Saturday, September 10, 2016

Vote For ArtPrize Entry from Michigan Artist Which Features 300 Animals From Michigan Humane Society (Caturday Art)

We haven't participated in the Caturday Art Blog Hop that is hosted by Athena and her wonderful Mom, Marie,  in quite some time, mostly because we don't usually post on Saturdays, and because things have been kind of crazy at "Casa de Cody." When Michigan Humane contacted me yesterday with this story about this incredible artist, I think you will agree that this HAD to be a part of the Caturday Art Blog Hop, even if it is not the traditional kind of a post that would be seen there.

Photo Courtesy of Michigan Humane


 BIRMINGHAM, MICH. ARTIST WEATHERLY STROH
 LETS THE DOGS, CATS – AND OTHER PETS –
 OUT AT THIS YEAR’S ARTPRIZE Oil painting entitled “300” features animals
 from Michigan Humane Society

Artist Weatherly Stroh is preparing to enter her first ArtPrize competition, and she hopes her piece will go to the dogs – and cats, rabbits and birds – by raising awareness for homeless pets. Stroh’s piece is a 5-ft by 15-ft collage of portraits featuring homeless animals from the Michigan Humane Society. Along with the painting, Stroh’s entry will feature a time-lapse video showing the creation of the piece. ArtPrize 2016, held in Grand Rapids, Mich., runs from Sept. 21 through Oct. 9.
Photo Courtesy of Michigan Humane


“We are grateful to Weatherly for this unique partnership, which allows us to celebrate the positive impact of our beloved companions through a work of fine art,” said Michigan Humane Society President and CEO Matthew Pepper. 

ArtPrize is an annual creative competition attracting artists from around the world. It has both a juried vote and a public vote. It is free to the public, who are encouraged to vote via social media or email, and takes place at locations throughout the city.

“My goal in creating ‘300’ is to highlight the sheer number of homeless animals that pass through the Michigan Humane Society’s doors each day, as well as the amazing work they do to find these companion animals forever homes where they will receive a lifetime of love and care,” said Stroh. “I started by photographing 300 homeless animals, which gave me a close-up look at just how much time and financial resources go into their care and adoption.”

Stroh’s painting will be displayed at the Richard App Gallery at the City Water Building, located at 1101 Monroe Ave.  Visit weatherlystroh.com or artprize.com for more information and details on casting your vote. To vote for Stroh’s piece, use vote code 62651.



Born in Detroit in 1974, Weatherly Melchers Stroh comes from a long lineage of artists including sculptor, Julius Melchers and American Impressionist painter, Gari Melchers.  Continuing in the family tradition, Stroh is an oil painter and sculptor specializing in animal portraits and landscapes. Stroh’s work can be found in a myriad of public and private art collections both in the United States and abroad. A class member of L. Brooks Patterson’s 2013 Elite 40 under 40, a 2013 MI Great Artist finalist, and the 2014 MI Great Artist winner, Stroh currently works out of her studio in Birmingham, Mich. As an advocate for all animals, a portion of the proceeds of her painting sales goes to the Michigan Humane Society.

Photo Courtesy of Michigan Humane
Weatherly and her dog Kenai


The Michigan Humane Society is the largest and most historic animal welfare organization in the state. MHS works to end companion animal homelessness, provide the highest quality service and compassion to the animals entrusted to its care, and to be a leader in promoting humane values. For more information, visit michiganhumane.org.



For more fabulous art entries visit Athena and Marie's blog right here!


26 comments:

  1. This is wonderful what she has done !
    Good on her, Me sure will vote for her
    xox

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  2. That's incredible! Not only the artistry - but the idea to begin with! I don't think most people realize how many homeless pets there are and how many are killed in shelters across the country every day for no other reason than there's not enough homes.

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  3. Beautiful art and story!! So many homeless furbabies - so glad there are people who love and care for them while they wait in limbo for their forever home.

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  4. That is amazing! Each portrait is beautiful in itself, and seeing them all together is really stunning.

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  5. That's so cool and the art really is amazing!

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  6. Amazing! Thanks for sharing on our blog hop :)

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

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    1. Thanks so much Marie! Thanks for always hosting it! xoxo

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  7. How wonderful this is. She rocks.

    Have a purrfect day Cody. My best to your wonderful mom. ♥♥♥

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  8. This is so stunning and inspiring, both her artwork and her mission. I love the idea behind this, and I am so glad you shared it with us today!

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  9. Caren and Cody, thanks for sharing this. How beautiful and thoughtful. We are definitely going to vote. We were disappointed that we couldn't get the video to play here or on YouTube, but we will try again later. We really want to see it. How we would love to see this art in person, but alas, a trip is not in the budget. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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    1. Hmmm...I just tested the video here and it is working :)

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  10. Phooey, we just found out that we have to attend the show in person to vote!

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    1. Sorry!!! Hopefully some in Michigan will be able to attend :)

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  11. Wow, isn't that something! I love it when people use their talents to help animals. ♥

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  12. That is lovely art and a great project.

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  13. Wonderful ! What an amazing project ! Purrs

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  14. We love this! Good luck to Weatherly!

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  15. What an amazing art initiative. You can't beat helping homeless animals. Kudos to the artist. Thanks for sharing this!

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  16. Oh, wow!! What a unique idea! Hope she wins a prize, maybe even *the* prize!

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  17. Fantastic artwork and such a thoughtful plan. Paws up for this special lady! Good Luck Pawkisses are on the way :) <3

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