Artists support art auction for animal sanctuary with Raglan roots

Animal advocacy group Direct Animal Action are hosting an art exhibition and auction to raise funds for Raglan-based animal sanctuary ‘Paws Awhile’.

Paws Awhile was established in 2014, providing safe haven to animals rescued from abuse and neglect. Owner Anna Dahlberg self-funds the Raglan sanctuary which is home to a variety of animals including dogs, cats, highland cattle, donkeys and kunekune pigs. The art event opens next week in Auckland at Allpress Studio but online bidding kicking off this Friday means that anyone in the country can purchase an artwork. Over 30 established and emerging New Zealand artists feature in the auction including local Raglan artist Tina Wessling.

“I donated my artwork to say thank you to Anna from Paws Awhile for her selfless engagement for animals and to help raise money for her sanctuary,” says Wessling.

Event organiser Romina Marinkovich says, “Along with Tina, we’ve received support from a diverse range of artists including Flox, Jeff Thomson, Paul Walsh, Peter Miller, Misery and Mary McIntyre, “We’ve been thrilled with the amount of support we’ve received from the community and everyone has really rallied behind this deserving cause.”

Paws Awhile owner Anna Dahlberg says, “I’d like to thank all the artists and everyone who’s given their precious time and amazing artwork to help. The artworks contributed really send the message that animals are sentient beings. That’s a philosophy I put into action at Paws Awhile.”

Animals – Seeing the Sentient Being, fundraising art exhibition and auction for Raglan-based animal sanctuary ‘Paws Awhile’

Exhibition: Tues 29th, Weds 30th Nov and Thurs 1st Dec, 9am-3pm each day
Online bidding opens: Fri 25th Nov via
Live auction: Thurs 1st Dec, 5:30pm-8pm

Where: Allpress Studio, Browns Mill Building, 8 Drake Street, Freemans Bay, Auckland.