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Dog Days Of Summer ( And Other Pets Too!) Opens August 9 At MartinArts’ Courthouse Cultural Center Gallery. Public Reception Friday, August 12 . Family Day, Pet Adoptions, Artist Demos Scheduled Through October 1st

“Dog Days of Summer (and other pets too!)” opens August 9, 2022 at MartinArts’ Court House Cultural Center Gallery in Stuart.  Meet the artists at the Public Reception on Friday, August 12.  Enjoy original art of animals and pets, a Family Day (Saturday, September 17) and pet adoption opportunities will be held through the exhibit’s run, until October 1st.  A raffle will be held for a Skip Hartzell sculpture.  Proceeds from all sales will benefit Caring Fields Felines, Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, Treasure Coast Wildlife Center, and MartinArts.  A special video presentation by international group, Gunhill Road, “I Know You’re Real is included in this multi-medium exhibit. The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks.  All artwork will be available on the virtual gallery as well as in person. 






80 SE Ocean Blvd.  Stuart, FL  34994


Opening Reception


Friday, August 12 | 5:30–7  PM



Special Raffle to win a Skip Hartzell sculpture!


Raffle tickets will be available for purchase throughout the exhibit.




Artist Demos / Meet & Greet/ Pop Up


Saturday, September 3, 2022      10 – 4






Katie Gianni       Jordan Silvia      Heather Ivins


Artists Katie Gianni, Jordan Silvia, and Heather Ivins will be teaming up for a fun event where they will be painting and drawing live, chatting with you about their work, and selling fine art originals and prints.



Additionally, each artist will be raffling off an 8”x8” piece, with 100% of the proceeds going to the animal rescue and adoption organizations participating in the Dog Days of Summer exhibition. By entering the raffle, you may win an original piece of artwork for a small donation of $5 (or more, if you’d like), while also helping animals!  The three artists will be sharing more details in the next couple of weeks, so make sure to follow them here and on Instagram for more information.




Family Day


Learn about local wildlife, enjoy hands-on activities, library card sign up, and story time provided by the Martin County Library System, Tykes & Teens, and Treasure Coast Wildlife Center


Saturday, September 17 | 12–3PM




Adoption Days

Meet furry friends available for adoption and support local rescues.


Caring Fields Felines – August 13 | 10AM–1PM

Humane Society of Treasure Coast – September 22 | 10AM–3PM




Check back for additional programs & events.


Exhibit Dates:  August 9 – October 1, 2022



A donation of $5 in support of MartinArts is requested.

 Gallery Hours:

Tuesday 10AM–6PM

 Wednesday through Saturday 10 AM–4 PM





“Couch Potato” by Deborah La Fogg Docherty. All rights reserved.




Holly Cannon

Katie Gianni

Eduardo Gomez

Margaret Gray

Skip Hartzell

Heather Ivins

Deborah LaFogg Docherty

Mia Lindberg

Maria G. Miele

Caryl Pomales

Roni Rottner

Jordan Silvia

Molly Potter Thayer







Caryl Pomales’ “Have you Any Wool”  All rights reserved.




“Animals have been subject matter in the visual arts since the beginning of time. We are so excited about this collaborative effort to have local artists bring attention to the needs of our furry and perhaps not so furry friends and the nonprofits that help them.” said Nancy K. Turrell, Executive Director of MartinArts.”





Heather Ivins’ “Green Fish”  All rights reserved.




Proceeds from sales will benefit MartinArts and local non-profit animal rescue and adoption agencies – Caring Fields Felines, Humane Society of the Treasure Coast and Treasure Coast Wildlife Center.  In addition to the artworks on display, activities throughout the exhibit will include artist demos, pet adoption events, a family fun day with animal education, hands-on activities, library card sign up, and story time provided by the Martin County Library System, Tykes & Teens, and Treasure Coast Wildlife Center. 








The legendary classic rock group Gunhill Road’s hit YouTube video celebrating the special relationship between humans and animals, “I Know You’re Real.”






Jordan Silvia’s “French Bulldog”. All rights reserved











About MartinArts: 

MartinArts mission is to inspire participation and passion for the arts in our community. MartinArts envisions a vibrant and thriving community where arts and culture is woven into every aspect of life. As a regional leader, MartinArts stimulates and advances the economy of the cultural community. 

MartinArts has served our community since 1980 and as the local arts agency since 1986. With roots in our community, we strive to support the arts sector through advocacy, promotion, research, community planning and programming. Our focus on arts education is core to who we are as we know that through those efforts, we are working to secure an audience for generations in the future. We are housed in a county-owned historic building (formerly the county’s first courthouse) the Court House Cultural Center. Located in historic downtown Stuart, this venue allows us to serve as a hub of cultural experiences for residents and visitors.

Sponsored in part by the Florida Dept. of State, Division of Arts & Culture, Florida Council on Arts & Culture, the National Endowment for the Arts, Martin County Board of County Commissioners, and private contributions.

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