Pup Power

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Like the visages of humans, dogs' faces are quite telling. Use just a bit of intuition, and you can recognize when a pup is happy, curious, scared and even heartbreakingly sad. Strays that have lived on the streets of St. Louis certainly know from heartache, but when these pooches get a second chance at life, thanks to caring individuals and rescue organizations, the canine companions tend to show their feelings even more as they thrive. For Urban Wanderers, a special art exhibition at the Saint Louis University Museum of Art (3663 Lindell Boulevard; 314-977-2666 or sluma.slu.edu), artists worked to capture the expressiveness of pit bulls in the care of Stray Rescue of St. Louis. Through paint, sculpture and photography, the sensitive nature of these dogs and their verve for life shine, helping to spread the message that the lives of all pups are valuable and worth saving and respecting. Urban Wanderers opens with a reception beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 15. Artworks will be available for purchase through www.blacktie-missouri.com/auctions, and proceeds will benefit Stray Rescue's essential work. Some puppy dogs even will create masterpieces that will be for sale as well! Talk about a verve for life! The gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday, and the show remains on view through Sunday, August 28.
Wednesdays-Sundays. Starts: July 15. Continues through Aug. 28, 2011

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