People are passionate about their pets — and Houstonians, especially, are passionate about rescues. That's what the organizers behind Three For the Show, an art exhibit and benefit for Houston's Rescued Pets Movement are banking on.
The event on Saturday, June 8 at the MATCH from 6-9 pm brings together three artists with Houston ties to exhibit their pieces. Proceeds from the sales go to the Rescued Pets Movement (RPM) and the organization's ongoing efforts to address the overwhelming number of stray and abandoned pets in Houston who are at high risk of euthanasia in the city’s overcrowded shelters.
"We concentrate on rescuing, rehabilitating, and transporting stray animals," Laura Carlock, Rescued Pets Movement's co-founder, tells CultureMap. "Over the last six years, we've transported 37,000 dogs and cats to new homes. Last month alone we saved 850 dogs from the city pound."
Many of those new homes are in Colorado, although Rescued Pets Movement also works with partner organizations in the Northeast and Northwest. When Rescued Pets collects an animal from the streets, Houston families will foster it, but the group works to place those animals with families who will provide permanent homes. Since many of those are out of state, Rescued Pets Movement maintains its own vans and a team to drive the animals to their new homes.
Organizers hope Three for the Show raises awareness for animals in need. Free to the public, the event includes free wine and other beverages and canapes. "This benefit is going to be a lot of fun," Carlock says.
Painter Tra’ Slaughter, photographer Darron Franta, and objects d’art creator Ted Edwards will be displaying their works in the MATCH's open-plan Gallery. All three are dog owners. Original works from all three artists will range in price from $500 to $5,000, with prints, limited edition t-shirts, and other expressions starting at $50.
A "generous" portion of the sale price will benefit Rescued Pets Movement and their ongoing efforts to address the overwhelming number of stray and abandoned pets in Houston who are at high risk of euthanasia in the city’s overcrowded shelters.
"This is a wonderful goal," says artist Franta, who is offering around 30 of his landscape photos for sale at the event. "I think it's a great idea."
Franta's landscapes showcase remote places in Utah, Nevada, and other locales. He likes the idea that he can take people to places they might not typically see through his work.
"There is such beauty in the United States," he says. "There's so much cool stuff out there."
"I'm so excited to see all the art," says Carlock. "This is an approachable party where people can see and buy great pieces and give to a good cause."
Three for the Show runs 6 pm -9 pm Saturday, June 8 at MATCH, 3400 Main St. Admission to the gala is complimentary; however, a ticket reservation is required. Tickets can be reserved online.