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Art and Animals to Benefit the Humane Society

High Fire Hawaii is located at 114 Kamehameha Avenue
High Fire Hawaii is located at 114 Kamehameha Avenue

Thanksgiving weekend is a great time to reflect on the many blessings we have and to remember those who are less fortunate. On November 24, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., High Fire Hawaii Gallery in downtown Hilo will be turning their studio into a “shopping paradise,” with “Art Helps,” a sale of gallery prints, paintings, jewelry and ceramics. When you purchase a lovely locally made work of art, your contribution will benefit the Hawaii Island Humane Society, according to Gallery Manager Shannon Hickey. Hickey is an animal lover who was motivated to help the Humane Society through her gallery and the artists who contribute to it.

Adopt a Pet

Representatives from the Humane Society will be in attendance with a mobile pet adoption clinic from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., so bring the kids to visit a limited number of special dogs and cats and possibly take one home with you.

Participating Artists

The following artists will be joining forces to make sure the Humane Society benefits from lots of sales:

Jewelry artists: Suzie Cousins, Bren Chance, Saundri Harris, Irma Johnson, Donna Kualii, Patti Millington, Stone O’Daugherty, Rachel Pierson and Holly Vierra.

Painters: Josh Leo, Nani Maloof, Jacob Medina, Patti Pease Johnson and Hopper Sheldon.

Ceramic artists: Shannon Hickey, Gordon Lee and Sam Robinson.

“Every artist in the gallery is giving a percentage of their sales that day to the Humane Society’s cause, and High Fire Hawaii will also match the percentage,” Hickey said. She added, “Most of our artists teach one day workshops or classes at High Fire Hawaii Gallery and Studio.”

Animal-Centered Art

Some of the artists will be in attendance November 24, so you’ll be able to talk story with them about their one-of-a-kind artworks. Some artists will be offering pieces with animal themes and because Christmas is just around the corner, they’ll be including Christmas-related items, as well.

“We’ll have things like pet bowls for food and water, ceramic Christmas ornaments that are animal-related, like bones, and also Hawaiian-themed ones, like palm trees and pineapples, to hang on the tree,” said Hickey. She continued by stating, “During last year’s one-day sale, we made $1,000, so we’re hoping to meet or exceed that amount again this year.”

“We’re also hoping we have something to appeal to everybody, so everyone will buy something and help support the Humane Society,” she said. “You’ll be able to get handmade ceramic coffee cups for $3 and up. We want people to come and buy lots of good stuff!”

The gallery, which is located at 114 Kamehameha Avenue between Cronies Bar and Grill and the Bay Front Coffee, Kava and Tea shop, will have extended hours November 24, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. For class and workshop details or other information about the November 24 benefit sale, see www.highfirehawaii.com, email info@highfirehawaii.com, find them on Facebook or call the gallery at 935-8380.