Blackbird Studios and local photographer Mike Korn join forces to help local animal charities...
|Photographer Mike Korn|
Further Our Furry Friends
By Mike Korn
Over the past few years as I began to immerse myself in the local arts scene, I became particularly attracted to the group exhibitions hosted by Blackbird Studios. In addition to its warm family-like atmosphere and terrific shows, Blackbird seemed to be one of the only galleries always looking to help the otherwise less fortunate by way of art. One such event was Japan'd Aid, held in April 2011 to raise money for earthquake/tsunami victims. So, with my never-ending desire to improve animal welfare coupled with my passion for the arts and everything local, I approached Blackbird's Owner and Art Director Gina Quaranto with an idea – a group art show benefiting local rescues. And to those who know her, Gina is also one to help the animals. So without hesitation, she was immediately on board, as was friend, fellow animal lover and artist Charles Christians.
Together the three of us brainstormed the details, first selecting the organizations we wanted to support. Foreclosed Upon Pets, Inc. (whose name says it all) was immediately chosen because as we all know; foreclosure is an issue specifically affecting our area. And because of the great work done by the folks at The Animal Foundation, we wanted to invite them as well. Choosing the organizations from so many was by far the most difficult part; but we knew it needed to be done, and quickly - there was a lot of work ahead of us.
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