Bad Art Is Saving Dogs, One Terrible Painting At A Time

Reviewed by Melina Giakas

July 7, 2015

Erin MacLean and John McNamara have come up with a unique way for artists to use their talents to help dogs in need. The project, called Rescue Art for Rescue Dogs, encourages artists to repurpose and “save” a piece of art, in order to help a dog in need.

The two co-founded Loot found + made, located in Turner Falls, Massachusetts. The antique store contains everything from benches to bowties along with the recently added “bad art.”

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The pieces were collected from flea markets and thrift stores for over a year in anticipation of the project.

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Artists were invited to claim a painting they would repurpose, or “rescue”, by adding creatures to the painting’s landscape. Artists picked numbers out of a hat that corresponded to about fifty paintings in the shop, but were allowed to trade if they desired.  Maclean explains the term “creature” is also loosely defined as not to limit artists’ creativity.

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“Artists will give [the paintings] new life in much the way you do when you adopt a dog — a second chance,” said MacLean.

The only real rule is that artists must retain fifty percent of the original painting and complete their piece by August 15. The “bad art” will be auctioned off at a fundraiser September 19 to support the Franklin County Dog Shelter.

H/t The Recorder

Featured image via The Recorder

Reviewed by Melina Giakas

July 7, 2015