The Roanoke Valley SPCA’s annual “Best in Show” fundraiser will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the atrium of the Taubman Museum of Art.
More than 200 artists have contributed paintings, drawings and sculptures that will be for sale during the reception. As a new element, participants were encouraged to create artistic versions of dog and cat houses and pet beds. At least half the proceeds of each sale benefit the animal welfare organization. Purchased pieces can be picked up after 8 p.m. Friday.
The physical show lasts only through Friday evening, though a virtual exhibit and sale of the remaining unsold art will continue through the end of March on the Roanoke Valley SPCA’s website and Facebook pages.
The nonprofit’s calendar committee will select a piece from the show for the cover of its 2014 Pet Calendar. Last year, Troutville artist Judith Lochbrunner won the Best in Show prize with her painted paper collage “Play Day.”
Other prizes will be awarded by guest judge Karen-Sam Norgard, an artist and professor at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia. Sponsored by HomeTown Bank, the event will feature music from the Jeff Todd Trio.