The Malone University Fountain Gallery will feature Okey's Promise: Art for a Cause, Celebrating the Human Animal Bond by Canton Artist BZTAT (Vicki Boatright) through November 14.
BZTAT is an accomplished artist who has created commissioned artworks for patrons around the world. Her work shares her passion for animals and the people who love them. She is most known for her custom pet portraits and public artworks which can be seen throughout Stark County, Ohio.
Okey's Promise, named for a small rescued cat, is a public art initiative designed to create awareness about the connections between animal abuse, child abuse, and domestic violence. The initiative was developed by BZTAT, an avid advocate for both animals and families, in partnership with the Domestic Violence Project, Inc. (DVPI). The artist created large animal and child portraits based on real life people and pets, focusing on their resilience and hopefulness as a motivator for change. The images in the background were created in special creative sessions by at-risk youth, and by the general public during community activities. The collection of nine artworks will function as a traveling exhibit.
The exhibit coincides with the university's hosting of Take Back the Night in conjunction with Domestic Violence Project, Inc. on October 15 at 7 p.m.
Learn more about Okey's Promise projects and the links between animal abuse, child abuse, and domestic violence at www.okeyspromise.com. Learn more about Artist BZTAT at: www.bztat.com. The Okey's Promise - Celebrating the Human Animal Bond exhibit was funded through private donations solicited through a crowd sourcing program and through a grant from ArtsinStark. The Fountain Gallery is located on the Malone University campus in the Johnson Center for Worship and the Arts.
The Fountain Gallery is located within The Johnson Center for Worship and the Fine Arts, 2600 Cleveland Ave, NW, Canton, Ohio 44709. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. through 6 p.m.