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“Paint Your Pet” helps brighten Humane Society’s future

CHELTENHAM – A recent trend, “sip and paint” events, has popped up all over the country. One group in St. Louis is using sip and paint to give back.

That group is Artherapy Studios, a mobile art studio that guides groups through an evening of wine and painting. On Thursday, one such group gathered at the Humane Society, 1201 Macklind Avenue, for “Paint Your Pet,” a fundraiser to benefit the organization.

Led by Amy and Kathy Shaw, joint owners of Artherapy, attendees painted pictures of their pets while enjoying wine and snacks. Previously, the pet owners had been asked to send in a picture of their cat or dog to Artherapy. When the guests arrived, an outlined drawing of their pet was ready for them on a canvas, with paint provided.

According to Amy Shaw, this event, which happens every other month, is extremely popular.

“We get sold out every time,” she said.

So far this year, Artherapy has raised about $1,500 for the Humane Society.

Shaw said that, though there are quite a few paint and sip companies, what sets Artherapy Studios apart is that they are mobile.

“We bring the party to you,” she said. “We do a lot of apartment complexes. We do a lot of team building with companies. … Paint Your Pet is by far the most popular.”

Artherapy Studios got its start about three years ago, growing out of her own personal history as an artist.

“I had started off as a Fine Art major and decided they called it ‘starving artist’ for a reason,” she said. “Changed my major to interior design. So I do work as a designer by day.” But, she added, doing classes such as these at night is a way to keep her love for fine art alive.

“I’m hoping it’s my retirement plan,” she said.

This event happens every other month at the Humane Society. For more information about Artherapy Studios, visit

Samantha Auch

Sam Auch graduated from Knox College, where she studied Theater and Gender Studies. Outside her work with The Northsider, she works as an actor, playwright, and artist. You can found out more about her at her website

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