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.”
Miller has done a lot of socially motivated projects at his Lower East Side gallery, including rescuing a few cats and finding homes for them. “On occasion I like to support animal shelters,” he says. “I’ve done stuff with homeless shelters and in between other shows. This one’s a fun little show – we have some talented artists and if they sell, part of the proceeds will go to the Humane Society.”
“Dogs and Cats: 21 Artists Unleashed and on the Prowl” will open at 92 Orchard Street this Sunday from 2pm to 6pm, and runs through May 3. “It’s a pet friendly opening where you can bring your dog or your cat and the first ten people that walk in the door will get a dog holiday ornament.”
Hey, it beats searching for Easter eggs.