Recognizing the joy brought to people by dogs, the town of Danville is getting ready to launch its newest public art installation “Dogs of Danville, Unleashed” and is inviting the community to attend an opening reception appreciating the canine-themed art display.
Set to open this Thursday, the five-month-long public art display will feature 15 life-sized artistically painted statues of man's best friend, strategically placed throughout downtown and accompanied by a walking tour and passport program for residents to explore the town.
Booklets will serve as an art passport for participants and special prizes will be distributed at a closing reception for participants who have visited each site -- with one passport being allowed per household.
Each sculpture is sponsored by local businesses and organizations and each has been designed by a different Bay Area artists.
To launch the exhibit a “dog reveal party” is scheduled to be held Thursday 5-8 p.m., at the Village Theatre and art Gallery, where town staff say “the community is invited to come revel at the gorgeous art of the whimsical dog sculptures.”
The exhibit will run from May 10 through Sept.19, with all dogs being located within a few blocks of each other in downtown Danville. A walking tour of each site will be provided be available at the Village Theatre and Art Gallery. A full list of dogs and their locations can be found on the town’s Dogs of Danville webpage.
At summer’s end, a closing reception will be held where the dogs can be purchased during a silent auction. The closing reception will be held Sept. 19 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Village Theatre, 233 Front St., in downtown Danville.