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Prominent artists paint dog bowls for charity

November 16, 2010 |  3:12 pm

Dog bowl

High-profile artists including David Hockney and Ed Ruscha are using their talents for a good cause: helping severely ill pet owners and low-income senior citizens care for their pets.

Hockney, Ruscha, Charles Arnoldi, Ross Bleckner, Robert Longo and Kenny Scharf each painted a one-of-a-kind dog bowl, and auction house Bonhams & Butterfields will sell all six at its L.A. location this month. The proceeds from the sale -- likely to be fairly hefty, with each bowl valued at $2,500 to $3,500 -- benefit the group PAWS/LA, which assists about 1,700 needy L.A. county residents and more than 2,000 of their pets.

The dog bowls are part of Bonhams' larger Made in California sale, which is scheduled for Nov. 23, with a preview Friday through Sunday.

PAWS/LA was founded in the late 1980s to help L.A.-area pet owners suffering from HIV/AIDS. Since then, it has expanded its reach to include those suffering from other serious ailments and low-income seniors.

Learn more about the Made in California sale and see photos of all the artists' dog bowls at The Times' arts blog, Culture Monster.

-- Lindsay Barnett

Photo: A bowl created by artist Kenny Scharf. Credit: Courtesy of Bonhams & Butterfields

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