October 5th kicked off the 8th annual “Art for the Animals” charity auction hosted by Howards’ Arts and Frames, with all proceeds benefiting Guiding Eyes for the Blind.
The money raised by artwork sold at the auction helps to offset the costs of raising and training service dogs. Last year, we raised over $3,000 for Guiding Eyes. That sounds like a lot, but it costs thousands of dollars to care for each dog.
(This picture turned out so much better than the doggie-slobbering “selfie” shot I tried to capture with Hank. He started licking all over my face exactly as the shutter clicked, and I instinctively pulled away!)
Every year, I vow to get a jump-start on this fundraiser… which begins accepting artwork in August. And every year, I wind up painting right up until the deadline. Literally, delivering the painting(s) 30 minutes before the store closes, on the final day of submissions.
This year was no exception, unfortunately. I started on my four entries one week before they were due, and spent approximately 2 days working on each of them.
The theme was “Wizard of Oz”, chosen by my Facebook fans and friends. Appropriate ~ as the movie will be celebrating its 75th anniversary soon, and is cropping up everywhere from McDonald’s toys to Pez dispensers. My work usually isn’t so well-timed. LOL
I’ve bid on four paintings this year: one from a high-school artist and three from “amateur artists”… which is such a confusing category. What does “amateur” mean anyway?
A quick glance at the paintings in that group would leave little doubt that they could hold their own against the professionals.
I chose the Amateur category two years ago, when I submitted “Africat”, because I’d never been represented in a gallery or published anywhere in magazines or books. Those were requirements I felt a “professional” should have.
Last year it was suggested that I should be in the Professional category because I’m a working artist, with a customer base and regular sales. So I reluctantly switched.
Two ladies were admiring my paintings when I sheepishly asked if I could get my portrait taken with my art hanging behind me. They were happy to oblique.
Art for the Animals is a silent auction which will continue until Thursday the 24th of October. People may visit Howards’ Arts and Frames (located on the Dual Highway/Route 40 in Hagerstown, MD) to place bids, and phone-in bids are also accepted until Wednesday the 23rd. They can’t accept phone-in bids on the final day; all bids placed on the 24th must be in person. All bidding ends at 7:30PM on the 24th.
I encourage everyone who is in the area to stop in and check out all the talented artists! :)
Tara Fly3 days ago
A quick reminder that I won't be attending this Saturday's farmer's market, because my daughters and I are performing in a play! :) ~ There are only SEVEN 2018 Literary Cats Calendars remaining! ~ Thank you for all your support this year & Happy Holidays to everyone! <3
Tara Fly8 days ago
Today is my last appearance at the Carroll County Farmer’s Market for the year. :) You can still shop on my website: http://taraflyart.com Thank you for supporting independent artists like me! ❤️ http://ift.tt/2BmM3Y9
Tara Fly10 days ago
Finished painting the Siamese cat face Christmas ornament. ☺️ http://ift.tt/2AYDfqK
Will the goblins destroy the synagogue and ruin Hanukkah? Can Hershel defeat the goblins... or can they be saved? Find out when Hershel battles the Goblin King today at 2pm! #teamgoblin #hanukkahgoblins #macicehouse ift.tt/2ycHWb3 pic.twitter.com/PgQhqe9zo8
Today is my last appearance at the Carroll County Farmer’s Market for the year. :) You can still shop on my website: taraflyart.com Thank you for supporting independent artists like me! ❤️ ift.tt/2BmM3Y9 pic.twitter.com/tkRmatZpnn