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The third annual Furry Friends Fine Arts Festival was held Saturday, September 15, 2018 on the lawn of the Shemer Art Center.  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 paw readings (THANK YOU ANNE MARIE!) and pet adoptions by the Arizona Humane Society and Woofs, Wiggles & Wags (THANK YOU BOTH!).  Attendees also enjoyed music performed by Alan Jones (one of our great ceramics instructors) and food vendors with GREAT NAMES including:

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

Featured artists included:  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.

On display inside we had a solo exhibition titled “ZOO LOGIC” by Ellen Nemetz and our BELOVED BEASTS exhibition in the galleries.


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 this year drew over 800 family members and animal lovers in Arcadia and the surrounding areas, in support of a great art center!

Business Vendors included:

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, Puff & Fluff Grooming & Pet Sitting, Realtor to the Rescue, Renewal by Andersen, and Royal Palms.


Additional event festivities included kid’s animal art activities, face painting, balloon sculptures and an art raffle!  Howler from the Phoenix Coyotes even stopped by and posed at our new “selfie frame!”

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