2017 Furry Friends Fine Arts Festival

“Ruby, Cynthia & Harper…One of These is Not Like the Others” by Jules Gissler


Saturday, September 16, 2017 | 8 am – 2 pm

About the Event

The Furry Friends Fine Arts Festival was held Saturday, September 16, 2017 on the lawn of the Shemer Art Center from 8am – 2pm.  This fun, animal-themed arts festival featured an amazing group of juried Arizona artists (see below) showcasing paintings, drawings, ceramics, metals, mosaics and more! There were pet readings and the Arizona Humane Society’s Waggin’ Wheels on hand, joining Woofs, Wiggles & Wags to offer pets for adoption.  There was live music courtesy of Alan Jones, also a ceramics instructor at Shemer.  We also had great food vendors including Black Cat Coffee House, Rollover Doughnut and Left Coast burritos!

Juried Artists whose works were on display:  Andrea Rogers, Ann Marie Hoff, Bonnie Schweihs, Charlotte Moore, Dadra Hunt, David Hanson, Giva Solana, Jules Gissler, Lee Antcliffe, Shaunte Lauren, Susan Feder, and Tonya Eckerman.

Businesses that provide items or services for pets, including but not limited to groomers, trainers, photographers, veterinarians and animal clinics, accupuncture, aromatherapy, massage therapy, even bakeries and restaurants with dog-friendly patios, were invited to participate in this event, which drew over 700 family members and animal lovers in Arcadia and the surrounding areas, in support of a great art center!

Business Sponsors at the event:

Arcadia Puff & Fluff, BEMER, Bentley’s Biscuits, City of Phoenix Zero-Waste/Parks & Recreation Departments, Destiny’s Pet Psychic, Dogtopia of Arcadia, Gems 4 Paws/Gem Girl, Hatton Pet Portrait Studio, Husse AZ, Ingleside Animal Hospital/Luv of Dogz, Oh My Dog! Boutique Hotel,  Poo Happens, Poppa-Artzee, Power Paws Assistance Dogs, Inc., Realtor to the Rescue and Renewal by Anderson.

Admission to the festival was $5 per person or $10 per family.  Furry friends were free!


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“The Shemer is my FAVORITE Art Museum in Phoenix! They have a Furry Friends day where they have artists who have dog & cat art exhibits. It is an amazing day, and so wonderful to be around artists & people who love pets. The Shemer building is amazing for a gallery and the location is perfect. Pair that with fine curating and shows that are relevant and full of talent makes Shemer a win-win. If you have an afternoon you want to relax and enjoy art, Shemer Gallery will not disappoint. “