Monday, January 12, 2009

Hoots, Howls, and Hollers 01/12/2009

I want to encourage each of you to participate in a truly great event this Saturday that benefits Liberty Wildlife and also supports a superb group of artists with animal souls in their beings.  See the flyer below and make an effort to be among the gifted.  Although I have to say that I want the portrait of my pets, you are all safe because I never win these things…not that I don’t try valiantly.  Come in and join the fun, see some wonderful art, and rub elbows with some very talented people.  You will also be able to talk to the author, Robert Mesta, and purchase a signed copy of “Spirit of the Condor” with the proceeds going to Liberty Wildlife and the Foothills Animal Rescue.  I hope to see ALL of you there on Saturday evening.

 Win A Portrait Of Your Pet At

“Wild To Mild: Animals In Art”

Reception – January 17, 2009

"On January 17th, art lovers will enjoy a show that celebrates diverse forms of the Animal Kingdom.  Plus some lucky pet owner is going to win a portrait, valued at $525, by a well-known artist in our raffle," says Diane Sanborn, Director of the BRIO Fine Arts Center.  The artist is Susan Falcon-Hargraves, whose paintings have been shown at the West Valley Art Museum and the Arizona Museum for Youth this year.  "The secret of pet portraits lies in capturing the innocence and trust that allows the unique spirit of the animal to shine through," stresses Falcon-Hargraves.

Other raffle prizes to be awarded that evening include a Harkins Theatres family 4-pack of tickets plus a 2009 t-shirt & 2 cups, gift certificate from Paradise Bakery & Cafe, a collectible cat figurine from Scottsdale's unique cat store Purr-Suasions, a unique dog ceramic feeding bowl from Scotsdale's Classy Jazzy Pet Boutique, a gift basket from Raintree Pet Resort (featuring free boarding certificate & pet toys) and a gift basket of pet products and five $20 gift certificates from Goober Pet Direct, a local online pet store that offers Valley residents free delivery of healthy, high quality pet foods, supplements, treats and toys, many of which are not available in grocery stores or even pet stores.

"Because home foreclosures and a tight economy are severly impacting animal care organizations, all raffle proceeds will go to Foothills Animal Rescue (FAR) and Liberty Wildlife Rehabilitation Foundation (LWRF)," says Sanborn.  Observing a no-kill policy, FAR provides shelter (through a foster home system), care and adoption services for domestic cats and dogs that stray, become lost, or are abandoned each year in Maricopa County.  Providing care for sick, injured or orphaned native Arizona wildlife, LWRF helps more than 4,000 wild animals annually.

"We're happy to have Kathy Duley and Robert Mesta, experts from the worlds of art and animal conservation, as jurors," says Sanborn.  Active in the Scottsdale art scene for more than 20 years, Duley is an official of the Scottsdale Gallery Association and co-owner of the Main Street gallery, Duley-Jones.  "I'm an animal lover and pet owner as well as an art expert," says Duley.

Tucson resident Robert Mesta received the 1996 national Bojack Humanitarian Award for Ornithologist of the Year for his efforts to reestablish condors in the Grand Canyon.  Signed copies of Mesta's book, "Condor Spirit of the Canyon" will be available throughout the show and all profits will go to FAR and LWRF.  "In terms of plumage as well as flight patterns, I obviously bring an expert eye to the judging," points out Mesta.

Open to all artists age 18 or older, currently residing in Arizona, "Wild to Mild" welcomes abstract and representational art as well as all mediums. (Since limited space is available for 3-D, it's best to call for details.)  Each artist may submit a maximum of two entries and the non-refundable fee is $25.  (Cash, check, Visa or MasterCard are accepted).  Drop-off dates are Thursday and Friday, January 8-9, 2009, from 9 am - 3 pm.

"The jurors will review the artwork and prizes will be awarded at the artists' reception, Saturday, January 17th," says Sanborn.  "Artists are invited to bring friends, family and prospective clients to this event."

Combining an exhibit and awards ceremony with a book signing and raffle, BRIO's first art event of 2009 promises to be an exciting one!  Free and open to the public, the 6-8 pm reception will serve refreshments. "Don't forget to bring your checkbook and/or charge cards.  Art makes great gifts," adds Sanborn.

BRIO Fine Arts Center

8340 E. Raintree Dr. C-6

(3 blocks W. of loop 101)

Scottsdale Airpark


Pictured below: Pet Portrait Cinco by Susan Falcon-Hargraves, Acrylic

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