Have a heart for the dogs

Renowned local and international artists created unique art pieces using skulls as their canvas and will exhibit their creations at the Oddfellow Bar in Fremantle on May 1.

Each year, proceeds from the exhibition are donated to various charities. This year�s beneficiary is the Dogs� Refuge.

Some of the 40 artists to exhibit this year include Andy Quilty, Anya Brock, Jaime Lee Major, Hans Bruechle and Seonaidh Murphy.

Bruechle created two pieces � a skull covered in tiny beads and a skull with his complicated, dark illustrations.

�The beads are totally different for me � I�ve never done anything like that before,� he said.

�It was a long a tedious process, where I used two toothpicks to pick up 3000 tiny beads and glue them to the skull.

�It took between 40 and 50 hours.�

Seonaidh said her piece, which is made to look like an upside down ice cream, took four days just to dry.

A dog lover herself, she said she was looking at getting a rescue dog.

IHART co-creator Michael Prendiville said the exhibition would help raise awareness about fostering and adopting dogs.

�We�ve had the chance to work with some amazing charities over the years but the Dogs Refuge Home in Shenton Park is definitely one close to our own hearts as a locally run operation,� Mr Prendiville said.

�It is great to be able to play a part in these dogs� rehabilitation.�

The exhibition will run from 7pm to midnight and skulls will be available for purchase on the night.