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Meryl Rachlin

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Having shared true, loving friendship with a dog, an Orlando-based artist, Meryl Rachlin, understands how much a pet can mean to its human. The loss of her best friend served as an excruciating inspirational spark, motivating the artist to discover a technique that would change her expression and the concept of her art. Creating pet tributes, Meryl moulds three-dimensional mementos of peoples’ precious little animal darlings, preserving memories of their spirit and the beauty of their devotion. Meryl Rachlin is the Gold Artist of the ArtAscent “Pets” call for artists. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal “Pets” issue.

www.ArtThatPops.com

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Taida Tarabula

 

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Admitting her life changed completely after she adopted a dog from a shelter Polish photographer Taida Tarabula does not see pets as animals anymore. Her perception transforms them into tender, elegant beings defined with particular spirit and emotion, exuded through the most diverse channels of inter-species communication. Fascinated with the profundity of canine character, she thrives in capturing it on film, whether it’s a portrait of a calm puppy, the race of a restless hound or the play of joyous mongrels. Taida Tarabula is the Silver Artist of the ArtAscent “Pets” call for artists. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal “Pets” issue.

www.foto-psy.pl

Zach Agnew

The Empty Bowl

The door swung open to the silence inside, as a man walked in with a weight in his stride. His keys clanked heavily on the table, he slumped over, no longer able. A week had passed and yet the pain remained, at this point he simply felt drained. What could he do, but sit and remember, as he watched the snows of late November. The flakes danced…

In an evocatively entitled short story “The Empty Bowl,” a young writer, Zach Agnew, tells a classic story of friendship, love and loss that was shared between a man and a dog. Absence of the man’s best friend is here in focus, as well as the loss of his truest comrade in the great fight called “life.” Zach Agnew is the Gold Writer of the ArtAscent “Pets” call for writers. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal “Pets” issue.

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Zhanna Martin

 

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Being a virtuoso in capturing meaningful facial expressions, Zhanna Martin created two mirroring sculptures inspired by the mutual obsession of lonely women and cats, where the word “crazy” is used amusingly justly. The Russian-American artist devotes herself to recreating single specimens of a wide range of human emotions and expressions – attempting to present the abundance of varying human nature in clay. Zhanna Martin is the Bronze Artist of the ArtAscent “Pets” call for artists. To see the full body of work and profile, get a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal “Pets” issue.

www.zhannamartin.com

Jacquelyn Schneller

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Distinguished Artist of the ArtAscent “Pets” call for entry. To see the full body of work, grab a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal “Pets” issue.

www.jhakijhaki.com

Lily

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Distinguished Artist of the ArtAscent “Pets” call for entry. To see the full body of work, grab a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal “Pets” issue.

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Jason Avera

Oscar

I’d been here before. Forty-eight hours since sleep and it was time for a change. So I decided to head north and visit my brother along the way. I’d been driving for nearly eight hours now. Infinity. Infinitely…that’s what it felt like. The great sound of great jazz flying from the speakers of my beat-up Chevy side step. At this point…

Distinguished Writer of the ArtAscent “Pets” call for entry. To see the full body of work, grab a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal “Pets” issue.

Mino Watanabe

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Distinguished Artist of the ArtAscent “Pets” call for entry. To see the full body of work, grab a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal “Pets” issue.

www.minowatanabe.com

S.B. Borgersen

Loved to Death

Call him Benny,” they said, “Benny the Bunny.” I wrinkled my nose, making my freckles run into each other and chose, instead, to name him Donald. At the time, I loved to listen to Donald Peers playing the piano on the wireless on Friday nights; the only night I was allowed to stay up until eight o’clock. I liked his piano playing. Pretty songs, some with no words. Bobbitting up and down. Like tiny footsteps with silver bells tip-toeing on the stairs. I was six when…

Distinguished Writer of the ArtAscent “Pets” call for entry. To see the full body of work, grab a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal “Pets” issue.

www.sueborgersen.com

Kazuma Sambe

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Distinguished Artist of the ArtAscent “Pets” call for entry. To see the full body of work, grab a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal “Pets” issue.

www.mynameispaolina.wordpress.com

Lauren Barwood

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Distinguished Artist of the ArtAscent “Pets” call for entry. To see this in print, grab a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal “Pets” issue.

www.laurenbarwood.carbonmade.com

Claire Bliss

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Distinguished Artist of the ArtAscent “Pets” call for entry. To see this in print, grab a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal “Pets” issue.

Kathie Muir

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Peaches, named for her orange and white coat, was a character from the day I met her. Whenever I walked past her cage at the humane society, she scrambled up the wire fence until she was eye-level with me. “Pick me,” she seemed to meow at me. Her eyes followed me as…

Distinguished Writer of the ArtAscent “Pets” call for entry. To see the full body of work, grab a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal “Pets” issue.

Mark Alan Francis

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Distinguished Artist of the ArtAscent “Pets” call for entry. To see this in print, grab a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal “Pets” issue.

Jennifer Nicole

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Distinguished Artist of the ArtAscent “Pets” call for entry. To see this in print, grab a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal “Pets” issue.

www.artinthegarage.com

Harry Longstreet

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Distinguished Artist of the ArtAscent “Pets” call for entry. To see this in print, grab a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal “Pets” issue.

www.harrylongstreet.com

Georgia Marc

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Distinguished Artist of the ArtAscent “Pets” call for entry. To see this in print, grab a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal “Pets” issue.

www.georgiamarch.ca

Ryn Clark

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Distinguished Artist of the ArtAscent “Pets” call for entry. To see this in print, grab a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal “Pets” issue.

www.rynclarkephotography.com

Joe Calleri

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Distinguished Artist of the ArtAscent “Pets” call for entry. To see this in print, grab a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal “Pets” issue.

Roy Davimes

The Understanding

In the morning I am their king. They follow my every step, a respectful distance behind, muttering the sounds of reluctant servitude. I leave the doors ajar so that they may watch the king shave. When I pull back the shower curtain they are there, standing to attention, drops falling…

Distinguished Writer of the ArtAscent “Pets” call for entry. To see the full body of work, grab a copy of the ArtAscent Art & Literature Journal “Pets” issue.