DOVER – Whether you call them furry babies, best friends, or companions for emotional or physical support, pets are a part of many people’s lives. Two in three American households have at least one pet, and 95% of those households consider their pet to be a member of the family. Join the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire as they celebrate these furry family members and their unique personalities captured through the art of four New Hampshire pet portrait painters.
“Our Furry Friends: Pet Portraits by NH Artists” is Gallery 6’s latest art exhibit at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, and will run from October 9 to January 30, 2022. Featured artists include photographer Greg West of Sit . Stay.Smile, acrylic and sketch artist Rebecca Lane from one lane studios, watercolor artist Nicole Murphy Fish from Fancy Animal Art Studio and illustrator Abby Aimesbury.
The Children’s Museum wants visitors to participate in the fun. Museum visitors and social media enthusiasts will also be invited to participate by creating and sharing their own portraits of pets to be displayed in the museum.
The museum will also add a veterinary exhibition area sponsored by Dr Timothy Hunt of Winichahanat Veterinary Care in Dover. This mini vet office will feature stuffed animals, vet tools, fancy dress clothes and books, and will be open during the months of the gallery exhibition. Some of the other special activities include an “animal washing” sensory station, pipe cleaner making pets in the Muse studio, and a special Explore Plus activity like inventing your own clay pet.
In addition to art created by professionals and visitors, this exhibit will feature information about three NH animal-focused nonprofits that are making a difference in their communities. The Pope Memorial Humane Society provides a safe and temporary home to more than 1,000 abandoned, lost, abused, neglected or unwanted animals each year. ElderPet is run by volunteers and facilitates human / pet relationships for the elderly, people with disabilities, hospice families, and clients of health care facilities and others. Operation Delta Dog rescues homeless dogs and trains them to be service dogs for veterans with PTSD and related challenges.
Gallery 6 is located in the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire and is made possible with support from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, the Fuller Foundation and the TD Charitable Foundation.
The New Hampshire nonprofit Children’s Museum is located at 6 Washington St. in Dover and offers two levels of hands-on interactive exhibits for children from birth to college. Children can explore a wide range of subjects, from dinosaurs, music and aeronautics to world cultures, art and natural history. The LEED Certified Silver Museum specializes in creating memorable family learning experiences and works closely with schools, social service agencies and educators. The museum also hosts a variety of shows, workshops, classes and special events for families. For more information and to reserve a date and time to visit the museum, visit www.museedesenfants.org.
IMAGE: Top to bottom right: Photographer Greg West of Sit.Stay.Smile, watercolor artist Nicole Murphy Fish of Fancy Animal Art Studio, acrylic artist and designer Rebecca Lane of one lane studios and illustrator Abby Aimesbury .