Pawsitive Ohio Presents “SHAKE! Art Unleashed”

Pawsitive Ohio, an organization dedicated to promoting dog adoption, spay/neuter programming, pet retention, and education, has sculpted a collaboration of local foundations, dog rescue organizations, artists and dogs themselves to create a unique collection of abstract artwork. The culmination is the creation of colorful splatter paintings, canvases and framed photographs that will be auctioned during the organization’s fundraising event “SHAKE! Art Unleashed,” on Saturday, September 17 at the Canton Cultural Center for the Arts.

To create the collection, rescued dogs were covered in pet safe paint, and as wet dogs do, the artists shook themselves silly, spraying nearby canvases with color. Each of the nine featured canine Picassos adopted their own combination of colors using an edible paint made of cornstarch and food coloring that was developed exclusively for the project. The result is a series of paintings as random and as beautiful as each adopted dog.  This project was supported by a micro-grant from ArtsinStark allowing photographer David Baio to capture the painted dogs on camera, creating a second work of art. Christian Harwell of Cyrus Framing has generously framed and matted many of the photographs of our pint-sized Jackson Pollock’s at work.

In addition to the SHAKE! artwork, the event will include live and silent auctions, drawings for watches courtesy of Julz by Alan Rodriguez, a top shelf open bar, catering from Robert J. Events and Earth Fare North Canton, entertainment from Matt Corey, the opportunity to meet Ug, one of the doggie artists who has an amazing rescue story. “When Ug was picked up by the amazing rescue, Canine Lifeline, he had not one hair on his body, he was covered in secondary bacterial infections and was severely emaciated (weighing in at 32 pounds and today he is 85 pounds). Unfortunately, no one knows his background or where he really came from. It can be determined by his physical state, he was probably a stray and the condition that he had (Demodex) he was probably born with,” explains Ug’s adopter Kendra Wiliams who worked a the veterinary clinic where Ug first sought treatment. “He literally took my breath away, mostly because of his physical state and how sad he looked. In fact, the entire staff in the room, stopped what they were doing and all gasped. Ug then continually came into the clinic weekly for treatments for his skin condition. There started our first bond, his baths, me feeding him peanut butter as often as he wanted, walks outside (I still remember the first time I pet him during our walk that first day he came in) and then finally that bond was unbroken” said Williams.

The goal of “SHAKE!” is both to raise funds and to raise awareness of the homeless pet population in our area while showcasing the stories of our “artists” and the organizations who helped them find homes. The community will be encouraged to learn about options available for adopting and will be presented with information about spay/neuter programs. All funds raised will help Pawsitive Ohio to continue its mission of creating a community where no dog needs to die in a shelter simply for being unwanted.

Tickets for “SHAKE! Art Unleashed.” are available at www.pawsitiveohio.org/shake.

The event is possible with the support of generous sponsors including The Deubel Foundation, H-P Products, Inc., Cyrus Custom Framing, J&K Printing, Julz by Alan Rodriguez, FreshMark and Gasser Fine Jewelers. Pawsitive Ohio offers special thanks to the selfless organizations who provided love and shelter for our artists until they found their forever homes including the Stark County Dog Warden, Canine Lifeline, Save-a-Mom Pregnant Dog Rescue, Second Chance for Animals, Buckeye Bulldog Rescue and PAWSibilities®, Humane Society of Greater Akron, as well as to our artist’s wonderful families.

Please contact Christina Weyrick at 330.715.1557 or christina@pawsitiveohio.org for additional information about “SHAKE! Art Unleashed.”.