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Fido meets fine art in an annual event where attendees can take home original works and man’s best friend.

Susannah Waite May 30th, 2012

Sit. Stay. Art!
7-10 p.m. Saturday
Individual Artists of Oklahoma Gallery
706 W. Sheridan

Bring your pets out for a tail-wagging good time at the third annual Sit. Stay. Art! event, Saturday at the Individual Artists of Oklahoma Gallery.

For the works exhibited in Sit. Stay. Art!, participating artists each used a homeless pet from Pets & People Humane Society in Yukon as inspiration.

While the main focus of the art show and sale is to raise awareness for local humane societies and pet shelters, this year’s beneficiary is Pets & People, a no-kill shelter that rescues adoptable cats and dogs.

“Some of the art will be pretty literal with paintings and photography and things like that, and then some of it will be a bit more abstract,” said Shelley Leveridge, public relations chair.

Artists had several months to work on their pieces, either using provided photographs of the animals or visiting the pets in person at the shelter.

Attendees are welcome to bring their own pets to the event or perhaps go home with one, as several dogs from Pets & People will be there and ready for adoption.

“There are plenty of animals available for adoption that would be perfect for varying homes,” Leveridge said, adding that she enjoys watching the interaction between attendees and animals.

For those who do not wish to adopt, the displayed art will be available for purchase.

“The artists have a choice of how much of their sales they want to donate to Pets & People,” Leveridge said. “For the most part, they donate the entire portion of their sale.”

Attendees will enjoy complimentary food donated by area restaurants.

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