Committed to making a positive impact at the intersection of design and community, the St. Louis AIGA Design for Good committee focused this year’s one-of-a-kind event on something that makes us all feel warm and fuzzy: dogs.
Spearheaded by board members Scott Matthews (Tremendousness) and Anna Karpinski Heinze (PGAV Destinations), the Arfs & Crafts Charity Auction saw over 350 in attendance. Local graphic designers, art directors, illustrators, and fine artists came together to donate over 40 unique pieces for auction, around the canine theme. Auctioned artwork proceeds benefited five St. Louis shelters including Gateway Pet Guardians, Crestwood Animal Shelter, the St. Louis APA Adoption Center, Five Acres Animal Shelter, and Belleville Humane Society.
Almost $2,000 was raised and distributed to the shelters, along with a generous amount of dog toys and supplies donated by Purina and another anonymous donor.
Art, Dogs, & Charity
The event and auction was held outside at the Urban Chestnut Grove brewery in sunny July under pop-up tents to attendees from the heat. Beautifully crafted art pieces hung from nearly 100 feet of gallery wall constructed in the hours leading up to the event. Participating shelters brought adoptable dogs and there were many other furry best friends around, squeaking on toys, playing fetch, and enjoying tasty treats.
“Like other Design for Good events in the past, this year we looked to connect the arts community with charitable organizations, and show kids that a career in art can be accessible and viable.” – Scott Matthews, AIGA St. Louis Design for Good Chair
Linda Solovic was one of 35 artists on display with the piece, Dogs on Mid-Century Chairs (middle). The crowd favorite piece was inspired by dog portraits submitted to Linda and went home with the highest bid of the event. Every single piece of artwork submitted was successfully auctioned.
Continuing the Design for Good Mission
The St. Louis AIGA Design for Good committee has been grateful to make a positive impact on our community through organizations like the American Heart Association, Operation Food Search, the Contemporary Art Museum’s Youth Art Programs, and this year, local animal shelters. Stay tuned for our next event as we look to partner to bring artwork and charity together with another organization.
Special Thanks to
Traci Moore: Event Support
Chris Roettger: Illustrator
Brian Reller & Darrick Hays: Gallery Construction Team