The MTC community
art program presents:
Running Free: Celebrating Canine and Human Access to the
East Bay Regional Parks
Paintings by Elizabeth Ennis
101 8th St.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays
Dogs have appeared in my paintings since the 1980s but it was
after 1999 with our adoption of the white Siberian Husky, Montana,
and then the adoption in 2000 of a mixed breed, mostly black
Labrador Retriever we named Dinah, that I began this series
of dog paintings.
In the Bay Area we have the world’s best dog park — Pt.
Isabel in Richmond, which is part of the East Bay Regional
Parks District. It is a huge area on the Bay where dogs can
socialize off leash and be free to act like dogs. Dog owners
are also blessed to have the Regional Parks, areas of hills,
fields, lakes and streams that are off leash to dogs.
I began to think of dogs in their mythological role as the
guides of humans, and as guides in our contemporary struggle
to reconnect with the natural world. So often dogs in art are
portrayed as sitting calmly at the feet of their masters, embedded
in the domestic environment of humans. Instead, I want to show
them as part of nature, especially in that state of pure, fierce
joy they seem to possess when left free to play and explore
— Elizabeth Ennis