WEST JEFFERSON — Florence Thomas Art School is hosting an animal-themed art exhibit open to the public until Mar. 31, in downtown West Jefferson. This exhibit showcases the work of 17 High Country area artists and is in support of the Ashe Humane Society.

The Ashe County Humane Society works to promote the welfare of companion animals in the community through programs and strategies aimed at improving responsible pet ownership and reducing the pet population. Dedicated to the welfare of companion animals, Ashe County Humane Society is a nonprofit organization that is funded solely by donations and fundraisers and run by volunteers.

The Florence Thomas Art School was founded by the profound generosity of Florence Young Thomas. The Ashe County native was a prolific painter whose passion for art was matched by her desire to teach. She believed everyone should have the opportunity to create art, and to produce it to the best of their ability. Established in 2008, the Art School provides instruction for artists of all ages in all media of the fine arts and heritage crafts. The Florence Thomas Art School is a 501c3 nonprofit. The Art School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational, admission or scholarship policies and other school-administered programs. Florence Art School is handicap accessible.

Visitors can also enter to win a custom pet portrait with the purchase of a $5 raffle ticket. Tickets can also be purchased online at: www.florenceartschool.org. Local artist and instructor Kelly Cameron will be painting the portrait for the lucky winner and all proceeds will benefit the Ashe Humane Society.

Visit the exhibit anytime during Florence Thomas Art School’s gallery hours: Wed. – Sat., 10 am – 4 pm.

More details can be found online at www.FlorenceArtSchool.org. (336) 846-3827.

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