Thursday, May 28, 2009

Art for teh Kittehs!

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?

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(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

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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!



7 comments:

Minder S. said...

Looks great, and for a good cause too? It's a win-win. That cat is the best.

Jude Buffum said...

Love the frame-within-a-frame, totally cute.

Chogrin said...

Awesome Amy!

pw! said...

oh WOW [yet again] Amy! this is such an overload of adorable without being saccharine, but not trying to be edgy in an obvious way just for the sake of counteracting the embarrassment of doing adorable. they're just all original wonderful characters! every little thing is a blast to look at. ditto on the double frame, it looks fantastic

Andrew J. Scott said...

Well done. A piece with a lot of personality. Definite oodles of character.

anthony pedro said...

where did you get that oval frame Do tell. A fine portrait of Skeffington. A lot of personality

Amy. said...

Thanks guys!
Pedro: They actually sell cheapy-cheap oval frames at Michael's, sometimes. That's where this was from.

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