Take a seat. Literally!
Be the talk of the town with this one-of-a-kind find! Just 25 LoveSeats were unleashed in 2021, and now you can own your very own! Lovingly designed and painted by Fort Wayne's favorite artist, Terry Ratliff, this piece is called "Daphne and Otto the Dog" and is a perfectly-painted homage to his own pets and to good dogs everywhere. Own a piece of Humane Fort Wayne history with your very own LoveSeat.
This LoveSeat is called A Recipe for Friendship by Amy Hanning and was sponsored during the public showing phase by OmniSource. This Loveseat shows a cat painted with a nightscape and hop vines, hops and wheat flowing on the backer. The seat being abstract blues represents water flowing, the leg and frill painted with wooden barrels, the dog is a sunny sky overlooking a field of flowing wheat.
The LoveSeat called, Sit, is by Bonnie Manning and sponsored for the last 3 months by Premier Bank. We are welcomed by a cat and dog on a LoveSeat wearing hand knitted sweaters. The word SIT is posted on the back of the bench. The artist stated that she was going for color and tapped into her love of hand knitted sweaters as well as her love of pets!
Mewsies of New Bark by Maggie Bequette is sponsored by JAT. This piece is inspired by historic American newsboys, known as newsies. On the bench part of the seat are scattered newspapers, which have information on how to help animals in our community, such as fostering, donating, community cats, etc.
This LoveSeat is called Cat Space Alien Bench by Rebecca Stockert. It was sponsored by Steel Dynamics. A pattern of space alien cats flying through outer space highlights this LoveSeat. Rebecca lives and works in Fort Wayne, and is the owner and artist of Cat People Press.
This LoveSeat is called Neighborhood Watch by artist Justin Gudel. It was sponsored for the last 3 months by Bush Brothers & Company. The cat and dog on this LoveSeat are dressed as superheroes to save all pets and people from harm!
The Orange Cat and Spotted Dog, a Story of Love and Sacrifice is by artist Bryan Ballinger and was sponsored by New Millennium Building systems. Bryan specializes in fun and silly characters. He decided to turn the bench into two fun and silly characters with the intention to make people, both young and old, smile.
This LoveSeat by Patrick Riggle is loosely based on a quote by Anthony Douglas Williams, "When I look into the eyes of an animal, I do not see an animal. I see a living being. I see a friend. I feel a soul." This LoveSeat will feature a collage of adoption forms, painted on the bench. The dog and cat on either end have clearly expressive eyes. Patrick received his Bachelor of Arts in Computer Art and Master of Arts Degree in Studio Art at the University of Saint Francis. He currently teaches stop motion animation and the history of animation at USF as an adjunct professor.
A House Without a Pet is like a Garden Without Flowers is the name of this art piece by Jordan Kurzen. It was sponsored by One Lucky Guitar and C. Henry Steel. This is a gorgeous LoveSeat covered in roses and greenery telling us, as the title suggests, our life is not complete without pets!