‘Artists for Animals’ benefit opens at LPCA

Larry Master and Peter Galvani admire artwork at “Artists for Animals” exhibit.

Larry Master and Peter Galvani admire artwork at “Artists for Animals” exhibit.

— “Artists for Animals,” an art show to benefit the North Country SPCA, opened on June 1 at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts. The show will be on exhibit from June 1 through 16.

The opening was exciting and successful. Many guests commented about the diversity of the art – from teapots to oil paintings.

The show’s theme is “works of art with animals in mind,” and features paintings, drawings, sculpture, and other media by national and local artists. All art is for sale, and proceeds will go to the NCSPCA’s Capital Campaign to build a new shelter for the needy dogs and cats of Essex County.

The North Country SPCA, currently located in Westport, is the only animal shelter serving all of Essex County. The 40-year-old building is in very poor condition and far too small to accommodate the more than 400 abused, abandoned, and surrendered cats and dogs that find refuge there each year.

The new shelter will be built on 18 acres in Elizabethtown, just a mile from Exit 31 on the Northway. The property is large enough for walking trails, play and exercise space for animals, and even has a small brook for dogs to swim in. Designed by ARQ Architects of Kittery, Maine, the building will be a highly efficient structure, easy-to-maintain and will contain plumbing and air circulation designed to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. ARQ, the leading shelter architects in this country, regards the NCSPCA as a model for small shelters nationwide. The building will meet today’s standards for animal housing and it will be LEED certified.

The Lake Placid Center for the Arts Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, visit www. LakePlacidArts.org, or call 523-2512.

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