Marietta College partners with animal shelter to make some paw-sitive art

Published: May. 7, 2019 at 7:58 PM EDT
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Marietta College's art department and the Humane Society of the Ohio Valley partnered on a "paw-sitive" project to raise money for the shelter.

The "Pet Paintings" project sees shelter dogs dip their paws into non-toxic paint and walk on white boards, creating art. All of the art will be displayed and auctioned at an exhibition at the Herman Fine Arts center May 17 with proceeds going back to the shelter.

The idea for the project came from Marietta College art professor Jolene Powell. Shelter volunteers said the dogs had a wonderful time.

"We're always talking about how art and graphic design can benefit the community," Powell said, "and not just always be this personal expression but can be something where you're working with children or the O'Neill center or the Humane Society."

"It's just inventive and fun and different," HSOV volunteer Ginger Eubank said, "and we've never done one of these before so I'm anxious to see how the art exhibition comes out."

The exhibition is May 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Herman Fine Arts building at Marietta College.