Meet the Artist Reception at WARL October 3rd. Photographer Exhibits Images of the Modern Pet

The Worcester Animal Rescue League (WARL) is pleased to host a Meet the Artist reception in conjunction with the exhibition Forever Home on Sunday, October 3, 2010 from 2-4PM. Located at 139 Holden Street in Worcester, the WARL exhibit includes strikingly modern images of cats and dogs by Worcester-based photographer Jessica Walsh. Free and open to the public, the reception kicks off the exhibition which runs now through 2011.

Through photography I strive to show the true personalities of our companion animals and the small details that make each pet a unique animal and an amazing friend,” stated Jessica Walsh. “I know that my pets have provided an endless amount of comfort, happiness and joy that I hold very close to my heart. I will always consider myself a pet lover first and a photographer second – and my work is where the two shall meet.”

An animal advocate and professional photographer, Walsh aims to create photos that act as a window into the personality of pets, their owners and the special bond they share.  Preferring to photograph a pet in their home, Walsh finds that this allows her to capture the true personality and unique traits of each animal.  She considers her style of photography as “modern” and photojournalistic, which includes interesting angles, candids, bright colors and close ups.

Each pet photographed for the set “Forever Home” is an animal that has been rescued and given not only a second chance, but a forever home. The goals and ideals of the WARL are something Walsh personally identifies with and feels very passionate about. Through her years as a veterinary assistant, she has seen many rescue organizations but has never been as moved and impressed by others as she is with the WARL.

Walsh has a Bachelors Degree in Biology from Northeastern University. She has worked in the service of animals at Little Paws Rescue (Hopkinton) as Kennel Manager (rescue has since closed); Westboro VCA as Veterinary Assistant; and Community Animal Hospital (Shrewsbury) as Veterinary Assistant/Tech. She lives in Worcester with her husband and her adopted pets.

We are very excited to host this exhibit by Jessica Walsh,” confirmed Allie Simone, Acting Director, WARL. “Our organization has embarked on many new programs and initiatives this year, and working with an artist like Jessica Walsh is an important example of the fresh approach at WARL. Her work is stunning and we are honored to be able to showcase it in our shelter.”

For more information about Jessica Walsh, visit http://www.JessicaWalshPhotography.com.

For more information about WARL, visit www.worcester-arl.org or call 508.853.0030.

About Worcester Animal Rescue League (WARL)

Founded in 1912 by a group of women determined to save overworked and abused farm horses, WARL continues this legacy of love for animals. As a no-kill, private, non-profit organization that does not receive any county, state, or federal funding, WARL relies heavily on the generosity of donors and volunteers. The facility annually assists over 2500 cats, dogs, kittens, and puppies in the 17 communities surrounding Worcester MA. Programs and services include lost and found, boarding, adoptions, low-cost spay/neuter & vaccine clinics, end-of-life/euthanasia, educational programs, foster and volunteer opportunities. Now the largest animal shelter in Central Massachusetts, WARL is a limited intake shelter, accepting pets only when enough kennel space is available; it does not believe in time or space limits for adoptable pets, and uses every resource available to place each one. Today, WARL is led by Acting Director Allie Simone and a staff of 18. Located at 139 Holden Street in Worcester, WARL is open Mon-Sat from 8:30AM to 4:30PM, and Sun from 12 noon to 4PM. Visit www.worcester-arl.org, WARL’s Facebook page, or call 508.853.0030.

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