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‘Pet Portrait’ event opens at OC arts center, Saturday

(Feb. 5, 2015) Pet lovers have the opportunity to see their pets immortalized in art during “Pet Portrait Saturday” at the Ocean City Center for the Arts.
The event will take place on Saturday, Feb. 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the art center on 94th Street in Ocean City.
Half the proceeds from the portrait fees will go to benefit the Worcester County Humane Society, a local no-kill shelter.
The event is part of the February “Pet in Portrait” theme at the art center, where members and local artists depict the theme through paintings and photography.
Photographer Sara Timmons will take custom photographic portraits of pets during Pet Portrait Saturday. Dogs, cats and other agreeable pets – along with their adults and children – are welcome.
The portrait fee is $75, of which $37.50 will be donated to the humane society. The fee includes a sitting and an 8×10-inch custom printed photograph, which will be available for pick-up at the art center in one to two weeks.
Timmons has a knack for photographing animals, because “I love critters,” she said. Her trick to getting the pet’s attention during a portrait is to “make strange noises,” like barking or meowing.
Also during the event, artist Jim Rehak will create pet caricature drawings that are ready to take home in 15 minutes. A single portrait in black-and-white is $20; color is $25. A double portrait in black-and-white is $35; color is $45. Half of these fees will be contributed to the humane society.
Rehak began caricaturing animals, because the people he was drawing asked that their pets be included. “It’s challenging but fun,” Rehak said.
Appointments are available every 15 minutes by calling 410-524-9433, and walk-ins are also welcome.