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Art for animals

ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Kit Collins feeds a hungry farm pig.

Each of the residents at Out to Pasture Animal Sanctuary has a story.

A donkey named Sergio used to be terrified of humans but is slowly warming up to them.

A pig named Poppy who came to the sanctuary with an injured leg now rests in a mud pool while she heals.

There are more than 150 animals at Out to Pasture, ranging from llamas and roosters to pigs and donkeys.

John and Kit Collins started the sanctuary on their three acres of land in Estacada 12 years ago to take in animals that would have otherwise been abused or neglected.

ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - John and Kit Collins, the forces behind the Out to Pasture animal sanctuary in Estacada, stand with Barbie the farm pig.During the month of July, the Spiral Gallery will join the Collinses in supporting these animals by donating 10 percent of all sales from their show “Art to Pasture.”

The group show, which will hang through the end of the month, features everything from knitted chicken hats to paintings of llamas.

“We hope people will stop by the gallery and find a piece of art that will benefit this great nonprofit,” said Connie Athman, an artist at the gallery.

Athman was excited to collaborate with Out to Pasture.

“We’ve focused on community-based donations for the arts, but this is really the first time we’ve ventured into an arena unrelated to art,” she said.

Kit and John Collins are happy about the collaboration, as well.

During the day, John Collins works as a naturopathic doctor, and Kit Collins works in his office. They run the sanctuary during their spare time with the help of an all-volunteer team.

Kit estimates that she and John each spend three hours per day tending to the animals, and that she spends an additional one to four hours per day coordinating homes and care for the animals. ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Chicken Platter, a ceramic piece by Am Griswold, is a part of the Spiral Gallerys July show Art to Pasture. The show will hang through the end of the month, and 10% of each sale will benefit the Out to Pasture animal sanctuary.

The sanctuary, a registered 501(c)(3), is sustained by donations and fundraising, including an annual cider squeeze and movie nights in the pasture.

The funds from the Art to Pasture will be used for feed for the animals, which typically costs $1,000 per month.

So community members can meet the animals, John and Kit Collins host an open house at the sanctuary every summer.

This year’s open house is scheduled for 5-8 p.m. Saturday, July 30, and will feature a vegan barbecue, vegan cupcake walk and sack races.

“It’s a really fun day,” Kit said.

She likes when the sanctuary brings different groups of people together.

“We really enjoy meeting people we might not have otherwise met,” she said. “It creates a sense of community.”

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