Harford going to the dogs, and cats

The town, or more precisely, Harford County, is going to the dogs and cats.

At least that's the hope of those at the Humane Society of Harford County who have partnered with the Art Rooms Professional Art Supplies to host a fun competition as a fundraiser.

The Art Rooms Professional Art Supplies is inviting artists of all ages and abilities to join them for an art show and benefit to raise funds for the homeless and neglected animals at the Humane Society of Harford County. The Arts Rooms is not looking for Harford County's next Picasso, but they are looking for artists to shine the spotlight on our furry friends and raise funds for their care while having fun and letting the creative juices flow.

It's easy to get involved and help the homeless animals. First, purchase a hardwood dog and cat figurine from either The Art Rooms or the Humane Society until March 30. Figurines cost just $18 and $2.50 of every sale (plus a matching donation of $2.50 by The Art Rooms) is donated to the Humane Society.

The Art Rooms is at 116 N. Washington St. in Havre de Grace. The Humane Society of Harford County is at 2208 Connolly Road in Fallston.

Then, let the fun begin. Decorate, paint and pose your figurine, and return it to The Art Rooms no later than 4 p.m. Saturday, April 6. Any media is accepted; there is no limit to what you can do.

If decorating a dog or cat figurine is not appealing, then paint a favorite animal. For a $10 entry fee, receive a 9-by-12-inch canvas board. Create a fabulous painting (any media accepted) of a wonderful animal. All entries must be framed and ready to hang.

Judging of the finished figurines and paintings will take place at The Art Rooms during mid-April by art professors from Harford Community College's art department. First, second and third place prizes will be awarded to the favorite figurines and paintings in adult and children's categories.

Entries from previous years are not permitted.

Winners will be announced at a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at The Art Rooms.

Place a silent bid on one of several hand-painted scarves, art kits, handbags and more. Support the Humane Society of Harford County by purchasing 10 raffle tickets for $5. Refreshments at the reception will be provided courtesy of the Laurrapin Grille and Tidewater Grille restaurants.

Be creative and have fun with this project.

Artists have the option of selling their finished figurines or paintings and keeping 100 percent of the proceeds or donating the proceeds to HSHC.

The Art Rooms Professional Art Supplies is the only fully stocked art supply store in Harford and Cecil counties. Independently owned and operated by artists who pride themselves in reliable customer service, The Art Rooms offers the highest quality art materials at competitive prices. The Art Rooms maintains a website at http://www.hdgartists.com.

The Humane Society of Harford County Inc. is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to the welfare and well-being of the approximately 4,500 animals that come to the shelter each year. The shelter promotes the kind treatment of homeless, stray and abandoned animals by providing shelter, care, adoptions and community education. It is neither a county agency nor affiliated with any national or regional organization. Tax- deductible donations, bequests and proceeds from events such as this art competition are crucial to the life-saving efforts on behalf of the animals of Harford County.

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