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Art for the Paws is a community outreach project and fundraiser to help raise awareness for the arts while benefiting Helping Paws Animal Shelter. This fundraising event is two-fold. People of all ages and abilities who would like to participate in this event can purchase our 6” x 6” canvases and create original art that they will donate back to Helping Paws. Canvases are available for a $5 donation and are due back by February 28.

All donated art will be available for sale via an online auction through Charity Auctions Today. The auction begins on March 31 at 9:00am and will continue at the reception on Saturday, April 21 until 9:00pm. Bids start at $25 for each piece of art and bidding can go up by $5 increments.

The event concludes with the Art for the Paws reception on April 21 from 7 to 9pm at Mixin Mingle, 124 Cass Street, Woodstock. This event is open to the public with a $5 admission, with light appetizers and beverages being served. We encourage people to come out to view and enjoy the colorful mosaic of unique art created by our community, meet local artists and learn more about Helping Paws.

Canvas Pick Up and Drop Off Locations

Canvases are now available at the following locations (these businesses also serve as drop-off points for finished artwork.) Please call ahead or check their website for business hours before going to locations. You can also download the Art for the Paws Participation Form and complete before getting canvases.

Helping Paws Animal Shelter
2500 Harding Lane, Woodstock, IL 60098 (815) 338-4400

26 Crystal Lake Plaza, Crystal Lake, IL 60014 (815) 477-1018

The Studio Art School
3316 Pearl Street, McHenry, IL 60050 (815) 385-3990

Material Things Artisan Market
103 E. Van Buren, Woodstock, IL 60098 (815) 575-9710

When you get your canvas(es), you will also receive an Art for the Paws Guidelines sheet with more details. Please note the deadline for submitting artwork is February 28, 2018.

We can’t wait to see what everyone creates this year! 

Online Art Auction

DATE: March 31 through Saturday, April 21, 2018
COST: $25 starting bid
LOCATION: Charity Auctions Today

Art Reception

DATE: Saturday, April 21, 2018
TIME: 7 – 9pm
COST: $5 Admission
LOCATION: Mixin Mingle, 124 Cass Street, Woodstock, IL

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities for 2018 are available. Contact Michelle at sponsorships@helpingpaws.net.

2018 Sponsors

Presenting Sponsors

Picasso Sponsors

Van Gogh Sponsor

Other Sponsors

Material Things Artisan Market


The Studio Art School

Northwest Herald

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