Artist Ron Burns
Giving Barkley House a Boost
The MU College of Veterinary Medicine is
pioneering the way people think of animal care through the
development of Barkley House. Supporting Barkley House, pet
portraitist Ron Burns will exhibit his work at Perlow-Stevens
Gallery in Columbia to raise funds for the project.
Activities planned in conjunction with
- Guest lecture
as part of Arts and Science Week — 2-4 p.m., Feb.
15, 2008, Middlebush Hall, room 12, on the MU Campus.
- Book signing and artist’s
reception — 6-8 p.m., Feb. 16, Perlow-Stevens
Gallery, 812 E. Broadway, Columbia. R.s.v.p. Kelley Marchbanks,
The exhibit runs from Feb. 12 through March
29. Burns’ original work, Barkley’s House will
be sold during an auction at 7 p.m. Feb. 16 during the reception.
House will be a home away from home for families of animals
being treated at the CVM Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. Dr. Carolyn Henry, an
associate professor of oncology in the MU Department of Veterinary
Medicine and Surgery with a dual appointment at the MU School
of Medicine in hematology and oncology, conceived the Barkley
House concept. Barkley House will provide a facility where pets that are undergoing treatment at the University of Missouri Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital can stay alongside their families.
The plans for Barkley
House include designated dog and cat suites with kitchenettes,
a resource library, laundry facilities, central dining area,
porches, and an exercise area for pets. A central family room
will facilitate interaction between guests who wish to speak
with others going through similar situations, as well as allow
veterinary students a place in which to interact with clients
in a more informal setting and to improve their client communication
Having had many canine and feline family
members, Ron Burns, whose work has been featured in Extreme
Makeover – Home Edition, has dedicated his personal
and professional life to making the lives of animals better.
When he heard about Barkley House, he sympathized with the
families of sick animals who do not have the resources for
accommodations while their animal family members are receiving
daily treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation, sometimes
for several weeks at a time.
Burns has painted a piece called Barkley’s
House featuring Blaze, the “spokesdog” for Barkley
House, along with his kitten buddy. There will be a limited
95 editions on canvas of the piece. For the life of the piece,
a portion of the proceeds from the sale of Barkley’s
House will benefit the Barkley House. Additionally, a portion
of the proceeds from the sale of any other pieces sold from
the exhibit at Perlow-Stevens Gallery at 812 E. Broadway,
Columbia, will also benefit the Barkley
Burns has been featured twice on Extreme
Makeover – Home Edition, and CNN, Fox News, and other
national television spots, including a segment on Good Morning
America. Additionally, his art has been in multiple magazines,
including TIME, New York Daily News, San Francisco Chronicle,
and Forbes, which writes that Burns’ style is “extremely
collectible.” Clients include Elizabeth Taylor, the
Princess of Monaco, Joan Rivers and Doc Severinsen.
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