Jacksonville, FL (PRWEB) June 7, 2007
In the early morning hours of April 7, 2007, the Jacksonville Humane Society suffered a stunning loss, soon witnessed by a disbelieving news audience across the nation. A fire that started in the laundry area engulfed the animal shelter leaving it in ruin, and claiming the lives of 67 cats or kittens and 18 dogs or puppies.
"When I saw the news images of that shelter in flames, my heart just broke -- for the animals and for the volunteers and staff who give so much of themselves," says Burns. "I feel honored to be able to use my artwork to help rebuild this special place for the dogs and cats of Jacksonville."
In the aftermath of the tragedy, artist Ron Burns created two new characters for his line of "Little Orphan Animals"™ collection, suitable for T-shirts, note cards and other fundraising products with a percentage of the proceeds going to help pave "The Road to Recovery" benefiting Jacksonville Humane Society.
To purchase items that will help fund the cost of rebuilding the shelter, visit Café Press at: http://www.cafepress.com/loas.
Burns' Little Orphan Animals have already helped raise millions of dollars to aid a variety of animal causes.
They currently appear on thousands of Arizona state license plates, specialty plates that raise funds statewide to fund spay and neuter programs.
Burns raised millions when he used Little Orphan Animals artwork on T-shirts and other items as part of PetsMart's "Just a Buck, Change Their Luck" program.
Additionally Burns will paint signature portraits of two of the survivors of the Jacksonville fire. The staff and volunteers of the Jacksonville Humane Society have chosen two of the surviving animals, one cat and one dog, as their muses for Burns. Ironically, both are named Lucky.
Burns attended "The Fur Ball," a charity event Saturday, May 19, 2007, in Jacksonville that benefits the shelter. He began painting the portraits of the two Luckys live during the event. To watch the progress of the paintings, visit http://www.RonBurns.com.
Ninety-five limited edition giclees on stretched canvas will be made available for each Lucky painting. The limited edition giclees will be available at $975 for one, or $1,650 for a pair. All giclees will be signed and numbered by Ron Burns and will come with a certificate of authenticity. Until the end of September, a portion of the proceeds from the sales of these and all other Ron Burns artwork at R. Roberts Gallery, in Jacksonville, as well as a portion of the proceeds from the originals when they are sold, will be donated to the Jacksonville Humane Society as part of "The Road to Recovery."
Ron Burns and R. Roberts Gallery will be hosting an event on September 14, 2007, at the R. Roberts Gallery where Ron will be available to personalize purchased artwork.
Burns is artist in residence for the Humane Society of the United States and has a long-term commitment to improving the lives of animals, such as shelter dogs, and search and rescue dogs. Besides producing original works and private commission projects, Burns has helped raise millions of dollars to benefit animal-related charities. Within the past year he has painted the portraits of dogs owned by celebrities including Elizabeth Taylor, Doc Severinsen, and Joan Rivers as a means of raising funds and awareness of the needs of animals.
His work has been featured on CNN, FOX news, PBS, Forbes magazine, and ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition."
For more information, please visit: http://www.ronburns.com