By Ashley Riley, GPG Vice President

On Friday, November 1, Gateway Pet Guardians held it’s 4th annual Soiree for Strays Gala. For the second year in a row, we held a mixed-media art auction where we raised funds to support our organization for 2014.

The gala is the biggest fundraiser of the year put on by GPG staff and volunteers and is a big part of funding our organization’s efforts for the coming year.  Thanks to all who volunteered, donated artwork, sponsored and attended, we were able to gross approximately $38,000 to help save animals in East St. Louis.

David-Carlyon-Gateway-pet-guardians-st-louisHonored as a featured artist at the event was Gateway’s own photographer extraordinaire, David Carlyon.  Several of David’s finest photographs were up for bidding in addition to one-of-a-kind paintings, sculptures and other works donated by various local artists.

Our top sellers included a Dean Russo painting donated by Cheri Hutchings of Claire de Lune Productions and a mosaic tile wolf statue created by Michael Killian, who was also sculpting another large-scale mosaic fish as a live art piece during the Gala. Rebecca Ormond, director of the Gateway Pet Guardians documentary “Gateway Guardians” also provided a video installation piece for public viewing.


Also featured was a dog house painted by popular local artist Charles Houska – you may recognize his work from the mural on the side of our shelter.

Houska will be the featured artist at the 2014 Soiree for Strays Gala.

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