JANESVILLE — Do you love animals or art, or both?
You might want to check out Arftic Art for Animals, a fundraiser for the Friends of Noah animal rescue group. It will host its 7th annual event on Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Pontiac Convention Center.
The event opens its doors at 10 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. The entry fee is $5, with kids 10 and under admitted free.
Friends of Noah’s largest fundraiser of the year attracts more than 1,000 people a year, said Lois Corwin, event coordinator and founder.
Vendors will be selling everything from arts to pet items and everything in between.
Corwin describes it as an upscale art and product show.
“There’s something for everybody,” Corwin said. “There’s everything from Wisconsin Badgers to Green Bay Packers items to jewelry, essential oils and a decoupage carousel.”
Corwin describes the event as being similar to a business’s going-out-of-business sale as the prices are so low.
The event also will feature a large silent auction area with plenty of art to be bid on as well as food and entertainment.
Fran Peyer, a musician, teacher and owner of Empire of Janesville LLC will perform from 10 - 11 a.m.
Attendees also can meet Rock County’s new K9 from 11 a.m. - noon.
Shannon Schoville, a musician and vocal instructor at Knapton Musik Knotes will perform from 1 - 2 p.m.
Corwin said booth space is completely sold out with more than 50 unique art and animal-related vendors. Corwin said Arftic Art has grown at a rapid rate, with the vendors spots at Pontiac Convention Center typically selling out and the community showing its support.
“It’s successful for the vendors and those who come there. It just mushroomed,” Corwin said. “It’s a way to give back to community by providing an opportunity for fun.”
The local chapter of Friends of Noah is an all-breeds animal rescue that helps to provide a network of foster homes for dogs, cats and house rabbits.
Friends of Noah has established nine pet food pantries for people who need financial assistance feeding their pets during job losses or other tragedies. When she founded the organization seven years ago, Corwin said she realized many people are struggling to keep pets in their home.
“People were going to human food pantries in the early days of The Recession and feeding their dogs and cats human food that they were supposed to be eating. It didn’t work for the owners or pets. We wanted to provide food free of charge so when they come to get food for themselves they can get free pet food as well,” she said.
Friends of Noah also assists people who are struggling to afford their veterinary bills and visits elementary and middle schools to talk to kids about pet responsibility and safety.