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Painting by Jim Dratfield

The Howland Cultural Center will present “PETS, An Exhibition of the Animals We Love,” from June 7 through 29. An opening reception takes place from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 7.

Seventeen artists – Chris Casaburi, Dick Crenson, Russell Cusick, Carolyn DeMichele, Jim Dratfield, Claudia Engel, Stephanie Fogarty, S. Martin Friedman, Mary Ann Glass, Claudia Gorman, Bridget Herbst, Helen Lang, Nathan Milgrim, Judith Pedatelle, Susan Richter Todd, J. Jaye Vaughn, and Kate Vikstrom — will exhibit paintings and photography of PETS to include cats, dogs, horses, iguanas … and more. A Blessing of the Animals is planned for Sunday, June 15, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the garden at the Howland Cultural Center.

Pet ownership in the United States has more than tripled since the 1970s, when approximately 67 million households had pets.

This is the first exhibition in which the Howland Cultural Center shows the specific subject of pets and dramatically emphasizes the natural affinity between humans and their animal friends.

The Howland Cultural Center is located at 477 Main St., in Beacon. Call 845-831-4988.

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