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"Paws 'N Claws for Art" Exhibit at the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter

February 21 - May 31, 2015
Reception: Friday, February 27 from 7-9pm

Art Exhibit featured on WETA Arts
WETA Arts episode 304 features "Paws 'N Claws for Art" in
the second spotlight (starting at the 5:35-minute mark).

Pleased to Meet You by Cathy Messina
"Pleased to Meet You" by Cathy Messina

Paws 'N Claws for Art art exhibit opens on February 21, 2015 at the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter in Alexandria, as a part of Del Ray Artisans’ Gallery Without Walls program, in partnership with the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria. Please join us for a reception to view the artwork on Friday, February 27 from 7-9 pm at the animal shelter at 4101 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22304.

This is this third exhibit at the animal shelter and Del Ray Artisans member artists are showing two-dimensional works of art celebrating the animals that enrich and inspire them. Artworks include a variety of styles and media inspired by these animals.

As a fundraising effort, a percentage of each sale goes directly to the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria and Del Ray Artisans—both 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. An added benefit is patrons may immediately take possession of purchased artwork at the time of purchase.

In addition, a special showing by UpCycle's Fur-Vor Community Art Project will be featured. This community-based project is funded by the Alexandria City Commission for the Arts. It was designed to encourage and enhance students in the creation of animal-inspired art with recycled materials. On exhibit will be 40-50 8"x8" panels of recycled dog art created by area students—these pieces will not be for sale at this time.

Light fare and refreshments will be served during the reception, and Animal Welfare League staff will be available to conduct tours of shelter facilities and introduce guests to current residents. The Vola Lawson Shelter is open to the public for adoptions and viewings during the following hours: Monday-Thursday 12-7pm, Friday closed, Saturday and Sunday 12-5pm. It is handicapped-accessible.

Donation Drive: Drop off blankets and towels at the animal shelter year-round!

Reception: Friday, February 27 from 7-9pm at the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter in Alexandria (4101 Eisenhower Ave, Alexandria VA 22304). Open to the public, artists, art enthusiasts, and animal lovers.

View the exhibit from February 21 through May 31, 2015 at the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter in Alexandria (4101 Eisenhower Ave, Alexandria VA 22304). Shelter hours for adoption and viewing are: Monday-Thursday 12-7pm, Friday closed, and Saturday-Sunday 12-5pm.

Feedback or Questions? Share a note on Del Ray Artisans' Facebook page, send a tweet to Del Ray Artisans, or contact the Gallery Without Walls curator Eileen O'Brien at or exhibit coordinator Linda Goetz Mierke at

Location: 4101 Eisenhower Ave, Alexandria VA
Date: Friday, February 27, 2015
Category: Show*, Event*
Created by: Public Access ( by Web Curator )
Updated: Saturday, April 18, 2015 11:18am EDT
Attachments: None

Supported in part by:
City of AlexandriaAlexandria Commission for the ArtsVirginia Commission for the ArtsNational Endowment for the Arts

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at the Nicholas A. Colasanto Center

2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301-1124
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Thursday:  Noon to 6 pm
First Thursday (May-Sep):  Noon to 9 pm
Friday:  Noon to 9 pm
Saturday:  Noon to 9 pm
Sunday:  Noon to 6 pm

Free admission, Open to the public