The Saint Louis University Museum of Art is pleased to host the fifth installment of Urban Wanderers, a fundraising art exhibition to directly benefit Stray Rescue of St. Louis.

The exhibition will open with a reception from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, June 6 at the Saint Louis University Museum of Art. The reception is free-of-charge, however, donations are encouraged and appreciated. All proceeds will be used to heal abused, neglected, and abandoned dogs and cats.

Urban Wanderers consists of works of art created by local, regional and national artists, as well as rescued companion animals. Each artist depicts a Stray Rescue dog or cat in their medium of choice, ranging from photography to painting. Dogs and cats join in the fun too, creating paintings with their paws, tails, and noses. All artwork will be available via an online auction. Bidding will begin on Friday, June 6, and continue until the conclusion of the exhibition on Sunday, July 27. All online bidding proceeds directly benefit Stray Rescue of St. Louis.

The theme of this year’s exhibition is “What Is Stray Rescue?,” which offers participating artists the chance to explore all the avenues through which the organization is improving the region’s landscape for homeless companion animals, as well as the people who care about them.

“Telling the stories of rescued dogs or cats through works of art is such a compelling way to highlight what these companion animals are forced to endure on the streets, but also their strength, resilience, and capacity to enrich our lives,” said Randy Grim, founder of Stray Rescue. “This show is truly a must-see; full of hope and compassion.”

About the Urban Wanderers “Spokes-pup”

Each year, a loveable dog rescued by Stray Rescue of St. Louis is chosen to be the “face” of the Urban Wanderers exhibition. Meet our 2014, “spokes-pup,” Cosette. She truly exemplifies a rescued animal’s fighting spirit and seemingly endless capacity to love.

This sweet girl was rescued as a puppy, not even six months old. When she was brought in to Stray Rescue’s Veterinary and Trauma Center, it was clear Cosette had been horribly neglected. She had a gaping wound across her face, a high fever, severe skin issues, and was very malnourished. Despite this, she is the sweetest dog imaginable.

Cosette has been adopted, and she is doing what adopted rescue dogs do best … enriching the lives of those who give them unconditional love.

Past dates

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  • Starting Friday, June 6th, 2014, repeated every week on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday until Sunday, July 27, 2014 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm


The Saint Louis University Museum of Art

3663 Lindell Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108


Mary Marshall