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Paws & Tails Winter Art Gallery

A group of furry animal shelter residents have become artists — and you can browse and buy their work at this one-night-only fundraising exhibition.
By Libby Curran
August 10, 2022
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By Libby Curran
August 10, 2022
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As it turns out, the shelter pups and cats from Melbourne's Second Chance Animal Rescue (SCAR) are much more than just adorable furry faces — some of them are also harbouring some pretty enviable artistic skills. And it's these creative talents that'll be showcased this month at the shelter's inaugural Paws & Tails Winter Art Gallery.

The one-night exhibition is set to take over the West Melbourne Baptist Church & Community Centre on Friday, August 19, raising much needed funds for SCAR's important work rescuing and rehoming animals.

Doggy artist Stirling.

A group of Picasso-esque pooches — and a couple of creative cats — have put paw to canvas, for local human artists to then develop into collaborative masterpieces. Creatives including Indigenous artist Ande Kempnich Terare, and children's book author and illustrator Kathryn Steel have donated their time and talent to the cause.

The finished artworks will all be displayed on the night and available to buy via a silent auction. Nab a $20 ticket to head along and see these paw-some masterpieces in person, while enjoying bubbly and snacks, and browsing SCAR's merch stalls. $100 VIP tickets are also on offer — these include a wine voucher, a signed program and a meet-and-greet with one of the talented four-legged artists.

Kitty artist Squeak

Top Images: Shelter pups and part-time doggy artists, Soda and Sir Bowington.

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