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August 2013

Dog Days of August at the Craft and Folk Art Museum

The Craft and Folk Art Museum have a new batch of Danger Dogs.

Maggie the Chocolate Lab by Megh Raj Thapa

This soulful Chocolate Lab named Maggie was hand painted on metal by Megh Raj Thapa.    Like all of these portraits, it is 12"x12" and commissioned as part of the Nepal Art Dogs.

Aesop the Jack Russell by Baba

Aesop is a charming Jack Russell hand painted by Baba.   Baba is no longer available for commissions, so come on by and snap this one up.   Such wise eyes.

Arrow the Black Lab by Raaz Rai

Raaz Rai hand-painted this portrait of Arrow with his handsome rhinestone collar.   Raaz was an art student at Tribuvan University in Kathmandu when I first met him, painting signs with Karma at his studio.   Raaz later became an art professor's assistant, but left that job to emigrate to South Korea where he can make more money as a field hand than he can as an artist or working at the University.   

Grover & Julio - West Highland Terrier Art by Jit Gurung

This adorable pair of Westies were hand painted by Jit Gurung.   

Setter by Arjun
B&W Irish Setter portrait by Arjun Karki

This is a portrait of an Irish Setter taken from a B&W photo.   Hand painted by Arjun Karki, this is a classic example of a sign you might see on the gates of Nepal.


Zen Yorkshire Terrier by Baba

This little Yorkie was hand painted by Baba.   Baba has gone to India and will probably not be painting any more signs in the future - at least not for me.   I will miss his beautiful work.

Rio the Shepherd by Sagar Bitsa

Rio is a pretty Shepherd that Sagar enhanced with his colorful background and lettering.

Nacho the Lhasa Apso by Sagar

Nacho, the Lhasa Apso, by Sagar.   12"x12" enamel on metal.  Available at

This is a cute dog, well captured with his sly gaze by Sagar Bista.   Apparently a feisty one as well, if his 'Fighter & Biter' warning is to be believed.

Folk art Dachshund by Sagar

Snoop Dog is a beauty with his enhanced background, hand painted by Sagar.

Folk Art Shaggy Dog by Megh Raj

Fiona is a lucky rescue Shaggy Dog hand painted by Megh Raj Thapa.   I love her little mohawk.

Tigger the Tabby Cat Folk Art by Baba

There is always room for a cat or two at the Museum.   Tigger by Baba is a fine example of a Zen Tabby Cat.

Indra Fisher Cat
Folk art Calico Cat by Indra Lama

Fisher the Calico Cat is hand painted by Indra Lama.

The Craft and Folk Art Museum is located in Los Angeles just across from LACMA (aka the Los Angeles County Musem of Art).   Location and hours can be found at their website:

The following pieces have recently sold at the Museum.   It is bittersweet to me, but I am sure that these pieces went to happy art patrons.   I know they have good taste!

4 Labs in BMW by Megh Raj
Folk art Labrador Retreivers in a BMW

This wonderful portrait of 4 Labrador Retrievers spilling out of a BMW hatchback by Megh Raj Thapa recently sold at the Museum.


Jack Frost the Yellow Lab also went to a good home.   The Nepali script reads 'Om Mani Padme Om'.
Folk Art Tuxedo Cat by Sagar

Giggles the Tuxedo Cat was irresistable to someone at the Museum.
Folk Art Long-haired Dachshund by Sagar

And who could resist Max the Long haired Dachshund masterfully hand painted on metal by Sagar?


Also, you can go to the Nepal Dog Channel at YouTube to see other available paintings of dogs on metal.   The Nepali signboard industry with its charming hand-painted signboards is fast disappearing in favor of mass-produced computer-generated signage.   

How to commission YOUR pet's portrait on metal:

Now is the time to order:   Be ahead of the Pack!   Orders now being accepted for the November 2013 trip.   

1. Please send me a photo of your pet.  I will give it to three different artists, giving you a choice of 3 paintings and three people will get work.   Each painting is about one square foot and is on metal with synthetic enamel paint.   These can be hung indoors or out.

2. Let me know what you would like it to say.

3. Let me know what style of portrait you would prefer:   naive, realistic, colorful, etc.

4. Tell me your pet's name and breed.   

5. Send your photo to me at:  
That's it !

Satisfaction is guaranteed as I accept no money up front.   If you do not like one of the three, you pay nothing, and the 3 artists are paid in full in any case.   Let me know what you want it to say and that's it!


The cost is $250 plus shipping.   Shipping is around $18 per sign (to and from the US).   And 9.75% California sales tax for California residents.  
Pay after choosing your portrait.  
Multiple pets on one sign cost more ($325 for Double, $400 for Triple).


Let's keep these artists painting.


This hand-painted art form is fast disappearing in Kathmandu, as it already has in most parts of the world.   I pay fair trade wages, the artists get to paint again, pet lovers get a choice of three paintings for each commission, and I get to help Nepali artists make a living.   Everybody is happy.   Rescue dogs from America get to rescue artists from Nepal!


Bark Magazine features the Danger Dogs!

You might want to pick the Autumn issue (#75) of The Bark.

This article is by Genevieve Rajewski and is concise and clearly written.   The Nepal Art Dogs are such a complicated story.   My hat is off to Genevieve.

Congratulations to Stella the Jindo (by Megh Raj Thapa), Cecil the Boston Terrier (by Jit Gurung) and Maple the Pit Bull (also by Megh Raj Thapa) for making the cut!

The response to this article has been fabulous.

Obviously this issue is a good one for Boston Terriers!

On the newsstands right now!   Go to for more information on this magazine that celebrates Dog Culture.   Their motto is 'Dog is my Co-Pilot'.

I will be returning to Nepal for the 14th Danger Dog trip in November, so if you would like to immortalize your pet, please go to for details.

Each commission generates three portraits by 3 different Nepali sign painters for you to choose, giving work to 3 artists.   Each artist is paid no matter which you choose.   If you do not like any of the 3 hand painted portraits, you owe nothing.   I accept no money up front.

Of course, cats and other pets are welcome!

You choose what you would like it to say, give me an idea of which style of Nepal Art Dog you like and that is it!  Hope to hear from you soon.

Micro-finance through art patronage.

Now in Pacific Grove: How Much is that Dog in the Window?

The Nepal Art Dogs now have a presence in Pacific Grove, California.   Part of the Monterey Peninsula, right across from Carmel, this delightful town now features some Folk Art From the Himalayas.    

Global Imports Village is located at 220 17th St, in Pacific Grove (93950).    Along with a nice selection of Danger Dogs (and a couple of Cats), they feature folk art from Native Americans, Mexico, South America, Asia and Africa.   


Global Import Village in Pacific Grove
Global Import Village features folk art from 20 countries


Lucy the Jack Russell by Sufraj
Lucy the Jack Russell Terrier by Sufraj Khadka was chosen to be part of the pack.

Uschi the Doberman Pinscher at the beach, hand painted by Sagar is a nice portrait of a long-legged dog doing what she loves.

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GG the Black Standard Poodle at the beach is also painted by Sagar.   Using the charming circle motif, this is a personal favorite of a beauty dressed up in sunglasses and a Hawaiian lei.

Red the Irish Wolfhound is happy and pretty in this very well-painted portrait from Ram Krishna's studio.  

Red and Alexander are a pair of Ginger Kittens that obviously brought Double Happiness to their human.   Hand painted on metal by Megh Raj Thapa, this is very pretty and well painted in person.

Last but not least, we have Scooter and Cheeto, a pair of Ginger Cats from Riverside.   The artist Punam was supposed to have written Danger Cat in both English and Nepali, but his romanticism took over and he added 'We are love...' instead.

Directions to the new store can be found here:


Don Kent, store manager
Don Kent with Punam's Danger Cats

Stop by and say hello and help support fair trade.   Tell them Michelle sent you!


Like Global Import Village on FaceBook.   And the Nepal Art Dogs page, while you are at it!

If you would like to order a portrait of your own pet, information can be found at  Each commission generates 3 portraits from three different artists, giving 3 artists work and you 3 choices.   I accept no money up front.  If you do not like your Danger Dog portrait, you owe nothing, and the artists are paid in any case.

Remember, those lovely works above are ones that their owners did NOT choose.   They look pretty spectacular to me!

I next leave for Nepal in early November and will return in early December in plenty of time to deliver holiday gifts.

Micro-finance through art patronage.   Let's keep these artists painting.

Danger Dogs Hound San Diego

The Danger Dogs have been invited by gallerist Doris Bittar to be part of the group show 'Nocturne' at the Protea Gallery in the North Park area of San Diego.

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The nocturnal theme made it fun to choose which signs might best represent a night time theme.  It was easier to find cats than dogs.

14 artists' work are up in the 25 on the wall, and another 4 artists paintings are in the box below.

There will be a total of 35 artists (besides the 18 Nepali sign painters) showing beginning this evening (through September 7) at Protea.

The opening reception starts at 6pm at Protea Gallery this evening and will be part of San Diego's Ray@Night Art Walk, held every 2nd Saturday of the month.

The address is:

Protea Gallery, 3780 30th St, San Diego, CA  92104  (cross street University)


Hope to see you there.   Please tell your San Diego friends.

The exhibit runs through September 7, 2013.   Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11-6, or by appointment.  

Aubert the French BullDog by Sufraj Khadka was sold at Protea Gallery.

Jit Gurung's colorful portrait of Spartapuss the Black Cat in a feather boa atop her mistresses mail also was sold.

Last, but not least, the charming Black Dog Rae by Sagar Bitsa was sold.   This is such a happy portrait that I am not surprised.   

The exhibit is up through September 7, there is still time to come by and see the works.


Siggy the Boxer is happy to see us.

Nepal Art Dogs to Exhibit in San Diego

San Diego Danger Dog fans are in luck.   The Nepal Art Dogs will be on exhibit in North Park at the Protea Gallery as part of the group exhibit 'Nocturne'.

I have been having fun thinking of pieces that will fit into the theme of "Nocturne".   Notice that this exhibit will coincide with Ray at Night, a popular North Park Art Walk.

My first obvious choice is Giggles the Tuxedo Cat by Sagar Bitsa.   But when I called the Craft and Folk Art Museum to check on her, she was sold.   That is always good news!  

Dilip Topper Norwich Terrier2
Topper is a Norwich Terrier sweetly tucked away in his monogrammed sheets, as hand painted by Dilip Niroj.    Dilip simply added his signature where the monogram had been.  

Hunting Cat by Nara
What could be more nocturnal than a 'Hunting Cat'?   Chocolate Chip was hand painted on metal by Nara in Kathmandu.   This one is in the 'Nocturne' running.

There is something dark and lovely about this portrait of Lula, a Burmese Cat from Britain.   What appears to be a blue 1940's looking sweetheart neckline is in reality his owner's socks.

It seems it is easier to find examples of Danger Cats to fit the theme.

I am having fun thinking about the subject matter and will try to not be too literal.

The Nepal Art Dogs were also on display last week, as part of a new art fair called the Downtown LA Artists Farmer's Market (DTLA AFM).

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The Danger Dogs looked good up on the bright blue wall and the Fair Trade Art project was introduced to many new fans.

It was a 3-day exhibit and the promoters intend to make it a monthly event.   If you would like to participate in the next show, please contact the curator Sandra Canchola at   The new venue is at 1548 S. Central in downtown LA and is just off the 10 freeway at the Central exit.



 Please join us for the opening reception from 6-9pm at the Protea Gallery on Saturday, August 10, 2013.  

Where:  Protea Gallery, 3730 30th, San Diego, CA 29104    619-787-8505

When:   Saturday, August 10 - Saturday, September 7.   (Open Tue-Sat 11-6 or by appointment)


   The quote below is from Ray@Night's  website.   Sounds like a fun evening.         

"Ray @ Night is San Diego‚Äôs largest and longest-running monthly art walk. It is held on the second Saturday of every month from 6-10 PM. Come enjoy art by local and nationally known artists displaying their work among 15 galleries and business venues, live street performances and local food vendors will be on site to make for a fun & unique Saturday evening in North Park!"