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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!  

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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!"

Craft and Folk Art Museum has new Danger Dogs in stock...

...and a couple of Cute Cats as well.  

The Museum store at the Craft and Folk Art Museum is renowned for its eclectic variety of beautiful wares from around the world.   The Danger Dogs have been a proud part of this museum since 2007.

Jack Frost, the Dharma Dog (by Baba), looks happy in his nitch, along with Barney (by Sanjib Rana).   These two Labrador Retrievers are beauties on and off the canvas (or metal).

New acquisitions include:   

Four Labradors in a BMW Hatchback by Megh Raj Thapa   SOLD

A Zen Yorkie by Megh Raj Thapa

Giggles the Tuxedo Cat by Sagar  SOLD

Fisher the Cool Calico Cat by Indra Lama

Paco Loco by Megh Raj Thapa


Snoop the Dachshund by Sagar Bista

Roxy the Shitzu by Megh Raj Thapa

Fiona the Rescue Dog by Megh Raj Thapa

Max the long-haired Dachshund by Sagar Bista SOLD

and Nacho the Fighting, Biting Lhasa Apso by Sagar Bista.

You can find out more about any of these portraits by clicking on the links.   By buying from the Museum, you not only support the Nepali signboard artists, but also this great Folk Art Museum.

Jack Frost by Baba, 12"x12" enamel on metal.  SOLD at

The Devenagari script reads 'Om mani padme om'.

Barney at his dog walker's wedding by Sanjib Rana. 15"x12" enamel on metal.  Available at

Barney looks like he is happy for his walker in this portrait by Sanjib.  Love the corsage.

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.

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 lucky art patrons.

Esme the soulful Rhodesian Ridgeback (by Baba) went to a good home.   This is the last one of her three portraits.   She is a classic Danger Dog.

Zia the Black Cat recently passed away.  Her owner was heartbroken.   As you can see, she was a beauty, as well as a pussycat.   It is difficult to photograph a black cat, but the original photo for this one is so good that I have made dozens over the years.   Sufraj Khadka did a fine job on this painting.   A lucky art patron snatched this one up at the Museum.

White Lab by Sagar
Louis the White Lab is one of the prettiest Danger Dogs of all time.   An unusual color palette, a strong photo, Sagar's design sense and humor - all combine to make a spectacular piece.   I will miss it.   But I am glad that it went to a good home.

Simone the Siamese Cat by Indra is another great sign that sold at the CAFAM Museum store.  

Yes, this is the same Barney as above in the Barney at the Wedding.     That smile makes him popular!


Please contact me at with any questions.   You can comment below.

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 March 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!

New Nepal Signboard Art at Nomad in Cambridge

Nomad (near Porter Square in Cambridge) is welcoming some new Danger Dogs this week.

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Dalmation by Lal Karki, synthetic enamel on metal, available at Nomad.

This very folk art version of a Dalmation dog is a classic with its line up of teeth and tongue, detailed collar and abstract spots.  

I recently ran into Lal Karki in Pokhara in September 2012.   He is still painting, but he and his wife have opened a clothing store in the Lakeside area, as his hand painted work is drying up.

I am sorry to see that his studio, with its storied walls, as seen above, is no more.   The floors and walls of signboard studios are covered with spatters.   I took this photo when I came to pick up.   The Spitz is a particular favorite of mine and is also available.

Ruby Otterpop by Sabala_1
Ruby & Otterpop by Baba, 1"x1" synthetic enamel on metal, available at Nomad.

Ruby & Otterpop are a great pair of small black dogs.   As they lounge on their bench and stare out at the world,  Baba has captured their direct gazes.    The chalk marks used to keep the lettering straight are long gone.

Ruby & Otterpop are also agility dogs who have their own website, along with their teammate, Gustavo.   You can find them at

Peanut by Sagar, 1"x1" synthetic enamel on metal, available at Nomad.

A strong compact black dog with ears that stick up, Peanut loves her ball.   It is appropriate that Sagar painted her on a pair of green and yellow balls.   This one is graphically beautiful.   If you look closely at the background, you can see the shady ladies that Sagar often adds to his background.

Stella the Lhasa Apso by Sagar 1"x1" synthetic enamel on metal, available at Nomad.

Also at Nomad is the charming Stella, a Lhasa Apso that is looking ascance in her portrait.   A cute dog, she sports a collar that includes the artist Sagar's signature in Japanese.   Again, this sign has strong graphic beauty.

Nomad is located in the heart of Cambridge at 1741 Mass Ave, 02140.

Their phone number is (617) 497-6677.  Their website is here.

Stop by and see some great Danger Dog art as well as clothing and folk art from around the world.   Tell them Michelle sent you.

They will also be featuring some Folk Art Obamas.   More on that later.

To see what else is in stock at Nomad, please click here.   I warn you that many have already sold.



If you would like to have your dog (cat, horse, chicken , bunny, etc.) immortalized on metal here in Nepal, now is the perfect time to order.   I will be here in November, 2012, to order more Danger Dogs and Cats.

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!

Now is the time to order:   Be ahead of the Pack!   Orders now accepted for the Winter 2012 trip.



To order, please send me a photo of your pet.   I will give it to three different artists, giving you achoice of 3 paintings and three artists 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, be framed or unframed.

While I am in Nepal, your pet will be featured on the Danger Dog Blog, as I stop into the artists' studios and document the works in progress.

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!

Send your photo to or find out more at

Let's keep these artists painting.

American Dogs = Nepali Jobs.

Hello from Dogmandu!

Please check out the Nepal Dog YouTube Channel:

You will be happy you did!

Micro-finance through art patronage.    Trade not Aid.