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Celebrate man’s best friend

Kelli Rollin
Mary Noone's painting of a dog is one piece in the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts' latest exhibit honoring man's best friend, which opens today.
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What: Creative Canines exhibit opening reception

When: 6-8:30 p.m. on Friday

Where: Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts

How Much: Free

Wagging tails and slobbering mouths will fill the walls and displays in the Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts starting July 10.

The new Creative Canines exhibit at the center will have its opening from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday. Twelve artists will display their artwork of dogs through Aug. 7.

Christina Brusig, executive director of the Center for the Arts, said the idea for the canine-themed art exhibit came from one phone call. She said when she was planning this year’s calendar in Nov. 2014, the Bow Wow Film Festival asked for a time slot to show dog-based films to support Colorado Animal Rescue.

“We developed this Creative Canines exhibit to complement this Bow Wow Film Festival,” Brusig said.

The Bow Wow Film Festival starts July 19.

Brusig said many people make art of animals and pets, so she thought it was a good idea to let people express that passion through this exhibit. Specifically, she said dogs are special to people.

“It’s important to celebrate man’s best friend,” she said.

The 12 artists each submitted about five art pieces, Brusig said, giving the exhibit variety.

Brusig said one clay sculpture included in the exhibit called “Fetch” outlines the phases of the game.

“We feel it’s really important to represent art on a broad spectrum,” Brusig said. “There’s all different mediums, too, but it’s definitely about the dog.”

She said the submitted art includes oil and acrylic paintings, photography, pottery, watercolor and more. Brusig said one piece even uses dog bones to stitch together textiles.

Most of the artists are local, with one from Texas, Brusig said. She said artists found out about the exhibit by word-of-mouth and the center’s website.

Though the exhibit is centered on dogs, people aren’t actually encouraged to bring their dogs when viewing the art.

“Just so that we don’t have a dog fight in the middle of the gallery,” Brusig said.

The proceeds from the art sold at the exhibit will go to the local artists and the art center.

“It’s just another reason to buy a piece of art, as it helps us help the community,” Brusig said.

Wine, beer and snacks will be provided for attendees during the opening on July 10.

“People who come in will feel like they’re leaving with a best friend,” Brusig said.

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