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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Art Show Featuring Pugs in Fruit Hats to Benefit the SPCA

Posted By on Thu, Jun 14, 2012 at 9:44 AM

click to enlarge Brown Eyed Girl - XAVIER VIRAMONTES
  • Xavier Viramontes
  • Brown Eyed Girl

Some of us can't have pets. We've been cursed with landlords who wish to deny us the love and affection of a pug. But just because we can't adopt, doesn't mean we don't want to do our part in supporting our local animal shelters. The SF SPCA must know this because they're hosting an art show filled with pugs in fruit hats, kitties lounging in sinks, and golden retrievers, being well, golden retrievers. The exhibition, "Unconditional Love," brings together photography, paintings, and prints all dedicated to raising funds for our furry friends in need.

The artists have taken their own unique perspectives on pet portraiture. Take Xavier Viramontes' Looking for Carmen Miranda, which depicts a pug named Junior impersonating the great samba songstress. The colors -- vibrant blues, yellows, and reds -- are just as spectacular as Miranda's legendary performances.

click to enlarge Looking for Carmen Miranda - XAVIER VIRAMONTES
  • Xavier Viramontes
  • Looking for Carmen Miranda

In addition to the portraits, wine tasting and light refreshments will be available for attendees.

A portion of the proceeds goes toward the local participating artists, with 25 percent going to the good work done at the SF SPCA.

Opening reception for "Unconditional Love" starts at 6 p.m. Friday, June 15 at Leanne B. Roberts Animal Care Center Gallery, 201 Alabama Street, S.F. Admission is free.

For more events in San Francisco this week and beyond, check out our calendar section. Follow us on Twitter at @ExhibitionistSF and like us on Facebook.
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