Pet artists will exhibit work

By on March 20, 2019

Submissions accepted through April 15

May is National Pet Month, and Mulberry Art Studios will be filled with art that barks, meows, neighs, and chirps in celebration of the animals that bring so much joy to our lives. The aptly named We Love Our Pets art show will feature the work of over a dozen local artists in a multitude of mediums, all on the subject of our beloved furry friends.

Meet the artists and the volunteers from The Sebastian Foundation for Animal Rescue (and some of their adorable four-legged friends) at Mulberry Art Studios, 21 N. Mulberry St., Lancaster, on May 3 at a First Friday opening reception, where they will be raising money for the important work they do for the animals in their care.

The reception is free and open to the public, but guests are asked to consider making a donation at the door towards the cause. All donations collected during the reception will go to The Sebastian Foundation, and all donations are tax deductible.

Milo, by Scott Higgins


The idea for We Love Our Pets grew from the love of one dog, Milo. Milo was rescued when he was a few years old, and belonged to the nephew of Mulberry Art Studios’ owner, April Koppenhaver. After he developed arthritis and needed assistance with stairs, April offered to care for him. He became a bit of a mascot for Mulberry Art Studios, as he spent each day there by April’s side.

“Milo was an absolute gem!” recalls April, fondly. “He greeted all of our guests with his friendly warm tail wag or thump of the tail on the floor and his big brown eyes shining brightly. He would then proceed to go to our office and begin snoring. “Milo explored every direction on his walks in the city of Lancaster. He never lost his sense of curiosity and was always acknowledged by pedestrians as such a beautiful, friendly dog.”

April’s husband, Charlie, always said Milo looked like he was smiling. Charlie happily welcomed Milo into their home, saying, “Milo is such a good dog. He really is no bother.”

At age 92, Charlie really enjoyed Milo’s company.

“I often thought Milo was as much of a blessing to Charlie as Charlie was to Milo,” says April.

Sadly, in November 2018, Milo died at age 16. Less than two months later, 93-year-old Charlie passed away. As a tribute, April decided to honor their love with a show inspired by their memory.

“Our pets and our partners make a profound difference in our lives, and we wanted to raise money for an organization dedicated to bringing pets and people together,” she explained.

Hermione, by Jill Brinser

The nonprofit organization that Mulberry Art Studios has selected to benefit from We Love Our Pets is local animal rescue, The Sebastian Foundation. Founded in 2004 by Amy Garrety, The Sebastian Foundation works tirelessly to facilitate the adoption of unwanted animals, offering a second chance to pets who have been surrendered due to circumstances outside of their control or who have ended up in high kill shelters.

Ellen Stark, formerly of Ephrata, a volunteer for The Sebastian Foundation, will be at the opening reception collecting donations for the organization and sharing her experience and information for anyone who might want to become involved.

“We are completely humbled that our foundation has been selected to be part of this event,” says Stark. “As volunteers of this organization, we give our whole hearts to these animals. It is beyond exciting to have an opportunity like this to introduce more of the community to our amazing group and to let them meet some of the dogs that we have rescued. We hope that by learning about us, and how an individual can get involved, we will be able to welcome more volunteers into our group as well as potentially connecting one of our sweet dogs with their forever family.”

Mulberry Art Studios will continue to accept submissions of artwork until April 15, so long as space allows. To learn more about submitting artwork, the We Love Our Pets art show, or the Sebastian Foundation, email gallery curator Stephanie Cole at

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  1. Evan

    May 1, 2019 at 9:09 am


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