The Reliant Park World Series of Dog Shows will display the 22nd Annual Mari Jon Filla Student Art Exhibition created to showcase the artistic talents of Houston’s children. Houston-area students participate in the art contest which encourages these local artists to express their love for the family dog. Usually heart- warming and at times down-right funny, these portraits not only depict the dogs’ personalities but also the joy these pets bring to these young owners.
“Dogs can be an essential part of a family dynamic,” says Barbara Winslow, director of the art contest. “Kids recognize the companionship their pets bring to family members and this contest lets them express their gratitude and love. It’s amazing to see the talent of these students, and the show is a great way to convey the dog show message of responsible dog ownership.”
Sixteen school districts participate in the art show including Aldine, Alief, Clear Creek, CyFair, Deer Park, Fort Bend, Galena Park, Galveston, Goose Creek, Houston, Humble, Katy, Klein, La Porte, Pearland, Spring and Spring Branch. Each grade — from kindergarten through 12th — has its own winner as well as a “Best in Show” winner, echoing the grand champions of the Dog Shows sponsoring the contest.
The Reliant Park World Series of Dog Shows, sanctioned by the American Kennel Club, supervised by Onofrio Dog Shows and sponsored by Purina, is Houston’s must-see dog event! This premier canine event attracts more than 40,000 spectators, participants and vendors. Adult admission is $10 per day at the door or via Ticketmaster. Tickets for senior citizens are $5 and children 12 or younger are $1 with adult. Visit www.reliantdogshows.com or follow us on Twitter (@Reliantdogshows) for the latest information.