DOG ART WITH HEART
There is no stranger time in Miami than the week at the beginning of December when Art Basel Miami Beach hits town. Not only does the Miami Beach Convention Center host one of the biggest and most successful art fairs in the world, but also a whole range of smaller fairs springs up in Miami Beach and the Wynwood design district.
Now the art circuit extends to Coral Gables. But is there room for yet another art show?
When it is founded on such a unique theme as BarkBasel and dedicated to such an important charitable cause as well, the answer is a big “Yes!”
BarkBasel is a pop-up fair that opens its doors at 2320 Galiano Street, December 4-7. It is far more focused than any of the other Miami fairs because every single work that it presents shares the same subject matter – dogs! And it is rather more accessible as well because though some of the 100 pieces on display are priced in the thousands of dollars, there are also works available at $20. Featured artists include Amanda Jones, Shelley Castle, Juan Sebastian Maldonado, Diane Lewis, Evelyn McCorristin-Peters, and Marie Mason.
BarkBasel 2014 celebrates the pup in everyone through an eclectic collection of canine artwork. It is about dogs being dogs and artists capturing that moment ... and art without an attitude!
What makes BarkBasel particularly exciting is that every dollar from sales goes directly to Camp Hope Unleashed, a brand new nonprofit program being developed with Tails of Hope Foundation (a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, that is dedicated to the recovery process for veterans living with PTSD in a natural camp setting with their PTSD assistance and companion dogs. Camp Hope Unleashed was inspired by the experience of SSGT USAF (ret) Meghan Duprey, when she attended Camp Unleashed: “There was just something about all the dogs running around, happy as could be. It lightened something in my heart. I got away from "myself" for a while. For the first time in three years I felt almost normal,” she says.
Mayor of Coral Gables, Jim Cason comments “We are pleased that Camp Hope Unleashed is contributing to our cultural community by bringing the BarkBasel “dogs in art” show to the Gables. We wish them great success in raising awareness for this worthy cause in assisting our veterans with recovery.”
And Camp Unleashed Founder Annie Brody puts it like this “BarkBasel is Dog Art with Heart (because it's for a good cause for both humans and dogs!)”
About Camp Hope Unleashed
Camp Hope Unleashed has been developed by Tails of Hope Foundation (TOH), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, Faithful Friends Canine (Service/Assistance Dog Training) Academy, and Camp Unleashed® Retreats. Along with taking part in a fun and relaxing program of activities for people and their dogs, participants at Camp Hope Unleashed will be taught easy-to-learn practical skills from the Trauma Resource Institute’s Trauma Resiliency Model: Veteran & Warrior with a special emphasis on coordinating the use of companion or service dogs in some of the grounding and soothing techniques that the veterans will be able to practice throughout the camp experience and at home.
About Camp Unleashed
Camp Unleashed was founded in 2004 by Annie Brody to “celebrate the relationship between dogs and their people. For a few days, we live in a dog’s world, the natural world — the world both our species depend upon for survival.” The first Camp Unleashed started with 10 people. Today camps are limited to 50 people to keep the dog pack and the human group personal and manageable. In 2010, Camp Unleashed expanded from the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts to include a camp in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. Each Camp Unleashed session offers dogs and their people a 4-day weekend retreat organized to be fun, satisfying, relaxing, and educational.
BarkBasel was devised as a cultural channel to raise awareness and funds for worthy causes related to the canine world.
EXHIBITION HOURS: 12:00PM - 9:00PM
LOCATION: 2320 GALIANO STREET CORAL GABLES, FL
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