Help Eye of the Dog Art Center
I would like to reach out and encourage those who might pass on this opportunity to help one of the most noteworthy and socially meaningful groups of people I have ever had the priviledge to know.
Beverly and Billy Ray Mangham have put the past couple of decades of their life into the building of a dream - a dream that provides a place where art is relished, taught, encouraged...and most importantly, experienced. One of the recurrent themes of discourse at Eye of the Dog is both Beverly and Billy Ray's belief that there needs to be a place where our younger generation of artists can learn the in's and out's of what life is like being an artist - of how to make it all work and not give up on the dream, not give up on art just because "life" gets in the way.
They - and all the other artists ever present and integral to Eye of the Dog - are role models for our younger generation (and older ones, for that matter) who desire to be artists. They comprise a community that has availed itself selflessly for decades to that mission - to provide those who want to learn with the knowledge of how to live and be an artist at the same time... a huge feat.
So, to help a very special group of people ... Artists... Friends and family who have just experienced a terrible flood, please contribute to get the Art Center back up and running.
You can also setup a recurrent donation for support of the center each month!!!
It is day 13 since the flood. We have been in full tilt clean up/ survival mode. We have not had good internet, but now we are back online. We knew the GoFundme account had been started by our friend Caterina Venitucci (infinite thanks!) , but we had no idea who had donated and the overwhelming impact it would have on our life. Our gratitude is immense and our hearts are full of love. We were already committed to our vision at Eye of the Dog Art Center, but this has increased in ways we hadn't known possible. We promise to continue our mission of providing a safe space for people to gather, create, and form community for as long as we are able. (with your help this is possible)
It is with tears of joy we look at all the names and comments of old and new friends and people we do not know "yet".. KINDNESS and GENEROSITY are alive and well in this world. We are amazed and have hope for the future. Please accept this as a preliminary THANKS to all who have donated, worked, cooked, and prayed.
A HUGE thanks is going out to all the people who put in hundreds of hours to get us back to normal.
Please come out on Nov. 28-29 for our Holiday Show and let us show you a good time and thank you in person.
Love, Appreciation, and much gratitude,
Billy Ray and Beverly
Birdie, Tater, Pepper, and Monkey
Billy Ray and Beverly open up their life's work to the community at large - invite the students of Texas State to participate in the events at Eye of the Dog to give them experience in the world of setting up, selling, and above all, exposure to other established artists who make a living at their craft.
Eye of the Dog can still use volunteers to come clean, hang insulation, hang sheetrock, tape and float sheetrock, work on the new studio for Beverly, or be a gopher or do a turn in the kitchen to help feed the work crews.
Thank you all for your support and participation.
I know they will continue to need help both physical labor, financial, and food to feed the crews of folks out there helping. Also, I am sure a "gopher" or two would be good...Go for this, Go for that in town, Home Depot, HEB, CVS, whatever.
AND - THANK YOU ALL SO VERY MUCH FOR YOUR GENEROSITY...WE JUST HIT $15,012
I AM THINKING WE MIGHT HIT 20,000 BY TOMORROW AM..I ACTUALLY THOUGHT WE MIGHT HIT IT TONIGHT, BUT IT IS ALREADY 10:30 PM.
But heck, we are doing a fantastic job of getting the word out there.