Texas Art has Gone to the Dogs (and Cats)
Thursday July 11, 2013
Paws for a Purrpose, one of the largest art events in Texas, is unveiling 60 life-size hand painted dog and cat sculptures created by 42 top Texas artists, all to benefit animal welfare. The unveiling and showcasing will take place at an opening event at the South Texas College of Law – Houston at 1303 San Jacinto Street Thursday July 11 from 6:00p.m. – 9:00p.m. where the 9th floor has been transformed into an astonishing animal art gallery.
Paws for a Purrpose was the brainchild of artist Allison Gregory. While participating in the Cow Parade, a fundraising effort that supported the Children’s Hospital in Austin, Allison’s Paws idea was born: Get Texas artists to creatively enhance life-size fiberglass sculptures of cats and dogs and have the sculptures benefit abandoned and abused pets. Since the initial idea, 42 of the very best artists in Texas were recruited to work their magic on fiberglass sculptures creating 60 cats and dogs, two guitars and one mini-cow. There are a variety of breeds and poses decorated as each artist’s unique creation. Even Willie Nelson got into the act. In support of the project, he signed a mini-cow called “COW-boy Country” decorated by Allison herself.
After the initial unveiling Thursday, these inventive sculptures will be on display at the South Texas College of Law for the public to view. In September, they will be distributed and displayed at prominent businesses throughout Texas until they reach their forever homes at an auction that will take place at the Downtown Club in Houston Center on November 7th. Proceeds from the live auction and sponsorships will support the Texas Humane Legislation Network (THLN) developed to promote the humane treatment of animals through legislation, education and advocacy, and South Texas College of Law’s Animal Clinic, which provides law students hands-on opportunities to build and enhance their skills while developing a sense of community responsibility toward animal welfare and professional identities as animal lawyers.