2018 Furry Friends Fine Arts Festival

With Hats and a Balancing Act…. These Three Were Ready for Hollywood” by Jules Gissler


Saturday, September 15, 2018  |  8 am – 2 pm

About the Event

The third annual Furry Friends Fine Arts Festival will be held Saturday, September 15, 2018 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 will be paw readings and pet adoptions by the Arizona Humane Society and Woofs, Wiggles & Wags.  There will be live music and great food vendors including:

Black Cat Coffee House, Short Leash Hot Dogs and Leo’s Ice Cream:


Featured artists for 2018 include:  Diane Dion, Jules Gissler, David Hanson, Ann Marie Hoff, Dadra Hunt, Olena Kalayda, Christina Ray, Cheri Reckers, Celia Sislow, Taylor Kent Hudzinski and Deborah Morris.

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, are invited each year to participate in this event, which last year drew over 700 family members and animal lovers in Arcadia and the surrounding areas, in support of a great art center!

Business Vendors confirmed for 2018 include:

BarkBed Covers, Bentley’s Biscuits, City of Phoenix Public Works Dept. and Parks & Recreation, Dogtopia of Arcadia, Dreamstyle Remodeling, Gems 4 Paws/Gem Girl Jewelry, Hatton Pet Portrait Sudio, Husse AZ, Ingleside Animal Hospital, Madison Animal Hospital, O.H.S.O., Poo Happens, Poppa-Artzee, Puff & Fluff Grooming & Pet Sitting, Realtor to the Rescue, Renewal by Andersen and Royal Palms.

Additional event festivities include kid’s animal art activities, face painting, balloon sculptures, live music and an art raffle!  Howler from the Phoenix Coyotes and his Paw Patrol will stop by around 10:30 a.m., and there will be a selfie-station set up to capture the day!  Two indoor animal art exhibitions (Beloved Beasts and Zoo Logic by Ellen Nemetz) plus a gift shop will complete this  one-of-a-kind event experience.

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

“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. ”  Ann Marie Hoff

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