Where do old dogs go? How about old dogs with special needs? Elaine Rosen and Rick Laminack have big hearts because they founded Dog Lodge Sanctuary, set to open this summer – the sanctuary is a Texas-based 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing a permanent home for senior and/or special needs dogs.
Laminack told me the sanctuary has a vet clinic, therapy room and an acre outside paddock for running around and socializing. The primary function of Dog Lodge is to come to the rescue of dogs that are, for all intents and purposes, considered “unadoptable” because of advanced age or because they have chronic illness or physical disabilities.
“The Sanctuary is an alternative to life on the streets, abuse, neglect, fighting, and euthanasia,” Laminack said. “Here is an opportunity for those dogs to be in a place where they can belong; where they can be happy, where all their special needs can be met – where they can love and be loved.”
Artists have always reached out to help our four-legged friends and this Saturday evening you can join them. AFTA, or Artists for the Animals, is a collaborative partnership with local, state, and nationally known artists, by invitation, who support the efforts of Dog Lodge Sanctuary through their talents, shows, and exhibitions.
Their first event is being hosted by Houston artist April Murphy Saturday, April 21 from 6 – 9 p.m. at her Winter Street Studio #3B, 2101 Winter Street. Other participating artists include Paula Miller of Pagosa Springs, CO. and Allison Gregory of Austin, TX.
Expect to find great art for sale, a silent auction, and food and beverages. The event is free to attend and proceeds will benefit Dog Lodge Sanctuary. Dog Lodge founders, Elaine Rosen and Rick Laminack, will be speaking about the labor of love Dog Lodge has become and the impact sanctuaries like this have on the “animal rescue/shelter” community.
To find April Murphy’s studio, drive around behind the studios and look for Murphy’s deck next to the Winter St. Art Alley entrance. RSVP
Also Saturday evening, and just a few steps from Murphy’s studio, SITE Gallery Houston will present the first public art installation of Shelter in Place, a community-focused photography project by Houston artist Keliy Anderson-Staley that will culminate in a temporary sculpture, on view for only one week, April 21-28. There will be a public opening on April 21, from 5-9 p.m., with refreshments served, and the closing day of the exhibition, April 28, will coincide with the Sawyer Yards Biannual Art Stroll.
The simple temporary house-like structure, sheathed in original tintype portraits, will be installed under the train shed at the Silos at Sawyer Yards. Several hundred portraits, each a one-of-a-kind metal plate, will be on view on the surface of the structure at 1502 Sawyer St, Suite 400, www.sitegalleryhouston.com/shelter-in-place
I met Anderson-Staley this past Saturday where she was getting ready to begin assembling her exhibit. This will be a fascinating piece, do not miss it – I hope to bring you more about this next week, before the closing.
Cohen is an artist and founder of First Saturday Arts Market and the new Market at Sawyer Yards, find him at ArtValet.com.