13:41 Tuesday 24 September 2013

Canine lovers can win portrait of their pooch

Written bySARAH BOULD

A BURTON artist is offering dog lovers the chance to own a unique piece of art - and help raise money for an animal charity.

Michelle McDonald will give people the chance to win a portrait of their dog next month at a fair to raise money for animal charity Nowzad which rescues abandoned dogs in Afghanistan.

Michele’s work was recently showcased in a successful exhibition called ‘Hare Brained’ at The Making House gallery in Winshill.

The exhibition featured fun, quirky mixed media pieces all themed on hares and attracted visitors from as far afield as Edinburgh.

The exhibition included ‘drip art’ pictures of hares, which proved particularly popular.

Now animal lover Michele, from Stapenhill, has turned her attention to creating drip art pictures of dogs after she joined stall holders who will be exhibiting and selling their crafts and gifts at an autumn fair in aid of Nowzad next month.

Michele told the Mail: “I am always keen to support charitable causes and I love animals so I was delighted to have a stall at the fair which will raise money for a charity which rescues and rehomes stray dogs and cats from Afghanistan.

“Then I thought it would be nice to hold a raffle on my stall where people could win one of my art pieces.

“The winner will be able to choose the breed of dog they want me to create a picture of, or if they are a cat lover I can create a cat picture for them.”

To be in with a chance to win this unique prize, the autumn fair will be held in The Priory Centre, Church Road, Stretton, from 12 till 3pm on Sunday October 13.

It is being organised by Burton based pet bereavement website lostandfond.co.uk and will feature local crafts, a tombola, refreshments and an information stall to find out more about the work of Nowzad.

The Mail reported on lostandfond.co.uk and the work it does to support Nowzad last month. The website has been raising money for Nowzad since the start of the year.

The charity was started by a solider who took in a stray dog as his pet. Many dogs in Afghanistan are used for fights and left injured.

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