The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

May 16, 2014

Our Town: BARC hosting 'Paint your Pet' party fundraiser

Palestine Herald-Press

PALESTINE — Have you ever wanted a portrait of your pet to grace your home?

To give you that opportunity, BARC, The Humane Society is hosting a “Paint Your Pet Party” fund-raising event from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, May 24 at Sabor a Pasion Country House & Bistro. Proceeds from the event will benefit Anderson County's homeless pets.

“Start digging through your photos to find the perfect portrait to paint! You do not have to be an expert, in fact this is perfect for anyone who thinks they can’t paint, you will create a work of art to cherish forever,” BARC, The Humane Society Event Coordinator Pam Smith said. “So get your photo in and make plans to come on out, it’s going to be lots of fun!”

Your pet can be a dog, cat, cow, bird, horse, etc. All supplies will be provided, plus an experienced wildlife artist will lead participants step by step through the progress.

“Don't want to paint? That's alright, come out and be an armchair painter or art critic,” Smith said.

To sign up to paint your pet, e-mail a high resolution JPEG image (or cellphone photo) of your pet and an artist will pre-sketch from the photo. A tight head shot is recommended versus a full body. Well-lit photos, particularly with darker pets, are preferred. E-mail the picture to by Tuesday, May 20. Once the artist receives the photo, she will complete your reservation by replying with an information and payment form.

“When you arrive at the Paint Your Pet party, a sketch of your pet on canvas will be ready for you to paint,” Smith said.

Admission to the event is $20 with an extra $35 fee to paint your pet's portrait.

Need directions to Sabor a Pasion? Visit the web site at

For help e-mailing pet pictures, call the artist at 903-586-0542. For more information, call BARC, The Humane Society at 903-729-8074.


Honoring Veterans

The Robert E. Lee High School Visual and Performing Arts Department in Tyler will be presenting the USO Show “Vietnam: A Musical Tribute to Vets” on May 29-31 and June 1.

They also are asking for the public to submit pictures of veterans who served in all branches between 1965 and 1975 to be used in two tributes during the show — a tribute to those still living and a memorial for those who gave their lives.

Photos should be sent via email to by Monday, May 19. Alternately, photos can be dropped off at the front desk of the high school.

The show will feature music and dance from the era.

A portion of all ticket sales will go to benefit Operation Gratitude, a nonprofit organization that sends letters and packages to current soldiers to help lift their spirits.

Photos should include the subject’s name, rank, branch of service, years of service, where they served, and whether the veteran is still living or deceased. If deceased, the photo should include the year of birth and year of death.

For more information, contact Clemens at