A downtown art gallery is presenting a show both animal lovers and art aficionados can enjoy.
“Petcasso: animals in art” will be on display at Litmus Gallery & Studios for First Friday and through March.
The 14 artists at Litmus have hosted a big exhibit each year since 2009 at the studio on West Cabarrus Street, said gallery owner and sculptor Jim Fatata.
Last year, the artists tried something different and invited outside artists to submit pieces for a competitive show called “Anything Goes.”
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“It was so popular that we decided to have an additional juried show,” Fatata said.
The Litmus artists wanted to choose a more specific theme this year so they could donate to a nonprofit. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Wake County will receive 15 percent of proceeds from sales of exhibit pieces.
Volunteers from the SPCA will be at the First Friday event with at least one dog to spread the word about the organization and pet adoption.
“We really like exhibitions where we team up with charities and everyone gets to benefit from the art that’s shown,” said Christine Barnes, juror of the show.
The “Petcasso” exhibit consists of paintings, sculptures, pottery, photographs and mixed media with an animal theme – there are dogs, pigs, hippos, whales and bears.
Twenty-eight artists from around the Triangle created 56 pieces of art for the exhibit.
Barnes chose which of the many submissions would be included. She will also choose an art piece that will win one of three cash prizes. The other two will be “People’s Choice” awards. First Friday visitors can vote for their favorite piece.
The free event will feature a wine reception from 6 to 9 p.m.
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Want to go?
First Friday, from 6 to 9 p.m., is a monthly art event in downtown Raleigh. Art galleries stay open later and a number of restaurants offer special deals. For more information, go online to FirstFridayRaleigh.com.
More First Friday
▪ Artspace, 201 E. Davie St.: “Americana: Textile & History as Muse,” work by Robert Otto Epstein, Margi Weir and David Curcio
▪ Artspace, 201 E. Davie St.: “Small Tapestry,” juried show with various artists
▪ Block Gallery, 222 W. Hargett St. #408: “Excavations from Nothingness,” work by Harriet Hoover and Wendy Collin Sorin
▪ Nicole’s Studio and Art Gallery, 719 N. Person St.: “Figures & Faces with a Personal Flair,” work by Dan Beck, Lyudmila Tomova, Jean Grunewald and Catherine Martin
▪ Gallery C, 540 N. Blount St.: “If I were you and you were me,” work by Elissa Farrow Savos
▪ Quercus Studio, 201 S. Salisbury St.: Truck show, products by Horn & Heel and Lauren Ramirez
▪ Local Color Gallery, 311 W. Martin St.: “Spring Fever,” work by Bekah Haslett
▪ Port of Raleigh, 416 S. McDowell St.: Modern artsy goods for the home