All of the artwork was donated, and many items were for direct sale, while others were part of a silent auction. A live auction, featuring renowned Tennessee artist Phil Ponder as auctioneer, also took place. His drawings sold for hundreds of dollars, helping to bring in much-needed funds for the no-kill shelter, according to executive director Angela Chapman.
Ponder’s drawing of the Mitchell House in Lebanon was on display for the first time, and drew strong interest from the crowd.
“The art is combined from local artists, local students and renowned artists such as Phil Ponder,” Chapman said. “The money is going toward the animals at New Leash on Life. We have a no-kill animal shelter, we have a low-cost spay-and-neuter clinic, and we have a pet food assistance program.”
Ponder said it took him about two and a half weeks to draw the Mitchell House, and it was “such a pleasure to do this project. The house is in such beautiful shape.”
Ponder said between his drawings of the Lebanon Square and city hall, he’s done other works for private individuals.
Of the people who showed up, some were there because of their love for animals and for art.
“I’m very interested in animal rescue, and I’m interested in art, so this is the perfect combination,” said Debbie Russell. “I’m here to support [New Leash on Life].”
For more information about New Leash on Life, visit newleashonline.org.