‘Man’s Best Friend’ – A Howling Good Time

Leo was the inspiration for an artist's artwork that was featured at the event on Thursday evening.
Leo was the inspiration for an artist's artwork that was featured at the event on Thursday evening.

Leo was the inspiration for an artist’s artwork that was featured at the event on Thursday evening.

AVA’s Outdoor Reception 

At the close of a hot, summer’s day, wagging tails and smiling faces surrounded the front entrance of the AVA Community Art Center. As event attendees were guided through the front doors Thursday evening, they were met by multiple canvases and framed works of art featuring the dogs and cats embodying the exhibit entitled, “Man’s Best Friend.”

AVA board and staff members greeted locals and shared in enjoying drinks and snacks before perusing the gallery. People were encouraged to bring along their four-legged friends and stop at the Fur Kids Foundation table to create paw-print painted flowers.

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Regional artists had submitted their artwork weeks in advance, according to AVA Executive Director Quinn Goldhammer, featuring works ranging from oil paintings to hand-drawn pieces, each featuring their beloved dogs, cats and horses from local artists Mack Brislawn, Dara Corkery, Irene Daly, N.K. Brown, Blanche Guernsey, Stephanie Mummert, Tricia Scheele, Cindy Wageman and Donna Atkins.

The “Man’s Best Friend” exhibit will be featured through the end of July and all of the artwork is available for purchase, Goldhammer added.

Interested parties may also visit www.avacenter.org to view all of the imagery presented.

Brooke Byelich graduated from the University of Wyoming with a B.S. Zoology degree, but has found another desire for the arts! Here at County 17, she is our Creative Specialist, passionate about providing editorial photography and videography. A dedicated animal welfare volunteer and professional photographer, she is excited to bring current media to the forefront.