Petcasso 2017 will feature a silent auction with a variety of upscale items, including 20 Painted Pets - dog and cat forms that have been transformed into one-of-a-kind works of art by visionary local and regional artists. Before the event on November 18th, the Pets will be displayed at various public locations throughout Cincinnati.

See below for information on each Pet, along with information on the artists and their unique creations.

The online auction will open on Friday, September 22, 2017 at 6:00 pm and will continue through the evening of Petcasso on Saturday, November 18, 2017.

Visionary Dog

Frédéric Bonin-Pissarro


DESCRIPTION:
In my later work as a painter several graphic elements have been instrumental in re-defining my style from post-impressionism to Abstract Expressionism. I thought creating a repeat pattern using several of these elements would be my best option to represent my style, create continuity and interest but also avoid the "Easter Egg" effect.

ARTIST BIO:
With a modern twist, Frédéric Bonin-Pissarro continues a long family tradition of fine arts, his great-grandfather being one of the original Impressionists, Camille Pissarro. Born and raised in Paris, Frédéric learned the art of painting with father Claude Bonin-Pissarro. Jean Edelmann also influenced his style. After studying in Paris at École de Sèvres and École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts, he settled in Cincinnati, Ohio. In Cincinnati, he taught color theory, character design, writing scenario, illustration, composition and layout at the Art Institute of Cincinnati and received the Key to the City in 2001. He received a B.A. and M.A., summa cum laude, from the Morehead State University in Kentucky, where he also taught. Having recently moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, he is a professor in the Art Department at UNLV.

DISPLAY LOCATION:
EYE 1
2648 Erie Ave, Hyde Park Square

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Pawblue Petcasso

Lisa Edwards


DESCRIPTION:
Black base coat, Impressionistic style with small brush strokes of bright rainbow colors.

ARTIST BIO:
Lisa Edwards has both a love of animals and the arts, so Petcasso is the perfect venue to combine these cherished elements. “I've always had a passion for different media styles, respect for the creative process, and been fascinated by other artists’ uniqueness. I'm looking forward to sharing my work among Cincinnati's creative collective!” Lisa was an illustrator for three published books; Welcome Home Grandpa; My Mother Wears Combat Boots; and Micaela's Guardian Angel. Her pan sketch of Helke Elementary School is on permanent display and Bethesda North Hospital displayed an oil painting by Lisa for a year. Additional key accomplishments include, Senior Show Honors in Sculpture and Wall Art at Wright State University and Best in Show in Montgomery County for her oil on canvas painting entitled, "Girl Picking Flowers".

DISPLAY LOCATION:
Miller Gallery
2715 Erie Avenue, Hyde Park Square

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The Rainbow Bridge

Beth Ann Eline


DESCRIPTION:
My cat is painted starting from the front as a regular colored cat painted with a pearlized paint. As you progress back, the cat's fur slowly changes colors to darker pearlized blues and deep violets to represent the evening sky ending with the darkest color at the tip of the tail. There are tiny crystals representing glittering stars over the body of the cat. The colors of the stars change in correspondence with color of the paint. The cat is standing on a small flat wooden bridge that is just a bit longer than the body of the cat. The bridge is painted in various golden tones. The wood is painted to simulate a wood grain texture.

ARTIST BIO:
A former high school art teacher of 18 years, teaching a variety of Upper Level arts classes, Beth Ann earned her degree from the College of Mt. St. Joseph. She participated in the Big Pig Gig with a friend, naming their pig Going for Baroque. Currently retired, she spends her time making cat toys for a cat rescue and cares for cats with physical deformities and other health issues.

DISPLAY LOCATION:
Khakis
3445 Edwards Road, Hyde Park

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Steampunk Pup

Susan Gertz


DESCRIPTION:
My painted pet is called “Steampunk Pup.” He is collaged and painted with steampunk images and embellished with artifacts such as vintage watch parts and goggles. He’s topped off with a hand crafted hat made using traditional millinery techniques.

ARTIST BIO:
A lifelong bond of love with furry family members led Susan Gertz to pursue BA Zoology and MA Biology Degrees, focusing on animal behavior and to work in the science education field for nearly 30 years. As a pet photographer, Susan brings her animal experience and artistic vision together to create fine art portraits of clients' beloved pets. Susan is a proud recipient of an Ohio Top 10 Photographer Award for 2014-2017, a 2016 PPA Gold Medal Award, and was recognized as having one of the top 10 animal photographs in the nation in 2017.

DISPLAY LOCATION:
Poeme
3446 Michigan Avenue, Hyde Park

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Da Vinci Mews

Diana Halligan


DESCRIPTION:
Inspired by Leonardo da Vinci's drawings/studies of cats and other animals, such as "sketch of a roaring lion", "codex on the flight of birds", "Dragon striking down a lion", "wing sketches" and the "Portrait of a Man in Red Chalk", thought to be Leonardo Da Vinci's self-portrait.

ARTIST BIO:
From an early age, Diana Halligan has drawn and painted. Originally from England, Diana pursued a nursing education which she continued when she settled in Ohio. Her interest in anatomy and drawing led her to the Art Academy of Cincinnati where she found her love of working with oils and studying the "Masters". She continues to explore the visual arts as a freelance photographer, and paints with a focus on portraiture and occasionally into set painting with community theater. She is also active as a practitioner in the Healing Touch community.

DISPLAY LOCATION:
Poeme
3446 Michigan Avenue, Hyde Park

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Alexander Hamilcat

Robin Hartmann


DESCRIPTION:
"Alexander Hamilcat”, inspired by the Broadway show.

ARTIST BIO:
After graduating from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, Robin began her career working in the theatre industry creating and building costumes for many Broadway shows of the 80's (A Chorus Line, The Wiz, Pippin). She also worked with Jim Henson’s Muppets, Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock and then spent more than a year as a wardrobe assistant on Saturday Night Live. Robin then became interested in toy design, and came to Cincinnati to work as a toy designer and has also worked on some feature films locally such as The Shawshank Redemption and A Rage in Harlem. Robin has spent the last 8 summers teaching children at The Kennedy Heights Art Center and adults at Chautauqua Institution.

DISPLAY LOCATION:
Pet People
3651 Michigan Avenue #204, Hyde Park

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Avie (ay-vee)

Maddie Heinlen


DESCRIPTION:
The design consists of different types of birds painted onto a blue background.

ARTIST BIO:
Maddie Heinlen is a current Walnut Hills High School student in advanced drawing and painting classes and will be taking AP Studio Art next school year. Her drawings and paintings have been chosen for multiple student art shows in Cincinnati. Most recently, she was selected for The Taft Show and won first place for Walnut Hills.

DISPLAY LOCATION:
Castle House
3435 Edwards Rd., Hyde Park

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Lionardo da Vinci: "The Smallest Feline is a Masterpiece"

Denyse Hermanson


DESCRIPTION:
Lionardo da Vinci: "The Smallest Feline is a Masterpiece", covered in English Garden Flowers. Inspired by Da Vinci’s 1490 exploratory of rose gardens.

ARTIST BIO:
Denyse Hermanson led Global Packaging Design and Photo Strategy for Procter and Gamble's pet care brands, Iams and Eukanuba, for nine years. She designed and executed murals for P&G Paws for a Cause events at Ohio SPCAs including Sharonville, Urbana, Dayton, Cincinnati and Circle Tail, Inc.

DISPLAY LOCATION:
Bonbonerie
2030 Madison Road, O'Bryonville

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Heidi

Joanne Honschopp Lausche


DESCRIPTION:
Joanne’s inspiration for Heidi is her Lynx Point Siamese. She had been spayed and released with nowhere to go for about a year until rescued by Joanne. She hid under the bed for a week after she was brought home, thus the name “Heidi”. She now comes out when she hears someone singing “The Itsy Bitsy Spider”!

ARTIST BIO:
A Fine Arts graduate of the Art Academy of Cincinnati, Joanne Honschopp makes her living as an artist painting landscapes and specializing in Cincinnati scenes, skylines and landmarks. She works all week, every day, in her Pendleton Studio.

DISPLAY LOCATION:
indigenous
1609 Madison Road, East Walnut Hills

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Monsieur Henri Weenie

Anne Huddleston


DESCRIPTION:
Monsieur Henri is a delightfully dapper young man that kept the company of the artist Vincent Van Gogh while living in the south of France. Van Gogh produced some of his best work including his famous sunflower series while living in Arles, France.

On one of Vincent’s frequent walks in the countryside he met a wandering dachshund and each took a fancy to the other and became fast friends. Lazy afternoons were spent enjoying the warm sunshine while Van Gogh painted furiously. Napping was especially pleasant in the shade of the garden's lovely sunflowers from which Vincent pulled so much inspiration.

ARTIST BIO:
Anne Huddleston currently works as a mixed media artist using mosaic tiles and beads to make stunning mosaic mirrors. Recently, she has added mosaic garden art and mosaic rocks for the yard - plus the newest addition, mosaic jewelry. She has a long career in art direction, graphic design and product design in the gift industry, and as an illustrator for the children's market and greeting cards, winning a 2016 Summerfair poster competition. She also lived in China working as an Art Director for 32 Chinese artists for China's largest gift manufacturer.

DISPLAY LOCATION:
Miller Gallery
2715 Erie Avenue, Hyde Park Square

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Pupffiti Sam

Rob Jack


DESCRIPTION:
“Pupffiti Sam” (as in "graffiti" + Sam)

Sam is short for Samson our lab mix. It will be primarily painted acrylic and possibly airbrush acrylic of various inspired images and designs in a graffiti and graphic style.

ARTIST BIO:
Rob Jack is a professional graphic designer and artist for local company, ADEX, which specializes in designing and building trade show booths and other exhibits. He grew up locally and has always been drawn to art and creativitiy, spending hours doing anything creative. His interest and ability grew, driving him to attend Columbus College of Art and Design then to graduate from The Art Academy of Cincinnati after taking a few years off to enlist in the Army Reserves. Rob uses every opportunity to create and make others happy with his talent and hopes to realize his dream of owning his own business specializing in custom made art pieces.

DISPLAY LOCATION:
Miller Gallery
2715 Erie Avenue, Hyde Park Square

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Beethoven’s Fifth

Carol MacConnell


DESCRIPTION:
This playful pup is decoupaged with antique versions of Beethoven’s music and Grey Goose vodka incorporated into the design.

ARTIST BIO:
As a young girl growing up in rural Ohio, Carol MacConnell knew she wanted to be an artist. Her school had no art program and her family was not artistic, yet Carol earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Miami University and has continued to study with some of the greatest living artists in the country. Carol is a full-time professional artist, working in oil and acrylic.

DISPLAY LOCATION:
Three French Hens
3444 Michigan Avenue, Hyde Park

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Hound Solo

Dug Paxton


DESCRIPTION:
"Hound Solo" - A graphic tribute to the Scoundrel of the Stars, Space Pirate, Smuggler - the one and only Han Solo. I have transformed the blank hound dog into everybody’s favorite scruffy looking nerf herder!

ARTIST BIO:
With his obsession of pop culture and his penchant for matchbook painting, Dug Paxton has created a niche in the art industry that allows his creativity to flourish. Dug's imagination was sparked when he began using scraps from his 11x14 art board to paint mini-tattoos and portraits. Those soon morphed into the beloved micro-portraits that have become his passion, alongside tattooing.

Dug has been drawing in one capacity or another since he was very young, but it wasn't until beginning his apprenticeship in a tattoo shop that he began to develop his own style; loose and heavily based on traditional American tattooing. Although there are many artists who Dug admires: Skottie Young, Alex Ross, Bill Watterson, Mike Rooth; he is inspired most by humor and a desire to elicit a response from his audience.

Dug has a full house with his children: Aoife, Finnian, Declan, Rizzo and Giggs his Boston Terriers, Shoshanna his cat, and his amazing wife Sherry.

DISPLAY LOCATION:
indigenous
1609 Madison Road, East Walnut Hills

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Sandy the Beach Dog

Melony Reaster


DESCRIPTION:
Melony chose a beach theme for the poodle – trying to make it as colorful and beachy as possible, looking for opportunities to add a sense of humor and fun!

ARTIST BIO:
What Melony Reaster likes best about making art is that there are no rules. A lifelong lover of nature and animals, Melony celebrates both in her work. From beach landscapes and depictions of the changing seasons to hand-sewn cat toys and upcycled everyday objects, Melony's work embraces bright colors, fun, and the feeling of a much-needed escape. Since joining the Tri-County Visionaries + Voices studio four years ago, she has found ways to intertwine her passions, like selling works of art to support animal rescue organizations. In the future, Melony hopes to continue collaborating with and supporting animal shelters with her art.

DISPLAY LOCATION:
Cockerill
2700 Erie, Hyde Park Square

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Chew-Barka

Brad Rouse


DESCRIPTION:
Inspiration: Brad is a Star Wars junkie – ‘nuf said.

ARTIST BIO:
Brad was an Art Honors student all four years at Fairfield High School. He served a tattoo apprenticeship in 1997 and then started his tattoo career, currently owns Only Hope Tattoo in Fairfield. Besides tattooing, he is mainly focused on watercolor, oil paint and recently costume construction.

DISPLAY LOCATION:
indigenous
1609 Madison Road, East Walnut Hills

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Chia Churchill

Carol Sanger


DESCRIPTION:
Incorporates chia greenery, a bowler hat, cigar and British flag into design named "Chia Churchill."

ARTIST BIO:
Carol Sanger retired from the corporate world in order to devote time and efforts to animal rescue. She is a co-Founder of UCAN and of Westie Rescue Indiana, a former chair of Pets in Need of Greater Cincinnati and League for Animal Welfare. Carol paints pets portraits and donates the proceeds to animal charities.

DISPLAY LOCATION:
English Traditions
2041 Madison Rd, O'Bryonville

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The Son of a Bitch

Tim Smith


DESCRIPTION:
Inspired by Rene Magritte’s “The Son of Man”, this little guy is titled “The Son of a Bitch”. The dog is wearing a bowler with a green apple balanced on its muzzle and is painted in blue skies and clouds, capturing the spirit of the original but with the appropriate levity one might expect from such a playful little pup.

ARTIST BIO:
Tim Smith graduated in 1983 as Outstanding Senior of the Columbus College of Art & Design and is now Principal + Creative Director of Tim Smith Design. Tim's career in graphic design has led him to work for clients such as BMW, Microsoft, Luxottica and Tiffany & Co. His work has garnered many national, regional and local awards and has been in several leading design and business publications. Tim is the president of Cincinnati/NKY Chapter of the Foundation FIghting Blindness and a member of the Cincinnati Art Club. He enjoys painting, photography, travel and time spent with his wife, Paula, and their two adorable dogs, Cassie and Harley.

DISPLAY LOCATION:
Cockerill
2700 Erie, Hyde Park Square

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Shadow Dog

Michael Stillion


DESCRIPTION:
Design is a grey scale shift from black to white.

ARTIST BIO:
Living and working in Cincinnati, Michael Stillion is a visiting Assistant Professor at Miami University. His work has been shown nationally and has won numerous awards. Michael earned his BFA from Columbus College of Art and Design and his MFA from Indiana University, Bloomington.

DISPLAY LOCATION:
indigenous
1609 Madison Road, East Walnut Hills

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Sicasso

Sarah Sweeney


DESCRIPTION:
"Sicasso" - A siamese cat.

ARTIST BIO:
Sarah Sweeney has worked in ceramics for over 10 years. Her signature coil dishware is rustic, practical and stylish. All of Sarah's work contains an organic hand-built charm. She is among an elite class of ceramic artists in the Cincinnati area who has studied under the instruction of Joyce Clancy. Sarah has flourished as an artist and teacher at Visionaries+Voices studios, expanding her knowledge of ceramics to include raku process and various hand-building techniques. She is currently sharing these with students in Cincinnati classrooms. In 2012, Sara inspired and co-curated the Joyce Clancy Legacy Exhibition, bringing together some of the finest ceramic artists in Cincinnati to honor their former teacher and mentor.

DISPLAY LOCATION:
Pet People
3651 Michigan Avenue #204, Hyde Park

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Galaxy Cat

Shannon Timura


DESCRIPTION:
My inspiration comes from the galaxy itself. I am so thankful for the wonderful photos we have of these far regions of space. The magical images fire up my imagination. I chose to paint the fancy kitty sculpture because of the swirls in her long fur and faraway gaze in her eyes. I have layered acrylic paint with swirls of liquid watercolor, fine glitter and small painted stars.

ARTIST BIO:
Currently the Director of Art Education at a performing arts school, Shannon Timura teaches painting, drawing, fashion/illustration and street art classes. She is also working on a series of interactive murals for the Starwood Retail Group.

Represented by local galleries, her art work consists of heavily textured, deeply layered paintings on custom-made wood panels. Inspired by color, imagination, and memories - subjects include minimalist landscapes, dance designs, and whimsical florals.

DISPLAY LOCATION:
Cockerill
2700 Erie, Hyde Park Square

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We would like to thank each Painted Pet artist for generously donating their time and extraordinary talents to support local Pets In Need! Your beautiful and unique creations have far surpassed our expectations and we’re honored to partner with such talented and generous visionaries.

We would also like to thank each of our Painted Pet display locations for sharing their space and resources to support local pets in need!