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“Picasso” is but one pup depicted in Diana J. Smith’s “Canine Companions.”

Emily Summars August 17th, 2011

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Man’s best friend is more than a furry pal who plays fetch, chews your coffee table and loves on you every afternoon. Man’s best friend is also an art exhibit, running through Aug. 31 at Contemporary Art Gallery, 2928 Paseo.

Diana J. Smith’s “Canine Companions: Adoption Series” features more than the ball of fluff, but its personality: the puppy eyes, the wagging tail, the crazy mannerisms. She paints in colors from deep purple and lime green to neutrals to portray not the physique of the canine, but the personality behind the bark.

Her love for dogs is even more evident, because this month, Smith is donating 15 percent of her artwork sales to the Central Oklahoma Humane Society, a nonprofit organization that finds homes for about 3,000 orphaned cats and dogs every year.

“It’s splashy and colorful and it’s more expressive than realistic, but it tries to capture the spirit of the dogs. It’s a real different take on dogs. It’s intended to help you think about some of the strife of pets these days or would-be pets,” said Janice Mathews-Gordon, the gallery’s public relations chairperson. “She researched and found the group that could most benefit from her funds. It’s a great, fun exhibit that’s for an inspirational cause.”

Contemporary Art Gallery is open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. For more information, call 601-7474 or visit contemporaryartgalleryokc.com. —Emily Summars

 
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