PETS, Off the Wall Gallery at Dirty Franks

PETS, 11th Annual Juried Exhibition, Off the Wall Gallery at Dirty Franks

Written by Togo Travalia

“We celebrate our best non-human friends in so many ways: from giving them toys and treats, positive affirmation and unconditional love, to sharing their personalities, devotion, affectionate natures and playfulness with the world.

Our 11th Annual Juried Exhibition finds a new way to celebrate our pets, even as it creatively interweaves all of these ways. You know what we’re talking about…ART!

Plus, PETS has something brand-new in store: the chance to give back. Every time we sell artwork from PETS, 20% of the proceeds go to the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) and Street Tails Animal Rescue.

Our modest philanthropy is inspired in part by the generosity of spirit that is so easy to find among the 76 works in PETS, across a wide array of media:

* You have to know that PHOTOGRAPHY — what all of us use to document our pets’ lives — has a big role. Our artists elevate the form. Exquisite silver gelatin darkroom prints from AMANDA ABRAMSON on the B&W section of our Wall (a curatorial choice by JODY SWEITZER, which is stunning), take us from Lambertville to Brooklyn to the city we have close to our hearts right now, Paris. ALEXANDRA ORGERA’s medium-format digital print is a story waiting to be told; use your imagination! Meanwhile, TRI NGUYEN’s housebound images show us what we should be doing with our smartphones: distilling the everyday into simple, heartfelt, magical moments.

* PAINTING encompasses a range of media: BOB GORCHOV’s irresistible, fan-favorite acrylics; MINA SMITH’s enchanting watercolor of dog walkers at work; ALBERT ALDINGER’s sweet kitty portrait contrasted with BILL GROVE’s tough alley cat; JOCELYNN TICE’s breathtakingly photorealistic pastel of owner and pet; and CYNTHIA HARVEY’s rendering of a cat-ism: the hours of joy that can be found in crumbled paper from a delivery box.

* We could not have custom-ordered a more skillful range of PRINTMAKING. Three different techniques are rendered with precision and heart. ELIZABETH STRICKER’s impeccable woodblock print fills a physical yin-yang space with one curled up cat conveying Zen-like tranquility. ALYSE C. BERNSTEIN shows how printing a lithograph from marble stone can inject subtle beauty into her dog Frank taking a nap. And MARLISE M. TKACZUK, well into her second decade as one of the most popular OFF THE WALL artists, brings down the house with her adoptive feline kids and their demanding ways.

PETS, Off the Wall Gallery

These are the major categories but it’s hardly all here. PETS has amazing range. Outliers include ELIZABETH H. MACDONALD’s bobbin lace goldfish, joined by NOA TRAVALIA’s abstract assembled-paper koi; CARLA LIGUORI’s new terracotta sculpture, suggesting pet-like relationships can be forged with wild creatures; SARAH BRETT’s stunning debut, which puts front and center a ceramic from her “hiney” body of work (we kid you not!); and the always kidding work of BOB JACKSON, whose 23 mixed media assemblages establish a record that will NEVER be broken. (Yes, all 23 were juried into this show!) Read the titles before you take in the work and you appreciate Bob’s ribald sense of humor.

That’s only 17 artists, leaving 25 I haven’t mentioned. 25! And four of these artists — Sarah, Alyse, Liz and Albert — are new to OFF THE WALL; they are joined by 10 more colleagues showing in our space for the very first time. And NINE ARTISTS will win CASH PRIZES TOTALING $550. Who? We’ll find out at the Opening Reception.

If all this doesn’t tickle your fancy, go and scratch behind the ears of your kitty or dog and think again. We can’t wait to see you. Oh, and remember to change the water bowl, maybe get in that walk and put out some fresh dry food before you come over. OR bring your dog to the opening. DIRTY FRANK’S is Philly’s ORIGINAL dog-friendly bar!

Don’t have any of these tasks on your agenda? We also offer a 20% discount on any PETS artwork if you adopt a cat or dog in November or December (a discount that can be applied retroactively, too!).

Open your arms for PETS. Open your heart to your pet.”

Togo

Togo Travalia, Manager OFF THE WALL GALLERY at Dirty Frank’s, NE Corner, 13th & Pine Streets, Philadelphia,, PA 19107

offthewallgallery@gmail.com

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Philly’s pioneering alternative art space, since 1978.

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Getting Your Garden Pet Ready,  Forever Green Lawns

Getting Your Garden Pet Ready for Summer

Summer is a great time for dogs, and there are several steps you can take to ensure your dog doesn’t become ill or hurt during the warmest months of the year. The most important tips include making sure your garden is ready for summer and eliminating threats such as snails and slugs. Let’s delve into some of the most important summer pet safety tips.

Look for evidence of sunburn

Sunburn can harm pets just as much as it can harm humans. It can give dogs skin cancer with white-furred, light-coloured, hairless and short-haired dogs being at particular risk of becoming sunburnt. If you discover a red or raw area, apply a natural treatment like aloe vera to it. If symptoms persist consult your vet. Always make sure your dog has breaks from the sun and gets enough shade. Snails and slugs can give your dog lungworm. Lungworm can be fatal, so it’s wise to remove snails and slugs from your garden as soon as you see them. You may even wish to invest in installing artificial grass to combat the threat. Fake grass will drastically reduce the number of slugs and snails in your garden and reduce the risk. There are plenty of synthetic grass companies like Forever Green Lawns who sell and install artificial grass for dogs and pets.

Which plants are the most toxic?

Some plants pose a bigger threat than others. It’s wise to find out which plants are deemed toxic and remove them if necessary. If you don’t want to get rid of toxic plants, why not make it impossible for your dog to access them? Some plants are more dangerous than you might think. For instance, the seeds in apples can be particularly hazardous.

Keeping your dog happy and hydrated

It’s vital that you don’t underestimate the importance of water. Dogs require hydration just like humans do, and they can become dehydrated quickly when out playing in the sun. Always ensure they have access to water and keep their bowl topped up. Take enough water with you when you go out too. Grooming is important too. Long hair can cause accidents and lead to extreme discomfort in the summer, so give them a trim if they require one. Brushing also helps your dog to remain comfortable. Engrave your contact details on a dog tag so you can be reunited if your dog goes Some other good investments include pet kits featuring treats, toys, food and bowls for when you’re out and bout. A chilled gel pack placed under the collar will keep your dog comfortable, as will a special jacket designed to keep your dog’s temperature down. Special boots can protect your dog from hazards like broken glass and hot sand. If you are out and about in an area your dog is not familiar with, don’t let them off the leash unless you are fully confident they won’t go missing.

If you like to take your dog for days out at the weekend, make sure they also get some exercise during the week. Sudden bursts of activity can cause an array of pains and strains. Planning for the summer helps to ensure your dog has a fantastic time during the warmest months of the year.

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Bow and Drape, Pets SweatshirtsPets Sweatshirt, Bow & Drape, Limited Edition Holiday Embellishments

Bow & Drape‘s Pets Sweatshirt the perfect gift for your furry little friend. Made from high quality terry material, it’s the softest apparel a doggy owner can buy. Just like their Classic (human) Sweatshirt, Bow & Drape Pets Sweatshirt is fully customizable, to let your pet express their little (or big) personality!

You can now rock matching sweatshirts with your best friend, available now with limited edition holiday embellishments” – Bow and Drape Custom Fashion. 100% Made for you.

Pets Sweatshirt, Bow and Drape, Limited Edition Holiday Embellishments

Pets Sweatshirt, Bow & Drape, Limited Edition Holiday Embellishments

“Create Your Own! The perfect gift for your furry little friend: Introducing our official pet sweatshirt, the softest apparel a doggy owner can buy. Please start your design by choosing the correct size. The images of the letters, embellishments and sweatshirts reflect the true sizing. Not all designs will fit on all sizes.” – Bow & Drape Custom Pets Sweatshirts

Pets Sweatshirt, Bow and Drape, Limited Edition Holiday Embellishments

Pets Sweatshirt, Bow & Drape, Limited Edition Holiday Embellishments

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OUR PRODUCTS are built with a little extra sparkle. They aren’t mass-produced, and they are anything but basic. That’s because they are designed by our customers. Our customers are inventive, they are a little bit cheeky, and they know who they are. Their personality is built into every item Bow & Drape finishes to-order in the USA. And that’s what makes our products different. We let you make a statement. Literally or figuratively.”

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