VINTON–The Vinton Veterinary Hospital maintains two funds to help pay expenses for sick or injured animals when clients are not able. The Good Samaritan Fund benefits abandoned or stray animals brought into the hospital. The Kathy Lashier Memorial Fund assists Vinton Vet clients who have fallen on hard times themselves and are having trouble paying their own pet’s expenses.
With funds running low, veterinarian Dr. Courtney Wiegard, suggested a silent auction featuring work from clients who are well-known local artists.
The silent auction exhibit is on display in the lobby at the veterinary hospital at 1309 East Washington Avenue in Vinton, and runs through December 1st. Visitors may view the artwork and make bids at any time during business hours.
Several paintings and drawings in the exhibit feature animals,while others are still lifes or nature themed.
The artists represent a wide variety of genres and backgrounds.
Artist Terry Lyon is a retired engineer, who has been featured at Studios on the Square for decades. His rescue dog, Darcy, is seen by the doctors at Vinton Veterinary Hospital. Lyon will be opening a new studio in downtown Roanoke soon above the 202 Market Restaurant. He has donated a still life of fruit and flowers to the auction.
Mark Shepheard has displayed his artwork all over Virginia. He focuses on metalworks, but his great love is drawing. Shepheard has four cats and two miniature schnauzers who are patients at Vinton Vet. He has donated an Impressionistic style painting of trees and clouds.
John Reburn, who is an avid pet lover, has a downtown studio called Appalachia Press where he creates letterpress stationery, invitations, and silk-screened artwork, and also has a booth at Black Dog Salvage. The painting he has donated is named “Basket of Puppies.”
Maria Driscoll brings her German Shepherd Short-haired Pointer, named Coleman, to Vinton Vet. Driscoll was born in Bogota, Columbia, and has painted since she was a child. She received a degree in Fine Arts from Hollins University, and has been doing commercial and residential projects for over 10 years, ranging from murals, to faux finishes, stencil work, furniture, and custom art pieces. She has donated the painting of “Coleman’s Shadow” to the auction.
Award-winning artist Nina McGee studied painting at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has contributed the painting of a dog entitled “Nap Time.”
Linda Patrick is a renowned Shenandoah Valley watercolor artist who lives in Lynchburg. Her beautiful animal drawings, many of bunnies, have been donated by Barbara Franklin, Dr. Wiegard’s mother.
Railroad buffs will be especially interested in the framed “Chessie” Handkerchief, also donated by Barbara Franklin. The handkerchief art was derived from a 1933 etching created by Viennese artist Guido Gruenwald. “Chessie” was the feline mascot for the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway until 1971.
Dr. Wiegard has worked at the Vinton Veterinary Hospital for eight years since she received her DVM from the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech. Her own pets include three dogs and two cats.
The exhibit is open during regular Vinton Veterinary Hospital hours on Monday from 8:00 a.m. until 7:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., and on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
Information is available at www.vintonvet.com or by calling 627-5118.