RENO — As the nation celebrates its independence in the month of July, Art Paws asks not what animals can do for their country, but what their community can do for them.
More than 100 local vendors will congregate in celebrating canine independence days at the 12th annual Art Paws from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 15 at the McKinley Arts and Cultural Center.
Art Paws is the only canine-friendly event at the Artown festival. The event features products and services designed to uplift the canine mind, body and soul — and help animals in need. Voting at Art Paws will determine which three local animal-aid agencies will garner all the proceeds from the event. In 2011, the U.S. Wolf Refuge, Feline Rescue of Northern Nevada and Boxers & Buddies received more than $6,000. The event is being presented by PetFolio Magazine and all proceeds from the event will benefit local non-profit pet organizations. A special feature this year will be a free “Tribute to Animals” by the Nevada Opera, as well as wine and beer tastings and an evening concert by Rhythm Tailors Hillbilly Band. Admission to this event is free.
Attendees can enjoy canine art provided by artists and artisans, a silent auction of pet items, a raffle with prizes from pet product vendors and dogs will be encouraged to try their hand at paw painting. There also will be a chance for dogs to show off their unique talents and skills in the Canine Contests, some of which include cutest dog, best costume and best trick.
Art Paws is part of the 17th annual Artown festival, which takes place over the entire month of July. The summer arts festival features more than 400 events produced by more than 100 cultural organizations and businesses in locations citywide. Artown receives major funding from the city of Reno, and is sponsored by the Grand Sierra Resort, U.S. Bank, NV Energy, JLH Inc., Waste Management, Basin Street Properties, the Reno Gazette-Journal, KOLO 8 News Now, KTHX-FM and KNPB with additional support from the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.
PetFolio Magazine was established in 1997 as a free, bi-monthly magazine designed to inform, educate and serve as a communication network for animal lovers across the Northern Nevada region. The magazine helps to raise funds and awareness for various animal rescue organizations in Nevada through its print publication and annual event, Art Paws. The McKinley Arts and Cultural Center is located at 925 Riverside Drive in Reno.
For more information about PetFolio Magazine, visit www.petfoliomagazine.com or contact Landess Witmer at 560-4242.