Zooinitas fundraiser Aug. 15 to help Rancho Coastal Humane Society

Join the Zooinitas Artists second fundraiser as they explore “all creatures great and small” in support of the Rancho Coastal Humane Society Safehouse program.

Eleven local artists will exhibit in two galleries on South Coast Highway 101. Artists are hosted by the Encinitas 101 Mainstreet Association, 2nd Street Gallery and Custom Framing, and 2nd Street Printing. Visit 818/820 S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas.

“We are pleased to be able to provide artists a venue that they can exhibit in as well as promote our community programs,” said Thora Guthrie, executive director, E101 Mainstreet Association.

“It becomes a winning situation for everyone when the artists go the extra yard to bring awareness to the arts. This will be a wonderful opportunity for the public.”

A free public reception will be held from 1-4 p.m. Aug. 15, where everyone can visit “Gus,” a 10-foot wooden sculpture, designed by artist Thomas Thomas, a surprise that will provide refreshments courtesy of BevMo.

Join in a raffle with items provided by local businesses and artists with support funding for the RCHS. Pet adoptions will be available at the reception, and a Toys for Pups dropbox — donations for shelter animals — will be on the streets from Saturday, Aug. 1-Aug. 15. And check out Pups on Parade — bring your dog and walk the streets in costume.

“It is always special to be part of something bigger than yourself,” said Ehlers, curator of Zooinitas.

All are invited on Aug. 15 to experience the world of these talented artists. They are: Bobbie Harrington, painter/instructor; Darlene Katz, painter/instructor; Gary Johnson, wildlife painter; Joan Hansen, painter/instructor; Adele Richert, painter/Green Build advocate; Krista Timberlake, painter/graphic designer; Stephen Gary Frank, painter/attorney at law; Tish Wynne, painter; Thomas Thomas, wood carver; Todd Murphy, animal painter; Lovejoy, painter; and Cheryl Ehlers, painter/arts educator/advocate and Arts Program assistant for the city of Encinitas.

Special guest artist Linda Luisi, muralist and fine art instructor, will be demonstrating. All art is for sale, and the artists are looking forward to sharing their experiences.

“We’re so honored that these local artists have chosen Rancho Coastal Humane Society’s Animal Safehouse Program as the beneficiary of Zooinitas,” said Amy Heflin, director of the program. “Safehouse is a safety net for the pets of domestic violence victims. When they know their pets will be safe, it allows them to escape and break the chain of violence. Safehouse is also a lifeline for veterans, senior citizens, accident victims, and — most recently — victims of the fires. Thank you, Zooinitas!”

The exhibition will be open from Saturday, Aug. 1 to Sept. 10. For information, contact Cheryl Ehlers at, 760-519-1551 and visit