Idabel, OK (July 28, 2017)—Attendees will learn how to memorialize their pet in paint on August 26th, from 1 PM to 4 PM. The class is open to artists of all ages and skill levels. Cost is $45 for nonmembers and $40 for Museum members at the Contributor Level or higher. Supplies are provided. However, participants must bring a photo of their pet. (Please note, no pets are allowed in the Museum.) Call (580) 286 – 3616 or visit The Museum Store to register. Registration is also available online.
Pets have been a part of our shared culture for thousands of years. Recent archaeological evidence from the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Science suggests that the world’s first pet lived 32,000 years ago. Moreover, people from around the world were routinely buried with their favorite pets for thousands of years. However, it wasn’t until European aristocrats started wearing clothing with special pockets designed to hold small dogs, that pets truly became “man’s best friend.” The Museum will display several pieces of ethnographic art that highlight the history of pets during the class.