Dog­gone Fun

Pet por­traits ben­e­fit shel­ter, bring joy to be­gin­ner artists

RSWLiving - - In The Community - BY KLAU­DIA BALOGH Klau­dia Balogh is a TOTI Media ed­i­to­rial as­sis­tant.

Draw­ing stick fig­ures is no prob­lem. But for most of us, that’s where the artis­tic flair ends. It was with this mind­set 30 ea­ger be­gin­ners set­tled in front of an easel at the Vino’s Pi­casso stu­dio in Fort My­ers. The ob­ject was twofold: Paint a por­trait of a fa­vorite pet, and raise funds to ben­e­fit the Gulf Coast Hu­mane So­ci­ety. Af­ter in­tro­duc­tory point­ers, Tony Rus­sell and Dawn Clark got to work paint­ing a por­trait of Lily, the cou­ple’s 6-year-old pet dog. Nei­ther had sig­nif­i­cant artis­tic back­ground, yet their fin­ished piece looked far from a be­gin­ner’s job. “You don’t need tal­ent to do this,” Clark said dur­ing the paint. “They [teacher and as­sis­tant] help you if you get stuck, and it’s a great girls’ or cou­ple’s night out.”

Pre-reg­is­tered par­tic­i­pants for­warded a pet photo so that Vino’s Pi­casso in­struc­tors could sketch an out­line. The rest was up to the artists. “We give them enough to know how to do it, but then they can get cre­ative,” says in­struc­tor Michelle Irvine.

Gulf Coast Hu­mane So­ci­ety events co­or­di­na­tor Jes­sica Bam­ford ex­pressed thanks to Vino’s Pi­casso and the pain­ters for to­gether rais­ing nearly $ 700 in just over two hours. “Ev­ery­thing goes down over the sum­mer, do­na­tions, vol­un­teers as well as the num­ber of adop­tions, but we need that dur­ing off sea­son as much as dur­ing sea­son,” she says, not­ing the sur­ren­der-only shel­ter av­er­ages in its care up to 200 cats and dogs.

Vino’s Pi­casso hosts monthly fundrais­ers to ben­e­fit a num­ber of non­prof­its, says Jackie Bick­ford, man­ager at the Fort My­ers and Naples lo­ca­tions. As the firm’s name at­tests, both lo­ca­tions are BYOB wine or sell it by the glass or bot­tle.

Adrian Rosado and Sa­rina Wood­worth at­tended the por­trait event with lit­tle ex­pe­ri­ence. “We are both ab­so­lute be­gin­ners, but very ex­cited how this paint­ing will turn out,” Rosado said at the event.

Vino’s Pi­casso in Fort My­ers is at 15250 Tami­ami Trail (Unit 109), 2376 Van­der­bilt Beach Road (Unit 805) in Naples. De­tails are at vi­nospi­

Vino’s Pi­casso artists with pet por­traits. The event ben­e­fited the Gulf Coast Hu­mane So­ci­ety.

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