The Dogs In Art Jubilee: Join AKC for the Barkfest at Bonhams!

The Dogs In Art Jubilee: Join AKC for the Barkfest at Bonhams!


New York, NY - In celebration of dogs in art, the American Kennel Club® is once again hosting a charity brunch, Barkfest at Bonhams, on Sunday, February 11, 2007, from 10 a.m. to noon.  Dog lovers, art aficionados and their canine companions are invited to attend the exclusive preview of prestigious dog art at Bonhams, located at 41 East 57th Street (at Madison Avenue) on the sixth floor. The Jubilee Auction of Dogs in Art will be held at Bonhams on February 13th.

In 1982, Bonhams was the first major auction house to support the dog art niche, beloved by collectors and canine enthusiasts worldwide.  Over the years this event has grown into the biggest sale of its type in the auction calendar. The catalogue for the sale in New York in February 2006 boasted Bonhams highest total ever, netting over $1.7 million, and seeing several world-record prices, including a staggering $842,250 for “New Forest Foxhounds” by John Emms.

The forthcoming sale promises to be equally exciting and will feature works by Edmund Henry Osthaus, Maud Earl, John Emms, Samuel Joseph Carter, Carl Reichert, Edwin Megargee, Philip Eustace Stretton and many more artists who celebrated the dog and man's affection for his “best friend.”  The Barkfest is a unique opportunity to preview these works in an intimate setting two days prior to the auction.

"The AKC's February charity brunch featuring a beautiful collection of fine dog art has become an anticipated annual tradition," said AKC President Dennis Sprung. "We encourage the city's dog owners and art lovers to attend this special event with their four-legged family members in celebration of dogs in art."

All proceeds from Barkfest at Bonhams benefit the AKC's charitable public art project, DOGNY - America's Tribute to Search and Rescue Dogs. Admission is a $50 donation to DOGNY. To reserve a spot on our RSVP list, please call AKC at 212-696-8277.

The 2005 AKC/Eukanuba National Championship Winner Knotty the Bloodhound enjoys a dog biscuit at the 2006 Barkfest.