THOMASTON — “Off The Wall Bow Wows & Meows,” pet portrait drawings by Lori Schafer, are on view now through Feb. 15 on The Art Wall at Pope Memorial Humane Society, 25 Buttermilk Lane.

Schafer said, “Out of a longing for animal companionship, I returned to drawing and produced these square-shaped pet portraits in 2022. It began with working from photographs of my beloved dogs long gone. Thankfully, I had captured countless photographs of each of them. Then, a trip to Pope Memorial Humane Society last summer to visit the shelter cats led to more photographs and video clips, shared to my Instagram account to help get them successfully adopted. That collection of faces provided ample material for further drawings.

Working on paper with drawing materials is my comfort zone. Looking at the sweet, beautiful individual faces provided a therapeutic ‘timeout’ from life’s day-to-day stressors. I utilized my stash of tools: charcoal, graphite, pastel and chalk. Occasionally, I introduced the ‘wet’ – acrylic, watercolor, oil or oil stick. Watercolor paper holds up so well to all these options, so it was the ground of choice.

I hope you, the viewer, feel the love I feel when making these.”

Hours are Mondays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and 30% of art sales benefit PMHS.

For more information, call (207) 594-2200 or visit popehumane.org.

Artwork by Lori Schafer