The works of the artists in residence at the Indiana Women's Prison were warmly received at their first gallery exhibit in Zionsville. Graciously hosted at Avalon Jewelry and Pens, 275 S. Main Street, the month-long exhibit kicked off at the First Friday event during the month of July.
About 75 canvases painted by ICAN dogs and their handlers were hung at the Zionsville store and, on First Friday — which was attended by four of the star abstract artists Renn, Maize, Ogie and Senna — about 25 pieces sold, along with note cards and ICAN bracelets. But, that's only part of the story.
The dog art project was spearheaded by Shirl Henderson, Annie Jansons and Joni Kahn who donated much time and materials to the showing. Over 200 paintings were completed at the Indiana Women's Prison to get ready for the Avalon exhibit.
Artist, Senna, admiring some of her work with volunteers Annie & Sandy.
The opportunity at Avalon Jewelry, which features different artists' work each month, came about when owner Susan Schube had a cancellation and offered the space to ICAN. She and her assistant Darla Aniline hung all the art, hosted the First Friday event. Each Saturday in July, ICAN furloughers and dogs greeted the customers at the store coinciding with the Downtown Zionsville Farmers Market. The opening of the exhibit had nearly 100 guests and sales were steady throughout the month.
Each work of art was personally paw stamped by the dog and labeled with the name and photo of the artist and his/her handler taken by ICAN 's volunteer photographer, Liz Kaye. Each piece of artwork had a dog bone-shaped price tag and were priced by size: 8×10 – $50; 9×12 – $75; 11×14 and 12×12 – $100; and 16×20- $150. Many of the people who bought artwork also made an additional contribution to the program, including one check written for $300 to pay for a $150 canvas!
Artist, Ogie, with a few of his masterpieces.
As with all ICAN stories, there is a warm and fuzzy part and this time it involves Avalon Jewelry owner Susan Schube. She is a friend of Annie Jansons, and Rene and her son Kendall who received an ICAN service dog named Clare. Susan said her goal during the month was to honor her late husband by raising enough money from the exhibit to support placements, preferably one who was a former member of the military. That goal was accomplished in the first night! In all, Susan's gift to ICAN will assist in helping place several dogs with new clients. Hat's off to Susan, Darla, Shirl, Annie and Joni for giving graciously your time, support and donations, and making the showing a huge success!
Next time you are in Zionsville, drop by Avalon Jewelry and thank Susan and Darla for their incredible support!
Check out more photos from Avalon Jewelers (Compliments of Liz Kaye Photography).
INDIANPOLIS – PetSmart is continuing their support of “Tuck,” a one-year-old Golden Retrieiver that is being trained to be a service dog. As the only accredited service dog training program in Indiana, the Indiana Canine Assistant Network (ICAN) trains and places assistance dogs with children and adults with disabilities, while providing life and job skills to inmates who train the dogs for service work inside Indiana correctional facilities.
With PetSmart’s charitable gift, ICAN will be able to cover the medical expenses of Tuck during his final year of training.
“PetSmart is making an impact for someone living with a disability and we are so grateful for the support,” said Jillian McHenry Miller, executive director of ICAN. “Together we are bringing hope to people in need, and I believe hope changes everything!”
Tuck making an appearance with regional manager, Tammy Fiske and her Petsmart team.
PetSmart will provide this charitable donation through its PetSmart Gives Back initiative. This initiative focuses on giving back to local communities throughout the nation in support of organizations that enrich people’s lives through the power of pets.
“We know pets enrich our lives every day,” said Tammy Fiske, PetSmart district manager. “My team is proud to partner with Tuck and the larger ICAN organization in an effort to help more people heal through the power of pets.”