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A zoo in there: Animal-themed works on display in Lake Worth

By Phillip Valys,


Paws and Claws: Animals in Art

If his charcoal drawings, oil paintings and four-legged sculptures aren't enough of a hint, yes, Skip Hartzell is nuts about dogs. The Lake Worth artist's website is crawling with canine-based works, and his contributions to the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County's new group show, "Paws and Claws: Animal in Art," are no exception. One painting, "Dogs of the Apocalypse," is as much a tongue-in-cheek nod to pet shenanigans as it is to Hartzell's fascination with experimenting with a dog's form, movement, color and texture.

Review by Curator and Critic Bruce Healander


Hartzell is showing inventive depictions of man’s best friend for the first time, and the guests seemed to agree that this was one of the most “feel good” exhibitions in recent memory, where the passion of the artist and the love of dogs in unlimited configurations are joined in his paintings, works on paper and four-legged sculptures to make a fascinating presentation of pictures with an obvious aristocratic appearance and a recognizable common denominator.

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