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An Oil Painting of Susie created during the 2018 Night of Caring.

Hidden Acres Night of Caring ~ Mark your calendar for next year’s September event!

Charcoal portrait demonstration

Fall for Animals Ball

September 29th 2018

Danbury Animal Welfare Society ~ held at The Amber Room Colonnade

Honoring Diana S. Urban, CT State Representative (, and a state and national leader in protecting and advocating for animals in need

And celebrating a year of making a difference in the lives of animals in need
Cocktail hour and silent auction, followed by dinner, live auction, music and portrait demonstration by ShawnaLee Kwashnak.

Please join us at the ball!
Purchase tickets at $150 per person or $1,350 per table of 10, or consider a Sponsorship that includes tickets

Support the Ball as a Sponsor or Advertiser: Click to view sponsorship and advertising options.
Donate a Live or Silent Auction item: Click here for our printable auction donation form

Support DAWS with your donation: Donate online at

Formerly known as the Making a Difference Ball, this event is our largest fundraiser of the year. While the date and name have changed, the glitz, glamour, and giving remain the same.

Every year, Portraits by ShawnaLee has supported DAWS through her artwork. Attend the DAWS Balll and bid on your winning custom pet portrait!

The Amber Room Colonnade
1 Stacey Road
Danbury, CT 06811 United States + Google Map

ShawnaLee Pet Portrait
Preserve your pet’s adorable face in a stunning piece of artwork by acclaimed artist ShawnaLee Kwashnak. A beautiful and customized portrait by ShawnaLee is sure to capture the unique bond between you and your pet, and be a focal point in your home.

Last year’s demonstration was of a dog named: “Dozer” It was donated to the honoree of the evening, Lynne Person!

A 4×4″ Oil Painting of Lenny. Order your painting at the Blessing and it will be ready for Christmas!

Blessing of the Animals

Saturday October 6th 2018

St Georges Episcopal Church ~ Tucker hill rd., Middlebury, CT

Get your pet Blessed by Pastor Andy and visit Portraits by ShawnaLee during the St. George’s Episcopal Church’s Annual Celebration and Blessing of Animals.

This year’s event will be Saturday October 6, 2018 from 10-1 (best to double check hours – it has gone anywhere from 1-2pm in the past).

Photography towards your pet’s portrait by ShawnaLee will be complimentary during the event.

Have your pet hand sketched by Middlebury Artist, ShawnaLee, and a donation for every sketch rendered will be donated to the Danbury Animal Welfare Society & St. Georges.

The event will feature Blessings for all animals, pet trainers and groomers, as well as local rescue organizations, pet artists, including Portraits by ShawnaLee, collectibles and homemade food for sale. New this year will be pets for adoption from a few organizations.

For information about getting your pet sketched, call or email ShawnaLee (203) 598-0065 or visit FaceBook: “Portraits by ShawnaLee”

For more information about the Blessing of the Animals, call St. George’s (203)-758-9864

A Page to Color by ©ShawnaLee to be handed out during Catherine’s Butterfly Party!

Catherine’s Butterfly Party!

Typically the first or second Saturday in June from 12-4pm Fairfield Hills Campus Newtown CT

You’re Invited!

Portraits by ShawnaLee has been invited to participate in the 4th annual “Catherine’s Butterfly Party” hosted by the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary in Newtown Ct. (2018)

Catherine’s Butterfly Party will be Saturday, June 9th 2018 from 12-4pm at the Fairfield Hills Campus in Newtown CT and will benefit the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary.

The event is FREE for your family in honor of Catherine’s Birthday! There will be animals to adopt, games, crafts, face-painting, hand selected vendors, such as:
Portraits by ShawnaLee, who will be offering: Pet Portrait demonstrations, free pages to color, art lesson tips, and free photography towards your pets portrait during the event!

ShawnaLee Kwashnak is a portrait artist specializing in pet and child portraiture, a member of the Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists, SCAN and Richter Association and is a DAWS Partner and supporter of Whiskers Pet Rescue. Her sensitive nature goes hand in hand with her heartwarming portraits of children and pets.

Catherine’s Butterfly Party is a free community event, raising awareness of the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary. It is a fun family festival with a dog, cat and bunny adoption event.

Earlier events featured rescue agencies, including DAWS & ASPCA, animal education exhibits by Horizon Wings, Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory, Animal Embassy, K-9 Demonstrations by Trooper PJ Conway and his dog “Jackie”, opening ceremony by the Second Governors Horse Guard, Southbury Audubon exhibit on pollinators and native plants, acoustic music, face painting, games, vendors, including Portraits by ShawnaLee, crafts and food trucks.

In 2015 & 2016 this event boasted 2,000 attendees. This years goal is to exceed 30 adoptions and bring more than 2500 guests.

It was an extraordinary and most memorable event in honor of Catherine who’s love for animals and all of God’s creatures was endless.

The Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary™ was born from Catherine’s inherent love of all animals – a passion that grew, as she did, into the beautiful girl whose memory we now honor.
Catherine’s life was taken at the age of six at Sandy Hook Elementary but her legacy of kindness will live on, improving the lives of countless abused, abandoned and neglected animals.

Every year for her birthday, Catherine would ask her parents for an “All the Animals animal party.” Catherine’s Butterfly Party, hosted annually on or around Catherine’s birthday is Matt and Jenny’s answer to Catherine’s birthday wish.

Please come attend this lovely event in honor of Catherine’s Birthday!  your support helps the very animals and creatures that Catherine so loved.

For more information, or to become a sponsor, please visit:

October  Whiskers Pet Rescue Annual Fundraiser

ShawnaLee has been demonstrating pet portraiture during Whiskers Pet Rescues annual dinner typically held in October for several years now. This year, ShawnaLee is sadly unable to make the event.  Her work may be on display anyway.  Watch for special offers!

There will be a buffet, power station DJ, raffle, and silent auction and more surprises for guests!

Tickets are available through Whiskers: or 203 586-1666 .

Last years event was a sell out and ShawnaLee demonstrated an oil painting of Sophie. She will have a table and Sophie’s finished painting will be on display and available for purchase. 10% of any sales from the night will be donated to Whiskers Pet Rescue.