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Pigs of a Different Color: An Evening of Art & Animal Advocacy

Join us from 4-7 on August 25, 2018 in person or online for our inaugural art fundraiser to benefit Woodstock Farm Sanctuary’s farmed animal rescue, advocacy, and education programs!

Admission is free to view and bid on one-of-a-kind pieces of art by over a dozen locally- and nationally-renowned artists applying their own interpretation and style to the blank “canvas” of a fiberglass pig, representing over two dozen rescued pigs who are lifelong residents here at the Sanctuary.

The online auction is now OPEN for pre-bidding before and during the live event!

Click to bid now!

If you can’t join us in person, the pigs will also be available for online pre-bidding before the event, and online bidding during the live event, and the link will be posted on this page – please save the date!

The “blank” canvas.

Pigs will be on display at the Water Street Market and CronArtUSA on Saturday, August 25th, culminating in a live auction from 6-7pm (and online) where you can bid to win your favorite artwork and support the animals of Woodstock Sanctuary.

Get your tickets now for early access and a  VIP reception at 4pm at CronArtUSA at Water Street Market – enjoy vegan hors d’oeuvres, wine and nonalcoholic beverages and mix and mingle with some of the artists whose works will be on display!

We chose pigs as the subjects for our inaugural art event because pigs are incredible ambassadors of the work that we do – they are friendly and social beings who display intelligence and empathy rivaling our companion dogs and cats, and yet we humans keep them in confinement for their entire lives and kill over 115 million pigs each year for food. (Check out the Sanctuary’s post: “10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Pigs” for more info about our rescued pigs!)

Online and live auction services generously contributed by:

Participating Artists:

Click below to view participating artists’ bios and examples of their work

Rita Bolla earned her MFA degree with flying colors at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts, 2009. Her main focus was – and still is – on painting, but her studies include sculpting (at the Salzburg Summer Academy 2005) and printmaking (at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Marseille in 2008).

Rita won several scholarships throughout Europe for artist residencies and she exhibited her works from Hungary to Germany, England, France, Russia, Finland, and last but not least the United States. She moved to US in 2010 and lived in New York as well as Los Angeles, being present in several galleries in LA, San Diego, and of course NYC.

When she is not busy creating art, she is teaching yoga and meditation classes, going on hikes with her husband, her son and her dogs, cooking vegan food, taking naps with her cats, as well as holding endless conversations about feminism, earth rights, and activism.

Aimee Cavazzi has a degree in Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design, an art education certification from Carlow University, and a Masters Degree in Education Media Design and Technology from Full Sail University.

She currently resides in Connecticut with her two young sons, and is an art teacher in a public high school in the South Bronx. Her art work deals primarily with psychological connections (and disconnections) between people and nature.

Jana Charl’s creative practice involves exploring different media and techniques around testing the boundaries of what defines contemporary art, including the blurring of the traditional lines dividing craft, commercial art, and fine art. She is a passionate storyteller inspired by the raw materials, experiences, and observations that she collects. Feminist issues, perceptions of women’s roles, identity, and gender relationships are key themes weaving her work together.

Jana is a native of Los Angeles and a dual US-Swiss citizen. Her work is exhibited and collected internationally.

Sue Coe is a British-American artist and illustrator working primarily in drawing and printmaking, often in the form of illustrated books and comics. Coe studied at the Royal College of Art in London, lived in New York City from 1972 to 2001.

Along with her investigation of cruelty against animals, Coe has also explored topics such as sweatshops, prisons, AIDS, war, and anticapitalism throughout her work. Her illustrations have appeared in a wide variety of publications, including The New York Times, The New Yorker, and The Nation.

Ryan Cronin has exhibited his work in galleries, museums, art fairs, and public (mostly legal) spaces across the USA. He’s completed several large scale murals at places like the Tuthilltown Spirits/Hudson Valley Whiskey and in Wynwood during Art Basel.

In 2015, alongside his wife Melanie, Cronin opened CronArtUSA Headquarters at the Water Street Market in New Paltz, NY, which houses a mix of his original works, museum-quality prints, sculpture, as well as a line of wares designed by Cronin.

As passionate and global-minded philanthropists, Melanie and Ryan founded 12 Months of Giving, a charitable arm of CronArtUSA, which champions organizations like GoDocGo and TMI Project.

Ron English, one of the most prolific and recognizable artists alive today, has bombed the global landscape with unforgettable images, on the street, in museums, in movies, books and television.

English coined the term POPaganda to describe his signature mash-up of high and low cultural touchstones, from superhero mythology to totems of art history, populated with his vast and constantly growing arsenal of original characters, including MC Supersized, the obese fast-food mascot featured in the hit movie “Supersize Me,” and Abraham Obama, the fusion of America’s 16th and 44th Presidents, an image widely discussed in the media as directly impacting the 2008 election. Other characters carousing through English’s art, in paintings, billboards, and sculpture include three-eyed rabbits, udderly delicious cowgirls and grinning skulls, blending stunning visuals with the bitingly humorous undertones of America’s Premier Pop Iconoclast.

Nicole J Georges is a writer, illustrator, podcaster & professor. Her Lambda Award-winning graphic memoir, Calling Dr. Laura, was called “engrossing, lovable, smart and ultimately poignant” by Rachel Maddow, and was an Official Selection at the Angoulême International Comics Festival.

Nicole does a weekly queer feminist art podcast called Sagittarian Matters, and is currently on a dog-themed book tour in support of her new graphic memoir, Fetch: How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home.

Nathan Gwirtz makes handmade, ornate, decorative, ceramic objects. His work references the decorative arts, narrative ceramics, Italian majolica, arts & crafts housewares, souvenir plates, graphic arts and woodcut illustration to turn everyday objects into something unusual or special.

He enjoys the way that decoration of handmade tableware introduces narrative in the intimacy of lives lived at home. His subject matter include florals, animals and urban landscapes and draw from fables and the imagery of everyday life.

Born in Southeast Washington, D.C., Darryl Jenifer is a visual artist, music producer, and multi-instrumentalist, most famously known for being a founding member of the seminal hardcore punk band Bad Brains.

Dawn Ladd is the founder and principal of Aurora Lampworks, Inc. As a sculptor who believes that all objects have the potential to be lighting fixtures, she has extensive experience in all aspects of lighting. Whether it be an antique fixture or a state-of-the-art contemporary piece, Dawn and her team of project managers and artisans provide clients with competent detail oriented work, regardless of the style or period.

Dawn has been a guest speaker at the Association for Preservation Technology Northeast’s annual symposium on historic lighting at the Hartford Wadsworth’s Atheneum, The General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen of the City of New York’s Artisan Series, as well as the New York School of Interior design and many other institutions.

Interdisciplinary artist and scavenger Autumn Kioti combines improvisational movement, aerial arts, choreography, narrative, installation, sound and visual arts, activism and social justice. Finding value in society’s discards, dumpster diving and trash picking, she creates from recovered items, marrying subconscious narrative with mythic and folk impulses. Using the natural world as an in road, she frequently addresses the issues of women’s rights, reproductive justice, environmental and food justice. To this end, she scavenges bits of everything from history and literature, science and mathematics, to clown and mask work, even David Attenborough animal documentaries, in the creation of ritual-inspired participatory performances, works on paper, printwork, installation.

Current resident artist with the Audubon Society on Governors Island in NYC, resident artist/recipient of NOoSPHERE Circle of Fire Performance Art Grant, artist-in-residence at Santa Fe Art Institute’s first themed residency (FOOD JUSTICE), resident at Art Monastery Italia, Autumn participated along with Art Monastery and RETE in the development of the first Caramanico Teatri D’Arte (a Pescara), currently collaborates with Pepe Coronado/ Coronado Print Studio and has an upcoming installation/performance with Art in FLUX.

You’ve probably seen Jason O’Malley’s work before. He’s an illustrator, book designer, art director, and potter. This Hudson Valley resident’s vibrant and colorful illustrations of modern people, places, and pets have been published globally by the likes of Chanel, Mini-Cooper, Ikea, Johnson & Johnson, Random House, and American Express to name a few resume highlights.

His editorial illustrations have appeared in The New York Times, OUT, Lucky, InStyle, and numerous international publications. He created the iconic branding for NYC’s foodie fave Big Gay Ice Cream and designed and illustrated their rainbow flavored extravaganza of a book for Penguin Random House. He also designed and illustrated the best selling entertaining book The Cocktail Party: Eat Drink Play Recover for fabulous caterer-to-the-stars Mary Giuliani. Most recently his irreverent illustrations appear in the pages of I Am Bride: How to take the WE out of Wedding for Abrams Books. It’s a hysterical spoof of all the lavish, ridiculous, and stressful things a bride deals with when planning her BIG DAY. (As seen on The New Yorker SHOUTS and Refinery29).

Kingston-based multimedia artist Matthew Pleva seeks inspiration from everything around him. Whether it’s a vintage 1960s Midol tin to make a diorama in, or an 18th-century historic Kingston building to sketch, his brain is always planning the template for his next work. “I’ve already done all the heavy-lifting mentally and then it’s just process—and I can go from one to one to one; each little element and I can just knock them down.”

Pleva developed his distinct style from creating two-dimensional sketches of GI Joe and Star Wars characters as a kid. The vivid cross-hatching in his illustrations stems from his early fascination with the Edward Gorey intro in the television show “Mystery!” In high school, comic book illustrators like Bernie Wrightson and Frank Miller largely inspired him to continue with cross-hatching and shading. Now, drawing to him is similar to painting by numbers—completing each piece section by section with his own self-imposed rules and never, ever going back.

Matthew Pleva’s work can be seen in his studio at 40 John Street in Uptown Kingston on Saturdays from 12-4pm, and by appointment.

Jody Rasch is a New York based artist, who has been painting and exhibiting for the past 25 years. He trained at the Arts Students’ League of New York and The School of Visual Arts in NYC. His artwork combines the mysteries of science with the beauty of art. It is an abstract design of color and form, and captures the themes from our modern landscape of science. Mr. Rasch’s interest in the images and metaphors of science has paralleled his work as an artist.

Duality – abstraction and representation, the literal and the metaphorical, science and mysticism, the unseen and the seen – is a predominant theme in my work. These pieces, based on electron microscopy, particle accelerators, and radio astronomy are an expression of both the patterns of the natural world and the metaphors underlying modern science.  They allow us to see the beauty in the repulsive, to find knowledge in the unknown, to observe the unseen to more clearly see our world.

Marie Roberts is a native of Brooklyn , NY. She is Artist in Residence at the not for profit arts center Coney Island USA, which produces the Mermaid Parade, The Coney Island Museum and the Sideshow.

Her studio is above the Freakshow. Roberts is a Professor of Art at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, NJ.

For Lora Shelley, painting has always been her chosen way to communicate, since she was a child. “Things that I find impossible to convey with words are expressed through my paintings.” Described as having “an uneasy psychological presence, “Shelley’s figures and environments are primarily from her head.

Through the use of texture color and pattern, Shelley sculpts the surface of her paintings as if she were working with clay instead of color on a two-dimensional surface. This approach allows Shelley the freedom to complicate and simplify an image repeatedly until the desired balance is achieved.

Shelley likes to think of painting as filling the space with something meaningful. This might be an expression or gesture –something that alludes to a larger story. A good example of this would be Shelley’s “Diner Series” (started in 1994 and continued until present day). This series captures moments in the lives of fictional diner waitresses (composite characters). Like stills from a movie, the paintings allow the viewer to examine the precise moment, while suggesting the events that led up to this point.

Shelley’s paintings reflect her love of art history. Her influences are evident — Gauguin, Kollwitz, Hundertwasser, Klimt, Munch and Nolde to name a few. “I feel art is best served when it reaches into someone’s everyday life and creates a connection that wasn’t there before. Art has done that for me.”

Dylan Garrett Smith is an artist/printmaker whose work is a product of his views regarding humanity’s relationships with – and the continually growing distance from – the natural world. Combining concepts of occultism, ecology, and memento mori, Smith stresses the importance of the cycle of birth-bloom-decay and the necessity of solitude in nature. Ashes, chalk-lead and ink on black cotton rag paper serve as the primary media to make his images, while reinforcing the natural process of life, death, and rebirth.

Smith earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from Pratt Institute of Art in Brooklyn, NY and currently lives and creates in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania.

Ketch Wehr is an illustrative painter with a love of storytelling and a flair for the feral. Between working on freelance graphic design and gobbling up all the comics, he’s working on making his first graphic novel this year.

Ketch studied fine art at Smith College, and has worked as an artist and designer in Philadelphia, Rome (IT) and New York.

His clients for illustration and design include: BBDO, GE, Barkbox, Quartz, FENDI, Vice Magazine, Diesel, Bazaarvoice, Dell, American Express, Flamingo Rampant Publishing, Planned Parenthood, Lil Bub, Muse Magazine, and Carus Publishing.

Over the past decade, Jordan Wolfson has become known for his thought-provoking works in a wide range of media, including video, sculpture, installation, photography, and performance. He pulls intuitively from the world of advertising, the Internet, and the technology industries to produce ambitious and enigmatic narratives.

However, instead of simply appropriating found material, the artist creates his own unique content, which frequently revolves around a series of invented, animated characters. Wolfson was born in 1980 in New York. In 2003, he received his B.F.A. in sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Mark Yasenchack is a teaching artist whose studio work is transitioning from ceramic vessels to mosaic murals and installations. Artist-made clay tiles are featured in his mosaics and are used to create field tile that resemble old cobblestone roads or stone walls unearthed in archaeological digs.

He loves the idea of making art that makes a difference, and he has organized the annual fundraising event Art Fur Animals to benefit the Ohio-based Friends of the Cleveland Kennel for nearly the past decade that inspired this fundraising project at Woodstock Farm Sanctuary.