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Gallery Invites Cats and Dogs to Paws and Reflect On This Pet-Themed Art Work

Photo courtesy of Mark Miller Gallery

“Egyptian Cat” by Nancy Grimes, photo courtesy of Mark Miller Gallery

Call it a pet project. This Sunday, the Mark Miller Gallery will launch a show featuring paintings of cats and dogs, and four-legged gallery goers will be treated to wine and cheese water bowls and dog treats.

Ever since he was a kid, Mark Miller has had a soft spot for animals. “People can’t afford to take care of their dogs and cats,” he told me. “We’ve had a lot of homeless animals in the Lower East Side and it’s caused me to get warm to the whole idea of doing something for dogs and cats.”

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Neighborhood Kids Go Cray With Lowline Renderings

Mark Miller Gallery (Photo: Nicole Disser)

Mark Miller Gallery (Photo: Nicole Disser)

At times the Lowline, an underground park planned near the Delancey and Essex street stops, seems like a distant imagining for the Lower East Side, in an area particularly devoid of public green space. The idea was first thought up in 2009 by James Ramsey and Dan Barasch, and as a way of keeping the dream alive their organization has engaged the community on multiple levels. Most recently, the Lowline has tapped into the imaginations of local kids who have turned out surprising results.

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SantaCon Plays Nice While Beasticon Rears Its Head

Resin-cast doll by Mica Hendricks.

Resin-cast doll by Mica Hendricks.

With a “day of anger” expected to keep police busy and SantaCon’s organizers asking its drunken devotees to stick to a list of participating bars in Murray Hill and Hell’s Kitchen rather than marauding through the streets, the annual Running of the Santas promises to be a lower-key affair this year (an as-yet mysterious “exciting starting point” will be revealed tonight). But while SantaCon may be playing itself down, Beasticon has come back like a thing possessed.
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