Animals are king at Zooinitas art exhibit

ENCINITAS — Roaring with animal art, the Zooinitas exhibit will take the public into the jungles of Encinitas were art reigns supreme, with an opening reception from 1 to 4 p.m. July 26, at the Encinitas Library, 540 Cornish Drive.

View a collection of wild and unusual animal art including the life-size wooden lion name “Aldimere” created by artist Thomas Thomas.

The reception will provide support for the Rancho Coastal Human’s Society’s  Animal Safehouse Program. Enjoy live music and refreshments as you tour into the virtual art studios of artists, Joan Hansen, Gary Johnson and Linda Luisi who will be creating art, just in time for the silent auction.  Guests are also invited to drop a small toy into the Toys for Pups drop box out front, the day of the reception.

“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.” said Amy Heflin, director of the program.

The Zooinitas exhibit runs through Aug. 24 at the Library Art Gallery, open 7 days a week, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Sunday noon to 5 p.m.

“This is a celebration of our area’s lively art scene, with a particular focus on art experiences that encouraged everyone to get involved, connect, and gather, possibilities seem endless and imagination has no limits,” said artist and Curator Cheryl Ehlers.

Participating artists include Adele Richert, Bobbi Harrington, Brian Batemen, Bruce Stewart, Cheryl Ehlers, Debra Saum, Francine Filsinger, Gary Johnson, Gwenn Beoppe, Joan Hansen, Krista Timberlake, Linda Luisi, Mo McGee, Stephen Frank Gary, Terry Oshrin, Thomas Thomas and Tish Wynne.

For more information about Zoonitas, call (760) 519-1551 or log on to For more information about the Animal Safehouse Program at Rancho Coastal Humane Society, visit the shelter at 389 Requeza Street in Encinitas, call (760) 753-6413, or log on to



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