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See the Dogs Live: Dogs of August Exhibit

The Coffee Connection at Venice and Centinela in Mar Vista is hosting an exhibition of the Danger Dogs starting August 3rd through the 15th (2015).

 

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Danger Dogs at the Coffee Connection

There are 83 Danger Dogs (and a few Cats) throughout the coffeehouse.   Please stop by and enjoy art with your coffee or tea.

 

Folk art Beware of pet art hand painted on metal by sign painters in Nepal
Poodles and Beagles and Wolfhounds!

The Nepal Art Dog's fair trade art project is a good match with the Coffee Connection, which serves only the best certified organic, fair trade, shade grown, carbon free coffee, espresso, tea and specialty drinks in a coffee house rich in Old World charm, ideal for connecting with others, engaging in creative expression or enjoying time alone.

 

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Enjoy your hot or cold drink amid some cool Nepal Dog art

 The Coffee Connection is a 501(c)3 non-profit cafĂ©.  This allows them to keep prices low without compromising quality. They contribute to both local and global causes.

Folk art from the Himalayas hand painted on metal by sign painters in Kathmandu, Nepal
85 paintings are displayed throughout the cafe

During CicLAvia, on Sunday August 9, from 9-4, the Coffee Connection will be open to celebrate this community event and to support SAR Dogs Nepal - an organization that trains search and rescue dogs in Nepal - something that was sorely needed during the devastating earthquakes in April and May 2015.   Not to mention the continuing aftershocks during this especially heavy monsoon season.   This event is free, but anything that you might spare SAR Dogs Nepal would be greatly appreciated and would go a long way.

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Cecil the Boston Terrier by Jit Gurung

Above is an example of what you could get when you order your pet's portrait hand painted on metal by the sign painters of Nepal.

I will give your photo to 3 separate artists in Nepal who will paint your pup.   

Go to NepalDog.com for more info on how to order.   

The Nepal Art Dog Facebook page is here.   Like us!

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The recent 7.9 earthquake has much of Nepal down but not out.   It will take a long time to recover from the devastating loss of life and homes.   Many of their most treasured, beautiful and religious buildings have also been destroyed.

Ask how you can help.   Please be careful who you donate to, as you want the money to go to aid, not into someone's pocket.   I am researching carefully to see how best to help.

Thank you again to all who have already reached out.  

I left Kathmandu early to raise funds for Nepal's people.   In 2 short weeks -- though it felt like a lifetime -- the 6 artists that were able had painted 48 portraits.  I believe that it helped them return to normality.

 If you would like to order a portrait of your own pet, I plan to return to Nepal in September to continue hiring these artists.   I know they need the money now more than ever.   Please go toNepalDog.com to see how to order.   

I pay fair trade wages and every artist got a raise this trip - without them asking.  

Let's keep these artists working.

 


 


BunnyMania arrives in Los Angeles: Hop to it!

There are not one, but two chances to see some wonderful Bunny Art in Downtown Los Angeles.

First, on Friday, March 27, from 6-9 pm, please come to the opening reception of a group exhibit featuring Bunny Art at the Chung King Studio from 6-9 pm.

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Shego the Rabbit by Dilip Niroj

The address and hours for this 3-day only exhibit are as follows:

CHUNGKING STUDIO
975 Chung King Rd. 
Los Angeles CA 90012
 
Friday, March 27th 6 to 9 pm
Saturday, March 28th 6 to 9 pm
Sunday, March 29th 1 to 4 pm
Folk art Black Rabbit hand painted on metal in Nepal
Shego the Black Rabbit by Megh Raj Thapa
 
In case you miss the first exhibit, there is a continuation at the Wilding Cran Gallery.   Info below:
 
BunnyMania part 2:
Opening Reception:  Saturday April 4, 2015  6-9pm 
 
DOWNTOWN
WILDING CRAN GALLERY
939 South Santa Fe Ave, Unit B
Los Angeles, CA 90021
 
Exhibit runs April 4th-18th, 2015
Gallery hours:   Thur: 11 to 4pm, Fri: 11 to 4pm, Sat: 12 to 7pm
 
BunnyMania is a multi-artist, rabbit themed exhibit benefitting the National Museum of Animals and Society and is curated by Peter Frank and Delia Cabral.

The Bunny wing of the Nepal Art Dogs is grateful to be included in this wonderful exhibit that not only supports the Museum of Animals and Society, but also Bunny awareness and adoption, surely a great combination.

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If you would like your own pet -- Bunny, Dog, Cat, Horse, Chicken, Parrot, etc., I leave soon for Nepal for the 17th Danger Dog trip.   I am accepting orders through June 1, 2015.

You can order your very own pet hand painted on metal in Nepal, resulting in 3 portraits by 3 different sign painter artists from the Himalayas.  

I promise to make it fun for you and your family.   Your pet's portrait will be featured on the Danger Dog Blog!

Please go to NepalDog.com for how to order and information on my upcoming trips to Nepal in 2015.


New at the Craft and Folk Art Museum

There are some new beauties available at the Craft and Folk Art Museum on Wilshire, right across from LACMA.

Folk art Shiba Inu and Doberman Pinscher
Danger Dogs at the Craft and Folk Art Museum

Yuki the Shiba Inu by Santosh Shrestha is featured alongside Gabby the Doberman Pinscher by Dilip Niroj.   

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Nepal Art Dogs at the Craft and Folk Art Museum

Buzz the Golden Retriever by Lal Karki is guarding the store flanked by a Zen Yorkie and Rio, an Enlightened Shepherd.  Sold.


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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. Sold.

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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.    Sold.

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Grover & Julio - West Highland Terrier Art by Jit Gurung

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

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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.

 

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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.  Sold.

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Rio the Shepherd by Sagar Bitsa

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

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Nacho the Lhasa Apso by Sagar


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

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.

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Folk art Dachshund by Sagar

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

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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.   Sold.

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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.  Sold.

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Folk art Calico Cat by Indra Lama

Fisher the Calico Cat is hand painted by Indra Lama.

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The Craft and Folk Art Museum Store

 That is what is in store!   Go to cafam.org for directions, current exhibits and hours.

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 2014 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:   ampage1@gmail.com  
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!

 


See the Dogs Live: Pacific Palisades Public Library

The Dogs are marking new territory this week by exhibiting at the Pacific Palisades Public Library.   

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One wall includes 21 dogs from 12 different artists from Nepal.  These dogs run the gamut from Basset Hound to Yorkie, with styles ranging from realistic to naive art.

 

Dogs & Cats in Costume
Dogs and Cats in Costume
Dogs as accountants, pirates, preppies, cheerleaders and fairy princesses make a nice October theme along with cats in feather boas.   And one cute Bunny...

 

 

Wall of Cat Art
Cats and Birds share a space...

 

Cats have their own space along with a few birds and another Bunny.  Altogether 14 artists from Nepal are represented in 48 hand painted signs on metal.

 

The opening reception is next Saturday, October 5, from 2-5 pm.   I would love to see you there.
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The address of the Pacific Palisades Public Library is 861 Alma Real, Pacific Palisades, 90272.
Directions are here:   http://bit.ly/1fyOAxp
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The exhibit will be up through October 30.   The library's hours are 10-8 Monday through Thursday and 10-5:30 Friday and Saturday.
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There are 3 other artists who will be exhibiting as well, including Cathleen Crone and Jean Nunes from Santa Monica City College as well as some art from Alzheimer's patients - Angels with Alzheimers.
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A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Alzheimer's Association Southland Chapter.   Learn more about them at alz.org.
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If you are interested in immortalizing your own pet, this is the perfect opportunity to see a variety of artists and styles.   Or you can support the fight against Alzheimer's by purchasing art.
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Please do not hesitate to write with questions, or you can comment below.

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If you would like to immortalize your pet, please send me a photo.   I will give the photo to 3 sign painters in Nepal who will hand paint your pet on metal.   These artists' work is disappearing at a rapid rate due to technology.   I pay fair trade wages, you get a choice of 3 portraits and 3 artists get work.   

I accept no money up front, if you are not pleased with one of the paintings, you owe nothing.  All artists are paid fair trade wages in any case.

I will keep you in the loop while I am in Nepal through this Danger Dog Blog, showing works in progress and bits about the artists, their families and Nepal's fascinating culture in general.

Just let me know what you would like your Nepal Art Dog (or Cat) to say and if you have a preference of style (folk art, colorful, realistic, etc.).  Send your photo to me at ampage1@gmail.com.

I leave in late October, 2013, and will return in early December, 2013, in plenty of time for holiday orders.

More information about how to order is on the NepalDog.com website, along with many, many breeds of dogs and cats.

Dog Bless!

 


Dog Days of August at the Craft and Folk Art Museum

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

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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.

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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.

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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.   

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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.

 

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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.Shepherd.Sagar
Rio the Shepherd by Sagar Bitsa

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

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Nacho the Lhasa Apso by Sagar

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

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.

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Folk art Dachshund by Sagar

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

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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.

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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:  www.Cafam.org.

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.

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

Giggles the Tuxedo Cat was irresistable to someone at the Museum.
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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:   ampage1@gmail.com  
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!