Watertown’s Public Square was alive with excitement Saturday evening as almost 500 attendees at the first Watertown Art Crawl strolled the streets listening to live music wafting through the warm evening air.
Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, desserts and drinks while viewing art at the participating art galleries and shops. Event organizers said they were thrilled with the response to their debut event benefiting New Leash on Life.
New Leash on Life Executive Director Maureen O’Nell welcomed the crowd and thanked them for coming out to support such a worthy cause. Adoptable animals were also in attendance reminding everyone why they were there.
Following O’Nell’s welcome, the live auction kicked into high gear. Michael Walker of Cumberland Real Estate entertained the crowd and brought the live auction to a climax with the last piece of art reaching a $1,200 winning bid.
Natalie Corwin, Fundraising and Events coordinator for New Leash on Life, said “We are very happy with the support of the community for our debut event. We surpassed our attendance expectations and more importantly our fundraising goal – we couldn’t be happier for the animals in our care!” Event organizers added they received numerous requests to make the fundraiser an annual event.
This year’s event was sponsored by Three Forks Marketplace. Participating galleries and shops displaying art included: Gallery of the Mad House Wife, LuLu’s Coffee House, Lew’s Creation Station, Kake Haus, Kalliepearl and Thornton Metal Studio.
Proceeds from the Watertown Art Crawl go to The Big Pet Project, New Leash on Life’s effort to build a much needed new pet adoption and resource center. New Leash on Life is a not-for-profit animal welfare organization that provides services to thousands of animals each year. For more information, visit www.newleashonline.com.