FAMOUS FRIENDS OF THE AUCTION 2018-04-25T15:22:16+00:00


Humane Pennsylvania is proud to be The Leader in Animal Welfare, and when you do amazing things sometimes you meet amazing people. We’d like to introduce you to some of our famous friends who have contributed original works to Art for Arf’s Sake.


Jeff Stumhofer is an artist for ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Addition, FOX’s Kitchen Nightmares, and SPIKES’s Bar Rescue!



Jack Logan is an American singer-songwriter from the Athens, GA area. He created two comic books in the 1980s, starring Peter Buck of R.E.M. as a superhero, and the connection to Peter Buck led to Twin/Tone Records’ Peter Jesperson’s interest in releasing some of Logan’s material. He also drew a comic book that was included with LP copies of the Coolies second album, Doug. His first release was the critically acclaimed Bulk which contained 42 songs from the approximately 600 Logan had recorded from 1979 to 1993. Both Bulk and Logan’s next album, Mood Elevator, received four stars in Rolling Stone. Logan has been a long-time artist supporter of the Humane Society.

Betsy Lewin is the Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator of Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type and its sequels, Giggle, Giggle, Quack, Duck for President, Dooby Dooby Moo and Thump, Quack, Moo, in addition to a number of other picture books, including So, What’s It Like to Be a Cat? and Two Eggs, Please. Betsy has contributed a number of original works and studies to Art for Arf’s Sake for several years, including some pieces created especially for our auction bidders.



The Eli Young Band has been nominated for a host of awards, including a clutch of Academy of Country Music Awards, where they took home the Song of the Year accolade for single “Crazy Girl,” while they were also up for Grammys for Best Duo/Group Performance and Best Country Song. They soon returned to the studio to record sessions for their fifth album, and in 2013 the fruits of their labor appeared in the shape of 2013 single “Drunk Last Night,” which raced to number one in the U.S. Country Airplay charts.

The Gaslight Anthem-El Jefe designed monster poster from the band’s stop in Pennsylvania at the Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA on November 27, 2012 during their “Handwritten” North American tour.


From La Primivera to The Lord of the Rings, Donato balances modern concepts with realism to bridge the worlds of contemporary and historical figurative arts. He teaches at the School of Visual Arts in BYC and exhibits from San Diego to Moscow, where he performs demonstrations in oil paint and lectures on his aesthetics. 2014




You and a friend will spend a morning in the 93.3 WMMR studio with Preston, Steve, Casey Boy, Kathy, Nick and Marisa while they broadcast from 7am – 10(ish!) The show has been named “Best Morning Show” by Philadelphia Style Magazine and “Show of the Year” by Radio & Records Magazine. All guests must be at least 16 years of age. Please note – this certificate does not guarantee speaking on-air; it’s more of an opportunity to hang out with the show and watch how it works! Studio is located in Bala Cynwyd, PA.

Kosmo Vinyl is a longtime associate and sometimes manager for The Clash, as well as being associated with The Jam, two English bands of the 1970s and 1980s. He can be heard introducing The Clash at Shea Stadium on The Clash’s live album, Live at Shea Stadium, as well as many bootlegged performances such as Kingston Advice. His impressionistic reading of one of character Travis Bickle’s monologues from the film Taxi Driver can be heard on The Clash’s Red Angel Dragnet. 2014.


Ariele Alasko is a furniture builder and woodworker from California living in Brooklyn, NY. Her primary material of choice is plaster lath, small strips of wood that come from the old walls of hundred-year-old buildings in Brooklyn. Fairly available due to the constant gutting of these old brownstones, she collects the materials, cleans them, and uses the wood’s natural coloration and patina to create intricate patters in her work, without the use of any stains. Her work has been featured in magazines including Design Sponge and Kinfolk. This teepee is the second and final to be created, the first belonging to Ariele’s own rescue dog, Mazie. 2014

You may know Sue Coe as the internationally recognized artist who focuses on issues of social justice and who has been shown in such nose-bleed galleries as the Hirshorn Museum at the Smithsonian. We prefer to think of Sue as the internationally recognized artist who has had several pieces in Art for Arf’s Sake (right)! Ask around and see how many local fundraisers feature works by Smithsonian artists. Just sayin… Check out more of Sue Coe’s work here.

Over more than thirty years of a seemingly endless variety of recordings and performances, Eugene Chadbourne has become about as ecletic a musician as you could ask for. In addition to music, Eugne paints for his own edification, and we’re proud and grateful that he donated the work at right to Art for Arf’s Sake.

Jim Collins’ best-selling management book Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t was vital to HSBC’s transformation of the last several yearss. It was only natural that we’d ask this management artist for an original artwork for Art for Arf’s Sake. Jim thought about it and responded “Painting isn’t my hedgehog.” If you’ve read his books, you know this was exactly the right answer. Instead, Jim donated an art kit and a signed copy of his book for a supporter whose hedgehog was painting.

John Doe is a living legend. As a member of X, one of punk’s most influential and important bands, he charted a new course for American music.  He has continued to chart new territory as a solo musician and playing with The Knitters, The Flesh Eaters, and many others.  He’s also a great actor and has been in many films as well as on television.  John helped the HSBC by donating the most unique and personal item of a past auction: his retired touring guitar case!  Well stickered, heavily abused, and complete with a letter written to the winning bidder from a lonely hotel room during his current tour (we don’t know if he was actually lonely but wanted to set the mood), this was the item for the true John Doe fan.  If you curled up close to it and breathed deeply- that was John Doe you were smelling!

Max Estes is an Oslo-based American freelance artist whose illustrations, short stories, and comics have been published and exhibited in the US, Canada, Spain, the UK, Germany, and China. Max has donated several wonderful items to Art for Arf’s Sake.

One of the “two Johns” that comprise legendary rock band They Might Be Giants, John Flansburgh provided us with one of the most amazing items ever featured in Art for Arf’s Sake. John gave us a hand-painted – with White-Out – ukulele modeled on his cat, The General (right.) Turns out this Grammy-winning artist has a soft spot in his soul for animals and helped quite a few out with this high-bidding item.

But the story of John Flansburgh’s ukulele doesn’t end there. An anonymous bidder purchased the ukulele after a fast and furious bidding war that raised more than $1,100 for the animals! Around the time of the next Art for Arf’s Sake, we discovered a series of mysterious, soulful and evocative videos on YouTube featuring the uke placed among bombed-out ruins in Sarajevo, the war-torn capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Those videos have since been removed, and the identity of their creator is still a mystery.

As if all of that weren’t enough, They Might Be Giants invited HSBC as special guests to a pair of shows, and Communications Director Dylan Heckart and his wife Laura were invited backstage to meet the Johns (left.) A flustered Laura (a lifelong TMBG fan) offered this to her idols: “I’ve never met you before.” Indeed.

Wes Freed is best known for the comic Willard’s Garage and his album and poster art for the Drive-By Truckers. Wes’ surreal work is inspired in large part by Appalachian folklore and the people of the Shenandoah Valley. Wes and his wife Jyl take care of an astonishing number and variety of animals, including what they describe as a “constant parade of foster babies” from the Richmond (Virginia) SPCA. Wes donated an original painting for DBT’s 2010 European tour with a handpainted frame (right) and a print signed by himself and the entire band, to the 2012 Art for Arf’s Sake! Visit Wes’ website here for more!

Janet Stevens is a nationally known, award-winning illustrator. She lives in Colorado with her husband, two dogs and two cats; her two children, Lindsay and Blake, are grown.  Lately, she has made writing a family affair; many of Janet’s recent books have been written with her sister Susan Stevens Crummel,  a former math teacher.