"Siblings," one of three of my paintings included in the Canine Art Guild's Helping Paws Exhibition, on display at http://www.canineartguild.com/gallery/ through the end of this month.
The Helping Paws Exhibition is one of a kind. Participating artists, all members of the international group the Canine Art Guild (CAG), partner with an animal welfare group or shelter in their area. Artists pledge proceeds from the sale of one (or two or three) artworks to their partner group or shelter. Many of them also include a statement summarizing their relationship with this particular group.
People's Choice awards are given as well, allowing the viewing public (internet based!) to choose their favorite pieces of art. Typically a People's Choice award goes to the artist, but in this case, the People's Choice award goes to the artists' partner group or shelter.
The membership of the CAG is especially proud that, in these particularly stressful times for shelters and rescue groups, we are supporting their efforts and helping animals heal and find forever homes.
So I warmly invite you to visit the show. Enjoy a cuppa while reading the artists' statements and perusing the artwork (there's 3 pages worth). Take a moment to cast your vote. Even better, share the link to the show (spelled out in it's entirety above) with a dog-loving friend and ask them to do the same.
Wanna go the extra mile? Build a care package for your own shelter. Donate towels, old blankets or bedding, rags, loner socks (knotted up they make good chew toys), outgrown collars..... there's a host of household items that every shelter will appreciate receiving, things that won't hit your pocketbook yet will make a difference. Give your shelter a call and see what they might need.
And if you're an artist specializing in dog imagery, consider joining the CAG so that you are eligible to participate in next year's show (October 2010). A mere $30 membership fee gets you access to at least 3 online exhibitions/year, along with a nice package of benefits like networking, discussion forums, support, critiques, increased web presence, etc.
Thanks, as always, for looking at - and sharing - my artwork with your friends and family.