Pups fund, gallery team up for benefit event

The Pup!Art experience is set to return for its second consecutive year on Friday, Nov. 18 with twice as many works of art and an abundance of animals to adopt.

(Special to the Progress)

After a successful event last year, the Art One Gallery and its neighbor, The Paper Place, have joined hands in hosting an event to benefit the Two Pups Wellness Fund.

Returning for its second year, the second annual Pup!Art Experience is set to double its artwork scale and feature an overwhelming number of dogs looking for a new home, according to Two Pups Wellness Fund founder Nancy Silver, co-owner of The Paper Place. 

The event will be held in the breezeway in front of the Art One Gallery and The Paper Place.

“We've been saving dogs left and right; the more dogs we can home, the merrier,” Silver said. 

Art One Gallery manager Max Smith heard about Silver’s efforts to save dogs’ lives and began drafting a way that his nonprofit art gallery and Silver’s nonprofit could do more outside of the confines of their neighboring businesses. 

Smith sees this year's event as an opportunity to auction off a plethora of animal-inspired art created by 30-plus artists, including interactive artists displaying works in progress. 

Silver sees this as a perfect collaboration. 

“They're helping children and they are such an incredible foundation that uses student art and they supply all the supplies and grants for students,” Silver said. “Meanwhile we're helping animals and I want the world you know what Two Pups and Art One are.”

Because of this, she is recruiting live music help, offering local holiday shopping inside her store, and bringing back the fan-favorite taco truck Taco Juan and bartenders Eddie and Al. 

Though the fanfare will be plentiful, the main goal of the shindig is to drive home the missions of the neighboring businesses and nonprofits. 

The event is open to the public and free to attend however, guests are encouraged to bid on artwork, buy raffle tickets, shop, and make donations.

Proceeds from the evening benefit both The Art One Foundation – a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing financial assistance to underprivileged student artists – and Two Pups Wellness Fund.

Silver founded the Wellness Fund in 2017 “as a vital community resource to give financial assistance through our shelters and rescues to those animals who have been injured, neglected and/or abandoned that are in need of life-saving care.”

If you go:

Pup!Art Experience

When: 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18. 

Where: 4130 North Marshall Way

Cost: Free

Info: 480-490-7136 or thepack@twopups.org

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