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Artists for the animals

Staff Reports • Updated Apr 28, 2016 at 8:00 AM

Artwork by a group of Wilson Central High School students will join an esteemed group of professional artists Thursday night at the New Leash on Life Art Show.

The art show, from 6-8 p.m. at the Mill in Lebanon, will feature paintings, pottery, iron works and more. The event will offer a live, a silent auction and some individually priced pieces – with all proceeds benefitting the animals at New Leash on Life.

The students at Wilson Central wanted to participate because of their love for both art and the animals, according to art instructor DeAna Duncan.

“I drew this picture for animals who need a loving owner and for them to have a happy life,” said Kristin Sheffield, whose painting is a black-and-white scratchboard of a dog.

Asia Pace did a triple hanging piece of a cat painted in bright colors “because they remind me of a cat’s temperament – playful and fun. I painted the cat for NLOL because cats are beautiful, expressive and iconic animals. New Leash on Life is a great organization, and I’m glad it exists.”

Other pieces by Wilson Central students include a single cat on easel by Claire Simpson, a cat and dog watercolor by Andrew Sieber and Molly Caron and a cat/cat piece by Destiny Carter.

Renowned Nashville artist Phil Ponder will be present and personally auction off his donated frame prints of the Lebanon Square and Castle Heights Administrative Building. He will also reveal his latest painting of a local landmark, the Mitchell House.

Among the other contributing artists are Maribeth Wright with Barking at the Moon Studios; JoAnn Matthews; Larry and Tracey Rogers with LTR Pottery; and art from Off the Beaten Path Studio.

Fire Pit Art will have one of its Manta Ray design fire pits up for sale, as well as works from other local artists.

Throughout the evening, Nashville-based singer and songwriter Steff Mahan will offer up her musical talents for everyone’s entertainment.

“We are thrilled to have such a diverse collection of art from a wide variety of artists,” said Angela Chapman, executive director of New Leash on Life. “We invite the community to attend this one of a kind art show. 

“Come enjoy an evening of the arts and music, all while helping the animals of New Leash on Life.”

Admission is free. Donations will be accepted.

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