Austin artists and residents all went a little crazy over the CowParade last fall, as a herd of fabulous bovine creations graced streets and sidewalks all over town. CowParade Austin included moosterpieces by more than 60 local artists. Happily, the cows all found new homes and raised a lot of money for Dell Children’s Medical Center.
Another colorful, much more portable, fundraising art project is currently underway in Austin: COWBOY BOOTS are being painted, collaged, blinged, and covered with feathers, all to be auctioned off at “Boots & Boas,” the 13th Annual Make a Difference Gala benefitting the girls at New Life Children’s Center in Canyon Lake*.
Following an open call to artists, a whole kit-and-kabootle of original boots have been created, and the results are stunning! These boots are made for much more than walkin’ – they are to be displayed as original sculpture. There are some wearable boots, but if they’re not in your size they make striking bookends. Add some fresh flowers, and they become unique table centerpieces or vases. One hoot-of-a-boot, the “Bootflop,” would enhance the décor of a beach or lake house, and the “Bridezilla” will add pizzazz to any wedding shower or bachelorette party.
Preview the Bootfolio on our online auction site (make sure to click View All) and get a head start with a bid on your favorite. The boots will be on display and winners notified at the Gala, with 100% of the proceeds going to help the girls at New Life.
NOW is the time to make your reservations online to attend “Boots & Boas,” February 18th at the Austin Music Hall. And make sure to keep checking back for the steady influx of bootiful new boots to the auction, as they appear on the website and FACEBOO
*New Life is a residential treatment facility and safe haven where abused, neglected, and troubled young girls literally get a chance for a New Life. More than 2,000 young women, ages 11-17, have been cared for since New Life opened almost two decades ago. Home-like dormitories, and a balance of specialized trauma therapy sessions, academic classes, exercise, and socialization help the girls overcome their emotional burdens and restore a sense of hope.