Kelly Lane students make difference through artwork
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March 7, 2019
In its third year the Pet Adoption Art Show at Kelly Lane Middle School continues to make an impact at local animal shelters while the students involved feel a sense of accomplishment and pride.
“I don’t know if any other places do this, but I think they definitely should to raise more money. I think it’s really cool that our school of all schools gets to do this,” said eighth-grader Trinade Wiggins. “I love animals. This is one of my favorite things. I love to see all the artwork that people make and to see the animals get adopted.”
The brainchild of Kelly Lane art teacher Sarah Douglas, the Pet Adoption Art Show offers students the opportunity to explore their creativity for a cause that is near and dear to her heart as well as the students’ and has become an event the community looks forward to each year led by Douglas and fellow art teacher Hannah Rabalais.
“It was a small idea that turned into a big thing,” Douglas said. “I think that we have a good community here and they want to reach out to the community and do good things.”
Each year for the art show, students take pictures of animals at the shelters. Then after tracing the animals, those photographs are then turned into painted portraits with a background or setting created by the students. These portraits are then sold during the art show with proceeds going to the animal shelters.
This year more than 350 portraits made by the art students raised more than $3,500. After paying expenses for framing the artwork, $1,420 went to the Pflugerville Animal Welfare Services and Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter.
The art show brings families together as students show off their artwork to their parents, loved ones and friends. And just like a traditional art show, if you see a portrait you like, you can take it off the rack and buy it.
And pieces went fast.
“Seeing everyone in the room makes me really happy that everyone wants to come, wants to help out and wants to buy the artwork to help out the shelters,” Wiggins said.
The Kelly Lane Pet Adoption Art Show has become a community event with food trucks, raffles, door prizes and giveaways each year. Shelters bring animals to the event that can be adopted there on-site as well. Unfortunately, due to cold weather at this year’s event the shelters were unable to bring animals, but the event still will make a difference to help the animals find a forever home.
With three years of art shows behind her now, Douglas has seen the growth of the Pet Adoption Art Show into a large community event and how much her students enjoy being part of something special. This event allows her students to show their compassion while impacting the shelters in a positive way.
“It means they care. It shows that they can make a difference even though they are young,” Douglas said. “I just like to see my kids do good things.”