Dog Adoption Day at the KIA

Special Guest Artist: Michigan Native Anne Farley Gaines!

Posted: July 23, 2010
Source: Farrell Howe
Job Title: Marketing Coordinator
Department: Development
Phone: (269) 349-7775 ext. 3112

Dog Adoption Day at the KIA
Featuring Annie Bananie My Forever Home, Illustrator
Anne Farley Gaines

August 7, 11 am - 2 pm

Annie Bananie

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is hosting a dog adoption day on Saturday, August 7 at 11 am - 2 pm.

The event is being held in honor of artist and Michigan native, Anne Farley Gaines who illustrated a beautiful book about an elderly poodle searching for her Forever Home.

Annie Bananie My Forever Home illuminates a plight many animal shelters are familiar with. Elderly pet owners often don't make provisions for their pets in the event of their passing. Many of these pets tend to be older, have special needs, and wind up in shelters. Despite still being loving and worthwhile pets, many of them are passed over for adoption.

By hosting this event, the KIA hopes to bring awareness and provide a voice for a wonderful group of dogs searching for their Forever Home.

Representatives from the SPCA with Southwest Michigan, CanineSafeHarbor, the Kalamazoo Humane Society and Save Our Strays will be at the KIA along with some special dogs who are searching for their Forever Homes!

Guests will be encouraged to interact with the dogs, ask questions of the organizations and learn why its important to not only consider an older dog for adoption, but also to make plans for your current pets should your ability to care for them changes. All of the participating dogs are eligible for adoption.

Copies of Annie Bananie My Forever Home will be available for purchase at the KIA Gallery Shop. This whimsical children's book is being sold for $12.95, and partial proceeds will benefit the SPCA with Southwest Michigan, CanineSafeHarbor, the Kalamazoo Humane Society and Save Our Strays.

Anne Farley Gaines

Anne Farley Gaines will display her illustrations, read an excerpt from Annie Bananie and sign copies of the book.

Anne Farley Gaines was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1954. On the walls of the family living room were reproductions and original paintings by her great-uncle, Lynn Bogue Hunt, one of America's foremost wildlife artists. Growing up in the shadow of these works and taking long walks with her mother and sisters in the deep woods by their home, Anne developed an interest in nature-based art at an early age. She began to spend hours drawing and painting at a table near her great-uncle's works.

Gaines received her BA in studio art, with highest honors from Principia College, Elsah, IL and her MA/MFA in painting, minor in graphics from Bowling Green State University, OH. Among her many awards are the Catherine Cogswell Maule Art Opportunity Award and Accomplished Graduate Honoree in Fine Arts Award. For more information on Gaines, please click here.

Admission is free and this event is open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, please contact Farrell Howe, KIA marketing coordinator at (269) 349-7775 ext. 3112 or via email.

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is a nonprofit art museum and school. Since 1924, the institute has offered art classes and free-admission programming, including exhibitions, lectures, events, activities and a permanent collection. The KIA's mission is to cultivate the creation and appreciation of the visual arts for the communities of West Michigan.