“The Art of Dog”
April 12th – May 21st
Saturday, April 30th from 7-9 p.m.
Gallery Seven presents “The Art of Dog” an exhibition and fundraiser for Buddy Dog Humane Society in Sudbury with 20% of all sales going to Buddy Dog. Eleven area artists display images of dogs ranging from paintings to photographs to woodcut relief prints. The exhibition was inspired by photographer Fred Levy of Maynard whose book, “The Black Dogs Project” was released in 2015. When Levy learned of an epidemic in animal shelters and rescues called “black dog syndrome”, where black dogs are frequently the last to be adopted, he decided to do something about it and the results are these exquisite portraits of black dogs. The photos have been shared worldwide and have spread awareness about the problem.
Along with Levy’s photographs is the whimsical painting “One Smart Cookie” by Ilene Richard where we see a colorful dog with a sly expression on his face and dancing dog bones in the background. And then there is the portrait, “Best Friend” by Denise Kracz, of a dog with multicolored fur and soulful red eyes staring right at you. Annie Downes Catterson’s skillful hand brings us woodcut relief prints of retrievers straight out of New England. In “By The Sea, By My Side” we see a church in the background by the water as terns fly overhead with a stoic black retriever standing in the foreground.
Sam Rudofsky’s photograph “The Pigeon Room” depicts Sophie, a basset hound, lounging in a red chair against a blue backdrop. Her expression is priceless as one might wonder what she is daydreaming about, and in Karen Hocker’s photograph “Storm Watch” we see a heroic looking husky braving the elements. Cody Burridge’s black and white photograph of his Cardigan Welsh Corgi sitting on a wooden floor staring up at the camera is subtle yet powerful. No matter what your taste, there is plenty to see and fall in love with in this exhibition.
During the Artists’ Reception/Fundraiser on Saturday, April 30th from 7-9 p.m. there will be a suggested donation at the door of $25 per person or $40 per couple and gourmet refreshments will be served. There will also be raffle items from area retailers and all donations will be going to Buddy Dog. (CASH OR CHECK ONLY, NO CREDIT CARDS)
Gallery Seven will also be displaying 3 photographs of dogs, that are available for adoption at Buddy Dog, in their window from April 12th – May 21st. Anyone who adopts one of the dogs in the window will receive the framed photo of that dog for free! (after May 21st)
ARTISTS: Bill Bright, Cody Burridge, Sara Cassidy Smith, Annie Downes Catterson, Karen Hocker, Denise Kracz, Fred Levy, Ilene Richard, Sam Rudofsky, Cindy Ryan, and Paul William.