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Wild or tame, animals appeal to exhibiting artists in June Posted: Sunday, June 1, 2014 12:15 am By GWEN SHRIFT Staff Writer Bucks County Courier Times

Idealism, coupled with a powerful need to comment, drives the work of many an artist. Among the riches on view in the area this month are works by creative spirits who bring these impulses to the service of animals.

Fleet and furry friends take over two settings, through a photographer whose work demands affection for some supposedly violent canines, and in the paintings of an artist inspired by free-roaming equines.

All this has a lot to teach us. I was aware of pit bulls, once almost universally reviled, are emerging as gentle family pets. But I had never heard of the Cane Corso Mastiff, which is a big, protective breed from Italy, and like pit bulls, also is often in need of rescue from irresponsible owners.

None of this is news to a public sated with reports of bloodthirsty dogs bred for fighting or aggression against humans.

Instead, Susan Wisniewski caught pit bulls and Cane Corsos “looking directly into the lens of her camera with soft eyes, some dancing, smiling, eating dirt, looking off into the distance, telling the viewer their stories, without the necessity of words,” according to an announcement of her exhibit.

These remarkable pooches are on view Friday through June 30 as part of “The Pits,” an exhibit at the Langhorne Coffee House Artists at 102 S. Bellevue Ave. An opening reception is scheduled for 7:00 P.M. Friday, with some rescue dogs in attendance. Wisniewski will be donating part of the proceeds of sales to several shelters, some of whose dogs she photographed.

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