Post Art Zoo Event

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Anastasia the Great
As Art Basel expands its boundaries now inching into downtown Miami, an inaugural event incorporated a popular theme--rescue animals--and kicked off as Art Zoo. Local artists and dog and cat lovers flocked to the idyllic Finnegan's on the River with its spacious patio and Miami River background. No traffic, no crowds, plenty of parking--this was my favorite Art Basel event and a definite for next year! And all for a great cause!

Created by Hope Gainer of Hope International, the event showcased both artwork of cats and dogs and adoptable dogs from black labrador mix puppies to beagles to chihuahua and more. The event benefitted Paws4You Rescue, a local nonprofit dedicated to saving dogs and cats from euthanasia at the overcrowded local shelter.

Hope Gainer of Hope International, Creator and Host

While being treated to chilled coconut water, and paella, organic pizza and other food delights, attendees enjoyed a wide range of art mediums from oil paintings to sculptures to pop art to mixed media. A portion of any sale also benefitted the rescue organization.

Paintings in the Pool

by Sean Murdock

Black Lab mix puppy for adoption

A highlight was meeting and playing with all the adoptable dogs. This little guy (pictured above)  and his siblings were rescued from the local shelter, just minutes before euthanization. Who could resist holding, hugging and smothering these beautiful black puppies with kisses. Their shiny coats dazzled in the sunlight and their personalities were classic lab--friendly and loyal. They were ready to follow you anywhere.

Model with Romeo the Chihuahua
Swimsuit models were on hand to glamorize the event and accessorize the dogs. This chihuahua was abandoned on the street but thankfully rescued. He is young and well trained and he's not a yapper like some little dogs. And he's affectionate, hence is name is Romeo! 

Many dogs and cats await permanent homes. Please visit Paws4You or your local shelter to find your next companion and best friend. 

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