FURRY FRIDAYS 2017-08-23T09:54:09+00:00

Furry Fridays are our way of bringing together people with passions for art and animals alike, opening our shelters to the public and offering a space to mix and mingle after a long work week! We provide the art, food, drinks and entertainment, and you provide the fun and engaging atmosphere!

These shows are a great way to introduce people to our mission, get folks in to see animals for adoption, remind them that our adoption centers are happy and inviting places, and to show our appreciation for the artists in the region who have done so much through the years to raise funds and awareness for our mission by making some of our animal welfare supporters aware of their fantastic art.

For more information, contact Events & Donor Relations Manager, Lauren Henderson, at lhenderson@humanepa.org.

2017 DATES

August 25Walk Kick-Off Party & Donor Recognition Celebration
Humane Society of Berks County, 4-7 PM
1801 N. 11th Street, Reading
Featuring a collaborative art exhibition by Kosmo Vinyl and Jack Logan, and individual pet portrait and graphic design pieces by Matthew Major, freelance illustrator

The former Londoner turned New Yorker Kosmo Vinyl is perhaps best known for his musical involvement with Ian Dury and The Blockheads, and later with The Clash. Vinyl’s “Know Your Rights” logo eventually became the talisman of The Clash’s 1982 “Combat Rock” campaign. After starting a family in the 90s, Vinyl left the music scene and developed into both an artist and a “cultural curator”. He created one-of-a-kind mixed media postcards, originally developed while communicating with friends near and far. Vinyl customized postcards using images and texts cut from newspapers and magazines and enhanced with markers, pencils and acrylic paint. Vinyl has contributed to several exhibitions, including his 2010 show “London Calling” Ray Lowry tribute, 2013 themed show “Saitches” in London, 2014 Lighthouse Gallery in Georgia, 2015 “Secret 7” exhibition at Somerset House, and 2017 select works from “Cisco Kid vs Donald Trump” at the Spring/Break Art Show in New York City.

Jack Logan is a cartoonist and recording artist in addition to a prolific songwriter and home recorder, based in Athens, Georgia. He produced a satirical underground comic book casting R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck as a superhero, lauded in the Detroit-based rock and roll magazine Creem and was the subject of a brief feature on MTV News. In 1993, some of Logan’s home recordings fell into the hands of Twin Tone Records and landed him a recording contract. His double CD Bulk garnered national and international press such as Rolling Stone, Billboard, People Magazine and countless others. Logan has produced cover art for other artists such as Tommy Stinson and Ken Will Morton as well as The Coolies comic book. He continues to produce artwork and cartoons and is currently pitching ideas to Cartoon Network.


“Dread” by Kosmo Vinyl and “Saturday-Sunday” by Jack Logan

“To and Fro” is a collaboration between Vinyl and Logan, which began as a homemade post card exchange after collaborating on a 45 rpm single for Atlanta music scene legend Clay Harper. The criteria for the post cards was very loose, where the artists could take any aspect of the card they receive – however tangential – and use that as the inspiration for the next card. The art contains six pairs of related cards and are samples of a much larger body of work. Vinyl and Logan chose not to display the entire chain in their original exhibit and instead chose groupings in order to be selective, such as the pair “Dread” and “Saturday-Sunday” above.

Matthew Major — Matt for short — is a 2014 graduate of Lancaster’s Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, with a Bachelors Degree in Illustration. Diagnosed with autism, Matt has faced many difficult challenges in life, that is, until he discovered his artistic ability. He uses art as an expressive outlet by creating custom pet portraits for clients and supporting animal welfare through his work. Matt has been artistically inspired by comics, movies and video games, and he recently donated the painting below to Humane Pennsylvania’s 2017 Art for Arf’s Sake Art Auction. He will be displaying a nix of his pet portraits and graphic design pieces at Furry Friday.

In addition to these featured exhibits, the Humane Society of Berks County will play host to Humane Pennsylvania’s annual Walk Kick-Off Party alongside a celebration recognizing our generous donors and supporters! Everyone is welcome to join us for this three-part event, all under one roof. Guests are welcome to register for our 40th Annual Walk for the Animals & Walktoberfest as they mingle with like-minded animal lovers, art enthusiasts, and supporters of Humane Pennsylvania. Music, food and refreshments are provided at no cost.


Recent Furry Fridays

May 5 – Life & Legacies Studio, 5-8 PM
52 N. Prince Street, Lancaster
Guest Artist: Alice Schwager, mixed media artist

April 7 – Life & Legacies Studio, 5-8 PM
52 N. Prince Street, Lancaster
Guest Artist: Alice Schwager, mixed media artist

June 9 – Humane Society of Berks County, 4-7 PM
1801 N. 11th Street, Reading
Guest Artist: Victoria Parisi, owner of Blush & Brushes Studio