A way for artists to help animals and their communities
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Bunny by Carol Lavoie
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.
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:
Wallkill River School
232 Ward St.
Montgomery, NY 12549
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 email@example.com, or to firstname.lastname@example.org, or to email@example.com 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.