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Art Bark in the Park Brings ART and DOGS to the Community

Art Bark in the Park

150 Art Pups painted by local artists to be displayed at White Park

Riverside, CA —Riverside is about to “go to the dogs”—in an artistic sense. The Art Alliance of the Riverside Art Museum, who previously brought you Art Float—Riverside (inspired by Portraits of Hope), is proud to present Art Bark in the Park, an homage to man (and woman’s) best friend—the dog!

Art Bark in the Park will showcase 150 metal dogs painted by local artists and displayed at White Park in downtown Riverside, October 4–10, 2019. To kick-off the event, the Art Alliance is looking for sponsors and artists to get involved.

Art Bark - RiversideEach large 4-foot Art Pup will be assigned to a local artist to use as a metal-canvas for their artwork and then matched to a sponsor. When the public display is over in October, all the Art Pups will find a home with sponsor-owners.

The Art Pups are cut out to resemble Labradors, Beagles, Huskies, Basset Hounds, and Scottish Terriers, yet artists may paint in any style they wish. Top level sponsors can choose any dog breed for their Art Pup. Funds raised through Art Bark in the Park will benefit the Riverside Art Museum.

In October 2019, all 150 Art Pups will be on display for the public to enjoy in a free art exhibit. The event will kick-off with a gala party the evening of Friday, October 4. The public can view the show for free from Saturday, October 5, through Wednesday, October 10, during open park hours. Then each of the dogs will be gathered up on Thursday, October 11, for their final destination to a sponsor’s home where they have been lovingly adopted.

The Art Alliance is currently signing up both artists and sponsors at Art Pup artists will have most of the summer to complete their creations. The deadline for artists to sign up is June 30, 2019.

Anyone who would like to own one of these special Art Pups and would like more information can call Kathy Allavie at or 951-784-7377. Any artists with questions can email

The Riverside Art Museum integrates art into the lives of people in a way that engages, inspires, and builds community by providing high quality exhibits and art education programs that instill a lifelong love of the arts. RAM relies on the generosity of members and donors to support its exhibitions, education programs, and special events. A 60-plus-year-old, non-profit cultural arts institution housed in a National Historic 1929 building designed by Hearst Castle and AIA Gold Medal-winning architect Julia Morgan, the museum welcomes over 50,000 visitors a year. The museum is open Tuesday–Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. and Sunday, noon–4:00 p.m. For information on exhibits, events, classes, memberships, or sponsorship opportunities, visit For information about the proposed Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art, Culture & Industry at the Riverside Art Museum, visit

Caption: Artist Paulden Evans shows off the demo dog he finished for Art Bark in the Park.

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