BALTIMORE, MD – OCTOBER 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 http://www.robertmcclintock.com