Shelter dogs and cats possess an inspiring and amazing will to live. These furry friends endure it all — and still wag their tales, or meow and purr, and trust again. The rescued animals at Stray Rescue of St. Louis provide daily encouragement for the volunteers and the employees there, and now, they've inspired more than 40 local artists, too. For Urban Wanderers, a multimedia exhibition at the Saint Louis University Museum of Art (3663 Lindell Boulevard; 314-977-2666 or sluma.slu.edu), artists have depicted their interpretations of rescued animals. Sculptures, paintings, photos and drawings share the hope of a shelter cat or dog, a little fella or lady that just longs to live a life of lazy naps, full bellies and lots of petting. In addition to these works, the exhibition features paintings by animal-lover Loretta Swit,"Hot Lips" of M*A*S*H fame, who comes to town and greets folks on opening night. Urban Wanderers runs from Friday, July 16, through Sunday, August 29, and the gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. The opening reception begins at 6 p.m. that first Friday and is free to attend, but bring along some cash to bid on Swit's work in the silent auction as well as the other pieces in the show — the rescued animals themselves have even made some artistic contributions! All auction proceeds benefit Stray Rescue.
Wednesdays-Sundays. Starts: July 16. Continues through Aug. 29, 2010