Work by Bedford Photographer Karen Hocker is Included in Gallery Seven Exhibit

Storm Watch by Karen Hocker - Courtesy image (c) 2016 all rights reserved
Storm Watch by Karen Hocker – Courtesy image (c) 2016 all rights reserved

Special to The Bedford Citizen

Gallery Seven presents “The Art of Dog” an exhibition and fundraiser for Buddy Dog Humane Society in Sudbury. Eleven area artists display images of dogs ranging from paintings to photographs to woodcut relief prints.  Among the work on display is Karen Hocker’s photograph “Storm Watch” where a heroic-looking husky braves the elements. The show is open through May 21 during regular gallery hours.

During the Artists’ Reception and Fundraiser from 7 to 9 pm on Saturday, April 30 there will be a suggested donation at the door of $25 per person or $40 per couple and there will also be raffle items from area retailers with all donations going to Buddy Dog. A percentage of any work sold during the run of the show will be donated to the Buddy Dog Humane Society.

In their window from April 12th – May 21st Gallery Seven will display photographs of three dogs available for adoption at Buddy Dog. Anyone who adopts one of the dogs in the window will receive the framed photo of that dog after the show closes.

About the Exhibit, the Artists and Gallery Seven

The exhibition was inspired by photographer Fred Levy of Maynard whose book, “The Black Dogs Project” was released in 2015. When Levy learned of an epidemic in animal shelters and rescues called “black dog syndrome”, where black dogs are frequently the last to be adopted, he decided to do something about it and the results are these exquisite portraits of black dogs. The photos have been shared worldwide and have spread awareness about the problem.

Along with Levy’s photographs is the whimsical painting “One Smart Cookie” by Ilene Richard where we see a colorful dog with a sly expression on his face and dancing dog bones in the background. And then there is the portrait, “Best Friend” by Denise Kracz, of a dog with multicolored fur and soulful red eyes staring right at you. Annie Downes Catterson’s skillful hand brings us woodcut relief prints of black labs straight out of New England. In “By the Sea, By My Side” we see a church in the background by the water as seagulls fly overhead with a stoic black lab standing in the foreground.

Sam Rudofsky’s photograph “The Pigeon Room” depicts Sophie, a basset hound, lounging in a red chair against a blue backdrop. Her expression is priceless as one might wonder what she is daydreaming about, and in Karen Hocker’s photograph “Storm Watch” we see a heroic looking husky braving the elements. Cody Burridge’s black and white photograph of his Cardigan Welsh Corgi sitting on a wooden floor staring up at the camera is subtle yet powerful. No matter what your taste, there is plenty to see and fall in love with in this exhibition.

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