This year I have volunteered my services as an art advisor to stage a fund raising exhibition and Gala Opening Reception for Pets In The Park, a charity where I volunteer and serve on the Board.
The exhibition is a series of black and white portraits of the clients and their animal companions taken by Linda Warlond. The exhibition runs from 5 November – 30 November at Mercure Sydney Potts Point and will be officially opened by Alex Greenwich, MP Independent Member for Sydney on Friday 7 November 2014.
Accompanying the portraits are works that have very generously been donated by the following artists
Gabrielle Courtenay, Lucas Crabtree, Cul-de-sac, denoodle, Michael Kelly, Emma Lindsay, Stephanie Monteith, Anne Norman, and Linda Warlond.
Pets in the Park (PITP) aims to support, build relationships with and improve the wellbeing of homeless people in society living with animal companions. Many people who are homeless own pets that play a significant role in their lives. These much loved pets offer unconditional love, companionship, emotional support and security – basic human needs that are often not met elsewhere. Although pet ownership greatly enriches the lives of those who are homeless, it also comes at a significant financial cost. Annual vaccinations, flea treatment, routine worming, and de-sexing and microchipping an animal costs hundreds of dollars. PITP is a registered charity with DGR (deductible gift recipient) status that runs free monthly pet health clinics in Darlinghurst and Parramatta and free quarterly de-sexing clinics. PITP is run completely by volunteer veterinarians and veterinary nurses, and strives to provide emotional and educational support to owners and practical help to their pets in a social and friendly environment.