For the second year in a row, the Art for the Paws fundraising event is another great success. More than 250 canvases were returned after a ‘call to artists’ in January and almost as many returned to be part of the 16’ by 4’ foot mosaic of original art. Local artists, mostly from McHenry County and surrounding areas, shared their creativity in a wide variety of mediums and presentations of their art.

Over 140 people were in attendance at the Art for the Paws Reception on Saturday, April 9 which was held at Mixin Mingle on the historic Woodstock Square. People came to mingle, view and bid on the art, and also enjoyed light appetizers and beverages. Wonderful nibbles were served by Maravela’s Catering, as well as specialty cookies from Just 4 You Treats and Jaci’s Cookies.

A total of 244 canvases were mounted side by side on specially-made display stand created for the event. Donors were able to bid in an online auction this year which started March 25 and ended on April 9, the night of the art reception. Bidding started at just $25, but many canvases received bids of $50 and more and 235 canvases were sold. The event raised a record amount of $13,200 and all the proceeds from this event will be making a difference in the lives of the cats and dogs at Helping Paws waiting for their forever homes.

We would like to thank all of the talented artists who created and donated art to the event and to everyone who purchased a piece (or pieces) of art. Thank you also to Nate Grindeland, owner of Mixin Mingle for letting us use the facility and for her incredible support, to Jaci Krandel for her window space to advertise the event and her wonderful cookies, to Louise Steinbach/Fabric, Fiber & Finds in Crystal Lake and Lucy Tonyan/The Studio Art School in McHenry for partnering with us and getting the word out and canvases to area artists and especially the Woodstock Public Library who hosted the display for two weeks.

Of course, we could not have had done this event without our wonderful sponsors and want to thank Mary Moltmann, Ed Bennett, the Schwab Family, The Backdrop, and Michael Stanard/One Zero Charlie. Also special thanks to the Woodstock Independent and The Northwest Herald as our media sponsors, and to Herman Braun at Reprographics in Crystal Lake who consistently supports Helping Paws throughout the year. And, finally a big thank you to the Art for the Paws Committee members who worked tirelessly to bring this event to life.