Several local artists and makers will show and sell their work at the fourth-annual open air Art Market, set for this weekend at Friends of Companion Animals Feline Rescue & Adoption Center, 2532 N. Dixie Highway. The shelter is located in front of the Detroit Beach community.
The market will be open from noon to 5 pm both days. This is the first year the market will be open two days.
“Some artists are going to be present both days, while others will be ‘one day only,’ so each day will have something different to see,” the shelter said. “Take home original work from local artists and crafters.”
Art created by cats from the shelter will also be sold. Works can be viewed from noon to 5 pm this week at the shelter. To bid on the cat-created art, visit https://www.ebay.com/usr/friendsofcompanionanimals. Bidding runs until Sept. 26.
All proceeds will benefit the shelter and will be used for housing, feeding and caring for the cats, including the more than 200 cats that are at the shelter or in foster care.
“(Last year) we raised about $600 through our eBay art auction and walk-in donations that day,” the shelter said.
Attendees can also go into the shelter to see the cats available for adoption. The Art Market will be held rain or shine. FOCA is Monroe’s only all-cat, non-profit rescue.
“FOCA is always striving to bring people together, so it’s nice to see this market now into its fourth year. Each day is expected to feature no less than 10 artists and crafters showing off their talent, so we hope people stop out and support them the way they’ve supported us,” Penny Bly, rescue director, said. “People are looking for local things to do around Monroe. It’s a nice way to visit the cats at the shelter and enjoy the creative works of local artists.”
FOCA also seeks donations, including Purina Naturals Original dry food, Purina Gentle dry food, Purina One Healthy Kitten dry food and Purina Kitten Chow.
“Every little bit of help keeps things rolling,” Bly said.
FOCA is planning to open a spay and neuter clinic next to its shelter.
“We are still about half way there, $10,000 to get things started,” the shelter said. “Of course to continue it will take funds as well, so between fundraising for our new roof and the clinic, that’s where the bulk of our donations have been allocated lately.”
FOCA has other events planned for this fall. Trunk or Treat will take place from 1 to 3 pm Oct. 22. Admission is free. Advance tickets are now on sale for the shelter’s Autumn Annual Fundraiser, set for Nov. 5 at LaRoy’s Hall in LaSalle. Tickets are $40 each or $300 for a table of eight. Live and silent auctions, dinner, dessert and a cash bar will be offered. On the Net: friendsofcompanionanimals.org