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Capture your pet in paint
Quinlan Center art exhibit to benefit Humane Society
"Run, Zola, Run" by Yvonne Mendez. - photo by Tom Reed

'The Dog and Pony Show'

When: Dec. 6 to Feb. 16

Where: Quinlan Visual Arts Center, 514 Green St., gainesville

How much: Free

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North Georgians will get their first look at an art exhibit where the love of animals and the love of art becomes one.

"The Dog and Pony Show" opens Dec. 6 and runs through Feb. 16 at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center in Gainesville.

“The idea was to cross promote an art show with the Humane Society,” said Amanda McClure, Quinlan executive director.

The art show has been in the works between McClure and Julie Edwards, director of Development & Marketing for the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia, for almost two years, making this year the first year of "The Dog and Pony Show."

“The assignment was to paint your pet,” McClure said.

Artists all over North Georgia were able to submit up to two paintings, sculptures or photographs of their animal companions. The artwork would then be judged, with the winners announced at the opening reception at 5:30 p.m. tonight.

For the opening reception, there will be a special performance by the Gala Winds Flute Ensemble, with the awards ceremony to follow.

Each artwork will be for sale. Proceeds will be shared among the Humane Society, the Quinlan and the artists.

The arts center will also feature three other art shows, with The Six as the headline exhibit. The exhibit consists of six Georgia artists showcasing their individual talents as a group.

“I-phone Fayum Portrait Recreations” are iPhone drawings from artist John Bavaro, and “Another Blooming Art Show” includes floral paintings by artists Cheri Burchard and Catherine Pichon.

For more, visit the Quinlan’s website,

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