Exhibit and Silent Auction to Benefit Dog Park

"Husky Pup" by Joyce Kowba

Finger Lakes Artwork is Going to the Dogs!

Friends of Canandaigua Canine Campus (CCC) and Hope In Art Studio present Going to the Dogs, a juried animal-themed art exhibit and silent auction to benefit Canandaigua Canine Campus, the City of Canandaigua’s future dog park. The exhibit kicks off with a public preview on Saturday, March 31, 2018, 11AM-4PM, and runs through April 28th at Hope In Art Studio, 144 Mill Street, behind Main Street in Canandaigua.

Going to the Dogs features 50 works by 26 area artists including printmaker Laura Wilder of Rochester, Canandaigua photographer Peter Blackwood, illustrator Kaaren Anderson of Honeoye Falls and fiber artist Judi Cermak of Canandaigua. Public preview visitors receive a free raffle ticket at the door, enjoy light refreshments and meet artists.

Visit www.canandaiguacaninecampus.com for a full list of studio events and hours.

Monies will be raised for the dog park in several ways during the exhibit month.

  • Participating artists will donate half their artwork sales from the highest silent auction bid back to Canandaigua Canine Campus
  • Raffle proceeds from smaller works, handcrafted treasures, gift cards, theme baskets, more
  • Visitors may purchase and cast a People’s Choice Award vote for Best Artwork in Show: proceeds split between winning artist and dog park
  • CCC’s Pet Memorial Rock Garden is unveiled: purchase price of an inscribed rock to honor a pet includes a dog park donation

“The goal to build and open Canandaigua Canine Campus in 2018 is based largely on funding,” says regional art writer Nancy McCarthy. McCarthy founded Friends of CCC, a volunteer group of local dog owners who are fundraising in support of the dog park. The group has raised $40,000 of their $78,000 goal to date.

The city also accepts direct donations for Canandaigua Canine Campus. Checks, payable to “City of Canandaigua,” may be sent to City Clerk/Treasurer, City Hall, 2 North Main Street, Canandaigua, NY 14424. Memo line on the check must include: “Membership Dog Park.”


Friends of Canandaigua Canine Campus (CCC): Friends of CCC is a volunteer group comprised of local dog lovers. Its mission is to help establish and support a membership dog park in the City of Canandaigua where dogs may safely play and exercise off-leash.  The group, founded by Canandaigua resident Nancy McCarthy in 2013, is fundraising for park construction and amenities, has provided well-researched input into dog park design and operation, and advocates for responsible dog ownership. Find out more at www.canandaiguacaninecampus.com or contact Nancy at canandaiguacaninecampus@gmail.com.

Hope In Art Studio: Hope In Art is owned and operated by artist and animal lover Lesley Shakespeare-Brogan. Lesley leads a myriad of art and craft classes, “paint n sip” parties and sells her own artwork through her retail gallery and studio at 144 Mill Street, Canandaigua. Lesley’s preferred mediums are acrylic paints and colored pencil. She is the President of the Rochester Area Colored Pencil Club. Find out more at www.hopeinartstudio.com or call Lesley at 585-727-4574.

Canandaigua Canine Campus: Canandaigua Canine Campus will be located at 97 Buffalo Street. The future membership dog park will be owned, operated and maintained by the City of Canandaigua. The ability to build and open the park in 2018 is based largely on funding. For more park information, contact City Manager John Goodwin: John.Goodwin@CanandaiguaNewYork.gov or 585-337-2174

The Pet Memorial Rock Garden: CCC’s planned Pet Memorial Rock Garden provides a unique opportunity to make a meaningful dog park donation, honor a beloved pet and help create a beautiful park aesthetic. This garden, the centerpiece of the park’s outdoor lobby, will feature inscribed rocks purchased by donors (which include the cost of the rock plus a tax-deductible park donation) and large painted stones donated from the community. The garden is dedicated to the late Laurence Karz, a canine advocate and life-long dog lover, who typified the dedication and passion of Friends of CCC dog park supporters. Order forms and information are available at Hope In Art Studio during events and exhibit hours or contact canandaiguacaninecampus@gmail.com.

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