Going to the Dogs on display through August 29 at Umass Medical School

June 08, 2000

WORCESTER, Mass. - Going to the Dogs, an exhibition featuring animal imagery in the form of paintings, photographs and tapestries, will be on display beginning June 30 at UMass Medical School and the University campus of UMass Memorial Health Care. The multi-media display, created by artists Jessica Bloom of Newton; Katherine Borkowski of Sharon; Jill Pottle of Lunenberg; Adelaide Sproul of Watertown; and Jay Sullivan of Winchester, is made possible by the Art Part of Helping Hounds, Ltd. of Boston.

Incorporated in 1986 by Bloom and her husband Alan, Helping Hounds is a non-profit organization dedicated to the development, promotion and provision of animal-assisted therapy. With the philosophy that the animal/human bond promotes well being, the organization coordinates a program in which trained pets are invited to visit area hospitals and nursing homes. These visits include organized shows, as well as hands-on encounters between the pets and the patients/residents. Because Bloom is also an artist and sculptor, as well as a former health care worker and animal lover, the Art Part of Helping Hounds was established to blend animals and art as an alternate form of healing. This division of the organization provides an innovative art loan program that makes animal imagery available for public viewing; it also sponsors multi-media art shows that are displayed through public and private sponsorship in health care facilities and other locations as a public service. Most recently, the artwork of Bloom and several invited artists was hung in the galleries of Boston's Federal Reserve Bank.

"Our overall purpose at Helping Hounds is to promote the value of the human/animal companion bond," said Bloom. "Lay people like to see images that they can connect with, and a lot of people really relate to animals. As an artist myself, I see how these art shows further enhance the importance of animals in our society."

Going to the Dogs will run through August 29 and be open for viewing 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily in the Medical School Lobby. An opening reception will be held Wednesday, July 12 from 5 - 7 p.m. Three smaller exhibits, featuring works by the same artists, will also be on display in Clinic III, Level I, University hospital; in Level I, Benedict Building; and in Levels II and III, Two Biotech. These exhibits are open for viewing during regular business hours. For a peak at the artwork to be displayed in Going to the Dogs, visit Helping Hounds Web site at www.helpinghounds.org. "What's on View at UMMS Galleries" is sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Medical School Committee for Arts & Humanities. Exhibits featured in the Benedict Building, Clinic II and Biotech II are also made possible in collaboration with ARTSWorcester.

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