July 12, 2014
The Warm Springs Gallery in Charlottesville held a pet portrait contest, where elementary school students around the area got a chance to draw their favorite animal.
The gallery then gave out prizes for the best portrait.
Gallery employees wanted to get children involved in art and hoped that the project would help with that.
“I think that small kids sort of feel intimidated sometimes by art, whether it looks good or if they are being judged on quality art,” says Maureen O’Connor. “We're just kind of about artistic expression here, so it doesn't matter if you are a 30-year-old artist or a 4-year-old artist, we just want to bring that out in everybody.”
They are also raising money for the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA through their current animal exhibit.