Paws in the paint

Animal artists raise money for Tri-Lakes Humane Society

Monkeyshine, a 10-year-old cat, poses with her painting, “Dandelion,” and Tri-Lakes Humane Society Kennel Technician Kendal Gallo. Monkeyshine and other animals’ artwork will be on display at BluSeed Studios in Saranac Lake this month as part of the Tri-Lakes Humane Society’s “Picatso and Salvador Doggy” exhibit. (Enterprise photos — Elizabeth Izzo)

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.

Tri-Lakes Humane Society animal artist Boss poses beside his painting titled “Who’s the Boss?” Boss’ work will be displayed alongside that of 28 other animals at an exhibit at BluSeed Studios May 11 to 25. (Enterprise photo — Elizabeth Izzo)

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.

Mickey, a good boy, poses with his painting titled “Hey Mickey,” which will be displayed at BluSeed Studios in Saranac Lake. The exhibit, set for May 11 to 25, will feature work created by adoptable animals at the Tri-Lakes Humane Society. (Enterprise photo — Elizabeth Izzo)

“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.

Sassy sits beside her painting titled “Sassy Paws.” She is one of the featured pets in an upcoming art show to benefit the Tri-Lakes Humane Society (Enterprise photo — Elizabeth Izzo)

Seal, a cat that was recently adopted from the Tri-Lakes Humane Society, is one of 28 animals to contribute to an upcoming exhibit at BluSeed Studios in Saranac Lake. (Provided photo — Tri-Lakes Humane Society)

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