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DEC. 27, 2013

RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

Dani Dodge’s art show will benefit Helen Woodward Animal Center at Pimento Fine Art opening Feb. 9. Courtesy photo

Pound puppies take center stage at art show COAST CITIES — Helen Woodward Animal Center will be the recipient of proceeds from the upcoming show by artist Dani Dodge, “Loyal, Brave and True,” with an opening reception from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 9 through mid-April at Pimento Fine Art inside Olive PR

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Solutions 434 West Cedar St. Suite 300, San Diego. Dodge is becoming known for her experimental and installation work that focuses on the impermanence of the human condition, for her new show, she goes back to her first love, painting. The models for the pieces are shelter dogs. Olive PR firm transforms into a fine art gallery as Dodge unveils her newest collection of more than two dozen paintings featuring man’s best friend. “It was a joy to go back into the studio and focus on dogs, which have been a lifelong source of comfort for me,” Dodge said. A former San Diego resident, Dodge now lives in Los Angeles. She has galleries in Los Angeles and New York, and her work has been acquired by museums. Her installation work will be on display at a solo show at the Museum of the Living Artist in Balboa Park in March. The works range in size from 6-inches-by-6-inches to 36-inches-by-36-inches. Each canvas started with graffiti-style spray paint and then was developed through many layers of drawing and acrylic paint. Some of the works include Monopoly game cards to emphasize the capriciousness of the lives of these discarded animals. The images Dodge used to create the pieces were the first photos taken of the animals when they arrived at animal shelters — either because they were surrendered by their owners, or picked up as strays by animal control. In using these images as her subjects, Dodge aims to bring back the dignity of these abandoned canines. “Through no fault of their own, these dogs ended up behind bars without comfort,” Dodge said. “It breaks my heart to see animals that give us so much loyalty left behind in this way. Please consider looking at the Helen Woodward Animal Center or your local shelter for a true friend.” After the reception, Dodge’s works will be available to public by appointment only. Visit DaniDodge.com.

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