Savannah artist striving to get dogs into homes with new art show

An artist in Savannah is using her creativity to get dogs who’ve spent a while at the Humane Society for Greater Savannah adopted. Savannah College of Art and Design graduate and RO3 Gallery Owner Stephanie Forbes has always had a passion for art and animals.”I can’t just go to the […]

An artist in Savannah is using her creativity to get dogs who’ve spent a while at the Humane Society for Greater Savannah adopted. Savannah College of Art and Design graduate and RO3 Gallery Owner Stephanie Forbes has always had a passion for art and animals.”I can’t just go to the Humane Society because I will bring home every dog, so I started to think about how I can contribute to the life of an animal there in some way be able to give them something of myself outside of just taking them home,” Forbes said.Friday night, Forbes will open her new “Lonely Hearts” exhibition, putting the Humane Society’s longest residents on display. The Adoptions Manager at the Humane Society, Nina Schulze, says dogs are considered “lonely hearts” when they are at the shelter for longer than 30 days. Schulze says the art gallery is a great way for people to see these dogs without going to the shelter.”It gets our animals the exposure. A lot of people aren’t comfortable going into adoption centers. They have this stigma that these animals are homeless and they get put down but working with the community puts them in a different light to see them in ways that a lot of people can’t see them in an adoption center,” Schulze said. Forbes spends quality time with the animals before capturing them on the canvas.”I really wish the dogs could see the portrait and actually say ‘Oh my God, that’s me,'” Forbes said.If you decide to adopt one of the lonely hearts, you’ll not only get a new best friend but a painting, too. Forbes gifts the painting to the adopters of lonely hearts. She says she hopes every dog on the wall of her gallery makes it into a loving home.”Dogs are just such an escape from heaviness. They offer nothing but love,” Forbes said.The art show opens Friday night at 5 p.m. at the RO3 Gallery at 915 Montgomery St. There will be a food truck on-site and some of the adoptable dogs featured in the paintings will also be there. For more information, click here.

An artist in Savannah is using her creativity to get dogs who’ve spent a while at the Humane Society for Greater Savannah adopted.

Savannah College of Art and Design graduate and RO3 Gallery Owner Stephanie Forbes has always had a passion for art and animals.

“I can’t just go to the Humane Society because I will bring home every dog, so I started to think about how I can contribute to the life of an animal there in some way be able to give them something of myself outside of just taking them home,” Forbes said.

Friday night, Forbes will open her new “Lonely Hearts” exhibition, putting the Humane Society’s longest residents on display.

The Adoptions Manager at the Humane Society, Nina Schulze, says dogs are considered “lonely hearts” when they are at the shelter for longer than 30 days. Schulze says the art gallery is a great way for people to see these dogs without going to the shelter.

“It gets our animals the exposure. A lot of people aren’t comfortable going into adoption centers. They have this stigma that these animals are homeless and they get put down but working with the community puts them in a different light to see them in ways that a lot of people can’t see them in an adoption center,” Schulze said.

Forbes spends quality time with the animals before capturing them on the canvas.

“I really wish the dogs could see the portrait and actually say ‘Oh my God, that’s me,'” Forbes said.

If you decide to adopt one of the lonely hearts, you’ll not only get a new best friend but a painting, too. Forbes gifts the painting to the adopters of lonely hearts. She says she hopes every dog on the wall of her gallery makes it into a loving home.

“Dogs are just such an escape from heaviness. They offer nothing but love,” Forbes said.

The art show opens Friday night at 5 p.m. at the RO3 Gallery at 915 Montgomery St. There will be a food truck on-site and some of the adoptable dogs featured in the paintings will also be there. For more information, click here.

https://www.wjcl.com/article/savannah-artist-dogs-loving-homes-art-show/39221970

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