Friends of Companion Animals to host Art Market

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Several art pieces created by cats will be part of this weekend's Art Market.  Bidding for the cat-created art runs online through Sept.  26.
Bekah Ballmes will display both days at the Art Market.  Ballmes is a crochet hobbyist who enjoys making creatures and critters.

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.

Eryn Meeker of ESM Photography will display her work Saturday at the Friends of Companion Animals Art Market.  Meeker specializes in urbex, nature and macro photography.

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.”

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