Museum displays pet art

The work of Youngstown artist Bill Dotson is on display at the Arms Family Museum. “The Art of Your Pet: Portraits by Bill Dotson” focuses on his recent work drawing people’s pets.

Dotson’s pet portraits began when he started to recognize each pet’s unique persona and how he could translate that through ink to canvas. Dotson created pet portraits for casino clientele while living in Las Vegas, and he continued upon returning to the Mahoning Valley with pet memorial portraits.

The pet portraits first were exhibited at the Butler Institute of American Art in 2007, where he regularly added live drawing demonstrations. Likewise, Dotson may be in-residence at various times throughout “The Art of Your Pet” exhibit.

Dotson has a decades-long career drawing stunningly realistic portraits in ink and is best known for his likenesses of sports figures and celebrities.

The work will be on display through Nov. 10 at the Arms Family Museum, 648 Wick Ave., Youngstown. Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for senior citizens and college students and $5 for children ages 3 to 18, with children 2 and younger admitted free. For more information, call 330-743-2589.

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