Thursday, October 24, 2013

Casey Curry vs Chita Johnson: Who is the better artist?

Houston media and use a paintbrush for charity

Samson pet food bowl
My Samson painted pet food bowl
I was lucky enough to be asked to paint a food bowl for the 2nd Annual “First We Feed Them™” Artsy Pet Food Bowl and Art Auction and Happy Hour Party benefiting Rescue Bank® Houston.

Clearly I was the pity blogger entrant. I'm up against top Houston media personalities and I haven't even painted ceramic since I was in middle school!

Here are the media big-wigs little ol' me will up against in the auction tonight (stop by and you might be able to meet the following):

Casey Curry (abc13 KTRK)
Chita Johnson (KHOU 11)
Anthony Yanez (KPRC 2)
Caitilin Espinosa (Fox 26 KRIV)
Lana Hughes and Martha Martinez (News 92 FM KROI)

My bowl is honoring my cat Samson who I had to put to sleep last year.

Samson was actually my mom's cat first. He was just a little fluff ball with a spotted tummy when I first saw him during a visit home from college. My mom rescued him from the bushes after he was born at TH Rogers School where she worked.

He grew up to be a big cat who would actually spit when playing. Until Samson, I always thought that was just a joke when Sylvester the Cat did the same in Looney Toons episodes.

My mom developed early onset Alzheimer's at the age of 53. Eventually she had to move to an assisted living facility. Samson moved in with my wife and I along with my mother's other cats, Jenny and Sarah. We had just gotten married, so we all became a new family together.

In late 2012, Samson developed kidney disease and had to be put to sleep.

What: 2nd Annual “First We Feed Them™” Artsy Pet Food Bowl and Art Auction and Happy Hour Party – More details to follow!
When: Thursday, October 24th, 2013
What Time: 5:30PM to 8:00PM
Where: McCormick and Schmick’s, 1151 Uptown Park Blvd., Houston, TX 77056


  1. Hi Mike, I really liked your bowl, and you honoring Samson. Thanks for sharing. It was a fun event and it looked like Rescue Bank Houston raised a lot of money.
    Anthony Yanez

    1. Thanks, I was impressed with your big 2 logo. That must have been difficult to paint!

  2. Casey is better at EVERYTHING compared to Chita.

  3. What did your bowl sell for? If I sent you a pic of my cat could you do one for me and I can donate to you for the cause?

    1. I don't know how much it went for because I had to leave early. Send me a photo and if they ask me back, I can do another one with your cat.


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