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Beloved Artist Stephen Huneck Dies
Economy, depression may have fueled suicide
“The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven, not man’s.”  -- Mark Twain   I have a rug by Stephen Huneck in my bedroom. It shows one dog pulling a boat, with other dogs inside it, through the water. It says “Friendship” and indicates that we can pull each other through anything.   Unfortunately, no one could pull Huneck through his recent tragedy. Sadly for all in the dog world, and non-...
Dog Culture: DogPatch
Artist Robert Zakanitch
Icon of contemporary art captures dogs’ “aggressive goodness”
Contemporary artist Robert Zakanitch first reached critical acclaim in the 1970s in New York City as one of the founders of the pattern and decorative movement. His paintings are now in the permanent collections of many major museums, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, and have been exhibited around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art. As...
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Draw The Dog
A worthy web destination for dog lovers.
I love dogs—that’s obvious. And I love cartoons. I honestly believe these are two of the sublime pleasures in life. So the day I discovered Draw the Dog counts as a banner day. The website is a collection of cartoons drawn daily by ex-Disney animator Jim George. The old school drawings are animated, and appear on the screen as if they are being drawn in the moment. You see Buzz, a running dog;...
Blog: Guest Posts
Bark Reader Wins
Twitter portrait contest yields good art and good works.
Back in July, JoAnna Lou let us know about a southern California dog portrait artist named Aimée Hoover, who connects with friends and admirers as DogArteest on Twitter. Inspired by the 140-character limit on that social networking service, she thought she’d try creating portraits in 140 minutes. (By contrast, her commissioned portraits can take between 25 to 40 hours.) When she tweeted a call...
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Gone to the Dogs
Canine-themed art show featuring 22 artists and 3 pups (!) opens tonight.
Out walking, I’m often distracted by dogs. At the very least, I smile. Other times, I stop to talk and sneak a caress, sometimes completely ignoring the biped at the other end of the leash. It’s the same in museums or art galleries. Whenever I see artwork featuring a dog, I simply have to stop and take a second look. It hardly seems like a connoisseur’s approach, and yet, these dogs they draw me...
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Sit, Stay, Shoot
Canine photographers take a bite out of Walker Evans.
They act. They paint. So photography is not really any great leap. But the results are astonishing when small 5mp digital cameras with automatic timers are attached to the collars of six Pike County dogs.   The “phoDOGraphers” spent about one week capturing rural Georgia from a canine point of view in approximately 1,000 images each. Thirty exhibition images were chosen based on originality,...
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A Creative Twist on Animal Welfare
New initiative helps low-income artists cover medical care for their pets.
Laura Menck doesn’t want artists to have to choose between caring for themselves or their animals. But she knows it happens all the time. Her husband, rock musician Ric Menck, is one of many artists who have gone into debt over pet care costs. So she got together with some like-minded arts-loving, animal-welfare advocates to build a backstop against just such a problem. The Animal Care for...
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Party Animals
Jill Beninato celebrates dogs and artists.
The only downside to Jill Beninato’s inspired fundraising art collaboration last year was there wasn’t enough art to go around. Thirteen copies of the luscious art swap/fat book, Dogs Rule (see The Bark, September 2008), went to the participating artists and only one was auctioned for the benefit of A Place To Bark animal rescue. Well, Beninato is back—and this time she’s corralled even more dog...
Blog: JoAnna Lou
Canine Art in 140 Minutes
Aimée Hoover uses Twitter-inspired portraits to promote her artwork.
With more and more companies getting on the Twitter bandwagon, dog artist, Aimée Hoover wondered how she could use the latest in social networking to promote her business. Instead of simply tweeting every now and then, she discovered an interactive and fun way to spread the word about her work and connect with fellow dog lovers. Inspired by Twitter’s 140 character limit, Aimée wondered if she...
Dog Culture: Readers Write
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