Saint Louis University

The Saint Louis University Museum of Art, in partnership with Stray Rescue of St. Louis, will host the fourth installment of Urban Wanderers, a fundraising art exhibition to directly benefit Stray Rescue of St. Louis. The exhibition opens with a reception at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 22, and will continue until Sunday, May 5. 

This heartwarming exhibition features professional works of art inspired by Stray Rescue's companion animals. Artists will paint, photograph and sculpt a Stray Rescue dog or cat that has been abandoned, abused or neglected. Stray Rescue shelter dogs will create works of "arf," using their paws, tails and noses. The theme of the 2013 Urban Wanderers exhibition will be "The Plight of the Street Dog."

"All those we rescue have important stories to tell and telling these stories through art has proven to be a captivating way to show the reality of what homeless companion animals face on a daily basis," said Randy Grim, founder of Stray Rescue. "The event also draws attention to how shelter animals enrich people's lives and make the greatest companions — it's truly one of a kind."

All art displayed in the exhibition will be available through an online auction. Bidding will begin on Friday, March 22, and 100 percent of the funds raised will directly benefit Stray Rescue of St. Louis.

About the Urban Wanderers "Spokes-pup"

O.P., the 2013 spokes-pup
O.P., the 2013 spokes-pup.

Each year, a dog rescued by Stray Rescue of St. Louis is chosen to be the "face" or the "spokes-pup" of the Urban Wanderers exhibition. Meet the 2013 spokes-pup, O.P.

In late September 2012, Stray Rescue saved O.P. after his bullet-riddled body was found in a trash container. He had been shot at least 12 times, and an electrical cord was tightly wrapped around his neck.

For weeks after the rescue, O.P. received intensive medical treatment at Stray Rescue's trauma center and Veterinary Specialty Services; however, due to a bullet lodged near his spine, he lost the use of the lower half of his body. After a miraculous recovery and aided by a customized cart, the rescued and resilient dog was given the name, O.P. (Optimus Prime, from the Transformers franchise) by Stray Rescue founder Randy Grim. The ever-determined O.P. now resides with Randy and his extended family of Stray Rescue brothers and sisters.

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