Though she doesn't currently have any of her own, Moorhead artist Kim Jore loves dogs — so much so that she has made her Riverzen Art Studio and Gallery as dog-friendly as possible, and frequently pet-sits for her friends and neighbors when they can't bring their canine companions along on their travels.
"I would love a dog, but I don't have one right now," Jore said. "We always have treats for them (at the studio), and people bring their dogs in to visit all the time."
When she was approached by the Humane Society of the Lakes to create a pet-themed sailboat for "150 Sails Up in DL," Jore was excited by the prospect — the hardest part, she added, was filling out the artist application, as it had to include a concept drawing of the design she had in mind.
- Related: Learn more about the 150 Sails Up in DL public art project, the April 30 Sailboat Regatta Party and other Detroit Lakes Sesquicentennial festivities at dl-online.com.
"I have a tough time doing that (i.e., drawing out the design beforehand)," she admitted. "I usually just paint it. But my idea was just to paint the dogs and cats of the lakes."
The larger, main sail of the sculpture would contain dog portraits, while the smaller sail, or jib, was cat-themed. The base of the 4-foot-tall sculpture would be decorated with the Humane Society's logo.
"The Humane Society put a shout out, asking people to submit photos of the pets they'd adopted," Jore said. She chose her favorites and painted them onto the sails, then blended them together into a cohesive design. Once complete, she added several layers of clear topcoat to ensure that the sculpture could be displayed outdoors.
As she was creating the sailboat, people would stop by her studio at Riverzen to watch her work — often with pets in tow — and she also posted photos and videos of her progress on her Facebook page at regular intervals.
"It took me about four weeks to do," she said. "It was on top of my studio table, and I'm in the public, so people got to see me work. ... I did videos of myself working as it progressed, and there is this this restaurant next door, so people would come in the evenings and ask questions, and I'd tell them about the project. I've been spreading the word for the Regatta Party. A lot of people have put it on their calendars because of that."
Jore said she definitely intends to be on hand for the April 30 event as well. "I will there to talk about my work and how it all went," she added.
If you go
What: Sailboat Regatta Party for '150 Sails Up in DL'
When: Friday, April 30, 4-7 p.m.
Where: Kent Freeman Arena, 1310 Rossman Ave., Detroit Lakes
Tickets: $5 for adults, free for children and students
A little peek at the finished project
Here's a short video of the finished project that Jore submitted to the Tribune.