2009 Paws For Charity Art Book Project Brings Artists Together to Raise Funds for Breast Cancer

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Upper Branch, Nova Scotia, Canada
April 7, 2009

The 2009 Paws For Charity Art Book Project has brought artists from the US, UK, and Canada together to raise funds for breast cancer charity.

The Art Book Project was created by Sara Harley, one of the original founders of the Paws For Charity group - a group set up in 2006 by Harley and 3 other businesswomen in Ottawa, Canada. The group's goal in 2006 was to raise funds for breast cancer charity - a cause that was near and dear to the hearts of all four women. Since then, the scope of Paws For Charity has expanded and three of the women continue to raise funds for various charities.

The Art Book Project was something Harley dreamed up after creating some photo books to give as Christmas gifts. She played with the idea of creating a book herself to raise funds for breast cancer, but through her original work with the Paws For Charity founders she knew about the synergy created with group projects. In January, Harley got busy from her home in rural Nova Scotia and went online searching for photographers and artists. She sent out invitations to people throughout the world, asking for artwork and photographs featuring dogs and cats with the goal of raising funds for breast cancer charity. One hundred per cent of the profits from the sale of these books are donated to the Avon Crusade for Breast Cancer.

"I was overwhelmed by the generosity of people from around the world", Harley said, "I received 99 submissions for the first edition of the Paws For Charity Art Book....a wonderful result for the first year."

The artwork printed in this book comes from 19 US states (Nebraska, Tennessee, California, Indiana, Alabama, New York, New Jersey, Illinois, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maine, Maryland, Kansas, Virginia, Colorado, Oregon, Georgia), 2 Canadian provinces (Ontario, Nova Scotia), and 3 locations in the UK (Brighton, Pembrokeshire, Wiltshire).

There is a story behind each image in this book. Throughout the year, these stories will be posted on the Paws for Charity blog (pawsforcharity.blogspot.com). One of the stories is about Vanessa's portrait. Vanessa was diagnosed with breast cancer over two years ago, and she tells about her life philosophy. One of the photographers who contributed to this book had a mastectomy two years ago and is now living life loudly with every fiber of her soul. The blog will tell you who she is.
The blog will tell the stories behind all the artwork in the Paws For Charity Art Book.

We all know someone affected by breast cancer, and Harley is no exception. Her mother died of breast cancer when she was 21. This book is dedicated to all mothers, sisters, family, and friends touched by breast cancer.

The 2009 Paws For Charity Art Book can be viewed and purchased online at: www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/606337

Photographers and artists willing to contribute images to the 2010 Art Book can find information at: www.pawsforcharity.blogspot.com

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