals." Today, its fund-raising efforts provide homes, veterinary services, board, food and advertising for homeless animals.

The group has a bunch of upcoming events, and many animals available for adoption. Check the website for details.

Carol Lavoie is a generous and productive artist, giving many paintings to Protectors of Animals, through the Art for Shelter Animals Project. More on her in the next posting!

- Carrie

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Longmeadow Dawn, by Alli Farkas

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Longmeadow Dawn
By Alli Farkas
oil on gallery-wrapped canvas, 16x20
Donation to Longmeadow Rescue Ranch  


Alli Farkas, who has contributed a few paintings through ASAP, has sent another gorgeous one our way. This piece is going to the Humane Society of Missouri's large-animal rescue group, Longmeadow Rescue Ranch. 

Alli's story of her donation shows her real persistence, and is an inspiration!

She writes that Longmeadow Rescue Ranch "is a group I had been donating money to regularly for several years, but as the economy (and my income) tanked, they were high up on the list for a painting donation instead. I actually contacted them almost a year ago, and this story is going to sound familiar, although with a kind of crazy twist!

"One of my other chosen rescues somehow 'lost' my first email offer, but responded to the second one. This time around, I didn't send an email because although their website did list an individual person to contact, it didn't supply more than a general 'info' email address. Since I wanted to connect with a person, I sent a snail mail instead.

"When I didn't get a response after a month, I decided to send a follow-up letter. I sent it in their donation window envelope along with their donation form, since the address was preprinted and I can sometimes be pretty lazy! What I didn't notice was that I had put the donation form in with MY address showing in the window, so of course the whole thing came back to me!

"At this point I figured it just plain old wasn't meant to be, and let it go. Around the beginning of June of this year I got a phone call from an extremely nice lady apologizing for not replying to my letter and hoping the offer was still open...which, of course, it was!  As it turned out, they were cleaning out the desk of an apparently not-too-meticulous former employee, and found the letter! So all's well that ends well, and they're going to auction off the painting at a fundraiser on September 17th!

"In case you're wondering about the theme of this painting, it's a combination of two photos by Mike Bizelli of Bizelli Photography in St. Louis. The folks at the Humane Society wanted something that was redolent of Longmeadow itself, rather than a portrait of any one animal. They felt their donor base would resonate better with this kind of painting, so--since I do a lot of landscapes anyway, this one fit right in with my usual work process. Enjoy!!"



You can see more of Alli's beautiful work at her website and also on her blog (http://allifarkasartist.wordpress.com/) 


 - Carrie



Sunday, August 29, 2010

Brewster



Brewster
Oil on canvas, 12x12
By Carrie Jacobson

A few weeks ago, my sister-in-law, Sue Jacobson, adopted a beautiful mixed-breed dog named Frankie. Frankie is a cross between a cocker spaniel and an Australian shepherd. She has a chestnut coat and lovely ice-blue eyes, and she's a sweetheart.

Frankie came from Texas, in a big, air-conditioned truck with other southern dogs being adopted by people in New England. My sister has adopted two southern dogs, Beemer and Ariana, and they are wonderful additions to her family, too. My brother is getting his southern dog - a bichon/pug cross - in two weeks. I guess it's a family trend!

Brewster showed up during Sue's search for Frankie. His page on Adopt-A-Pet  (
http://www.adoptapet.com/pet4229680.html) says he's in Glastonbury, Conn., but I seem to remember that he's another southern guy, and will be delivered in the dog truck to Glastonbury. 


Brewster is part Wheaten terrier and part chow. He has a blue tongue, and in all his photos, that left ear comes forward over his face. In the past couple weeks, they've shaved him down. Wherever he is, Glastonbury or the South, it must be hot! 


I am going to track him down and donate this painting to his rescue group or to the person who eventually adopts him. I will let the rescue group make the decision. I'd love to adopt him, but we have too many dogs as it is. 


A last note: Sue said that going to meet the truck was like going to meet family who had been away for years. She pulled up into the parking lot, and there were people and dogs and hugs and smiles and laughter, and she burst into tears, it was so moving and so full of love and life.


To see more of my paintings, or to commission me to make a painting of your pet, visit my website, jacobson-arts.com!


- Carrie

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Talon, by Barb Benstein

Tallie
By Barb Benstein
Pastel on sanded paper, 14x18
Donation to Save-A-Pet

This beautiful pit bull, Tallie, has been waiting for a home for quite a while. She is 10, and doctors had to remove one of her legs because of cancer. The operation seems to have eradicated the cancer, and she is getting around fine.

Tallie needs to be an only dog, and, according to the site, is better in a home without small children. All of this sounds bad, I know, but the site says she is gentle and sweet, and she sure has that look.

I love Barb's painting of this dog. Again, her backgrounds really make the piece - and the light on Tallie's dappled coat just amazes me. What a gorgeous piece!

To see more of Barb's work, visit her website (www.artworkbybarb.com). To find out more about Save-A-Pet, click here. It sounds like a really great organization. 

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Tiger, by Janet Campbell


Tiger
By Janet Campbell
Donation to the Pike County (Pa.) Humane Society shelter

Janet Campbell is one of my favorite painters, and I'm just as happy as can be to be able to post a painting that she's made as part of the Art for Shelter Animals Project. 

Janet's work has a richness that, in my eyes, makes it stand out from many other watercolorists'. It's warm and full and inviting, and without the sort of fussiness that so often pushes me away from watercolors. 

She has a show going on this month at the Wallkill River School Gallery with Pat Morgan, another fabulous painter. The show is on through Aug. 31, and if you're anywhere near Montgomery, N.Y., you really should go. The school is at 232 Ward St., (Route 17K), and is open every day but Monday. Montgomery is on Route 84, close to Newburgh. 

I love Janet's painting of Tiger. The look in his eye, the set of his jaw, his tough face and soft ears, they are all so inviting. Also, I have a special place in my heart for this shelter, which is where we got Jojo, the dog who devotes her days and nights to me. 

Thanks, Janet! 

- Carrie

Monday, August 23, 2010

St. Leo's gets involved


Wow!

I hardly have words for this posting, I am so moved, so touched. 

Susan Slepetz read about the Art for Shelter Animals Project in an art magazine (Art Calendar would be my bet...). And the kids in St. Leo's school in Leominster, Mass., got excited about the project and wanted to participate. 

At St. Leo's, as part of the art curriculum, Susan writes, the children use their artwork to reach out to the community. How great is that? And how wonderful that they found our project. 

The children ranged in age from 6 to 14. They made 170 portraits all together; this is a sampling. I don't know what shelter or rescue group has received these pieces, but whatever one did, it sure is lucky. Aren't these wonderful? 

Susan, and the kids from St. Leo's get our deepest thanks. We're so happy that you've participated in the Art for Shelter Animals Project! 

- Carrie

St. Leo's is a catholic school that is located in Leominster, MA. As part of our art curriculum the children use their artwork to reach out to the community. The ages were 6 through 14 years old. There were a total of 170 paintings, these were just a sampling. We read about your project in an art magazine. A group posting would be fine. Thank you for letting for us to share in this exciting way to help animals.
 
Best Wishes,
 
Susan Slepetz


Sunday, August 22, 2010

Phoebe, by Barb Benstein


Phoebe
By Barb Benstein
Pastel on sanded paper, 14x18
Donation to HARPS

The Hooved Animal Rescue and Protection Society is lucky to be getting another of Barb Benstein's beautiful paintings!

This one, of Phoebe, is pastel on sanded paper. I love the shadows on Phoebe's neck and face, and how tactile her mane looks. I know how it would feel under my fingers.

Barb's website shows the breadth and depth of her work. She has a special affinity for animals, it seems, and I am drawn to the emotion she manages to pack into her paintings.

Barb has made paintings for HARPS and for Save-A-Pet, organizations near where she lives, in Chicagoland. These seem like really wonderful groups, and I'm thrilled that Barb is helping them.

I've had the chance recently to talk about the Art for Shelter Animals Project with a whole bunch of people. The excitement about the project is really great! Many thanks to all of you who have donated art to your local shelters and rescue groups. You fill my heart with joy.

- Carrie

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Jasmine, by Barb Benstein



Jasmine
By Barbara Benstein
Oil on canvas, 16x20
Donation to HARPS



Barbara Benstein has made a series of paintings that she has donated to organizations. They are all beautiful, filled with light and  shadow and amazing depth. I love the look in Jasmine's eye, of gentleness and sweetness, serenity and a hint of wariness. That's what I see, at least. 

To see more of Barb's work, check her website  (www.artworkbybarb.com). 

HARPS, the Hooved Animal Rescue and Protection Society, is a fascinating group that does wonderful work. You can read more about it at its website, http://www.harpsonline.org/. The group works for humane care of horses and other hooved animals through "legislation, investigation, impoundments, rehabilitation, education and community outreach." 

A beautiful painting for an excellent cause. 


Monday, August 9, 2010

Cat with Green Eyes, by Barb Benstein


Cat from Save A Pet
Donation by Barb Benstein

Barb Benstein (check out her website!) lives near Chicago, and paints portraits of animals, cars, houses, landscapes - and people, too. She has made four beautiful paintings for the Art for Shelter Animals Project.

This one is a donation to Save A Pet near Chicago. From its website, it looks like a strong and active organization, which is, at the moment, taking care of more than 500 animals.

Thank you, Barb, for your beautiful work and generous donations!

Carrie

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The show is up!


Hello, all!

Thanks to hard work and enthusiasm by Susan Miiller, and the generosity and involvement of Jeffrey Parker, the Small Works Animal Art show is up and running!

It includes a number of pieces by Art for Shelter Animals artists from across America and around the world. So, congratulations to everyone who participated - and many thanks, too!

The show is in Parker's office at 156 Pike St., Port Jervis, NY. He is not open every day - but you can call him at 845-856-7700 to find out his hours and get directions. The show will be up through Sept. 10.
Proceeds from sales - and all of our donations - go to help the Deerpark/Port Jervis animal shelter. 



Top, Anne Marie Jones with Cat Fascination; Dani Cooney with Sergeant and Wondering





Above, Marian Durrwachter and Jeff Parker (the podiatrist in whose office the show is hanging) with "Man's Best Friend" by Joan Kehlenbeck



Sarah Lambert with Nyla




Susan Miiller with Koda




Jeff Parker with High Performance for Multiple Cats (he got to put in a big collage because the show is his office!)

Thanks so much to all of you, for participating in the show - and even more, for taking part in the project itself! 

- Carrie

Saturday, July 3, 2010

"Nyla" For Port Jervis/Deerpark Humane Society

Nyla ~ by Sarah lambert

We just got in this great sketch from Sarah Lambert!

She writes; "There was a short write up of the Art For Animals / Port Jervis/Deerpark Humane Society project in our local paper (The Times Herald Record) this morning, and as this is our local shelter, I thought I'd do a little sketch of Nyla, who was also pictured in the paper today, among the sad/sweet mug shots of dogs in need of homes.

Professionally, I am a set designer (theater) but I've always drawn our dogs (shelter adoptees all!) as our Christmas cards. This quick pen line and marker sketch style evolved over the years, as being economical when hand producing Christmas cards by the hundreds!

Attached below is a jpeg - I'll send the original, framed, to Susan of the Port Jervis/Deerpark Humane Society. The sketch is a donation, 100%.

Good luck with the project!"

What a nice surprise to get Sarah's drawing and note it was for me, as I am usually out of the loop these days. Thanks for including me in your email Sarah and THANKS so much for your charming portrait, time and efforts. Although you may not hear much about it, your work is lovely and I'm sure it will be appreciated by many.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Bentley, by Koni Frazer

Bentley, by Koni Frazer

Koni Frazer, who describes herself as a self-taught artist, made this portrait in watercolor pencil. I've never heard of watercolor pencil, but sheesh, it looks great! I love the shine on Bentley's head.

Koni, who lives in Edgewood, Washington, makes paintings of nature, of birds and flowers and animals, all with a lovely color palette and beautiful detail. Her paintings make me smile and think of being in good places. Check out her blog, http://konifrazer.blogspot.com/

Friday, June 25, 2010

Taz, by Judy Mackey

Taz, by Judy Mackey

Judy Mackey is an extremely talented painter who helped me make the leap into palette knife painting. I'd been doing some work with the knife, and had been using a brush as a knife, when I found Judy's paintings on line (see her website, http://www.judymackey.com/, and her blog, http://www.judymackeyart.blogspot.com/). I fell in love with her style and her paintings, and she became my palette knife mentor and idol.

Judy has moved recently from Texas to Georgia, and started another blog in which I participate, the Palette Knife Painters blog (http://paletteknifepainters.blogspot.com) - and she's made this wonderful painting of Taz for the Small Works show, to benefit the Port Jervis/Deerpark animal shelter.

Here's more on the project:

A friend of mine, Susan Miller, has engineered two exhibit opportunities that are open to ASAP painters. They are both intended to benefit the Port Jervis/Deerpark Humane Society, in New York state, near where we used to live. It's a good shelter, and could really use our help.

Here's the website: 
http://www.pjhumane.org/ . The animals to be painted are at the very bottom of the home page.

First of all, of course, when you finish your piece, please send an image to me or Sheila for posting on the blog!

The first exhibit takes place in the office of Jeff Parker, 156 Pike St., Port Jervis. Parker is a podiatrist and an artist and an animal lover. He has a very nice space to show and sell art. That exhibit goes from July 26-Sept. 10.

Then, the work will move to the Deerpark Museum, for a one-day show on Sept. 18. Anyone who is in the area is invited to come and demonstrate during the day.

After that, the work will go to the shelter, in the usual way.

As always, you can frame the pieces if you want, but you don't have to. It would be great if you would put a wire on the back for hanging.

Please mail your pieces to:

Susan Miiller
Wallkill River School
232 Ward St.
Montgomery, NY 12549

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Cat Lost in the Grass, by Mark Sheeky

Cat Lost in the Grass, by Mark Sheeky

Mark Sheeky, of Crewe, England, makes his first entry in ASAP with a donation to the Small Works animal show in Port Jervis, N.Y., which is being engineered by my friend Susan Miiller.

Mark's work is really interesting. It's sort of dreamy, sort of realistic, sort of abstract, and all done with great style and skill. Check out his website (http://www.marksheeky.co.uk/) and his blog (http://www.marksheeky.blogspot.com/).

This painting is about 8x10, and comes in a beautifully decorated frame that you can see on Mark's blog. The bee in the painting, near the cat's face, is about the size of a grain of rice. I can't wait to see this in person.

Mark does all kinds of art, from poetry to painting to collage to music. This is his first exhibit in the U.S.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Cocoa, by Liz Pearson

Cocoa, by Liz Pearson

This painting of Cocoa, for the Port Jervis/Deerpark Humane Society shelter, comes all the way from Cape Town, South Africa, from Liz Pearson, one of ASAP's most regular contributors.

Liz paints a wide variety of subjects, including people, animals, birds, butterflies and flowers, seems to be tireless - and generous. Check out her website, Art with Liz (http://artwithliz.blogspot.com/). She regularly paints for DARG, the Domestic Animal Rescue Group, which is Cape Town's version of a shelter, donating the pieces as a part of the Art for Shelter Animals Project.

I love this painting of Cocoa. Liz has captured his expression so beautifully, with his big mouth and small, shining eyes. How can you not want to take this dog home?

Koda and Squirrel by Susan Miiller

Koda, left, and Squirrel, by Susan Miiler


Susan Miiller, organizer of the Small Works Animal Exhibit that is involving Art for Shelter Animals Project painters, has made a lovely poster for the show with some ASAP paintings and these two pieces that she made. 


I really like Susan's work. Check out her website, http://www.susanmiiller.com/ and you will see her very distinctive style, with lovely lights and shadows, and rich and interesting colors. 


I'm so happy that she is offering us this opportunity to show - and I am so thrilled that the ASAP painters are pitching in! 


Here's the lowdown on the shows: 

Susan Miller has engineered two exhibit opportunities that are open to ASAP painters. They are both intended to benefit the Port Jervis/Deerpark Humane Society, in New York state, near where we used to live. It's a good shelter, and could really use our help.

Here's the website: http://www.pjhumane.org/ . The animals to be painted are at the very bottom of the home page.

First of all, of course, when you finish your piece, please send an image to me or Sheila for posting on the blog!

The first exhibit takes place in the office of Jeff Parker, 156 Pike St., Port Jervis. Parker is a podiatrist and an artist and an animal lover. He has a very nice space to show and sell art. That exhibit goes from July 26-Sept. 10.

Then, the work will move to the Deerpark Museum, for a one-day show on Sept. 18. Anyone who is in the area is invited to come and demonstrate during the day.

After that, the work will go to the shelter, in the usual way.

As always, you can frame the pieces if you want, but you don't have to. It would be great if you would put a wire on the back for hanging.

Please mail your pieces to:

Susan Miiller
Wallkill River School
232 Ward St.
Montgomery, NY 12549


- Carrie

Friday, June 18, 2010

Bunny Bunny! by Linda Popple

Bunny
By Linda Popple
Oil on Ampersand Gessoboard, 6x6

Linda Popple found the Port Jervis/Deerpark project through Sheila Tajima's blog, From Forensic to Fine Art.

Linda has not been painting for very long, she writes in her profile, but painting has become the center of her life. Her friends and family are very supportive - and I know how all that feels.

Check out Linda's blog! (http://www.lindapopple.blogspot.com/) - and please, make a painting for the Port Jervis/Deerpark shelter project.

Here's the downlow:

A friend of mine, Susan Miiller (not a typo), has engineered two exhibits open to ASAP painters. They are both intended to benefit the Port Jervis/Deerpark Humane Society, in New York state, near where we used to live. It's a good shelter, and could really use our help.

Here's the website: http://www.pjhumane.org/ . The animals to be painted are at the very bottom of the home page.

First of all, of course, when you finish your piece, please send an image to me or Sheila for posting on the blog!

The first exhibit takes place in the office of Jeff Parker, 156 Pike St., Port Jervis. Parker is a podiatrist and an artist and an animal lover. He has a very nice space to show and sell art. That exhibit goes from July 26-Sept. 10.

Then, the work will move to the Deerpark Museum, for a one-day show on Sept. 18. Anyone who is in the area is invited to come and demonstrate during the day.

After that, the work will go to the shelter, in the usual way.

As always, you can frame the pieces if you want, but you don't have to. It would be great if you would put a wire on the back for hanging.

Please mail your pieces to:

Susan Miiller
Wallkill River School
232 Ward St.
Montgomery, NY 12549



- Carrie

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Bunny by Carol Lavoie

Bunny
By Carol Lavoie
For the Port Jervis/Deerpark, N.Y., animal shelter


The generous Carol Lavoie (www.alpheeastrologyschool.com/carol and ww.artmajeur.com/carolavoie) has sent this lovely portrait of a blue bunny for Port Jervis/Deerpark, N.Y., humane society shelter. In addition to her fine work as an artist, Carol is a true believer in the good that people can do to help animals. She has donated repeatedly to her local shelter, and risen to the challenge of this project. 

Here is more information on it. We'd love to have all the ASAP artists involved! 

A friend of mine, Susan Miiller (not a typo), has engineered two exhibits open to ASAP painters. They are both intended to benefit the Port Jervis/Deerpark Humane Society, in New York state, near where we used to live. It's a good shelter, and could really use our help.

Here's the website: http://www.pjhumane.org/ . The animals to be painted are at the very bottom of the home page.

First of all, of course, when you finish your piece, please send an image to me or Sheila for posting on the blog!

The first exhibit takes place in the office of Jeff Parker, 156 Pike St., Port Jervis. Parker is a podiatrist and an artist and an animal lover. He has a very nice space to show and sell art. That exhibit goes from July 26-Sept. 10.

Then, the work will move to the Deerpark Museum, for a one-day show on Sept. 18. Anyone who is in the area is invited to come and demonstrate during the day.

After that, the work will go to the shelter, in the usual way.

As always, you can frame the pieces if you want, but you don't have to. It would be great if you would put a wire on the back for hanging.

Please mail your pieces to:

Susan Miiller
Wallkill River School
232 Ward St.
Montgomery, NY 12549

Help for Georgia shelter dogs

From Georgia to Connecticut

Carol Lavoie, an astrolger and artist from Connecticut, and a generous donor to the Art for Shelter Animals Project, sent this message and asked that I put it on the blog. I said I'd be happy to help. I can't vouch for the project, but I have heard of it before, and it certainly sounds legit. My sister has two dogs from shelters in Georgia and Louisiana.

So here you go:


Senior Paws & Furry Friends, Inc is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to saving homeless cats and dogs from euthanasia in Ga. We rescue them from high kill animal shelters returning them to health, and finding them “forever homes”. This year we are already planning our “A Home For The Holidays” adoptions in December.


Unfortunately here in Georgia dogs & cats are euthanized every week due to overcrowding. In the metro Atlanta area alone over 100,000 cats and dogs were euthanized in 2009. By contrast the northern states do not have the over population due to in part by aggressive spay/neuter programs. Their shelters are actually lacking dogs!!! Its hard to believe if you are from the South but after doing my research I found that the transport of dogs in animal shelters from the south to the north, especially puppies and small breeds started about 10 years ago.

Senior Paws & Furry Friends, Inc. has formed a partnership with SPCA Of Connecticut for a “Shelter Dogs Rock, A Home For The Holidays” Pet Expo in December. This will be the largest adoption event in the Northeast.

Our goal is to get 400 dogs that are on the kill list in Georgia shelters, bring them to Connecticut and ultimately get them into loving homes. We are so excited about this project. The project sounds so simple, yet in reality it is not. 

All dogs must be fully vetted and all must be spayed/neutered. Many dogs arrive at the shelter in extremely poor health. Sixty percent will have heartworm and need to have a very expensive treatment to save his/her life. Also all dogs must be in a foster home and out of a shelter environment for a minimum of 14 days. This in to insure that all dogs involved in the transport are healthy as we cannot take any dogs that would be a health risk to the other dogs going North.

Our volunteers do not view any of the tasks involved to be difficult, a problem or even an issue. So what is the problem we are faced with? Raising $20,000. Yes we need $20,000.00 in donations to rent the Connecticut Expo Center for three days. We cannot confirm the date until we pay the Connecticut Expo Center. 

Today we are asking you to go to our website www.seniorpaws.org and make your donation. Every $1.00 helps us reach our goal and will save a dog.. Please forward this email to all of your animal-loving friends. 

- Carrie
 

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Pitbull

Lucille
By Mona Birmingham

This  pitbull by Mona Birmingham is the very first entry for the July and September exhibits! It is oil on paper, 11 inches by 14 inches.

Mona lives in Washingtonville, NY, and has been painting full-time since her job was eliminated about a year ago. She is an emerging artist with the Wallkill River School, Montgomery, NY, and has an opening there in July! If you're in the area, please go to the opening. Check the WRS schedule on the school's webpage.

Mona also has an interior design business, which you can see by clicking here.

I really love this painting. I love the look in the dog's eyes, tough but yearning. I love his bright orange and red collar. And I love the patches on his face. Superb!

Here's a recap of the invitation to exhibit. Hope you all send in a painting, and get your friends to do the same.

- Carrie

Invitation!


A wonderful opportunity has come our way, and I am hoping we will all be able to take part.

A friend of mine, Susan Miiller (not a typo), has engineered two exhibits open to ASAP painters. They are both intended to benefit the Port Jervis/Deerpark Humane Society, in New York state, near where we used to live. It's a good shelter, and could really use our help.

Here's the website: http://www.pjhumane.org/ . The animals to be painted are at the very bottom of the home page.

First of all, of course, when you finish your piece, please send an image to me or Sheila for posting on the blog!

The first exhibit takes place in the office of Jeff Parker, 156 Pike St., Port Jervis. Parker is a podiatrist and an artist and an animal lover. He has a very nice space to show and sell art. That exhibit goes from July 26-Sept. 10.

Then, the work will move to the Deerpark Museum, for a one-day show on Sept. 18. Anyone who is in the area is invited to come and demonstrate during the day.

After that, the work will go to the shelter, in the usual way.

As always, you can frame the pieces if you want, but you don't have to. It would be great if you would put a wire on the back for hanging.

Please mail your pieces to:

Susan Miiller
Wallkill River School
232 Ward St.
Montgomery, NY 12549

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Opportunity!

Hello, all you painters -

A wonderful opportunity has come our way, and I am hoping we will all be able to take part.

A friend of mine, Susan Miiller (not a typo), has engineered two exhibits open to ASAP painters. They are both intended to benefit the Port Jervis/Deerpark Humane Society, in New York state, near where we used to live. It's a good shelter, and could really use our help.

Here's the website: http://www.pjhumane.org/ . The animals to be painted are at the very bottom of the home page.

First of all, of course, when you finish your piece, please send an image to me or Sheila for posting on the blog!

The first exhibit takes place in the office of Jeff Parker, 156 Pike St., Port Jervis. Parker is a podiatrist and an artist and an animal lover. He has a very nice space to show and sell art. That exhibit goes from July 26-Sept. 10.

Then, the work will move to the Deerpark Museum, for a one-day show on Sept. 18. Anyone who is in the area is invited to come and demonstrate during the day.

After that, the work will go to the shelter, in the usual way.

As always, you can frame the pieces if you want, but you don't have to. It would be great if you would put a wire on the back for hanging.

Please mail your pieces to:

Susan Miiller
Wallkill River School
232 Ward St.
Montgomery, NY 12549

This really is a wonderful opportunity to get involved, to get your friends involved, to get your students involved. Please tell everyone you know about it, and maybe we can gather a whole new crop of painters for the blog.

Questions? Email me at carrieBjacobson@gmail.com, or call me at 860-442-0246.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Mozart

Mozart
By Leecia Price of Gainesville, Florida. Donated to Cullen's Achangel RescuE, Inc. 

Leecia Price of Gainesville, Florida, (click here to check out her blog, leeciaprice.blogspot.com) sent this beautiful painting of Mozart, a St. Bernard dog, who has recently been rescued by CARE, Cullen's Archangel RescuE, Inc

Leecia sent a link to Mozart's story, and here it is, written by Tara Haltiwanger, the president of CARE: 

 I rescued a Saint today because he could not free himself. The chain was thick, so heavy and hot around his neck, but his eyes were full of wonder and joy. He was peaceful and hopeful, though he'd been there for some time. His teeth were broken, his mouth infected, his coat was matted, and he was grossly underweight.
He gently laid his head in my lap while I removed the chain. His tail was swaying as he looked on, far past this life he'd known. He was ready to start a new life and eager to share it with someone. All the while I worked on him, I was completely mystified. How could this sweet soul stay so loving, so pure, and still so devoted to humankind?
I rescued a Saint today because he could not free himself. He had always known I would come for him, though I did not know myself.


We took Mozart to the vet on Saturday for a good check up.  He is high HW positive, has many broken teeth that need to be extracted, his mouth is infected, has bad hips, underweight and still needs to be neutered. We need help to get this boy healthy and ready for a new home.  


Leecia writes that she adopted her own dog from CARE, two years ago. It's a group of foster homes in Columbia, South Carolina; no formal shelter, just people who love animals and have opened their homes and hearts to animals in need. 

Thank you, Leecia, and welcome!

- Carrie





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