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Art for Arf's Sake


"There's only X amount of time. You can do whatever you want with it. It's your time."  Lou Reed



Saturday, May 9, 2015


Reading Public Museum

500 Museum Rd

Reading, PA 19611

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Thank you for joining us on a virtual tour of just a few of the amazing auction items that will be available at the 2015 Art for Arf's Sake Auction. With a brand-new venue, exciting fast-paced real live auction format, and a fun 1969 rock theme, this year’s event is going to be nothing short of epic!


With a great blend of art from local, regional, and nationally-recognized artists, unique items, and packages, there is sure to be something for everyone! Bid on one-of-a-kind pieces while you and your guests mellow out with wine & beer service and delicious food! Don your best hippie-chic attire (think final season of Mad Men) and join us for a far-out evening to make life a whole lot better for pets and the people who love them, right here in our community!

New Theme! New Location!

Just as American music was doing everything new in 1969, Humane Society of Berks County isn’t satisfied by the way animal welfare used to be done. In addition to sheltering and adopting thousands of pets with great success, we’re focusing on innovative and effective programs and services that are tried and proven to prevent animals from ever entering our shelter in the first place. We touch the lives of thousands of animals through our veterinary services and nationally-recognized, proactive PetNet programs like SAFE Haven and Ani-meals On Wheels.


Every dollar, every cent raised at this year's auction helps us help them. YOU have an opportunity to make a HUGE impact on the lives of homeless and needy animals in your backyard and you can have a lot of fun doing it. So as you flip through this book, stretch out your bidding arm and plan to give generously at Art for Arf’s Sake Auction. The animals thank you.

Why is Art for Arf's Sake

Auction So Important?

Proxy Bidding is Available!

Can’t attend the auction? Place a proxy bid on any item by clicking the Proxy Bid button on the bottom right of every page!


Ready to make your proxy bid? Simply email Administrative Director, Lorraine Storms, at or call 610-921-2348 x11 to set it up! She will collect your bidding limit along with your payment info and place a preapproval on your card for the max bid. We will have someone bid against the audience at the auction to the winning price, not to exceed your max bid!

Betsy Lewin is the Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator of Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type and its sequels, Giggle, Giggle, Quack, Duck for President, Dooby Dooby Moo and Thump, Quack, Moo, in addition to a number of other picture books, including So, What’s It Like to Be a Cat? and Two Eggs, Please. Betsy Lewin's art is usually humorous, drawn in pen or brush with watercolor washes. Many of Betsy's books have appeared on the New York Times Best Seller List. Auction guests will have an opportunity to bid on a Cowgirl Kate & Cocoa Book package that includes Betsy Lewin brush and watercolor illustrations!

Betsy Lewin

Adrienne Trafford, a long-time friend of Humane Pennsylvania, has supported Art for Arf's Sake Auction year after year, and she will be submitting a couple new pieces this year as well! Adrienne Trafford's colorful and whimsical work is influenced by Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Gustav Klimt to name a few. She describes her painting as mainly impressionistic with a fauvist slant. She lives in Fleetwood with her husband and two young daughters and is a published author and illustrator and the creator of HSBC’s iconic mascots, Spike and Tilly!

Adrienne Trafford

Beatles fans will have a unique opportunity to bid on a piece of history: a framed cover page of the Reading Times the day after John Lennon was killed - December 9th, 1980.




Reading Times


David Gerbstadt

David Gerbstadt graduated from Millersville University in 1992. It was in college that an art instructor encouraged David to declare as an art major. Without much influence before David dove into the art world and never came back. David uses found materials in most of his art. His first love is painting on anything he can find. When people ask what kind of art he does. David says, “Paintings, drawings, sculpture, clothing, toys, ceramics, and so on. I make the art cus’ it’s in me and it has to come out.” David has shown his art world-wide and has collectors in Mexico, Germany, France, England, Poland, Italy, South Africa, Austria, Spain, Scotland, and U.S.A.

Put a bid up for a Donato Giancola signed print package. From La Primivera to The Lord of the Rings, Donato balances modern concepts with realism to bridge the worlds of contemporary and historical figurative arts. He teaches at the School of Visual Arts in NYC and exhibits from San Diego to Moscow, where he performs demonstrations in oil paint and lectures on his aesthetics.

Donato Giancola

Gaslight Anthem Poster

The Gaslight Anthem-El Jefe designed monster poster will be up for auction this year! The poster is from the band’s stop in Pennsylvania at the Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA on November 27, 2012, during their “Handwritten” North American tour. The Gaslight Anthem is an American punk rock band from New Brunswick, New Jersey. Since coming together in 2007, the band has joyfully injected aspects of rock’s most universal languages – arena rock and barroom blues, folk and pure pop – into punk’s round hole, ultimately forging its own powerful, populist sound.

A professor of art at Albright, Woodward teaches painting and printmaking, and interdisciplinary courses on Latin American graphic art, and gender and the arts. Woodward has a bachelor of fine arts degree in printmaking from Syracuse University and a master’s in fine arts degree in studio art from Clemson University. Her mixed-media drawings combine painting and printmaking and often utilize found collage materials.

Woodward’s work is included in numerous permanent collections, including the Federal Reserve Bank, Sexton Industries, the Shearwater Corporation, the Cottonlandia Museum, Wachovia Bank, Adams State College, Lockhaven University, Cooper University Hospital, and the Center for the Study of Political Graphics of Los Angeles. Woodward is also the resident curator for, a social network for artists to exhibit their work.

Kristen Woodward

Melody McFarland


Melody McFarland is a biologist by training and a true artist at heart. Over the past five years, she has donated her incredible talent and countless hours to capture the spirit and personalities of Humane Pennsylvania shelter residents. Her talent isn't confined to only animal subjects as evidenced by "Willie" captured during a recent concert at American Music Theatre.

Peter Fordham

Original "Imagine" LP Poster 

Peter Fordham was a British photographer best-known for his music work in the 1970s. If you own a copy of John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’, his second solo album, you’ll be familiar with his work. This poster was included as a fold-out poster in the album. Fordham took the picture of Lennon, sat at his white piano with a pair of headphones on, at Lennon’s Tittenhurst Park home where the 1971 album was recorded. 

Mike Moore

"Paul McCartney" is Mike's first donation to Art for Arf's Sake. Mike is a Berks County artist who has been painting for years. Mike is a fan of The Beatles and hopes to capture the spirit of the music in his painting. 

At Raw & Refined Studio, photographer Greg Aullenbach will collaborate with you to create beautiful spirit capturing pet photography. This package includes a full session photoshoot of your pet(s). You will receive 20 to 40 edited digital images. You will also receive a 12x16 HD metal print. 

Raw and Refined Studio


Pet Photography Session & Print  

Win this package and you or your business can have the joy of seeing many deserving pets find their forever homes as a sponsor of a fee-waived adoption weekend! Our fee-waived adoption weekends create quite a buzz in the community and so many pets are adopted into great homes because of them. YOU can make another one of these amazing events possible! Plus your name will be listed as the sponsor in our promotional efforts!

Weekend Sponsored by YOU!

A Fee-Waived Adoption 

Started in 1978 in Berks County, Searfoss Photography is a small studio specializing in creative/artistic portraiture. With over 30 years experience in weddings, they are still studying and applying new techniques in posing, lighting, and computer enhancements. Mark earned his Master of Photography and Craftsman degrees from Professional Photographers of America in 2005. Still studying and entering print competitions, Kerri and Mark look forward to working with their next wedding client and another opportunity to create an award winning wedding album.

Searfoss Photography

Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas Vacation

Enjoy a trip to Atlantis, the one-of-a-kind destination offering the ultimate in relaxation and rejuvenation as well as unforgettable adventures and exhilirating fun. Certificate is for 4 Days & 3 Nights in the Royal Towers, Run-of-House Room, valid for 1 year.

Gift certificate for a 2-night stay at the Merriweather Resort on beautiful Fort Lauderdale beach!

Private wine tasting tour for 8 people at Blair Vineyards, located in Kutztown. Spend an afternoon relaxing with gorgeous views of 20 acres of vines and the beautiful Blue Mountains. 

Blair Vineyards

Enjoy a private cruise on the Chesapeake Bay for 8 people. Depart on the "Bad Boy" from the Sassafras River at 10am through sunset, weather permitting. You provide the food and your captain, Doug will provide the alcohol. 

Gift certificate for a 2-night stay at the Merriweather Resort on beautiful Fort Lauderdale beach!

Doug Cain "Day on the Bay"

Gift certificate for a 2-night stay at the Merriweather Resort on beautiful Fort Lauderdale beach!

 Trip to New York City 

Gift certificate for a 2-night stay at the Merriweather Resort on beautiful Fort Lauderdale beach!

Take a trip to the city that never sleeps! Enjoy 2 VIP Tickets to The Meredith Vieira Show, take a tour of the oddities and attractions at Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum, and enjoy a show of your choice at either the world famous BB Kings Blues Club and Grill in the heart of Times Square or the newly renovated Highline Ballroom!

Gift certificate for a 2-night stay at the Merriweather Resort on beautiful Fort Lauderdale beach!

Yuengling Brewery Tour

Tour the site of America's oldest brewery. Discover the hand-dug fermentation caves that were used for storage before refridgeration. Wander through time and enjoy a taste of living history in a building that has produced fine beers through times of peace, prosperity, upheaval, and war. Tour is for 25 people!

From left to right: "Untitled," Alanna Garrett; "Grand Canal, Venice," Lori Peters; "Untitled," Nettie Price; "Blue Liberty," Michael Symer; "Back Road," John Wenrich; "Top Hat Cat," Teri Delyn; "Underwater Chaos," Tara Espinoza; "Transitional Lamp," Norman Kohl

From left to right: "Untitled," Marilyn Fox; "Custom Framed Textile: Vintage African Kuba Cloth," Norman Kohl; "Bark Bowl," Daniel Schlenker; "Chocolat!" Christine Leinbach; "Pagoda," Danielle Fisher; "To-Do Star #2," Amy Stevens; "The Cove, Negril," Lorraine Storms; "Blue India," Christine Quinter; "Untitled," Mary Stetler; "Bloom," Rachel Hobbs

From left to right: "Robot Smoosh," Chris Panila; "Untitled," Joshua Steffy; "Untitled," Danielle Smith; "Pond," Kevin Lerch; "Untitled," Nancy Sarangoulis; "Blue Sky Willow," Janine Hallam; "Just Being Being," Migel Gomez Ortiz; "BFFs," Christine Leinbach


From left to right: "Untitled," Hand-Blown Glass Platter, Scott Krenitsky; "Rounder Flounder," Reno Unger; "The Bird," Lydia Marouf; "Tranquil Sea," Stephen John Mittl, Jr.; "Crown of Thorns," Reno Unger; "Purple Cone Flowers," Paris Wyatt Llanso; "Bird," Tami Cohen; "Cool Cat," Vincent Lerch; "The Quiet Lady," Alfred Trivellini

Gift certificate for a 2-night stay at the Merriweather Resort on beautiful Fort Lauderdale beach!

From left to right: "Blooming Berks," Janine Hallam; "Primary Elements," Suzanne Fellows; "Angel With Cats," Sharon McGinley; "2 Koi," Stephanie Stamm; "Dogs of Venice I" and "Dogs of Venice II," Tamara Haring; "Pagoda," Cynthia Thomasett; Pottery, Henry Roudebush 1804 Inspired Design, Tammy Zettlemoyer; "Carrituck Beach Lighthouse," Tara Gerber,                         


Gift certificate for a 2-night stay at the Merriweather Resort on beautiful Fort Lauderdale beach!

From left to right: "Yoga Woman #2," Cara S. Roberts; "Draw Blood," Stemron Dwackenhute; "Cottage," Mary Holton; "Bee Yard," Lisa Gauker; "I Hear Ya Knockin' Pileated Woodpecker," Lisa Gauker; "Lighthouse," Jacqueline Muth; "Charlie Don't Surf," Lyrics by The Clash and Cartoon by Steve Bell; "Wanna See My Smiling Face on the Cover of Rolling Bone," Beth Carroll; "Yoga Man #1," Cara S. Roberts; "Boulders," Jacqueline Muth; "Systematic," Kevin Brett

Gift certificate for a 2-night stay at the Merriweather Resort on beautiful Fort Lauderdale beach!

Art for Arf's Sake


Saturday, May 9, 2015


Reading Public Museum

500 Museum Road

Reading, PA 19611