Carrie’s Painting of the Week – 7/19/10


On Saturday, I had the last of three back-to-back-to-back weekend art fairs. I’d worked on this fair, and it was scheduled long ago, so I was committed.

But that meant missing the opening reception of a show that is probably even nearer to my heart.

This is an exhibit of animal-themed works to benefit the Port Jervis/Deerpark Humane Society. It was put together by Susan Miiller, a wonderful painter and fellow Wallkill River School artist. The show is in the Port Jervis office of Dr. Jeffrey Parker, artist and podiatrist.

The show remains there (156 Pike St., Port Jervis) through Sept. 10. You can go see it! I don’t think he’s open every day, but you can call hims office at 845-856-7700 to find out his hours.

The paintings are by local artists, and also by artists who participate in one of my projects, the Art for Shelter Animals Project (

Artists who are involved with ASAP make portraits of animals in their local shelters or with local rescue groups, and then donate the art to the shelter or rescue group. The shelter or rescue group can do whatever it wants with the pieces. It can sell them, auction them, offer them as rewards for adopting pets or putting in volunteer hours. It can use the art to make the shelter a more pleasant place. Whatever the shelter wants to do with the pieces, it can do.

Before the artist hands the piece over, he or she sends an image of it to me, and I post it on the blog.

Artists from around the world participate in ASAP, and are participating in the Port Jervis exhibit! Painters from South Africa and England have sent pieces, as have artists from many places in the U.S.

So, thank you to Susan Miiller, and to Dr. Parker, and to everyone who has participated. I hope you all go to see the show! And if you can buy a painting, please do. The proceeds will help the animals in the Port Jervis/Deerpark shelter.

If you’re interested in joining the Art for Shelter Animals Project, check out the blog ( or email me ( with questions. Also, if you’re interested in buying the sheepdog, or having me make a painting of your pet, please get in touch!


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