Stars Come Out to Support Star Paws Rescue Celebrity Art Benefit

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Celebrities showed their support of renowned casting director, Victoria Burrows' charity Star Paws Rescue by attending an art benefit featuring the works of rising art star, abstract painter, Kris Black while enjoying the soulful sounds of BOYD.

On Saturday, June 17, 2006 the stars came out to support Star Paws Rescue at a celebrity art benefit featuring the stunning works of rising art star, abstract painter, Kris Black. Janice Dickinson, Sahara Garey ("Akeela and The Bee"), Adam Taki (Food Network), Antastasia Ashley (pro-Surfer), Steven Man ("Savage Island"), Alana Curry, Shari Belafonte, Susan Blakely, Barbara Niven, Burke Bryant ("Wild West's Most Wanted") and the ever-lovely Marla Maples were just a few of the names that grace the James Gray Gallery at Bergamot Station Saturday night and supported the charity raffle while relishing the sounds of United Talent Agency's super agent, Carlos Carerras' band, "BOYD."

Star Paws Rescue was founded by renowned casting director, Victoria Burrows and actress Suzanne Happ. The organization reaches out in a two ways, the first by rescuing abused, abandoned, injured dogs and cats, while seeking loving homes that will last their lifetime. Secondly and importantly, Star Paws Rescue gives people a place to show their rescued animals after having saved them from possible destruction. In one year over 50,000 (fifty thousand) dogs and cats were euthanized.

Victoria Burrows, along with partner Scot Boland, has been the casting director for such major films as “Contact,” “Castaway” and the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. Her list of credits is extensive and the stars she has worked with include, Jodie Foster, Tom Hanks, Matthew McConaughey, Albert Brooks ("The Muse"), Bruce Willis (“Hostage”) and of course the brilliant ensemble for “Lord of the Rings,” and most recently, the blockbuster “King Kong” for Peter Jackson. Victoria just finished casting Resident Evil - Extinction, which is shooting now in mexico. Her soon to be released film for Robert Zemeckis is “Monster House”, directed by Gil Kenan. Although best known for her casting, Victoria is a passionate animal rights activist and has been rescuing and placing dogs and cats for years. Her newly-formed group, STAR PAWS RESCUE, has become one of the most respected in the field of animal rights.

Kris Black, a rising star in the art world, is one of the most exciting modern abstract expressionist painters to come along in years. Kris Black’s unique style combines bold strokes and spectacular color. A true renaissance man, Kris is also a writer and actor, with three projects on the imminent horizon, including “The Hip Hop Kidz,” “A Matter of Life,” and “The Fight of Her Life.” The later two pictures Kris is also credited with co-writing with producing/writing partner, Bruce Reisman, Stoneypoint Entertainment. A long distance from his 4000-inhabitant-strong, small town roots in Viroqua, Wisconsin and the “jock” reputation, Kris Black is one star you want to hook yourself on to as he skyrockets to fame.

Bruce Reisman and Kevin King’s Stoneypoint Entertainment are sponsoring the event. An independent film and television production company that has a number of projects slated to film this fall 2006. Among them are “A Matter of Life.” Reisman is a Holywood veteran with producing/writing credits that include “Chips,” “The Fall Guy,” “T.J. Hooker”, “Tour Of Duty” and “The Young Riders” which earned him an induction into the National Cowboy Hall of Fame.

BOYD is the soulful, east coast born vocalist and actor, Alex Boyd, breaks the mold of pop music with his style and tone. Alex spent his first two years of high school at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington D.C. Alex was cast in Debbie Allen's first production of "Soul Possessed", which was performed at the JFK Center for the Performing Arts, as well as her follow up productions of "Dreams". He then auditioned at the world renowned Interlochen Arts Academy in Interlochen, Michigan and was awarded a Talent Based Scholarship. While at Interlochen he studied classical voice and opera. Alex also sang with the Interlochen Jazz band, and taught himself to play guitar during his down time. You might even recognize Alex having seen him as a finalist favorite for NBC's summer competition series "FAME" hosted by Debbie Allen. Alex's voice training has allowed him to form a very unique and soothing vocal tone, which can be enjoyed by men and women of all ages. With influence from the likes of Harry Connick Jr., Chet Baker, and Etta Jaymes, Alexs voice has gained a maturity that is unheard of from a 21 year old. On the other hand, influences from Justin Timberlake and Usher have allowed Alex to explore vocal improvisation with more of a popular edge. The combination is breathtaking. Alex is now living in LA pursuing a career in film and music. Alex co-stars in the true crime thriller "Deadly," with Laura Prepon (Fox's "That 70s Show") and Misha Collins (Fox's "24"). Feature credits include playing Young Matt; the child flashback version of Daniel Baldwin's character, in "Broadway Brawler," directed by Lee Grant and produced by and starring Bruce Willis.

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