Dogs’ refuge wins, no bones about it

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

THIS year’s IHART ex­hi­bi­tion will raise money for new ken­nels at the Dogs’ Refuge Home in Shen­ton Park.

Renowned lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional artists cre­ated unique art pieces us­ing skulls as their can­vas and will ex­hibit their cre­ations at the Oddfel­low Bar in Fre­man­tle on May 1.

Each year, pro­ceeds from the ex­hi­bi­tion are do­nated to var­i­ous char­i­ties, with this year’s event prof­its go­ing to the Dogs’ Refuge.

Some of the 40 tal­ented artists to ex­hibit this year in­clude Andy Quilty, Anya Brock, Jaime Lee Ma­jor, Hans Bruechle and Seon­aidh Mur­phy.

Bruechle cre­ated two pieces: a skull cov­ered in tiny beads and a skull with his com­pli­cated, dark il­lus­tra­tions.

“The beads are to­tally dif­fer­ent for me – I’ve never done any­thing like that be­fore,” he said. “It was a long a te­dious process where I used two tooth­picks to pick up (3000) tiny beads and glue them to the skull. “It took be­tween 40 to 50 hours.” Seon­aidh said her piece, which is made to look like an up­side down ice-cream, took four days just to dry.

“I’m a dog lover,” she said. “I’m ac­tu­ally look­ing at get­ting a res­cue dog.”

IHART co-cre­ator Michael Pren­diville said the ex­hi­bi­tion would help raise aware­ness about fos­ter­ing and adopt­ing dogs.

“We’ve had the chance to work with some amaz­ing char­i­ties over the years but the Dogs Refuge Home in Shen­ton Park is def­i­nitely one close to our own hearts as a lo­cally run op­er­a­tion,” Mr Pren­diville said. “It is great to be able to play a part in th­ese dogs’ re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and spread aware­ness to the cause through our event.”

The ex­hi­bi­tion will run from 7pm to mid­night and skulls can be pur­chased.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d436714

Artists Seon­aidh Mur­phy and Hans Bruechle with Jai.

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