Art for the Animals fuses creativity with charity

| July 27, 2011

You can actually hear the excitement building in Mary Casey’s voice as she talks about next month’s Art for the Animals event being held at the Mellwood Art Center.

It starts with the obvious anticipation of the food being provided by local eateries such as Molly Malone’s, Blue Dog Bakery and Cliftons Pizza to name a few. You can tell she’s equally
anticipating a night of great musical standards by Sarah Stivers.

Her tone turns to obvious thrill when she starts naming some of the artists whose work will be on display and taken home by the highest bidders, artists such as glass blower Nikolaj Christensen,  painter Bill Fischer and jewelry artist Roxy Lentz.

It’s the cause behind this fusion of creative types that really gives away Casey’s passion.

“You have this gathering of artists and residents and this great food and music, and in the end they’re all these wonderful people who really love to help care for animals,” she said.

That underlying love is likely the biggest reason every part of the Art for Animals experience is donated. The food and drinks, the music, the time, and yes, the more than 100 pieces of art up for silent and live auction are donated to the cause. While the artists do reserve the right to 20 percent of the winning bid to cover costs, Casey will tell you that most donate their portion right back to the event.

This means just about every dime raised goes to support the efforts of the Shamrock Pet Foundation to make Louisville a no-kill city. The money supports the foundation’s spay and neuter program to reduce the homeless pet population, and its goal to find homes for those animals that do end up in shelters.

“We’re trying to diminish the need to euthanize animals at Louisville Metro Animal Shelter,” Casey said. In addition, a percentage of the money raised will go to endow the foundation’s Arrow Fund, which pays for veterinary care for abused animals.

On top of what promises to be an amazing display of art, there also will be a decidedly cute and cuddly display of adoptable dogs and cats. However, unlike the art, you can’t take the adoptable pets home that evening. You can apply to be their new pet parent.

Tickets for the Aug. 4 event are still available are $75 per person, which takes care of your entire evening once you’re inside the door, unless you’d like to take home one of the creations donated by some of the best-known local and regional artists. The night will be hosted by The Voice-Tribune’s Angie Fenton. Twelve juried pieces will be sold in the live auction. Another 80 to 100 will be available in the silent auction. All of them will be finished, framed and ready for display.

If you go …

What: Art for the Animals
Benefits: The Shamrock Pet Foundation
When: 6-9 p.m. Thursday Aug. 4
Where: Mellwood Art Center, 1860 Mellwood Ave.
Tickets: $75 per person
Info: 502.473.7287 or

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David Loignon
After 25 years as a journalist and television production executive I turned
my career 180 degrees and opened a pet care business; Home Buddies
Louisville. I couldn’t abandon journalism altogether though, so now I write
The Pet Buddy, a weekly column to help you improve the lives of your
four-legged family members. When I’m not hanging out with my wife Julie and
our rescued fur-kids you will find me on a bicycle racing for The Cycling Team.

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