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Sculpture Donor, Tony Lopes, Passes After Courageous Battle with Cancer

Even After His Death Tony Lopes Continues to Support Animals & Art

Sculptor David Phillips (l) and Tony Lopes (r) at the artist reception following the May sculpture unveiling.

Sculptor David Phillips (l) and Tony Lopes (r) at the artist reception following the May sculpture unveiling.

We are saddened to report that Tony Lopes passed away last week after a courageous battle with cancer.

Tony, a Brookline artist and resident and animal lover, was a great friend of the ARL. He generously commissioned “Dancing with Spheres” – the sculpture which now adorns the dog play-yard at our Boston headquarters. The piece combines two of his greatest passions: his love of animals and the importance of public art.

ARL Chairman of the Board, Malcolm McDonald had a chance to get to know Tony and said, “I had the pleasure of spending time with Tony over the last two years as we worked to see his gift to the ARL of the sculpture become a reality.  He had a deep appreciation for the passion, integrity, and commitment the ARL brings to animal welfare and very much wanted to spread the word.”

At Tony’s request mourners were asked to omit flowers and instead to make a donation in his memory to the Animal Rescue League of Boston or to the Museum of Fine Arts. Arrangements by the Crapo-Hathaway Funeral Home, TAUNTON, MA. To light a candle or to access the memorial register go to www.hathawayfunerals.com.

Tony will be missed, but his artistic soul and love of animals will live on.

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“‘Dancing with Spheres’ would not have been possible without Tony Lopes, who represents the best of our many wonderful supporters” – Mary Nee, president of the ARL.

 


Two Beautiful Cats, One Adoption Fee

Morisot & Manet: Beautiful Cats. Artists at Heart?

Manet (Photo: Amelia Hughes)

Manet (Photo: Amelia Hughes)

Morisot and Manet are sister and brother and have been together their whole lives. They first came to the ARL as kittens with several other litter mates and were named by their foster mom after the French Impressionist painters, Berthe Morisot and Edourd Manet. You can see a photo of them from when they were kittens below. Weren’t they just so cute?!

Once they were old enough, they were brought to the shelter and adopted by a wonderful family. That family ended up moving to New York, but during their most recent move they were unfortunately unable to bring Morisot and Manet with them, so they drove all the way up from New York to bring them here, because they knew the ARL would find them a loving home once more.

Morisot and Manet deserve a forever home that will love them both! Thanks to a generous donor, we are waiving one of their adoption fees and making it easier for you to welcome them both into your life.

These four-year-old cats make an exquisite pair. Most of all, they love to spend time with one another, but they also enjoy getting attention from their human friends, looking out the window, playing with toys, especially laser pointers- see the video at the bottom of this post!

Morisot and Manet are getting an extra dose of TLC by staying in one of our feline suites. They hope you’ll stop by to say hi!

Please consider giving a home to these sweet and very loving cats. Learn more about Morisot and Manet by visiting our Boston Shelter or calling (617) 426-9170.

Manet & Morisot as kittens.

Morisot  (L) & Manet  (R) as kittens. (Photo: Amelia Hughes)

Manet & Morisot today!

Morisot (L) & Manet (R) today! (Photo: Amelia Hughes)


Animal Art is Here to Stay

Local Artist Gives Lobby Art on Permanent Loan

Mildred, an ARL alum.

Mildred, an ARL alum.

Thanks to South End artist, Paula Ogier, the art in our Boston lobby will be staying up indefinitely!

Paula dropped in at the Animal Rescue League of Boston one day in January 2013, just to take a breather from her work and visit the kitties, and she ended up adopting Tippi. “Tippi was a cautious stray who has blossomed into a playful spirit,” says Paula. “The transformation you make in an animal’s life with the gift of a home is more than matched by the magic they bring as a friend and family member.”

Her artwork was originally displayed at the League as part of Washington Gateway Main Street’s temporary Moving Gallery. The goal of displaying artwork here was to liven up the space and create an instant connection with animals before entering the adoption center. After seeing how her art transformed the lobby and receiving so much positive feedback about her artwork, Paula decided to give the collection on permanent loan to the League.

Thank you, Paula for brightening up our lobby and warming the hearts of our visitors, before they even step foot into our adoption center.

Paula paints pet portraits, and also creates art for use on products. You can view her art or schedule your pet portrait session at www.PaulaOgierArt.com.


See the Video from Friday’s Sculpture Debut

Over two hundred people came to the League on Friday to celebrate art and animals at the sculpture debut! In case you couldn’t be here for the big event, we have a great video highlighting the day!

Dancing with Spheres” by renowned sculptor David Phillips is now a permanent fixture in our dog play yard and in the fabric of Boston. “It is a special moment any time a new public work of art is unveiled in our beautiful city. To have that artwork at the League is truly an amazing gift” said president Mary Nee. This gift would not have been possible without the generosity of Tony Lopes who commissioned the sculpture and said it “was an honor to have been able to play a small part in bringing this iconic work to the League and to animal and art lovers everywhere.”

We are incredibly honored that so many people attended the event including the following city officials, Michael Galvin, Chief of Public Property, (including animal control), Councilor Felix G. Arroyo, Councilor John R. Connolly, Councilor Bill Linehan, and William G. Oates, Chief Information Officer.

SculpturePhotoBlogThank you to all of our sponsors, especially co-lead sponsors Boston Private Bank & Trust Co. and Kelly McKernan, Senior Vice President Investment Management & Trust and League Board Member and DKO Photography for capturing the day.

In the words of the artist himself “‘Dancing with Spheres’ is here to remind us of the love and care animals add to our lives,” so if you’re ever in the neighborhood, we encourage you to stop by and take a look at this beautiful reminder. While you’re here don’t forget to see some of our fabulous adoptable animals and help save 1200 animals in 12 weeks for the ASPCA Rachael Ray Challenge!


The Sculpture Debut is Today!

HiddenSculptureforEblastToday’s the day! Don’t miss the exciting debut of Boston’s newest piece of animal public art at our dog play-yard! Be the first to see “Dancing with Spheres” by David Phillips. 

Representing Mayor Thomas M. Menino will be Michael Galvin, Chief of Public Property, (including animal control).

Also in attendance will be the following elected officials:

  • Councilor Felix G. Arroyo
  • Councilor John R. Connolly
  • Councilor Bill Linehan
  • Representative Jeffrey Sanchez

Join us from 2-4p.m. at 10 Chandler Street in the South End. After the debut, stick around for an open house and refreshments in our Boston shelter. This is a public event, so bring your friends and family. On-site parking is limited, but we are close to the T and several public garages.

If you plan on attending, please R.S.V.P. to Melanie Sheffield at msheffield@arlboston.org or 617-226-5622 before 10a.m. on Friday, so we can plan accordingly!

David Phillips is an award-winning artist known for his sculptures, which can be found throughout the United States and Japan. His distinguished portfolio of public art includes everyone’s favorite frogs at Boston Common’s Tadpole Playground among other works throughout Boston. 

“Dancing with Spheres” was generously commissioned by Tony Lopes. Thank you to all of our event sponsors! Thank you to our friends Boston Private Bank & Trust Co. and Kelly McKernan, Senior Vice President Investment Management & Trust and League Board Member for being the lead sponsors for this event.

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One Day Countdown to the Big Debut!

The grass is green, the sculpture is ready, the only thing we need is YOU! Don’t miss the exciting debut of Boston’s newest piece of animal public art this Friday at 10 Chandler St.! Be the first to see “Dancing with Spheres” by David Phillips. We’re keeping it a surprise until then. Can you guess how many animals are in the sculpture? Pop by on the 31st and find out! 
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The event will start on Friday at 2p.m. and go until about 4p.m. After the debut, join us for an open house and refreshments in our Boston shelter. This is a public event, so bring your friends and family. On-site parking is limited, but we are close to the T and several public garages.

If you plan on attending, please R.S.V.P. to Melanie Sheffield at msheffield@arlboston.org or 617-226-5622 before 10a.m. on Friday, so we can plan accordingly!

David Phillips is an award-winning artist known for his sculptures, which can be found throughout the United States and Japan. His distinguished portfolio of public art includes everyone’s favorite frogs at Boston Common’s Tadpole Playground among other works throughout Boston. 

“Dancing with Spheres” was generously commissioned by Tony Lopes. Thank you to our friends Boston Private Bank & Trust Co. and Kelly McKernan, Senior Vice President Investment Management & Trust and League Board Member for being the lead sponsors for this event.


Happy Memorial Day!

Invite ScreenshotYou have two things to celebrate this week, Memorial Day and a new animal sculpture at the Animal Rescue League of Boston! Join us this Friday, May 31 for the big debut of “Dancing with Spheres!”

  1. Where: Our dog play yard at 10 Chandler Street, Boston, MA 02116
  2. When: Friday, May 31, 2-4p.m.
  3. Why: Because you’re a part of our family and we want to celebrate this exciting day with you!

After the debut, join us for an open house and refreshments in our Boston shelter. The event will take place rain or shine and is open to the public, so bring your friends and family. R.S.V.P. on our Facebook event page!

David Phillips is an award-winning artist known for his sculptures, which can be found throughout the United States and Japan. His distinguished portfolio of public art includes everyone’s favorite frogs at Boston Common’s Tadpole Playground among other works throughout Boston. 

“Dancing with Spheres” was generously commissioned by Tony Lopes. Thank you to our generous friends Boston Private Bank & Trust Co. and Kelly McKernan, Senior Vice President Investment Management & Trust and League Board Member for being the lead sponsors for this event.

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Come to Our Party!

We hope you’ll join us and honorary guest Mayor Thomas M. Menino for the debut of Boston’s newest public animal sculpture, “Dancing with Spheres!” Be the first to see this amazing sculpture by David Phillips. We’re keeping it tightly under wraps until the big reveal!

  1. Where: Our dog play yard at 10 Chandler Street, Boston, MA 02116
  2. When: Friday, May 31, 2-4p.m.
  3. Why: Because you’re a part of our family and we want to celebrate this exciting day with you!

After the debut, join us for an open house and refreshments in our Boston shelter. The event will take place rain or shine and is open to the public, so bring your friends and family. R.S.V.P. on our Facebook event page!

Invite ScreenshotDavid Phillips is an award-winning artist known for his sculptures, which can be found throughout the United States and Japan. His distinguished portfolio of public art includes everyone’s favorite frogs at Boston Common’s Tadpole Playground among other works throughout Boston. 

“Dancing with Spheres” was generously commissioned by Tony Lopes. Thank you to our generous friends Boston Private Bank & Trust Co. and Kelly McKernan, Senior Vice President Investment Management & Trust and League Board Member for being the lead sponsors for this event.

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Come See Where Art and Animals Come to Play!

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Drum-roll please… The League is thrilled to unveil the South End’s FIRST permanent public animal art sculpture by David Phillips!

Join us for this exciting event on 

Friday, May 31, 2013, at 2p.m.!

David Phillips is an award winning artist known for his sculptures, which can be found throughout the United States and Japan. His distinguished portfolio of public art includes everyone’s favorite frogs at Boston Common’s Tadpole Playground and those swirling snails of Quincy Park in Cambridge.

Dancing with Spheres was generously commissioned by Tony Lopes, a Brookline artist and resident, League supporter and animal lover. The piece combines two of his greatest passions, his love of animals and the importance of public art!

The event will take place rain or shine. We hope to see you all there!

WOULD YOU LIKE TO SPONSOR THIS EVENT?

There are numerous sponsorship levels available for the sculpture debut. Your support will help make this a fantastic event and you will be recognized in-kind in the event program book. Additional advertisement space is also available in the event program.

Sponsorship levels include:

Pg 1 Maddie– The $5,000 Be a Life Saver, Lead Sponsor: allows us to operate all of our Rescue and Law Enforcement vehicles for one month.
– The $2,500 Give a Home: funds operation of our Spay Waggin’ for one day, providing a low-cost spay and neuter option to those in need.
– The $1,000 Lend a Paw: allows an injured shelter animal to receive a lifesaving fracture repair surgery.
– The $500 Be a Friend: provides food for a week for the animals in all three of our shelters.

If you have any questions regarding the event or sponsorship levels, please contact Melanie Sheffield at msheffield@arlboston.org or 617-226-5622 by May 8, 2013.


Animal Art Brightens Shelter & Helps Animals!
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Portrait of Mildred, an ARL of Boston alum.

The League has teamed up with a neighborhood organization called Washington Gateway Main Street to bring you beautiful animal art in the lobby as part of WGMS’s Moving Gallery, and we couldn’t be more excited about it! We will be displaying the artwork of South End Artist Paula Ogier, who also happens to be a mom to ARLB alum Tippi (formerly known as Chrissie), in our Boston lobby from now until June 3, 2013. All of the artwork is for sale and Paula has very generously agreed to donate 50% of her net profits to the League! 

Paula & Tippi

Paula & Tippi

Paula Ogier is a Boston-based digital painter. Paula’s colorful, stylized approach to pet portraits is intended to creatively reflect an animal’s spirit. Color plays a predominant role in her art and is important to her as a means of expression.

Of course, we couldn’t work with Paula without asking about Tippi! Paula said that “she’s doing really well. She’s filled out a lot since we adopted her in January – she was quite thin then. She’s made herself at home and is so tuned into the routines of the house. She and our 9 year old Siamese kitty Sammy like charging around the house after each other in the mornings. And at night, she’s been slowly but steadily inching her way into our bed. She’s such a sweet girl!”

We are so thrilled to be featuring the work of an artist who adopted from us and who’s artwork portrays animals in such a joyful light! Be sure to stop by our Boston shelter lobby to view some of this incredible artwork!

“The goal of displaying artwork in our lobby is to show people that shelters are not sad places. They’re places of hope,  joy and second chances, and Paula Ogier’s artwork emphasizes this basic idea. The art in the lobby allows people to feel an instant connection with animals even before setting foot in our adoption center.” -Elizabeth Dobrska, Marketing & Creative Coordinator

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