Some people go their whole life without finding a passion. Other people get lucky and find multiple passions. The truly blessed – like Mo Feinblatt – find a way to combine all of their passions to help out some of their favorite causes at the same time.
Feinblatt was one of those multi-talented individuals that loved to find ways to mix his love of a good motorcycle ride with his talent for photography and love for animals. He used those talents to help out the animals at Heartland Animal Shelter whenever he could. As a Harley enthusiast, Hogs for Dogs was one of his favorite events. This year’s event on Sunday, September 18 will be dedicated to Feinblatt who died unexpectedly this past spring of an aneurism.
“Mo was an outgoing guy who was also a talented photographer who loved to take photos at Hogs for Dogs every year,” says event organizer Deb McHugh. “Before the ride, he’d met and joked with pretty much everyone. He might as well have been our official greeter. He also donated his photographs and other art work to Heartland’s many fund raising events to help raise money for the animals at the shelter waiting to find a home.”
When Feinblatt retired from running his Wilmette Porcelain Shop in 2001, he went on to work part-time at Chicago Harley on Western, eventually moving to the Glenview store. He did a little bit of everything from sales to repairs and loved being in an environment where he met so many Harley enthusiasts. He loved the open road so much that he even convinced his 80-year-old mother to take a road trip with him once after he bought and restored a BMW-R60-S with a 1954 Steib sidecar.
“As a photographer and artist, my dad worked in various mediums, often combining them together,’ said Mo’s son David. “His favorite was an innovative style called ‘Giclee.’ He would take digital photos and manipulate them in his computer using shadows, highlights and other effects. He would then print the art on canvas using his printer.”
He also loved to dabble in 3D art long before it became the popular art form that it is today. His “Phantom Photography” featuring old and original Harley engines and parts has been displayed at the Harley Davidson Museum in Milwaukee
Feinblatt’s penchant for adventure included skiing and kayaking. At one time he took a memorable kayaking trip off the Gulf of Mexico with his beloved West Highland Terrier Roxie. A loving portrait that he made of Roxie hangs in Heartland’s community outreach center at Golf Mill and he has donated the art to the shelter to sell at a later date to help raise funds for Heartland.
Because Feinblatt had been so instrumental in the annual Hogs for Dogs event, Heartland will dedicate this year’s ride to him. Details about the event and information about registration may be found on Heartland’s website. Feinblatt is survived by his wife of 45 years, Elaine, and his sons David and Scott.
Learn more about Hogs for Dogs and register on Heartland’s website and folllow Heartland on Facebook.
This is part two of a two part series on Heartland Animal Shelter’s Hogs for Dogs Event. You may read that story by clicking on the Heartland link below.
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