WESTFIELD - Artists throughout Chautauqua County and beyond are needed to help prevent Westfield Memorial Hos-pital's longtime guardians from "going to the dogs," a special effort to support Sailor's and Canton's present home.
"Two Dog Night," an artistic endeavor by the Westfield Memorial Ho-spital Foundation to begin its 2013 campaign, invites all WNY regional artists to participate in this creative event. Sailor and Canton, the large, cast-iron New-foundland dogs that vigilantly watch over the hospital on the front lawn, have been a part of the community for many years.
"In order to teach a couple of 'old dogs' a new trick, the foundation is confident our creative individuals in the county will support this artistic adventure," Patty DiPalma, foundation development director, said. "This is a unique opportunity to showcase the talents of the artists in the area while supporting the hospital."
The deadline for the contest is April 30.
In recognition of the foundation's 35th anniversary, the "Two Dog Night" Committee invites 35 artists to participate; 17 artists (and counting) have signed up to date.
Following are the re-quired directions for the dogs, which will be supplied by the foundation: Decorate or "artistically interpret" the pair of plain white, ceramic 3.5" x 6" dogs pictured in the photo, using any media the artists choose (i.e. watercolor, panoramic, yarn, diorama, etc.). The sky and artists' imaginations are the only limitations!
The decorated dogs will be auctioned off at the foundation's special event in the fall on Friday, Oct. 18, at 21 Brix Winery in Portland.
Interested artists should submit according to the "Artist Participation Information" listed below.
Participating artists will be notified concerning pickup, contact information and specifications.
Each pair of dogs will need to be returned to the foundation by July 1 so that promotional materials can be prepared.
To enter, send the following information by April 30 to: Two Dog Night, c/o Westfield Memorial Hospi-tal Foundation, 189 E. Main St., Westfield N.Y. 14787: Name/address/telephone number; email address; preferred listing that includes name and/or business, discipline/focus and brief description of intended submission.
DiPalma and the Two Dog Night for WMH Committee members, Teri Casler, Gretchen Gaede, Kate Mead, Nancy Nixon, George Petrella, Ruth Ann Raines, Carolyn Rawlinson and Nancy White, agree that this is a unique opportunity to showcase not only talents of the artists, but also an occasion for everyone to participate.
Be sure to watch for further information about the auction/sale of community members' favorite interpretations of Sailor and Canton.
Artists can call Patty DiPalma at 793-2338 with their creative ideas and the miniature dogs will be reserved for their submissions.
"We have a limited supply of 'dogs' so do not delay in signing up as a participating artist," Dipalma said. "We thank you for your creative support."