BY KELLY KRUSE
The Downtown Racine Corporation is excited to auction off the dogs from the 17th Annual Downtown Public Art project featuring K-9 Heroes of Racine County. There are 25 life-size dogs total; 14 are replicas of the K-9s that serve all of Racine County and 11 are German Shepherds in a sitting pose, for which the artists had full creative freedom. Dogs were placed throughout downtown Racine all summer long.
Cookin’ Out with the K-9’s Public Art Auction, is where the official auctioning off of the 25 pieces will be take place. It will be held on Friday, Sept. 14 from 5-8pm at Wingspread (33 East Four Mile Road). This fun-filled event will include live music by Mean Jake. The artists and the actual K-9s with their handlers will be on-site as well. While there, enjoy food and drink, including a “Bow Wow” beer garden, and of course plenty of raffles and games. Tickets are $40 each or two for $75. To purchase tickets, call (262) 634-6002 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All proceeds benefit the Downtown Racine Corporation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to be the voice of Downtown Racine, facilitating, coordinating, and catalyzing efforts to enhance the image and functionality of Downtown, attracting new businesses, residents and visitors.
The 14 K-9s being replicated and their chosen artists:
K-9 Louie – Artists Scott and Cory Sebastian
Mt. Pleasant Police:
K-9 Brutus – Artist Michael Gorges
K-9 Ares – Artist Amanda Hohensee
K-9 Zander – Artist Julie Conigliaro
Racine County Sheriff’s Office:
K-9 Friday – Artist Paul Muckler
K-9 Nox – Artist Rachel Hankwitz
K-9 Nitro – Artist Rachel A Womack
K-9 Murphy – Artist Joyce Lynn Williamson
K-9 Dozer – Artist Laura Covelli
K-9 Titan – Artists Doug and Diane Soller
K-9 Hax – ArtistsArlene LoPiccolo, Jennifer Zygmunt and DeeDee Dumont
K-9 Odin – Artist Daniel Debrocke
K-9 Dixie – Artist Kristen Gjerdset
K-9 Rhea – Artist Kaye Panyk
11 Sitting Dogs Artists:
Nicole Zoe Miller
Rachel Grace Schimian and her 5th Grade Class at Evergreen Academy
Can’t attend the auction but would still like a chance at owning one of the dog sculptures? Online bidding is available now through Sept. 14 at: racinedowntown.com/auctions
Kelly Kruse is the executive director at Downtown Racine Corporation.