Confluence Gallery’s new exhibit, “The Fangs in My Heart,” explores the relationships between humans and pets.
The gallery partnered with Okandogs, a regional dog adoption organization, for the exhibit, which opens Saturday (March 2) with a reception from 5-7 p.m.
Curator Penelope Varn asked artists in the exhibit to consider how non-human companions have “staked a piece of your heart with their fangs, fur, feathers or fins.”
“There is plenty of evidence that suggests the relationship between animal and human has beneficial effects for both parties, and, for artist, those relationships cultivate creative growth as well,” said Rose Weagant, Confluence Gallery’s program administrator.
Frida Kahlo had a deer, monkeys, parrots, parakeets, chickens, an eagle, and a few hairless dogs. Expressionist Paul Klee had a cat and Picasso had a dog, Weagant said. “It seems many of the greats had some fur-or-feather-clad muses by their sides.”
“The Fangs in My Heart” will run from March 2 through April 6.