Artists lend support to Albany Humane Society

Albany Humane Society supporters will be hosting the Artists for Animals fundraiser at the Albany Museum of Art to benefit the Albany Humane Human Society. (Special image)

ALBANY — Area artists and local supporters have joined together to raise money and awareness for the Albany Humane Society and its mission through Tuesday’s Artists for Animals benefit at the Albany Museum of Art.

Organized and produced by Barber & Gall Promotions, a marketing firm out of Destin, Fla., the Artists for Animals event will feature a unique art auction where patrons can bid on original works of art donated by local and regional artists with the proceeds going to help the Albany Humane Society.

“We are thrilled to work with Barber & Gall promotions and raise funds to help give animals the second chance they deserve,” said Albany Humane Society Executive Director Donna Strickland.

Albany native and Barber & Gall Promotions partner Steve Barber said the idea for the event came about when his company did a similar function in South Walton County, Fla., to benefit the Alaqua Animal Refuge. That event was a success, so he shared the idea with a friend of his in Albany.

“My partner Lauren Gall came up with the idea and we planned to do it in different places,” said Barber. “I mentioned it to May (Gillespie) and she’s been a huge supporter of the humane society for years and she thought it would be a great thing to do. I talked to different people, and they felt like it would be a really cool event for Albany.”

Gillespie thinks the event will be a success in Albany because it will help the humane society and give exposure to the Albany Museum of Art and to area artists.

“We’ve gotten a lot of local and regional artists to donate items for our silent auction to benefit the humane society,” said Gillespie. “It think it will benefit in a number of ways and I’m hoping it will be an annual event.”

Gillespie said they currently have around 50 items to be auctioned from a variety of artists that work in different mediums.

“We’ve got some really great things,” she said. “We’ve got paintings, wood crafts, photography, jewelry, birdhouses, even a couple of dog beds.”

Gillespie and Barber said the art is also being donated by a variety of different artists, including Steve Hinton, Lisa Lanier, Tammie Suess, Lindsay McCracken, Kenneth Bridger and others.

“I’ve know May for a long time and she called me up asked if I’d help,” said Bridger of his involvement. “I’m an animal lover too. I do sculptures and all kinds of things. I was building out a series of jewelry called the Ocean Series. I showed some of it to May and she chose a necklace featuring a seahorse.”

There are even a couple of students from Deerfield Windsor School who donated things through their art class.

The Artist’s for Animals event is being sponsored by the Andersonville Guild, MillerCoors, Oxford Construction Co., Fleming and Riles Insurance, Gillespie Printers, Gin Creek Plantation, Goodyear and Goodyear and The Parlor Salon.

The event is scheduled from Tuesday night from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Albany Museum of Art at 311 Meadowlark Drive in Albany. In addition to the silent art auction, guests to the Artists for Animals event will be able to enjoy an open bar and food provided by Stewbo’s.

Tickets to the event are $30 and are available at Gillespie Printers, the Albany Humane Society or at the door. They can also be purchase in advance online at

Albany Humane Society members, as well as Albany Museum of Art members, will receive a $5 discount off the ticket price by utilizing a special promo code upon request.

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