Dog Art Auction

I just got a copy of the “official” press release for the art show I posted about earlier today.  Thought some of you might be interested in the auction.

On Thursday, September 10, artists and adoptable pets will descend upon Second April Galerie (324 Cleveland Ave., NW) in downtown Canton to welcome the public to the Grand Opening of the first ever Art of Kindness art show. The event will benefit Friends of Stark Pound (FOSP), an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established to coordinate community outreach, adoption and fund-raising efforts for the puppies and dogs being held in the Stark County Dog Pound, located at 1801 Mahoning Rd. N.E. in Canton.

Billed as “An Evening of Fun, Food and Furry Friends!”, the Art of Kindness will include an animal themed art exhibit showcasing local talent; a silent auction of artwork, jewelry, and many other gift items, music by Roger Phillips and Ken Weiss, food and drink, and adoptable dogs and cats.

The very special art show was curated by Brennis Booth, co-owner of Second April Galerie.

“We are thrilled to have some of the finest talent in the area represented in this showing,” said Booth. “We are also happy to help out Friends of Stark Pound. We adopted our own dog Chance from the Stark Pound . He has brought so much joy to our lives.” Second April plans to donate all gallery proceeds from the sale of the artworks in the exhibit to the volunteer organization.

Local animal artist BZTAT (AKA Vicki Boatright) of Art Adventures Studios will engage in a 12-hr paint-a-thon, painting animal themed artworks non-stop from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm at Second April on September 10. The community is invited to stop in all day to watch her work. All artworks created during the Paint-a-thon will be auctioned off in the silent auction with 100% of the proceeds going to the Friends of the Pound. The auction of BZTAT artwork will accept bids from interested individuals around the world via the popular micro-blogging platform Twitter in addition to in-house bids. Bidding will start at 5:00pm along with the rest of the silent auction items.

“I have a large following of animal enthusiasts in the Stark County area and throughout the world through Twitter,” Boatright said. “Many of these folks are involved in animal rescue groups. They have helped get my artwork seen in many venues, and I felt that this was a small way that I could return the favor and “pay it forward”. Boatright also stated, “I have worked with the FOSP volunteers, and I know that they do great work for the dogs at the pound.”

Businesses and individuals in the area have donated many unique items to the silent auction. “We deeply appreciate the wonderful support that we have received from Second April, the artists, and other people in the community,” said Rose Hayne, Vice President of the of FOSP Board. “All of the proceeds from the Art of Kindness will go directly towards helping the dogs in need.”

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