My small screen mini doc debut with Touchvision...

Warning: You might need tissues (according to the folks on Facebook who watched it already). I am humbled and grateful to have had my work and message captured so beautifully by Enero J. Ray and Chad Fedler of Touchvision. This was edited down from a 40 minute interview with me as well as a visit from my client Claire and her pups Medi and Tula. We also took a field trip over to the new Urban Pooch Canine Training Center to get some footage of the new mural I designed. What a gift to have this tribute to my pups Izzy and Alice who were such an integral part of growing my art business and inspiring me to get involved with addressing the Homeless Pet situation so prevalent in our society.touchvisionlt

Steve Dale’s Pet World gives a little shout out for Tree House & Anne’s Art…

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Steve Dale, syndicated pet expert shares photos by Dallas Yanez from Saturday's Stray Cat Strut Event, an annual walk to raise money for Tree House Humane Society. I donated the design they've used for the last few years on the shirts and posters.

Pendants & Portraits for PAWS Chicago Pups!

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Join us for shopping and drinks and fun Wedneday night at the studio of Deana Rose at Pendants & Portraits for PAWS Chicago Pups!

PAWS Chicago is committed to guaranteeing life to all animals, regardless of their medical needs. Your support will help PAWS Chicago save more sick & injured animals. 15% of all Sales will go to PAWS!

When: Wednesday, May 11 from 6-9 p.m.
Where: Deana Rose Jewelry Studios – 3856 N. Oakley
Cost: $10 admission (cocktails and apps provided)

*Can’t make it? Shop on-line at DeanaRose.com and 15% of your purchase will benefit PAWS.

Homeless Pets Inspire Art by Chicago 7th Graders...

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Back in October I volunteered to do an art project with Friends of Audubon School to help raise money for educational programs. This school has no budget for art so it was a treat for the kids and I also got a chance to share awareness about all the homeless pets out there. These nineteen 7th Graders certainly rose to the occasion. Using Petfinder.com to search for homeless dogs in the Audubon zip code, I found over 5,300 within a 100 mile radius. I printed out photos/descriptions/adoption information for 19 dogs and gave one to each student to use as their subject. They each painted their dog’s portrait on a 6×6 inch piece of cardboard and attaching tags with their particular dog’s name onto the painting. I mounted the paintings on wood panels and they have been on display at Starbucks since early November. They will be auctioned off to raise money for the school next Wednesday, December 8th. You are welcome to view them and even bid on line at the links below. Thanks to Amanda Shell to helping out on painting day!

Bid on ‘Nine Lives’:

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Bid on ‘Adopt A Friend For Life!’Adoptafriend

The administrators liked the kids’ work so much they used it for the promotional materials for the Auction Fundraiser. Follow the links to see all the other wonderful art available for bidding by kids who worked with other artist volunteers.Picture 3

Save the Date! October 22: Dog & Art Lovers Night

  Picture-10If you’re in the Chicago area on the 22nd we hope you can help us collect **supplies for the Friends of Chicago Animal Care & Control Foster Program while enjoying Anne’s canine inspired ART, WINE, CHOCOLATE (from local chocolatier, Parks Chocolates) and SAVORY TREATS! Don’t forget to bring your dog and your friends to meet our special adoptable guest from CACC!

Bring in an *item/supply for Friends’ Pet Foster Program and you will receive a 20% savings certificate off any art or gift purchase!
**Items needed: Leashes, Snap-on Collars (any size), Dog Beds, Treats for Dogs & Cats (New), KMR Kitten Formula.

Please come out and support this group and all these deserving pets…we just adopted our Gracie from Chicago Animal Care & Control and I can tell you there are countless other dogs and cats there waiting for homes. See them here on Petfinder!!

Two tails in the house, again...

Picture-1We headed down to Chicago Animal Care & Control on Saturday, this is the city shelter, basically ground zero for pets in Chicago, they are open every day for adoption (see their site for hours). No animal is turned away from this facility, which means when the other wonderful rescue groups can’t take any more, the only way these pets find homes is for you and me to go down and adopt them. This would not be possible without the incredible volunteers who are responsible for taking the dogs outside, playing with and socializing them, as well as showing them to potential adopters – such important advocates, as they get to know the dogs and can offer feedback to potential owners. Sadly the city, does not provide enough resources, the volunteers are critical. It’s so tough seeing all these sweet, innocent dogs, waiting alone in their kennels just wanting a little love and a home.IMG_0105Several caught our eyes and hearts but the one that pulled the
strongest, for both Rich and I, was 11 month old pit mix, Poppy. She had been
there since early July, very sweet and quiet, yet quite lively when we
got her outside. We decided to go home and get Alice. The meet and greet went
well…not instant best friends but definitely comfortable around one
another and tails wagging. So we proceeded with the adoption, which only costs $65, and that includes the dog license and spay/neuter.  We had our
adoption interview with Charles Craft, an amazing advocate for
these dogs and the head of the adoption program for the city and
Fostering Program through Friends of Animal Care and Control. We had corresponded in the past when I did art work for CACC, so it was an honor to finally meet him. (You can see other adoptable pets on PetFinder.com).IMG_0015On the drive home Poppy (who they told us was originally Pippi, and we just named Gracie!) draped herself over me and melted into my
lap with a sigh.IMG_0044It took a bath Saturday with a follow up shower on Sunday to fully remove the Eau De CACC perfume she was wearing.I’m sure she was relieved on Monday to find that bathing was not going to become a daily ritual in her new home!IMG_0074She is a very skinny little girl with a very LONG neck…so long that she can counter surf, this is new behavior to us. Izzy had a few episodes early on…but this girl, you have to keep an eye on! Did I mention we think she might have some Great Dane in her?IMG_0064_2We have some work to do with Gracie, she and Alice will need some time to bond, but soon, I’m sure she will fit in. This has all been a little bittersweet. It’s the sad realization that we are really moving on, left with only our memories of Izzy…as we open our broken hearts back up and make new ones with Gracie.

R.V. Dog & Art Lovers Night = Big Fun!

Picture 3We didn't know what to expect for our first ever RVDALN, but it turned out to be a very fun night…lots of people came, several with their 4 legged friends and we collected quite a 'bounty' of supplies for the Chicago Canine Rescue Shelter. Our adorable Guest of Honor, Norton a 5 month old Bassett Hound mix, was not able to stay the whole evening but he made many friends while he was here and I'm confident he will be adopted very soon!Picture 5Norton: Follow the link for adoption info.
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  Picture 20We also had complimentary human treats and a visit from the Pepperoni King! This man needs a crown!Picture 25 Vail…that doggy in the window.  Picture 2

Picture 3A darling young lady doing her doggy impression.Picture 5Saying goodnight to Norton and Rachel, one of the wonderful volunteers from Chicago Canine Rescue.

Save the Date….RV Dog & Art Lovers Night!

Picture 3Mark your calendars for the first ever Roscoe Village Dog & Art
Lovers Night!

  • When:      Friday, May 21st
  • Where:     Anne's Studio & Gallery: 2040 West Roscoe in Chicago
  • What:      Bring your friends human and
    CANINE to join us for Art, Wine and Treats as Anne shares her
    newest
    spring paintings and welcomes a Special Adoptable Guest from Chicago
    Canine Rescue
    We will also be collecting *items for their Roscoe Village
    Shelter.
  • What Else: Bring an
    *item for the shelter and receive a 20% Savings Certificate
    off any original painting!
    *Items needed: Garbage bags, Paper
    Towels & Detergent

Painting Raffle for Chicago Canine Rescue

SmiligorgdogOrange Smiling Pup © 2009 13×14 Acrylic on Wood Cabinet Door. Retail Value: $300

I started a raffle for this painting last Saturday at the Chicago Canine Rescue Adoption Event, $1 per ticket or 6 tickets for $5. Several of you have asked how you can purchase tickets. I think the best way to do it is for you to donate money directly to Chicago Canine Rescue via this secure CCR Donation Site, then forward me an email with your donation amount and I will put the appropriate number of tickets for you into the Raffle Jar. I will do the drawing for the painting on Saturday, March 20th and announce the winner on my blog and on my Facebook Fan Page.

Will you be mine?

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 Picture 29 Picture 32 We had 5 adorable Spaniel mix puppies here on Saturday for our event with Chicago Canine Rescue, all from the same litter. They are still too young to be adopted but you can see each one on the Chicago Canine Rescue site and contact them if you would like to adopt! We had lots of people come in (and a few dogs) so it was good socialization for them and they sure loved to be held and cuddled. It was a fun afternoon and the volunteers were wonderful as usual! PS I'm still selling raffle tickets for the painting in the photo above…all proceeds go to CCR.