The Town Goes to the Dogs & Cats

If you missed the opening reception of “The Town Goes to the Dogs & Cats” at The Art Rooms Professional Art Supplies on Saturday, March 26th, there’s still time to visit and view the entries. The exhibit will remain on display until April 16th at the Art Rooms, 116 N. Washington Street, Havre de Grace. Most of the entries are for sale, and when you purchase one of these manikins, 100% of the proceeds are donated to the Humane Societies of Harford County and Cecil County.

We would like to thank all the talented artists who submitted an entry.

The Children’s Category is for kids aged 8-16:

  • “I Wanna Border Collie” was the First Place Winner submitted by Brenna Boehm
  • “Dark Fairy” was the Honorable Mention Winner submitted by Catherine Schaeffer
  • “Egyptian Cat” by Cate Chodnicki
  • “Outdoor Play” by Drew Chodnicki
  • “Basbet” by Ciara Correa
  • “LepraDoodle” by Harry Daghir
  • “Mardi Dawg” by Lucy Daghir
  • “Glamour Kitty” by Sophie Daghir
  • “Emily’s Cat” by Emily McCutcheon
  • “Queen of I Am” by Jo Mitchell

The Adult Category is for everyone else, aged 17-99:

  • “Cat’s Cradle” was the Best Cat in Manikin Town submitted by Lynne Galloro
  • “Dogma” was the Best Dog in Manikin Town submitted by Erin Long
  • “Tea Cup Chihuahua was the Honorable Mention Winner by Shirley E. Milburn
  • “Moon Kiss” was the Educators/People’s Choice Award Winner by Liz Lawson
  • “Spring Fling” by Kellie Boehm
  • “Good Girl Treats” by Carrie Everhart
  • “Solar Kit” by Nic Galloro
  • “Feline de Fleurs” by Kathleen Harvey
  • “Music Cat” by Linda Hunt
  • “Collar-Ful Fun” by Lizard Lawson
  • “Roxie & Smokey” by Cheryl Pace
  • “Catdinie” by Amanda Recher
  • “LeeLoo Mystery Kitty” by Carrie Reinking

Thank you to the following artists who donated their works to be entered into the raffle. For only $5 you got ten raffle tickets and a chance to win the following:

  • “Dog Print” by Jacqueline McMahon
  • “Koi Secrets Print” by Liz Arango-Howshall
  • Two “Set of 4 Greeting Cards, Prints” by Liz Arango-Howshall

A designer handbag, necklace and pair of beaded shoes were donated by Nathalie Ames and were auctioned in a silent auction.  Photos are courtesy of Humane Society volunteer, Lisa Torres.

We would also like to thank this year’s judges: Ms. Heidi Neff, Professor of Art at Harford Community College and Mr. Kenneth Jones, Associate Professor of Art at Harford Community College. For the last four years “The Town Goes to the Dogs & Cats” reception has been sponsored and catered by the Laurrapin Grille and Tidewater Grille. Thank you for the scrumptious refreshments!

This year a music recital was provided by “Woodwind for a Cause” music students of Beth Baker. Beth teaches her students at both Trinity Lutheran in Joppa and MusicLand in Bel Air. Beth’s students raised over $800 on their own for the animals!

And finally, we would like to personally thank The Art Rooms owners, Liz Arango-Howshall, her husband and trumpeter, Paul Howshall, and their dog and store mascot, Shelby Howshall for dreaming up this wonderful fundraiser. Liz approached us four years ago about her idea, and she has tirelessly spent her own money and time to support the Humane Society of Harford County and all its animals. Please support local business and stop in to The Art Rooms for all your art supplies. Liz also offers art classes in the back of her shop.

Thank you to everyone who participated and helped to make “The Town Goes to the Dogs & Cats” such a wonderful success. We hope to see your at next year’s fundraiser!