Frank Espinal loves animals and a new partnership is helping him give back to the community.
Espinal’s company, ShipOnSite, is a long-time sponsor of the “Best Friend of the Week” pet adoption program with Easy 105.9 / 100.7 and 94.5 The Talk. ShipOnSite and radio stations are the first in the country to deploy the “Russo’s for Rescues” campaign.
“Russo’s for Rescues” is the brainchild of artist and animal advocate Dean Russo, a New York-based artist who paints colorful animal portraits with a message.
Russo’s work can be described as “Andy Warhol crossed pop artist Keith Haring’s penchant for animals, with a bit of Louisiana ‘Blue Dog’ artist George Rodrigue.”
Each piece features positive phrases associated with rescue animals and highlights the growing number of homeless animals in America.
“He wants these to be the talking points to drive the discussion,” Espinal said. “These are topics of conversation. “
Russo’s work is recognized around the world and is exhibited in private collections and galleries across the country.
Now you have the chance to own a Russo Print or Canvas and contribute to local animal causes through this fundraiser.
The collection can be viewed online at russosforrescues.com, and some pieces are on display on ShipOnSite at Surfside Beach.
“There are different sizes, and all of them are reasonably priced,” Espinal said.
The price of the pieces ranges from $ 35 for a commemorative poster to $ 75 for a single canvas. Animal lovers looking for a truly unique piece can purchase a personalized Russo portrait of their own pets for $ 1,500.
The art purchases will help Russo’s for Rescues reach its goal of $ 10,000 for shelters and animal rescue groups within 100 miles of Charleston and the Grand Strand.
When you buy a part, you can choose the agency that benefits from it. Participating beneficiaries include Charleston Animal Society, All4Paws Animal Rescue, Grand Strand Humane Society, Horry County Animal Care Center, The Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach, Coastal Animal Rescue, Pet Helpers, Waccamaw Animal Rescue Mission (WARM),
Espinal has worked with local animal agencies for 13 years, collecting and distributing over 62,500 books. food and pet supplies for shelters in Horry and Georgetown counties.
“No one speaks for animals except us,” Espinal said.
Local animal lovers and art lovers will have the opportunity to meet Russo at the Alabama Theater on October 25 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Easy Radio 105.9 / 100.7 and Talk 94.5 will host a live remote control with Russo during the event.
You can also meet Russo at the S. Cato Art Gallery (489 King Street in Charleston) on October 26 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. or at the Charleston Humane Society on November 8 and 9.
Learn more about Russo and his work by visiting russosforrescues.com.
ShipOnSite is located at 8703 US 17 Bypass South in Myrtle Beach.
The store is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
For more information call 843-215-5508 or visit shiponsitesurfside.com.