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Baltimore's Robert McClintock plans show to help maligned Pit bulls

By Jill Rosen

The Baltimore Sun

6:30 AM EDT, November 3, 2011

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Baltimore artist Robert McClintock will unveil his new Pit bull-centric series at a party Friday evening that will benefit the maligned breed.

McClintock, who's known for both his Baltimore works and his pet portraits has teamed for the weekend-long "Commit to a Pit" event with the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter, Inc.

First will be a launch party for his Pit series, which will be from 7 to 10 p.m. at his Fells Point gallery, 1809 Thames Street. Tickets are $10 at the door. There will be dogs available for adoption and a chance to meet McClintock's dogs.

McClintock and his wife, are the owners of a rescued Pit bull they call Super Lou. Lou has been the focus of a number of McClintock's works, which blend photography and free-hand digital painting.

The artist created 10 new pieces featuring Bully dogs for the show.

A highlight of the event is silent auction where the highest bidder will win a commissioned pet portrait by McClintock, valued at $1,800. He will also be auctioning off the first edition of his Pit bull montage, seen here. The winners will be announced Dec. 4.

A portion of the proceeds raised will benefit the BARCS Pit Crew, a volunteer program that aims to get more Bully breed dogs rescued, fostered and adopted. The group also helps train potential Pit bull adopters.

The vast majority of the dogs available for adoption through BARCS are Pit bulls or Pit mixes.