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Art center ‘goes to the dogs’

Center for Art and Education in Van Buren will host two dog days of summer events Aug. 2-3.

“Get your tails down to the Dog Days of Summer Event at the Center For Art and Education where two days of canine fun awaits you,” said Owen Shackleford, gallery coordinator. “It will be a howling good time for the whole family, canines included.”

CAE will open “Friends Fur’ever” in the Main Gallery from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2. The gallery exhibition will feature artists Tyler Arnold, Endia Bumgarner, Bob Crane, Betty Johnson and Gillda Meyers.

The Studio Gallery will display entries for CAE’s Dog Days of Summer art contest.

On Saturday, Aug. 3, the gallery will open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Canine friends will be welcome, Shackleford said.

Activities will include food, drinks, face painting, sketch artist cartooning for dogs and owner, treats and watering station for dogs, booths featuring pet-care information, pet-care products and pet rescue organizations and food vendors.

At noon, there will be a parade of dogs.

“For a $5 entry fee, dogs will parade through CAE’s main gallery on the red carpet where our judges will choose winners in a variety of fun categories,” Shackleford said.

Included will be best dressed canine, largest dog, smallest dog, shortest and longest tails, ugliest mutt and best of show.

“Best of show will be judged solely by our experts as to the dog they would most want to take home,” Shackleford said. “Our panel of expert judges will consist of three carefully selected dog lovers, all of whom will be children.”

An awards ceremony will be held at 12:30 p.m. Winning canines will be announced as well as the winning artists in the Dogs Days of Summer photography and painting contest.