Hey all - sorry in advance for the long post, but it's for a good cause. So, I'm not really sorry. ;)
When artists can contribute their services towards philanthropic or humane causes, it's really a win-win situation. The financial benefit goes to the cause, and artists get great exposure to a totally new cross-section of viewers.
So of course I feel fortunate to have the oppourtunity to make art for a good cause (if only all my work had such a good end in store!). West Philadelphia-based City Kitties is a non-profit no-kill animal hospital and foster-care organization dedicated to bettering the lives of the significant population of West Philly stray and feral cats, and it's having its Second Annual Art Show and Auction this Friday.
I was first introduced to City Kitties a few years ago through my good friend Mike and his friend , the also-contributing artist, talented photographer and super cat-philanthropist Kyle Cassidy. I was blown away by how much a few awesome women can do out of a house, from providing veterinary care for hundreds of cats (some literally healed from within inches of death) to organizing a network of foster homes and adoptions to loving homes. I'm super happy to have a way to donate my services to such a worthy cause. They're making a difference, and I want to help.
The details are below - if you're around and are looking for an awesome, unique night that you can be proud of having attended, please please please come - see some art, bid on something (the auctions start at incredibly low opening bids) - so snag something awesome for yourself or for a gift! What could be a cooler gift than one that benefits animals?
(from their site)
2nd Annual City Kitties Art Show & Auction
Join us May 29th at Studio 34 for the 2nd Annual Art Show & Auction to Benefit City Kitties!
When: Friday, May 29, 6:30 - 10:00pm
Where: Studio 34 at 4522 Baltimore Avenue
How Much: $5 at the door (which goes towards any winning bid)
* Buy great art from talented artists
* Win fabulous raffle prizes
* Listen to great music
* Eat and drink with everybody who's anybody
* Support a great Philadelphia charity
The piece I'm contributing is a small one, but it was super fun to paint. I had the idea of doing some sort of Francis of Assisi / St. Gertrude / "Patron Saint of Animals" thing, but I wanted it to be fun and light-hearted.
Introducing Mme. Gertrude Von Skeffington, Patron Saint of Stuffed Animals. She's got a whole story in my brain already. I know, goofy - but fun. The auction is for the original watercolor, approx. 8" x 10" framed in a simple black oval moulding.
Hopefully it fetches a few bucks for mah kitteh frendz.
Thank you so much for reading!