Humane Society asks artists to decorate dog, cat statues to mark 100th

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The Humane Society of Washington County is adding a flourish to it’s centennial year by asking local artists to decorate dog and cat statues for display ahead of it’s gala celebration in November. “We wanted to do something out of the ordinary and something truly special and different to recognize our 100th […]

The Humane Society of Washington County is adding a flourish to it’s centennial year by asking local artists to decorate dog and cat statues for display ahead of it’s gala celebration in November.

“We wanted to do something out of the ordinary and something truly special and different to recognize our 100th year,” spokeswoman Noel Fridgen Cordell said.

Artists can enter their proposals for the Centennial Paws for a Cause Statue Design Contest through June 30, Cordell said.

The 12 winners will decorate fiberglass statues of six dogs and six cats up to 36 inches tall that will be displayed at sponsoring businesses for six weeks leading up to the Nov. 13 gala at The Maryland Theatre in downtown Hagerstown, she said. The winners will receive $100 gifts cards to Howard’s Art and Frames in Hagerstown, which is sponsoring the contest.

This image shows the blank statues local artists are being invited to decorate for the Centennial Paws for a Cause Statue Design Contest marking the Humane Society of Washington County's 100th anniversary.

The statues will be auctioned off at the gala, Cordell said.

Artists can submit up to five designs on templates attached to the contest application on the Humane Society’s website at hswcmd.org, Cordell said. Click on the “news” tab to find the “Calling all artists!” post, which contains links to the application form and templates.

 Applications can be emailed to Anna Somers at [email protected] or dropped off at the shelter at 13011 Maugansville Road in Hagerstown.

The application includes examples of statues that were colorfully decorated for similar contests elsewhere.

This image shows examples of decorated statues similar to the ones local artists are being invited to design for the Centennial Paws for a Cause Statue Design Contest marking the Humane Society of Washington County's 100th anniversary.

“When we display these at local businesses, it’s a great way to get the community involved in our celebration,” Cordell said. “They’re going to be eye-catching, and people are going to want to stop and look at them … and that will pique their interest in learning more about the impact the Humane Society of Washington County has had on the community over the past 100 years.”

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