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Southport pet portrait workshop gives back to shelter

June 24, 2014

By Jan Hartlaub, Star-News, Wilmington, N.C.



June 24--Painting portraits of family pets has become a habit at Howe Outrageous art gallery and shop in Southport, said Kimberly Bandera, owner, "and, everyone really seems to have a good time while they are painting."

In October, Bandera hosted the first class for pet owners who wanted to paint a picture of their pet. That class was so well received that she and her friend, Johnna Jalot, owner of Four Legs Good Pet Boutique, have held several more.

There is a charge for the class that covers the cost of supplies, and remaining funds are donated to the Brunswick County Sheriff's Animal Protective Services. Thus far, approximately $400 has been given to the shelter.

"This is just a way of learning a new skill, meeting people and contributing to a worthy cause all at the same time," Bandera said.

"Actually, it was Jalot's idea," Bandera explained. "Johnna came to me one day and suggested we come up with an idea for raising money for the Brunswick County Animal Protective Services."

Bandera explained that Jalot has been sponsoring a monthly visit of the Brunswick County Animal Protective Services van for some time.

"After much discussion, we realized that most pet owners usually have a favorite picture of their pet, and if they had an opportunity to put that picture into a more lasting venue, they might be willing to attend a workshop to learn how to do it," she said.

Bandera said a family of six with a pet dog came to a class.

"Each family member had a favorite picture of the dog and were so excited when they could each paint their special picture," she said.

Jalot attended the class and painted a picture of Clifford, a dog that was adopted through the Brunswick County Rescue Van.

The classes are scheduled once a month except December.

To register and/or get more information, call Bandera at 910-363-4811.

Bandera and Jalot said they really enjoy sponsoring these classes and feel that it is an educational experience as well.

Carol Schroeder, a class participant, said she enjoyed learning a new hobby and also meeting the others in the class.

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