If you love dogs and art (as I do), and live in the Boston area, here’s a cool event that you won’t want to miss!
The canine-loving community has joined Lanoue Fine Art to present, “Best in Show”, an artistic celebration of man’s best friend. The exhibition, which opens with a dog friendly reception on July 14, and runs through August 11, is a fundraiser for the MSPCA-Angell Animal Medical Center.
A dozen artists from across North America have been invited to exhibit over 50 paintings, sculpture, photographs and mixed media works of art, depicting our four legged friends. A portion of all proceeds will be donated to the MSPCA-Angell.
When asked what prompted the gallery to step outside of its normal programming, gallery owner Susan Lanoue said, “My two greatest passions in life are dogs and contemporary art. It never occurred to me to combine the two until a gorgeous painting of a dog arrived in the gallery last year. My heart melted due to the subject matter, however the brushwork and palette were very refined and equally engaging. My husband suggested I curate a show completely devoted to artwork about dogs, and the rest is history!”
Making the show a fundraiser for the MSPCA-Angell was very personal decision for the Lanoue family. “Though we no longer live in Boston proper, whenever one of our dogs requires specialized care, there is only one place we would think to take them. Angell has been an unmatched source of expertise and comfort to us throughout the years. We have always wanted to do something special to express our gratitude for the kindness shown to our dogs and to us…now, hopefully we can.”
The most rewarding aspect of mounting this show so far, says Lanoue, has been the outpouring of support from all quarters. Partners such as Panopticon Gallery have offered work by famous Weimaraner photographer, William Wegman. Back Bay pet bakeries and boutiques including: Polka Dog Bakery, Pawsh Dog Boutique and Salon, The Fish & Bone and Audrey’s have donated dog treats for the opening day reception. And numerous others have donated valuable gifts to be awarded by a drawing to participants in the fundraiser.
The Lanoues are looking forward to the opening day reception, when guests are invited to bring their dogs, their children and their goodwill. Each visitor is encouraged to help select the, “Best in Show,” from among the artwork by placing blue ribbons next to their favorites.
In addition, the gallery will be collecting supplies for the MSPCA shelter throughout the month-long exhibition. People may view the shelter’s needs on their website “supplies wish list” at the following link: http://www.mspca.org/adoption/boston/donate/boston-adoption-wishlist.html
All donors will automatically be entered into the “thank you gift prize drawings” at Lanoue Fine Art.
The show runs JULY 14 – AUGUST 11, 2012. There will be a canine-friendly opening reception: July 14th 12-4. RSVPs are requested but not required. Leashed dogs welcome in the gallery at all times.
LANOUE FINE ART, 125 Newbury Street, Mezzanine Level, Boston. You can view collection online at: www.lanouefineart.com
GALLERY HOURS are Monday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.