BALTIMORE, MDOCTOBER 18, 2011, Artist Robert McClin­tock and the Bal­ti­more Ani­mal Res­cue and Care Shel­ter, Inc. (BARCS) have joined together to present the first-ever “COMMIT TO A PIT” fundrais­ing event, which will be held at the Robert McClin­tock Stu­dio & Gallery in Fell’s Point.  This weekend-long event will begin with a Kick-Off party on Fri­day, Novem­ber 4, 2011 with light refresh­ments being served from 7:00PM – 10:00PM.  The event will wrap up on Sun­day, Novem­ber 6, 2011.  The high­light of the event will be a month-long silent auc­tion fea­tur­ing a Com­mis­sioned Pet Por­trait by Robert with the high­est bid­der being announced on Sun­day, Decem­ber 4, 2011 (val­ued at  $1800.00).   Also, there will be an unveil­ing of the most recent addi­tions to Robert’s well-known “Dogs That I Know” col­lec­tion fea­tur­ing his “Com­mit To A Pit” series.  A por­tion of the pro­ceeds raised will directly ben­e­fit the BARCS Pit Crew program.

BARCS Pit Crew is an excit­ing pro­gram that started through a part­ner­ship with Best Friends Ani­mal Soci­ety (Best Friends is work­ing not only in Bal­ti­more but also through­out the coun­try to help Pit Bull Ter­ri­ers, who are bat­tling every­thing from a media-driven bad rep­u­ta­tion to inef­fec­tive and expen­sive breed-discriminatory leg­is­la­tion.  Best Friends hopes to end dis­crim­i­na­tion against all dogs) and PETs­MART Char­i­ties on Jan­u­ary 1, 2011. The Pit Crew is a group of ded­i­cated vol­un­teers who work to get more Pit Bull type dogs (Bulls and Pit mixes) res­cued, fos­tered and ulti­mately adopted.  Pit Crew also pro­vides train­ing for these dogs and their fam­i­lies and works to improve the pub­lic image of the breed.  BARCS recently received the dev­as­tat­ing news that PETs­MART Char­i­ties will not be fund­ing the pro­gram for a sec­ond year.  BARCS, which aver­ages over 90% Pit Bull type dogs, des­per­ately needs to keep the Pit Crew going!  They are work­ing dili­gently to raise funds to keep the Pit Crew at BARCS indef­i­nitely through events and ask­ing for much needed help from the com­mu­nity.  They will not give up on their mis­sion of pro­vid­ing “America’s Dog” a voice and they will keep work­ing until Pit Bull type dogs are treated well, val­ued and loved just like any other dog.

Robert McClin­tock, a well-known local artist, has long been sym­pa­thetic to the plight of the Pit Bull.  A few years ago, he and his wife Sue, also a Pit Bull advo­cate res­cued a neglected and starv­ing dog, now named Super Lou.  Super Lou is famous in Fell’s Point and so are his por­traits, which adorn the Robert McClin­tock Stu­dio & Gallery walls.  Back in 2005, Robert worked with PETs­MART Char­i­ties and raised almost $2 mil­lion dol­lars to save home­less pets.  He donated an orig­i­nal paint­ing “Tess and Isabelle” to be used in con­nec­tion with this spe­cial char­ity event.

Robert’s col­or­ful, hybrid art com­bin­ing pho­tog­ra­phy and free hand dig­i­tal paint­ing has gath­ered national and inter­na­tional acclaim.  His pop­u­lar col­lec­tion of over 300 images titled “Bal­ti­more Seen” spot­lights rep­re­sen­ta­tive land­marks, mon­u­ments, neigh­bor­hoods, and the well-loved restau­rants and bars of greater Bal­ti­more.  Also pop­u­lar with fans and col­lec­tors are his appeal­ing images of dogs and cats from his “Dogs That I Know” and “My Cats Are Cool” series, which is avail­able nation­ally in TARGET.  McClintock’s col­lec­tion of dogs fea­tures over 100 unique images.


Robert McClin­tock Stu­dio & Gallery is located at 1809 Thames Street in Fell’s Point, Bal­ti­more, MD 21231.
See the entire col­lec­tion online at