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MB Warner’s animal portraits benefit Routt County Humane Society

Luke Graham

Local artist MB Warner goofs around while hanging her latest show at Creekside Cafe & Grill. Warner painted the pictures of animals to benefit the Routt County Humane Society.

— In November, MB Warner tasked herself with being a better painter.

She wanted to do 100 paintings in 100 days.

"It gave me a reason to blog," she said. "It gave me a reason to paint every day."

And now it has given her a reason to help the Routt County Humane Society.

After finishing the 100 paintings in 100 days, Warner talked with neighbor and Humane Society secretary Marilyn McCaulley about an idea to paint 30 portraits of animals in 30 days and have the owners make a $100 donation.

"She got us the $3,000," Human Society co-President Maggie Smith said. "It was just amazing. Here's MB doing her own little fundraiser for us. It was great."

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Some of the portraits, along with other paintings by Warner, will be on display from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Creekside Cafe & Grill as part of First Friday Artwalk.

The Artwalk takes place across downtown Steamboat Springs.

For Warner, the 30 animals in 30 days was tougher than her previous assignment of 100 in 100 days.

Prior to starting, she received a picture of each animal and three to five sentences about the animals.

Of the 30 she painted, most were dogs and cats with a few horses, as well. A commonality among the animals was that most were rescues.

Warner estimates more than half of the animals were rescues accompanied with heart-wrenching stories.

"And it was emotionally draining for me to hear those stories," she said.

Along with several of the portraits and her other paintings, Warner will have a book for sale Friday with all 30 images.

She said she couldn't have written a $3,000 check to the Humane Society without this fundraiser.

The $3,000 will go a long way, Smith said. The money will be used in a variety of ways but will help with veterinary visits as well as spaying and neutering the animals.

"What MB did was outstanding," Smith said. "All these fundraisers help."

Warner, who left her teaching position at Colorado Mountain College two years ago to focus full time on painting, said she was pleased with how it turned out. She hopes to turn it into a regular project with different subjects.

It also made sense because it benefited a good cause and allowed her to wake up every day and get to work.

"We raised $3,000, and I got to do what I love," she said. "I got to paint every day."

See a complete schedule of First Friday Artwalk events here.

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com

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See a complete schedule of First Friday Artwalk events here.