This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending the 10th Year Anniversary of an amazing pet charity located in Birmingham, AL called Hand-In-Paw/Picasso Pets. Hand-In-Paw is a group that sends local volunteers into childrens hospitals and retirement homes with their pets to provide comfort and therapy to those who need it most. Picasso Pets is the annual fund raiser that raises money to benefit HIP through artist donations and a silent and live auction. The most unique aspect of what they do is team up an animal with a local artist and together they create the artwork that is auctioned off…You see actual paw prints, hoof prints, etc. in the finished work!
I became involved with this group when Shannon Ammons contacted me several months ago asking if I would be willing to donate a piece of art for them to use on their promotional materials for the event. I said no problem and asked her to send me a tshirt and poster from the marketing campaign. About a month later, Shannon contacted me again and said the campaign was a big success and that they would like to fly me down for the event…I said “Birmingham, Alabama in August??? Sure why not!” Well, I am so happy that I went because I met some pretty amazing people who are doing incredible work in their community. The party was beautifully done and the turn out was fantastic…I hope they raised a lot of money for Hand-In-Paw because it is such a valuable service that they provide…Anyone who owns a pet knows the comfort and unconditional love that they provide.
I am happy to say that my live auction item sold for $3,500!!! I can’t wait to create a new piece for their campaign next year…Below are some photos from the event. I loved seeing my artwork on the back of all the tshirts and posters…very cool. I am also posting a video from filmaker Stasi Bara. He put this piece together for the event and it brought tears to my eyes. I am so happy that there are groups out there like Hand-In-Paw…they really do make a difference.