Growlmama Loves #4
Our bi-monthly snapshot of things to do & things we love, doggy-style
Con-creatures take on New York
Canadian sculptor Ross Bonfanti, loves an "easy-walker". His latest show, No Hard Feelings featuring a fabulous collection of "concreatures" many of whom (we are happy to report) are dogs. On show at Rebecca Hossack Gallery, New York 15 April until 15 May 2016. Hopefully Londoners she will bring the show our way so we can take a peek!
"Bonfanti's concreatures are created from cement, hardware materials and found soft toys, all collected in the artist’s native Toronto. But even as he redefines their sumptuous bodies and studs them with nails and screws, Bonfanti deliberately retains the toys’ fluffy seams, their felt noses and their glass eyes. The sculptures stand in a striking state of in-between: Fortified for modernity and urbanity, the charm of a bygone age still lingers.
Bonfanti's work is eagerly sought by major collectors in America and the UK. He has work in several public and corporate collections in Canada, as well as in the Hirschorn Museum, at the Smithsonian Institute, Washington."
A dog show, but not as you know it
In our humble opinion (and that of our doggy muse) there are far too few art spaces or events in the UK where you can take your dog, but just wait 'til you see what Muir & Osborne have in store for you.
Back by popular demand Muir & Osborne present The Dog Show: the work of 10 artists, and over 200 pieces of some of the most irresistible dog art available on display in Joanna Osborne's beautiful Grade 11 Regency home in Brighton throughout May.
The Dog Show is the brainchild of Joanna Osborne and Sally Muir who together have made a career out of their love of dogs. Award winning authors of the Best In Show series of knitted dog books, the pair were broadcast live to millions on the Martha Stewart Show in America, in front of an audience of dogs (of course).
Among the beautiful display of featured dog artists a few will be hosting special events: Sally Muir, an established artist in her own right, winner of the Holburne Portrait Prize 2010 and a little dog-art crush of Growlmama will be on site on 14 May for on-the-spot dog drawing. Alma Haser (pic above), shortlisted for the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize 2012 at the National Gallery #swoon - will be snapping dogs and their owners in an on-site photo booth. Booking required for both of these events to avoid disappointment! To register contact: Joanna Osborne on: 07841015078 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Watch the fab video from last year.
Whoever said diamonds are a girl's best friend, never had a dog
We hear you Marilyn!
You know what makes us bark - dogs, art & fabulous design. Share our love? Then make your way to Canine & Companions and witness some beautiful dog and people portraiture pupped by fashion photographer (or should we say, "phodographer"), Andrew Lamb.
The exhibition, which is supported by gourmet dog food brand Cuffleberry & Co in aid of one of our favourite doggy charities, All Dogs Matter, will explore the unique relationship between a woman and her dog. Open to the public at Different Gallery, London from 22nd – 24th April.
Stylish pet pads for the design hound in your life
Getting a dog does not mean you need to transform your beautiful home into a kennel. Polish brand, Hello Pets has created a beautiful range of minimalist bowls and beds for even the most discerning of design hounds. With a pad like this your pup may finally let you reclaim your bed!
Play nicely this Spring in Acne eyewear
Now that the British sun gods have finally blessed us with their presence you have the perfect excuse to wrap a new pair of shades. We are a little bit obsessed with Swedish brand Acne Studio's latest unisex range. Surely an investment piece if both pet parents can wear them!
Boutique hotel, South Place London, loves your pup
East London's boutique luxury hotel welcomes your pup. Read on to find out the range of treats on offer!
Named as one of the Big Six Art hotels worldwide and one of London’s Top 10 London hotels with Michelin star restaurants, South Place offers an unforgettable experience of current London culture.
The first hotel project from D&D London, South Place self-describes as "boutique, luxurious and fresh-faced". South Place's 80 bedrooms, four bars,five private dining rooms and two restaurants are all iconic Conran design. Angler, it's rooftop seafood restaurant, boasts a Michelin star and is the jewel in the hotel's crown.
Located where the sophisticated City of London meets the Cultural East End the West End is only ten minutes away by tube. During the week South Place exudes stylish business buzz and at the weekend it slips into something more elegant and host Bellini brunches, roof terrace BBQs, live music and cocktail lounges.
And the best bit...Pets are welcome at South Place! The hotel can provide you with a jogging/walking map so you and your mutt can to take in the City sights. While dogs are not permitted in the main bars and restaurants, they are free to join guests in the 'Secret Garden', a stunning outdoor bar that is sheltered from the elements, reserved for guests of the hotel and club members only. Book your stay.
Happy Birthday Queen Liz!
And Finally...It would be rude not to say Happy Birthday to our Queen and Royal Growlmama who celebrates her 90th next week.
While we do appreciate your efforts, don't you think after so much time in service it's time you let go of the leash? Have a fab one Queen Liz, may the Royal Corgis treat you well!