Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Cover Photo by Stephanie Balcom

The cover photo for the 2010 Paws For Charity Art Book was provided by Stephanie Balcom, Balcom Photography.

Many "paws" photos were sent in, and it was a difficult choice to pick just one for the front cover. But I love Stephanie's photo (I love the water, love the beach, and love dogs!) Because the dog isn't shown...just the shadow...the photo represents "all dogs" to me. Also...I like the subtle link that this cover makes to last year's cover shot.
Here's a bit about our talented cover photographer...
Stephanie loves animals. In fact, the first time she picked up a camera was to take a picture of her dog Neka. It's what inspired here to take photography in college, and after finishing college, she found herself shooting throusands of pictures of her own pets. Stephanie was destined to pursue animal photography ever since Neka smiled and Stephanie pressed the shutter button.
Thanks for our beautiful cover Stephanie!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Shirts For Sale

Did you know that you could buy Paws For Charity shirts? Like everything else we do, all proceeds from the sale of our shirts go to breast cancer charity (this year, it's the Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade).You can choose our pink logo, available at: http://www.cafepress.com/PawsForCharity1

or you can choose our black and white logo (black spot, with white print), available at: http://www.cafepress.com/PawsForCharity

Lots and lots of shirt styles are available!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

lots of bloggin goin on

As we wait for the 2010 Art Book to arrive, there is lots of bloggin goin on by some of our participants...

Rochele Cassidy
Lori Rowe
J.T. Yost
Linda O'Neill
To name just a few...Please check our the blogs of our talented participants!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Back Cover by Melissa McDaniel

This amazing photo is the back cover of the 2010 Paws For Charity Art Book. I love this photo!

I considered many different options for our back cover, but this seemed to be the perfect shot.

This image was contributed by the very talented Melissa McDaniel. Writer and photographer Melissa McDaniel travels the country photographing dogs for the photo book projects. An avid supporter of animal rescue, Melissa donates time and money to rescues, volunteering to photograph their dogs and donating 30% of the proceeds from her photo books to rescues around the country. After adopting her deaf border collie mix, Sadie, and learning that thousands of deaf dogs are put dog each year simply because they are deaf, Melissa became involved in deaf dog advocacy and rescue. Clover, the bull terrier in her Paws for Charity entry, appears in her photo book Deaf Dogs. Melissa currently lives in Philadelphia with her dogs Sadie and Bella (a Brittany) and her two cats, Fuji and Bjork.

Melissa's photography is stunning....I encourage you to take a look at her fantastic photo books, and help raise funds for some very important rescue organizations.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

going to the publisher

The 2010 Paws For Charity Art Book has been completed, and will be uploaded to the publisher on Friday March 12th. All of this year's participants are listed down the left hand side of our blog. Please pay them a visit and say "thanks" for participating in our little project!

I had over 300 submissions this year (up from 99 last year)...wow! This year's book features images of dogs and cats from 65 artists and photographers (professionals and amateurs), features 4 breast cancer survivors, and is 75 pages long. Along with some beautiful images, it contains photos of the artists, information about them, and a statement in their own words.

All proceeds from the sale of the 2010 Paws For Charity Art Book Project will be donated to the Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade. The two primary reasons for this choice:
1. The Avon Foundation supports breast cancer programs worldwide...in 50 countries.
2. This charity has the "Humane Charity" seal of approval.

The mission of the Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade is to raise funds and awareness for advancing access to care and finding a cure for breast cancer, with a focus on the medically underserved. From its launch in 1992 through 2007, the multi-faceted initiatives of the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade have raised and awarded more than $525 million to the breast cancer cause worldwide. Funding is awarded to five areas: breast cancer education and awareness, screening and diagnosis, access to treatment, support services and scientific research. Avon now supports programs for breast cancer in some 50 countries around the world.
Stay tuned for information on ordering. It should be ready the first of April.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Oh. My.

The deadline for submissions for this year's Paws For Charity Art Book has come and gone. Oh. My. What a lot of great art and photographs!! Please be patient while I work on putting together all the pages.

I'll be announcing this year's participants sometime in the next week or two.

Stay tuned.

This year's book is going to be awesome!