By Amanda Malloy
WATER VALLEY – Many of us don’t consider our house a home unless there is a furry, feathered, or scaly friend to keep us company. If you consider your fur baby to be part of your family, or even if you just love watching cat videos, you will not want to miss “Heavy Petting” at Bozarts Gallery in Water Valley, running February 10 through April 1.
“Heavy Petting” will feature pet-inspired original artwork from Bozarts Alliance members. The opening reception will be held at Bozarts on Friday, February 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. Do you think your pet is a work of art? Then be sure to bring a photograph, painting, or drawing of your pet and we will feature it as part of the exhibition on our “Petting Wall!”
Pati D’Amico, whose work is featured in the exhibition, says of her inspiration for the show, “What I’ve learned about cats; they vary in personality just like people. They make me happy just looking at them. My paintings are dedicated to my 3 beloved kitties. They are the best pals to my husband and I.” Jack Gurner, also an Alliance member whose photographs will be included in “Heavy Petting,” states, “I am one of those people who judges other humans by the way they treat animals. This show gives us a chance to recognize our animal friends. And, it is nice to be able to do that through art.”
The exhibit and opening reception will be held in tandem with another exhibition in Bozart’s recently renovated back gallery space. “Relation” will run February 10 through March 18, 2017 and features work by Ariel Baron-Robbins, and Paula Temple. “Relation” is part of the Jewish Federation of Oxford’s Artist Series. If you are unable to attend the opening of “Heavy Petting”, Bozarts is planning a “pet walk” through the gallery where donations will be accepted for Second Chances Animal Rescue of Water Valley. Keep an eye on Bozart’s Facebook page for dates and details, and until then stop by the gallery anytime on Fridays between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., or by appointment.