Help Eye of the Dog Art Center

$34,657 of $40,000 goal

Raised by 338 people in 33 months
Caterina Venitucci
on behalf of Billy Mangham
 KINGWOOD, TX
Eye of the Dog Art Center - Recently devasted by flooding in the San Marcos, Texas, Area.  The Art Center houses several studio/workshops, an area for Kilns and firing of ceramic/clay art, storage sheds, a very large main studio, a guest house and convention center (under construction), guest trailers, an outdoor kitchen, and a stage for the occasional band to come and play at events such as the annual Dirt Dauber Festival, the Salsa Festival. 

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!!!
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So, we are at $34,157 in donations to date. Thank you all so very much for making this happen. I am posting a photo taken today of the Gallery in preparation for this weekend's Annual Holiday Sale. Let's keep sharing the site, and see if maybe we hit the target of $40,00!!!
Gallery all anew!!! Ready for the show
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From Beverly and Billy Ray Mangham:

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.
Billy Ray at the Dirt Dauber 2014
Texas State Student Work on Display
Some of the Fun at the Dirt Dauber Fest
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$31,847 raised so far!! This is a fantastic response to the situation in which Eye of the Dog finds itself. With so much equipment damaged in the flood, much of which is expensive and has been added to the facility over the years, we will need continue to fund raise over time to reach the goal of complete recovery.

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.
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Update on Eye of the Dog Art Center, Beverly Mangham, and Billy Ray: They made it through a second day of clean up and it ended in a feast...(I missed it frown emoticon )

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.
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Bridget Hauser
32 months ago
5
5

This is a good start but keep sharing, after assessing the damage to the residences and Billy and Beverly 's residence the need is 10 times this amount! Keep sharing!

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John W. Bederman
33 months ago
2
2

Money well spent, Love this place...

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Leslie McKinnon
33 months ago
1
1

I have been having difficulty trying to donate. When I get to the credit card page, I'm not able to type in the numbers. Is this just due to high traffic? I have tried twice, a couple of hours apart.

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Brownie Ellis Mackie
33 months ago
1
1

My donation is not showing up on the side bar. I donated this morning.

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$34,657 of $40,000 goal

Raised by 338 people in 33 months
Created October 30, 2015
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$100
Thomas Perry
31 months ago

Best Wishes for Full Recovery and Great New Ceramics & Workshops

JR
$100
Julie Roseberry
31 months ago (Monthly Donation)
$100
Anonymous
31 months ago
SH
$50
Sally Hamilton
32 months ago
1
1

You are a bright light in our world!

DB
$50
Diana Beardsley
32 months ago

Been out of country and had NO idea. Sooo sorry to see this but so glad to know your spirit soars! You guys do so much for the community. Hope this little bit helps..

MD
$150
Marga Dusedau
32 months ago
1
1

In honor of Margaret Adie and all of you and the work you do to make the world a more wonderful place.

KK
$50
Kathy Kelln
32 months ago

Thoughts and prayers are with you as you rebuild. This is an important place to many!

Bridget Hauser
32 months ago
5
5

This is a good start but keep sharing, after assessing the damage to the residences and Billy and Beverly 's residence the need is 10 times this amount! Keep sharing!

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John W. Bederman
33 months ago
2
2

Money well spent, Love this place...

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Leslie McKinnon
33 months ago
1
1

I have been having difficulty trying to donate. When I get to the credit card page, I'm not able to type in the numbers. Is this just due to high traffic? I have tried twice, a couple of hours apart.

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Brownie Ellis Mackie
33 months ago
1
1

My donation is not showing up on the side bar. I donated this morning.

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