Artists gather for animal protection

ENCINITAS — A group of 17 local artists will join to help the animal victims of domestic violence during the Zooinitas Extravaganza Exhibition, benefiting the Animal Safehouse Program at Rancho Coastal Humane Society. An opening reception will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. July 26 at the Encinitas Library Gallery at 540 Cornish Drive, Encinitas.

“Zooinitas artists are proud to be a part of the vibrant art scene in Encinitas,” event Curator Cheryl Ehlers, said. “Encinitas is home to a diverse population of talented artists. During the opening reception our guests will experience all forms of artistic expression.”

The Zooinitas exhibit runs through Aug. 24 at the Encinitas Library Art Gallery, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. For more information about Zoonitas call (760) 519-1551or log on to

There will be live music by Second Cousins, an opportunity to meet the artists, a silent auction, the chance to donate a new toy for Toys for Pups, and refreshments. Guests at the reception will have the opportunity to step into “virtual studios.” Each artist will have one hour to complete an original handmade work of art. Participants include wildlife and landscape artist Gary Johnson, muralist and fine art instructor Linda Luisi, and Joan Hanson, a nature artist, instructor and book illustrator. Other exhibiting artists include Adele Richert, Bobbi Harrington, Brian Batemen, Bruce Stewart, Cheryl Ehlers, Debra Saum, Francine Filsinger, Gary Johnson, Gwenn Beoppe, Joan Hansen, Krista Timberlake, , Mo McGee, Stephen Frank Gary, Terry Oshrin, Thomas Thomas and Tish Wynne. During the silent auction, the guests can bid to take home the original works of art “fresh off the easel.”

We’re so honored that these local artists have chosen Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s Animal Safehouse Program as the beneficiary of Zooinitas,” said Amy Heflin, director of the program. “Safehouse is a safety net for the pets of domestic violence victims. When they know their pets will be safe, it allows them to escape and break the chain of violence. Safehouse is also a lifeline for veterans, senior citizens, accident victims, and‚ most recently‚ victims of the fires.



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