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Some of 'The Art Dogs & Cats of NY' were displayed at Adoptapalooza on September 12. (Photo by Dana Edelson)

Some of The Art Dogs & Cats of NY were displayed at Adoptapalooza on September 12.

Photo by Dana Edelson

Out of the Cage! (September 2010)

The Art Dogs & Cats of NY Auction to Benefit NYC's Homeless Animals

A unique and dazzling collection of hand-painted dog and cat statues soon will bring much-needed funds to five Mayor's Alliance Participating Organizations.

On Thursday, October 21, The Art Dogs & Cats of NY (AD&CNY), a unique exhibit that features twelve cast-stone dog and cat statues, hand-painted by local emerging artists, will be auctioned off to the highest bidders at a silent auction and gala in SoHo at 548 Broadway, 3rd Floor (between Prince and Spring Streets), from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. All proceeds from the auction will be donated to five Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals' Participating Organizations (APOs), including A Tail at a Time, Bideawee, Ready for Rescue, Stray from the Heart, and Waggin' Train Rescue.

'Identity Crisis' by Elliott DeCesare switches the positions of the burdened human mind and the live-in-the-moment mind of the dog. (Photo by Art Dogs & Cats of NY)

Identity Crisis by Elliott DeCesare switches the positions of the burdened human mind and the live-in-the-moment mind of the dog.

Photo by Art Dogs & Cats of NY

The exhibit is currently on display at the PetHealthStore at 440 Amsterdam Avenue. Some of the pieces was featured at Adoptapalooza in Washington Square Park on September 12.

Among the artistic works featured in the exhibit are Identity Crisis by Elliott DeCesare, The Gilded Dog by Garry Grant, Mixed Media Meow by Jane Sangerman, The Trojan Cat by Vicki Khuzami, and others. You can view the entire exhibit online at www.ArtDogsandCatsofNY.com or in person at the PetHealthStore.

The AD&CNY project was conceptualized earlier this year when the team at PetHealthStore — trusted members and advocates of the city's pet owner community for more than 30 years — set out to raise awareness about the problem of animal homelessness in New York City.

"This has been a labor of love for everyone involved — the artists, the rescue groups, and our business," said James Zimmerman, AD&CNY's Project Coordinator. "PetHealthStore is focused on keeping pets healthy, as are these rescue groups, who selflessly foster and adopt cats and dogs who otherwise might be euthanized. We hope that pet lovers from all over the metro New York City area will come visit and view these twelve beautiful works of art — and bid for this worthy cause."

'The Trojan Cat' by Vicki Khuzami smuggles a trompe l'oeil army of mice. (Photo by Art Dogs & Cats of NY)

The Trojan Cat by Vicki Khuzami smuggles a trompe l'oeil army of mice.

Photo by Art Dogs & Cats of NY

Zimmerman and his colleagues at PetHealthStore spent months reviewing the works of hundreds of artists who wished to participate. In the end, they commissioned twelve talented and very different NYC-area artists, each donating his or her skills to create an individual and unique statue. The result is an amazing display of artistic creativity that will delight art- and animal-lovers alike.

At the silent auction and gala on October 21, guests will have the opportunity to meet the artists, view the statues, and learn more about the beneficiary rescue organizations. Live music and refreshments will be provided.

The silent auction, conducted by Patrizzi & Co Auctioneers, will begin at 6:00 p.m. and end at 9:00 p.m. Bidding starts at $300 for the Art Cats and $500 for the Art Dogs. Bidding forms will be available at the auction gala. Advance bids online also are being accepted; to place an online bid, complete and submit a Bid Form via e-mail or fax. Remote bidding (by phone) is also available; please call Patrizzi & Co at (646) 522-2861 on the day of the event to place your bid, or call anytime with questions regarding the silent auction.

For more information and to view the full exhibit, please visit www.ArtDogsandCatsofNY.com.