Paws in the paint
Animal artists raise money for Tri-Lakes Humane Society
SARANAC LAKE — The artist was in a cage when she created what would be the first, and perhaps only, painting of her life.
Her eyes darted from one end of the cage to another as she swiped at a piece of paper beneath her.
When her work was done, her paws were covered with dark green and yellow paint. But her salt and pepper fur remained pristine.
The artist’s name is Monkeyshine, and she’s 10 years old. Monkeyshine one of 28 cats and dogs — and one otter, who resides at the Wild Center in Tupper Lake — that contributed works to the Tri-Lakes Humane Society’s upcoming art show, “Picatso and Salvador Doggy.”
The animals’ paintings will be displayed alongside their photos and biographies at BluSeed Studios in Saranac Lake from May 11-24. An opening reception is slated for this Saturday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. A donation of $5 at the door is requested.
All of the animals’ paintings will be available for purchase throughout the exhibit, with proceeds to benefit the humane society. At least one painting will be raffled off on opening night.
Throughout the process of building the show, a consensus was reached among the shelter staff: Cats may be better than dogs — at least artistically.
“The dogs mostly just stepped on things,” said Lena Bombard, director of the Tri-Lakes Humane Society.
Monkeyshine created one of the staff’s favorite paintings.
This showcase marks the first time the humane society has put on an art show featuring the work of animals, according to Saranac Lake Village Trustee Melinda Little, former president of the humane society board. Little now serves as a member and chairs the board’s fundraising committee.
“We do a variety of fundraisers every year. We try to switch them up,” said Little. “We have a budget of close to $300,000. We earn income in part through contracts with municipalities; we receive $50,000 from that. We’re fundraising for the rest.”
Learn more about the show or how to donate to the cause by contacting the humane society at 518-891-0017 or by visiting trilakeshumanesociety.org.