Hello, everyone! D’Art the gallery cat here. I have some news to share that I’m particularly excited about, and I think you will be too.

During my four years as VIP staff member of Dublin Arts Council, I’ve noticed that there seems to be a significant lack of representation in the gallery for the four-legged members of our community. That’s why I was so excited when Friends of the Shelter talked to my staff about hosting an event that was all about animals. After discussing it (I attended the meeting and added a few enthusiastic yowls for emphasis), we agreed that it was high time we gave back to the true pillars of our community: the animals. And thus, PupArt at DAC was born!

PupArt will take place on Tuesday, Aug. 12 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at Dublin Arts Council. There will be appetizers, music, wine, a silent auction, and most importantly, art featuring some of my four-legged friends! I’ll be making my artistic debut at the event, and you’ll have the opportunity to appreciate my original works and maybe even take one home if you’re a lucky bidder. You’ll also get a chance to meet a few of my pals from the Franklin County Dog Shelter that are waiting to be adopted by caring families. They’ll be on the lower level and I’ll be upstairs in my suite. I think this is only to keep us away from the food, but I can’t convince staff to let us mingle freely in the galleries. Despite this oversight, I’m sure it will be a great event.

The best part of PupArt is that all of the proceeds from the event will support Friends of the Shelter, an organization that provides financial support for the medical, educational and adoption programs of the Franklin County Dog Shelter. This all-volunteer organization funds the medical, surgical and recuperative care for more than 350 shelter dogs every year, giving them a chance to find their forever families. As a former stray myself, I can tell you how important that is! This event will coincide with the opening reception for the emerging exhibition of student artwork, so there are two great reasons to come out and join us!

Attending PupArt is free, but donations will certainly be accepted. And although I’m not sure what it means, Friends of the Shelter is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Who knows, I may even let you have the honor of rubbing my belly if you can spare a few dollars for the dogs!

If you need any more information about this momentous occasion, you can call 614-889-7444 or click here to visit the Friends of the Shelter website. My friends from the shelter and I can’t wait to see you at PupArt!