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If critics doubt the abundant inspiration animals offer artists, they need only take an art survey of South Louisiana's fine galleries.

For example, Swamp Dog & Friends French Quarter shop features fine art photography with a canine twist. From humble beginnings in Lafayette, George Rodrigue built a multi-million-dollar Blue Dog empire from an illustration based on a photo of Tiffany, his black-and-white spaniel.

Last fall, 70 of Rodrigues' works graced Baton Rouge's LSU Museum of Art featured in Blue Dogs and Cajuns on the River exhibit.

This spring, the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) presents its 26th Annual International Exhibition on Animals in Art.

Approximately 180 artists from 35 states and Canada submitted entries for the show. While all media are accepted, the work must be original. Of those 426 pieces, 75 pieces will be exhibited March 23 through April 21 in the school library.

The juried exhibition awards a $1,000 Best of Show prize as well as the Judge's Award, Honorable Mention, People's Choice Award and SVM Awards. In addition, one entry will appear on the cover of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Shiny Pig (pictured above), a mosaic by Denver artist Dede LaRue, won received a Judge's Award in last year's show.

Although the event is free and open to the public, a portion of the art sales benefits the SVM.

For more information on the exhibition, visit

This week's Creature Feature

If you're looking for new artistic inspiration, Friends of the Animals offers a variety of beautiful models including:

Longfellow (31205) is a handsome border collie/lab mix.
Sidney (Kittio) is a gorgeous, young, Maine coon/longhair mix.
Charlie (31876) is a beautiful spaniel mix.
Athena's foster family named her after the warrior goddess of heroic endeavors. At only about five-pounds, this petite princess was found in a trash bin with injured back leg and tail. The shelter staff and foster family have worked hard to nurse her back to health. But, unfortunately, her tail was not salvageable. So, she will forever be a faux Manx. After a month bound like a mummy, Athena's legs are still rather wobbly. While she will regain movement, she might have a permanent limp. However, she can still jump and snuggle, her favorite activity. Athena would be best suited for a quiet household. This sweet gentle girl gets along well with other cats and dogs. For more information, contact her foster at [email protected].
Olivia (A-Row) is a boxer mix with the perfect balance of energy and serenity. After having lived alone in a vacant house with only a garbage man to feed her, Olivia came into the shelter with a single puppy, who has already been adopted. She has been alone since, waiting patiently for a kind family to take her home. While this two-year-old is still mastering the art of "sit," she loves to jump, run, play ball and even army crawl. Olivia is 45 pounds of pure love and would be a great inside dog for a family who likes to cuddle and have fun. Her patience and loving nature makes Olivia ideal for a household with kids. She is good with other dogs, but she hasn't been exposed to cats.
After they were found at a car wash, tiny Emmie (Catio 15, 0A134F336F) came to the shelter with her three kittens. Now that her kittens have been adopted, Emmie is looking for a home of her own. This affectionate Oriental shorthair mix is only around one-year-old and weighs about five pounds.

All these pets have been spayed/neutered, vaccinated, heartworm tested and microchipped. Many other adoptable dogs are available through Friends of the Animals.

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