When it comes to helping Sheffield’s abandoned dogs, all you need is a bit of art.
Wet snouts and waggy tails have been immortalised in watercolour as part of a new exhibition designed to raise money and awareness for a South Yorkshire animal shelter.
Artist Shelley Richmond chose mutts as her muse after volunteering for Rain Rescue, based in Wickersley, Rotherham.
She then joined forces with Art in the Park and youth charity Somewhere To to get aspiring young painters and established talent to create pieces for the new exhibit at Sheffield’s Riverside Cafe Bar on Mowbray Street, dubbed Don’t Judge A Dog By Its Collar.
Shelley said: “I wanted to use my skills as an artist help raise awareness for the charity, the work they do and the massive issue of neglected, abandoned and abused dogs in Sheffield.”
Works include a sad-faced, doe-eyed pug against a pastel backdrop designed to make people think twice about animal neglect. All of the paintings will be auctioned for Rain Rescue once the exhibition ends.
Shelley added: “Sheffield is sadly a UK hotspot for animal cruelty. I hope that this exhibition will not only raise funds but also encourage people to adopt a rescue dog rather than buying a puppy.
“The creative community have been incredibly generous in getting behind this project and there are some really outstanding pieces of work that have been donated.”
Cassie Kill, of Art in the Park and Somewhere To, said: “It has been mostly young people in Sheffield who have contributed, and we’ve worked with artists based in London who have shared their expertise.”
Don’t Judge A Dog By Its Collar, which will run for two weeks, will kick off with a preview event on Saturday, October 5, from 2pm.
n Visit Rain Rescue Facebook Page to bid in the auction.