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Oklahoma City exhibit to benefit homeless animals, local artists

“Sit. Stay. Art!” is a special art exhibit that pairs local artists with homeless animals to benefit Pets and People Humane Society in Oklahoma.
by Heather Warlick Modified: May 29, 2012 at 10:14 am •  Published: May 28, 2012

Animal and art lovers will come together at 7 p.m. June 2 for a special art exhibit, “Sit. Stay. Art!” The event at Individual Artists of Oklahoma gallery on Film Row in downtown Oklahoma City will allow the public an opportunity to help Pets & People Humane Society in Yukon while supporting local artists.

The art exhibit pairs artists with homeless pets from the Humane Society. The artists used the pets as inspiration to create original paintings, which will be sold at the event.

Dogs and humans are invited to the exhibit, which will include a cash bar and complimentary food from local restaurants.

Organizers of the event hope to shed light on “black dog syndrome,” the hallmark of which is the low adoption and high euthanasia rates of black dogs in shelters.

“There are so many people who would like to help homeless pets but feel that they can't because they can't adopt one,” said honorary co-chair Dara Wanzer. “One of the reasons I love and support ‘Sit. Stay. Art!' is that you don't have to adopt a pet to help — you can buy a painting of a pet instead.”

Visitors will also have a chance to create a flip book animated using 30 seconds of film taken with their pet or friends.

“Sit. Stay. Art!” is presented by Marc Heitz Chevrolet. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. For information or to buy tickets for the event, go to For more information about Pets and People Humane Society, go to

To submit a pet story and photo, email your story and photo to or mail it to Heather Warlick, The Oklahoman, P.O. Box 25125, Oklahoma City, OK 73125. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. Photos cannot be returned.

by Heather Warlick
Life & Style Editor
Since graduating from University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, Staff Writer Heather Warlick has written stories for The Oklahoman's Life section. Her beats have included science, health, home and garden, family,...
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